NCSHLA Board of Directors

The association is led by a group of committed speech, language and audiology professionals from across North Carolina elected by the membership. The board meets regularly throughout the year and at the association's Spring and Fall conventions.

Tracie Rice

I am audiologist and assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Western Carolina University. I am also the clinic director at the Speech and Hearing Clinic located on the campus of Western. I have served on several committees for NCSHLA including; membership and recognition, task force and education. Serving as co-editor of the Communique' was very exciting and provided me with opportunities to make connections with various people throughout the state and association. I look forward to the opportunity to work with many great colleagues throughout the state and continue making NCSHLA a very strong organization. I was asked to give an idea of my ideas for recruiting more members. I believe that people typically join an organization because of a connection they have with someone in that organization. I would like to utilize professionals throughout various regions to make personal connections with colleagues that are not members. I would also like to explore the possibility of working with the licensing board to get a list of recently licensed members in order to call or visit with them and personally welcome them to the state or profession (while putting in a plug for NCSHLA). I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to serve our members!

Cindy Davis Ling, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Cindy Davis Ling, M.Ed., CCC-SLP has been the Owner/Partner of Ling & Kerr Therapy Services, LLP since 1994. At Ling & Kerr she not only provides direct services to clients in a variety of settings including homes, schools, and preschools and in the clinic but also supervises Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia and Louisiana. In addition to her work at Ling & Kerr, she has been active in NCSHLA serving as Convention Chair and Vice-Chair, Finance Chair and Chair of Nominations. Ms. Ling has also been very active with Operation Smile serving as a Speech Pathologist traveling on numerous medical missions all over the world

Louise Raleigh

Louise Raleigh is a nationally certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Assistant Director of the Speech and Hearing Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her areas of clinical and research interest include reading disorders and clinical supervision. She has provided speech-language services in a variety of settings to individuals across the lifespan. She is a past president of NCASSPA and in 2008 was honored as the organization’s North Carolina Supervisor of the Year. She has served in a number of capacities with NCSHLA, including a member of the Board of Directors.

Amy Sherman
Holly Ridge

Amy received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and her graduate from East Carolina University. Her 14 years of clinical experience include public schools, home health, a rehabilitation center and hospital. Amy’s current administrative position is Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for Onslow County Schools. She also serves on the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment Team and strongly advocates for preschool inclusion. In between IEP meetings, Amy and her husband are often seen drifting down the Intracoastal Waterway.

Kristen Cline, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S

Kristen Cline received her undergraduate degree in 1995 in Communication Studies (emphasis on Pre-Speech and Hearing Sciences) with a minor in Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University in 1997.

Kristen is a medical speech-language pathologist and Coordinator for the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory where she has worked for over 10 years. Kristen is a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is an active member of NCSHLA and ASHA. She lives in Newton with her husband and their four boys.

Bliss Hemric, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ms. Hemric has been working in the field of Speech Pathology since 1986 and has experience with both adults and children. She is currently a Clinical Educator in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Appalachian State University where she provides services in the evaluation and treatment of speech-language disorders in young children. She has previously been involved with a three year preschool literacy grant at Appalachian State University and the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, Project SIFTOUT/SCRIPT through FRANK PORTER GRAHAM. Bliss serves as a guest lecturer for CSD courses and has presented at the local, state, and regional levels in her area of expertise. She participates on the Local Interagency Coordinating Council in Watauga County and volunteers for Girls on the Run of the High Country. Bliss has served on various NCSHLA committees for many years as well as being involved with the Southeastern University Clinical Educators (SEUCE). She is currently the president-elect for NCASSPA and a board member at large for NCSHLA.

Emily Weigel
Holly Hanley

Holly Hanley is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is the Director of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, North Carolina. She has provided speech and language services to individuals of all ages throughout her more than 13 years of service. In addition to her duties as Director of the SLP-Assistant program and volunteering for NCSHLA, Holly attends UNC-Greensboro’s Ph.D. program.

Deborah Bengala