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.

Nancy Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP

Nancy Roberts received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 1986 from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Nancy is the Regional Vice President of Operations for Genesis Rehabilitation Services for Florida. Nancy has also served as the Outpatient Administrator for Genesis Rehab Services for the state of North Carolina. Nancy's professional experience includes adult and children services with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Baltimore, Baltimore City Schools and related subsidiaries of Genesis HealthCare Corporation. Nancy's clinical and professional expertise is evidenced through her professional association presentations on nutrition and dementia, interdisciplinary group therapy, business management and collaboration on the topic of professional ethics. Nancy has severed on the Board for the North Carolina Speech Language Hearing Association.

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

Cindy Davis Ling, M.Ed., CCC-SLP received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been the Owner/Partner of Ling & Kerr Therapy Services, LLP from January 1, 1994 until July 1, 2013. Since that time, she has been contracting her services to provide speech/language therapy to children in various settings. At Ling & Kerr she not only provided direct services to clients in a variety of settings including homes, schools and preschools and in the clinic but also supervised Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia and Louisiana. In addition to her work as a Speech Pathologist, she has been active in NCSHLA serving as Convention Chair, Finance Chair, Chair of Nominations and currently as President. Ms. Ling has also been active with Operation Smile serving as a Speech Pathologist on numerous medical missions all over the world.

Elizabeth Burns, CCC, SLP
Chapel Hill

Beth Burns received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools, where she has worked for the past thirteen years. She is based at Rashkis Elementary School, where she works with students who have a variety of communication disorders. Beth's past service to NCSHLA includes: Secretary to the NCSHLA Board of Directors from 2002 until 2004, Assistant Chair and Chair of the NCSHLA Fall Conference from 2005 until 2006, and served as President from 2009 until 2010. Beth's husband, Keith, is an attorney practicing in RTP. They have a twelve year-old son, David, and a nine year-old daughter, Sarah-Catherine.

Wendy Lybrand
Chapel Hill

I attended UVA for my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders, and then attended UNC-CH to earn my Master's in Speech-Language Pathology. I have worked with Preschool through high school students in the Chapel Hill Schools since 2001. I enjoy using technology to improve the communication skills of students with moderate to severe disabilities. I enjoy collaborating with other professionals to use communication systems and technology in innovative ways to promote communication!

Adam Mehlenbacher
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Mehlenbacher is an audiologist at the Durham VAMC. His interests are vestibular and balance evaluation and treatment, multidisciplinary management of TBI, blast trauma, and professional issues in the field of audiology. He is currently collaborating on research on the topic of blast exposure with Duke University Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering.

Prior to starting his career as an audiologist, he served in the Army National Guard as a Military Police Soldier. He deployed to Bosnia and Iraq and responded to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Dr. Mehlenbacher remains committed to serving the profession of audiology and fellow Veterans

Alisa Dial, MA, CCC-SLP

Alisa Dial received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1999 and taught elementary students for four years. In 2006, she earned her graduate degree, a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Appalachian State University.

Alisa has nine years of experience as an SLP, in the pediatric and adult populations. She is an active member of NCSHLA, serving previously on the Nominations Committee and Board Member-at-Large. A native of Pembroke, N.C., Alisa currently works with Scotland County Schools, where she is based at Sycamore Lane Elementary School.

Paige West-Smith