First Bite #89 – February 25, 2020


(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by Natalie Marie Sfeir, National NSSLHA’s VP for Government Affairs and Public Policy…who is also a full-time graduate student! Today they challenge your notions of what a millennial Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist brings to our professions, by advocating, educating, and inspiring us all via NSSLHA! NSSLHA is definitely not what it use to be, (exhausted student clinicians hovering around coffee cups and stale pizza stressing about their next assignment), instead it is a powerhouse system built upon hardworking student clinicians and mentoring professors. A system that is making waves in Congress through its face-to-face and electronic advocacy efforts. A system that is pulling our profession forward through their scholarship and researching efforts. And, a system that is helping us grow locally, via their volunteerism at the state level. Be sure to share this joyful episode with your favorite student clinician and/or clinical supervisor!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The difference between National NSSLHA and NSSLHA chapters.
  • Three benefits that NSSLHA Membership and engagement bring to our profession.
  • Three strengths that students bring to state associations.


Natalie Marie Sfeir

Natalie Sfeir is National NSSLHA’s 2019-2021 Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy. In this role, she also serves as a student representative on ASHA’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Board. Natalie is a graduate speech-language pathology student at the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergrad at Lamar University, she served as Lamar’s NSSLHA chapter president and led the chapter in a joint effort with the Texas Speech Hearing Association Legislative team to advocate at the state capitol in March 2019.