Dr. Kathy J. Wheat, PhD., CCC-SLP FASHA, is founding Program Director and Associate Professor for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MS-SLP program, Austin Texas. She received degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals, private practice and home healthcare settings. Dr. Wheat serves on the ASHA Government Affairs and Public Policy Board (GAPPB) and is former chair for the ASHA School Finance Committee. She received the ASHA Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Preschool through 12 and Honors of the Association from the Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Wheat serves the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association as the State Education Advocacy Leader (S.E.A.L.) and as Co-Chair of School Funding. She has been active in state association work and presents on topics including program development, online teaching/learning, supervision, negotiation, service delivery models, communication styles, and advocacy.