CASHA’s Distinguished Service Award


2017 Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Dawn Ray, CCC - SLP











​     CASHA is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, Dawn M. Dart Ray, CCC-SLP. Dawn received the award at CASHA’s Fall Conference in a presentation by colleague and former classmate, Peggy Morehouse.

     Dawn received her MS in Ed from the College of Saint Rose. She is a past Vice President and President of the CASHA, and past member of the NYSSHLA Board of Regional Presidents. She is a Speech Language Pathologist at Arbor Hill Elementary School (AHES) in the Albany City School District with over 30 years of experience in the field. 

​     Dawn Ray is a member of several district wide committees including the Autism Strand Committee and the recently developed Preschool Goal Development Committee. She is a past member of the District Wide Professional Development Committee and the TAC-D Committee on the Over Representation of Minorities in Special Education. Dawn has worked in collaboration with lead author Peggy Morehouse and district SLPs on developing the kindergarten RTI Intervention Program-Language Intervention for Tomorrow (LIFT). She helped develop the District Speech Department Entrance/Exit Criteria Protocol and the Speech Department Policy and Procedure Manual. Dawn is currently a member of the AHES RTI Committee. She has partnered with the AHES Social Worker in planning and executing the Annual AHES Career Fair in grades 4, 5, and 6. Dawn has provided workshops and in-service trainings on phonemic awareness, Afro-American English, Story Grammar Marker and the use of visual strategies to support autistic students in the classroom. She has presented at Grand Rounds for the College of St. Rose Communication Department.           Please join us in celebrating Dawn Ray’s many years of dedicated service in the field of Speech Language Pathology. Congratulations, Dawn, on your richly-deserved Distinguished Service Award! 

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​Previous Recipients of CASHA’s Distinguished Service Award


1967 Janet Kilpatrick
1968 Paul Boomsliter
1969 Sister Bennita
1970 Pauline Winkler
1971 Joseph Cavanaugh
1972 Jane Rycheck
1973 Margaret Holt
1974 Marietta Jacobsen
1975 Dora Reed
1981 Sister Charleen Bloom
1982 Rebecca Hodgekinson
1983 Susan Tangorre
1984 Jill Boehler
1985 Ann Beth Deily
1986 Hanna Strong
1987 David DeBonis
1988 Donna Shpikula Wayner
1989 Diane Skibinski
1990 Diane Yurkewicz
1991 Barbara Garbowitz
1992 Sister Charleen Bloom
1993 Sandra Clark
1994 Mary Ellen Rudolph


​​1995 Arthur Leder
1996 Donna Ware
1997 Sue Morgan
1998 Mark Ylvisaker
1999 Diane Grabo
2000 Kim Lamparelli
2001 Ann Nobis
2002 Marilyn Frantsov
2003 Denise Senick-Pirri
2004 Debra Trees
2005 No Award Presented
2006 Peggy Morehouse
2007 Theresa Kovian
2008 Grace Cramer
2009  Amy Dunbar
2010 Susanne Poulette
2011 Anne Rowley
2012  Marcy Steinberg
2013  Luanne McKinlay
2014 Victoria Morrison
2014  Mary Stortini 
2015 No Award Presented
2016 Julie Hart

2017 Dawn Ray



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