The Sandra Turek Award for Outstanding Leadership

Established in 2019

The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of ArSHA who has followed in the example established by Sandra Turek, M.S., CCC-A

Sandra was the Assistant Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. While at the VA, she steadfastly advocated for the needs of military men and women. Sandra was one of two ArSHA members who led the effort to establish and require licensure for AuDs and SLPs in Arizona. In doing so, she was instrumental in bringing together the various stakeholders to further the professions. Sandra worked tirelessly for state licensure even though at the time, as a federal employee, she was exempt from state licensure law. After licensure was accomplished, Sandra served on the first Arizona licensure advisory committee and continued to serve the professions as a mentor, preceptor and a leader through her work at the VA, ArSHA and ASHA until her retirement. Sandra was dedicated to the betterment of the professions and safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Nomination Criteria:
This award is open to all members of ArSHA who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their profession. Some examples of leadership that could qualify for this award:

  • Affecting change while serving in a leadership role within ArSHA (officers or committee chairs)
  • Affecting change while serving on a professional committee or board (other than ArSHA) at the local or national level
  • Developing or establishing a new program/services
  • Driving change for the advancement of the professions

An ArSHA member will submit a letter of nomination to the Honors Committee detailing why the person is being nominated. OR
A non-ArSHA member will submit a letter of nomination to an ArSHA member detailing why the person is being nominated. The ArSHA member will then submit the letter to the Honors Committee on their behalf (sponsored nomination).

Selection Criteria:
The Honors Committee of ArSHA will review the nominations and choose an awardee.

A personally engraved decorative bowl will be given to the awardee at the annual ArSHA convention. Depending on the quality and volume of nominations, the award may not be given every year.


Nomination Deadline: March 8, 2021

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