Leisa S. Hutchison, M.S. CCC/SLP is a speech-language pathologist and clinical associate professor in the communication sciences and disorders department and serves as the Undergraduate Program Director for the Communication Disorders Program at Western Kentucky University. She teaches coursework in language disorders and connecting with/working with nonverbal communicators as well as superving clinical practicum students in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Leisa has served on several governor-appointed advisory committees working with individuals with significant disabilities including: the Interagency Coordinating Council, the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (three terms) and the State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children, for which she was elected Chair. In addition, she serves on the advisory boards for the University of Kentucky SPEAC-IT Project, (Special Education and Communication Disorders – Interdisciplinary Training) and WKU’s Project PRE, both programs designed to educate special educators and speech-language pathologists to collaborate in the development of effective communication systems for students with high-intensity needs. She holds certifications in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment and three Hanen training programs. On a personal level, Leisa and her husband David are the parents of a young adult son, Ben, who has multiple disabilities and is the light of their lives.