Maggie Donaker, M.S. CCC-SLP
She specializes in voice diagnoses, swallowing dysarthria, and head and neck cancer. She has served in the hospital and the community, inpatient/outpatient settings, across the recovery spectrum. Maggie attended Ohio University for her Bachelor of Science and received her Master of Science from Bowling Green State University. Her dedication to her patients and their recovery has earned her recognition from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), receiving 10 ASHA ACE awards in the past 11 years.
Maggie has established the first-ever Sarasota County Dysphagia Digest of Florida to provide education, advocacy, social support, and community for patients and caregivers. Maggie is among the select few Speech-Language Pathologists accepted into the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). She is also a member of the ASHA special interest groups 3 and 13. Maggie is a published researcher in understanding the interdisciplinary relationships between radiologists and speech-language pathologists.
Maggie was also asked to be a guest on The Swallow Your Pride Podcast Episodes 117 and 204 and FreshSLP Podcast entitled “The Simplest Advice for SLPs: Be Yourself.” Maggie was selected to join the Inner Circle Leadership Academy (ICLA) with Theresa Richard. The ICLA is a closed group of Speech-Language Pathologists seeking collaboration, growth, and leadership. Maggie is an ASHA 2022 Leadership Development Program graduate. ASHA LDP encourages SLPs and Audiologists to develop leadership skills and give back to the professions through volunteering with ASHA, at a workplace, or for a related professional organization. Maggie served as the founding Director of Operations of the Dysphagia Outreach Project, a non-profit organization that provides services and supplies to those with dysphagia from 2020-2022.
This award is open to any individual impacted by or serving those with a swallowing disorder, including but not limited to: healthcare providers, persons with dysphagia, and their families. It is specifically targeted to swallowing disorder advocacy, activism, and volunteerism within a clinical or community setting.
Michael Donovan was an original founder of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders and served as a board member from 2006 to 2018. He survived head and neck cancer for 23 years before passing away in April 2018. His love for and commitment to the Foundation brought family and friends together to provide hope and supports to people worldwide living with a swallowing disorder. Michael’s optimism will always live on within the Foundation and this award is one way of honoring him for his never-ending engagement, volunteerism and advocacy for the swallowing disorder community.