Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia


Mullins-Callender Award

In 1989, the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia established the Martha Mullins-Callender Award in Martha's memory. The Martha Mullins-Callender Award is presented to an individual currently working in the field of communication disorders who is an example of Martha's belief in the ability of an individual to overcome all obstacles to ensure that the services we deliver, the profession we represent, and the professional organization that serves us (our "products") flourish in the marketplace.

Martha received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Virginia and became a clinical supervisor at Old Dominion University later in her career. She served the Spe
ech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia tirelessly in leadership positions from 1980 through 1987 as Secretary, SHAV-A-GRAM Editor, President Elect and Conference Chair, President, and Past President.

She was elected President of the ASHA Council of State Association Presidents in 1986. In 1985, she served as chair of the SHAV committee that created the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia. She became the Foundation's first president in 1986 and served on the Board of Directors until 1988. In 1988, she was presented the honor of SHAV Fellow.

On both a personal and professional level, Martha exhibited a sense of graciousness and unassailable integrity, informed by a delightful and occasionally incendiary wit. Martha could tell the truth, no holds barred, and do it in a way that left one wanting more. Martha passed away in 1988.

Anyone may nominate a professional practicing in the field of communication disorders in Virginia by submitting a letter of nomination and securing at least two letters of support for the nomination. The letters must illustrate the ways in which the nominee exemplifies leadership and ideals that Martha represented and which make the nominee a "champion" of the profession. The award traditionally is made in the form of a plaque and a personalized gift and is presented at the annual conference of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia.

Letters of nomination and support must contain the author's name, title, relationship to the nominee, address, and telephone number, and e-mail address. Nominations are due by December 31 of each year and should be directed to:

Brenda Seal, CDF President
Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia 
P.O. Box 6342
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6342

Martha Mullins-Callender Award
         (Award established in 1988-89 as Martha Mullins-Callender Supervision Award;               changed to current title in 1989-90)

1990  Margaret McElroy
1991  Lissa Power-Cluver

1993  Ralph Bralley

1994  Patti Peters

1995  Martha Bountress

1996  Carol James

1997  Barbara Fee

1998  Pat Dewey

1999  Birdie Minor

2000  Henry Hecker

2001  Danny Gnewikow

2004  Sally Jones-McNamara

2005  Gayle Daly

2006  Jessica Norton

2008  Brenda C. Seal

2009  Angie Coggin

2010  Valerie H. St. John

2013   Gary Pillow
2014  C. Ed Vann
2015  Rita Purcell-Robertson
2017  Marie Ireland

Friend of the
Foundation Award

This award is given to an individual who or business that has made an extraordinary contribution of time,money, and/or resources to the Foundation over the years. The CDF Board acts as both nominating and selection committee for this award.

Friend of the Foundation Award

1998 Al King

1999 Paul Harvey

2000 Patti Peters;


2001 Lissa Power-DeFur;

Super Duper Publications

2002 David Narburgh;
          James River Chesterfield
           Lions Club

2004 Lori Gardner

2010 Shields Jones

2010 Karen Cersley

2011 Joseph Stettinius

2016 Scott Rankins
2016 Ed Vann            Contact: