Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP, is the owner and president of LiveNow, which provides telepractice training and services. She is a board-certified specialist in Child Language with extensive administrative experience running a multi-office private practice and leading a telepractice company's clinical department. Ms. Jakubowitz has presented on a variety of issues, including telepractice, private practice, and language disorders in school-age children. She has extensive experience working directly with school-age students in various settings in addition to leadership positions in both work settings and professional associations.
Ms. Jakubowitz has served ASHA and related organizations as a former president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice. Ms. Jakubowitz was elected to serve on the Legislative Council for 13 years and one year on the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. As a member of the Legislative Council, she was elected to serve as chair of the Credential Committee. She was appointed to the ASHA Board of Ethics, where she served on the Education Subcommittee and was chair of this subcommittee in 2010. Ms. Jakubowitz was invited to participate in the Leadership Development Program at ASHA and has served as a convention program committee member in the topic area Language and Learning in School-Age Children and Adolescents, Business, Management, and Professional Issues and as the topic chair for Telepractice for two years. Recently, Ms. Jakubowitz was elected to serve on the SIG 18 Coordinating Committee and is currently the SIG 18 coordinator.
Ms. Jakubowitz is a recipient of the Distinguished Service to Speech-Language Pathology and Honors of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of ASHA. She was also the California recipient of the DiCarlo Award in 2013.