2015 Speaker Biographies

Harvey B. Abrams, Ph.D.
Harvey has held a number of clinical, research, and administrative positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the hearing aid industry to include Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Director of Research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Director of Audiology Research at Starkey Hearing Technologies. Harvey currently serves as a consultant to the Hearing Industries Association and Better Hearing Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. Harvey instructs Au.D. students at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. His research has focused on treatment efficacy and improved quality of life associated with audiologic intervention. He has authored and co-authored several recent papers and book chapters and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of outcome measures, health-related quality of life, and evidence-based audiologic practice.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Consulting fee received from Hearing Industries Association & Better Hearing Institute.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Amyn M. Amlani, Ph.D.
Amyn M. Amlani, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Amlani holds the B.A. degree in Communication Disorders from the University of the Pacific, the M.S. degree in Audiology from Purdue University, and the Ph.D. degree in Audiology/Psychoacoustics (minor in Marketing and Supply Chain Management) from Michigan State University. His research interests include the influence of hearing aid technology on speech and music, and economic and marketing trends within the hearing aid industry.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Unitron, CareCredit; Consulting fee, speaking fee, honoraria, grants
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D.
Dr. A.U. Bankaitis is Vice President & General Manager of Oaktree Products, Inc of St. Louis, MO, a multi-line distributor to the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 where her funded research investigated the effects of HIV on the auditory system. This research track led to an interest in the area of infection control as she is considered the leading expert in the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis has held academic, clinic, and business positions throughout her career including Director of Audiology at the St. Louis University Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology and founder of her own publishing company Auban, Inc. Her clinical experience paired with her affiliation with Oaktree Products has made her an invaluable resource to hearing healthcare practitioners in search of practical business and/or patient communication solutions as it applies to audiology and hearing instruments.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose



Douglas Beck, Au.D.
Dr. Beck earned his master's degree at the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida at Gainesville (2000). His career started at the House Ear Institute (LA) in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. Five years later, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded a private audiology-based hearing aid dispensing practice in St Louis. Dr. Beck became Editor-In-Chief of www.audiologyonline.com in 1999. He joined Oticon in 2005 as Director of Professional Relations. In 2008 he was additionally appointed Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Dr. Beck is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Beck is a prolific author with 186 articles in the professional literature and 841 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the American Academy of Audiology addressing a vast wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Oticon, Inc., AAA; Salary received – teaching and speaking, employment, management position
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Lucille Beck, Ph.D.
Dr. Beck is the Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer for Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services in the Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration. Her responsibilities include oversight and direction for Audiology and Speech Pathology Service, Blind Rehabilitation Service, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Chiropractic Care, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service and Recreation Therapy Service. Special programs under her responsibility include the Polytrauma System of Care, Amputation System of Care, Prosthetics Specific Purpose funding, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program, and Blind Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. Before assuming this position, she was the Chief Consultant, Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services for the Veterans Health Administration Central Office in Washington, DC and Director, Audiology and Speech Pathology Service for the VA Medical Center Washington, DC.

Dr. Beck began her VA career as a clinical audiologist, and went on to become the Coordinator of VA’s National Hearing Aid Program and Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology Service in Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. Dr. Beck received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service in 2000, and in 2007 received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive Service. She is the 2008 recipient of the Deafness Research Foundation Research and Public Education Award for outstanding contributions to the development of hearing health care through research and education. The Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology, conferred upon Dr. Beck the honorary degree, Doctor of Science, in 2008 for her contributions to Americans with hearing loss. She is a founding member and past president of the American Academy of Audiology, and a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.

She has jointly held faculty appointments at Gallaudet University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland. She has authored numerous publications, scientific papers, and is a well-known presenter on topics ranging from amplification, outcomes, patient satisfaction, professional issues in Audiology and Rehabilitation for the nation’s Veterans.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Katherine Bouton
Katherine Bouton is the author of Shouting Won’t Help, a memoir of her adult-onset hearing loss, published in 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is also the author of Hear Better With Hearing Loss: A Guide to Health, Happiness, Love, Sex, Work, Friends ... and Hearing Aids, Workman: 2015.

She writes a weekly blog for AARP on issues about hearing loss, and she also blogs at katherinebouton.com. She is a frequent speaker and writer on issues about hearing health and hearing loss.

She is former editor and writer at the New York Times, with senior level position at the Times Magazine, Book Review, Science, and Culture sections from 1988 to 2010. She continues to contribute to the paper, most often in the science and opinion sections.

Katherine has had progressive bilateral hearing loss since 1978, and in September 2009 received an Advanced Bionics cochlear implant. She also wears a Phonak Naida hearing aid, and uses many assistive listening devices.

She is a graduate of Vassar College and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Workman Publishers; Royalties received for book publishing contracts
Nonfinancial: Hearing Loss Association of America: Board membership



Tiffany K. Brown, Au.D.
Dr. Tiffany Brown is the Director of Professional Education and Audiology at Widex USA, Inc. in Hauppauge, New York. She earned her master’s degree at Towson University and her Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University. After many years in clinical and dispensing private practice, Dr. Brown joined Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing developing their audiologic and equipment distribution programs which is offered as state funded services in 31 states. Dr. Brown has been with Widex since 2006 supporting hearing healthcare professionals in the northeast region as the Porfessional Training Audiologist. In her current position as Director of Professional Education, Audiology she manages a team comprised of 32 audiologists and technical specialists who partner with our customers in all aspects of audiology and account management to provide our customers with impeccable professional services.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Widex USA; Salary received – management position
Nonfinancial: Women Unite; Volunteer teaching and speaking role



Sara Burdak, Au.D.
Sara Burdak joined Starkey as an audiologist on the Hearing Research and Technology team in May 1999. She is currently the Sr. Director of Education and Audiology and has presented seminars worldwide on digital technology, advanced fitting strategies and product tutorials. Her clinical experience includes hearing aid dispensing, diagnostic testing and counseling. Dr. Burdak earned her B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University and a master's degree in audiology from Wayne State University. In 2006, she received her Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Starkey Hearing Technologies, employment



Clifford Carey
With over 12 years of experience in business and sales management, Cliff first joined the EarQ team in 2009 consulting directly with independent practice owners looking for progressive ideas and a competitive edge. Cliff’s overall vision and scope for EarQ’s programs and identity as well as his ability to develop relationships and inspire trust led to the development of and his transition into the key role of Vendor Relations in 2011. In February of 2013, Cliff was tasked in streamlining EarQ’s messaging and brand management with the sales and consulting services when he was selected as Communication Director. Since then, Cliff has taken EarQ’s creative focus from an in-house print agency to a full digital web development suite, effectively positioning EarQ as the leading source for effective messaging, brand management, and patient engagement in the industry.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: EarQ: Salary received for employment
Nonfinancial: The HearStrong Foundation: Volunteer consulting, membership, teaching and speaking



Craig Castelli
Craig Castelli is the Founder and CEO of Caber Hill Advisors, a firm that helps audiologists buy and sell private practices. He has worked in the audiology industry for 12 years, and advised hundreds of private practices. He has a bachelors of science in business administration from Marquette University.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose



Kim Cavitt, Au.D.
Kim Cavitt, AuD, owner of Audiology Resources, Inc., graduated with her Master’s degree in Audiology from Indiana University in 1991 and with her AuD from Salus University in 2005. She spent nine years as a clinical audiologist and preceptor at The Ohio State University and Northwestern University and spent two years as the Director of Professional Relations at HearPO. Since 2001, Dr. Cavitt has operated her own Audiology consulting firm, Audiology Resources, Inc. Audiology Resources, Inc. provides comprehensive operational and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare clinics, providers, organizations, buying groups, and manufacturers who want to be better equipped to compete in the managed care and healthcare arenas. Throughout her career, Dr. Cavitt has been actively involved in issues related to all aspects of Audiology practice operations and management, coding, billing, third-party reimbursement and managed care issues. She has written numerous articles, provided many webinar training events, and given numerous presentations at both the state and national levels on these topics. Dr. Cavitt is currently the President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). She is also a current member of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board. She serves on both the 18 x 18 and mentorship committees through ADA and is the ADA representative on the Audiology Quality Consortium and the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Health Care Economics subcommittee. Dr. Cavitt is an Adjunct Lecturer in the AuD program at Northwestern University and is a senior contributor to Audiology Online and Audiology Practices. Dr. Cavitt is the married mother of one daughter and is actively involved in her community. An avid fan of her beloved Indiana Hoosiers and Chicago Cubs, she also enjoys food, travel, and having fun in her adopted hometown of Chicago.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Employed by Audiology Resources, Inc – Salary and ownership interest
Academy of Doctors of Audiology – Consulting fee and honorarium received
Michigan Academy of Audiology – Consulting fee received
Audiology Online – Speaking fee, consulting fee received
Non-Financial: Academy of Doctors of Audiology – Board Member
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – Committee Member
State of Illinois Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology – State Licensure Board Member



Carl Cook
Carl Cook brings 20-plus years of progressive customer service, management, and training expertise to Audigy Group. During his tenure, Carl has helped to simplify the systems within the Professional Development team and helps his Members and team to work smarter, not harder. Hired in early January of 2011, Carl previously served with well-known entities such as AT&T, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Red Lobster Inc., and Blockbuster Video.Carl holds a degree from Clark College in Vancouver and from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, with a focus in Health & Business Management.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Employed by Audigy Group – Salary received
Non-Financial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Robert Cooper, Ph.D.
A renowned expert on how exceptional leaders and teams liberate untapped capacities and excel under pressure, Robert K. Cooper has donepioneering work on innovation, the practical application of emotional intelligence and the neuroscience of leadership. Robert’s articles have been widely published, and his books have sold over four million copies.

In Robert’s book Get Out of Your Own Way: Five Keys to Exceeding Everyone’s Expectations, Robert offers a completely new method for excelling while reducing your daily workload that is based in timeless wisdom and the latest neuroscience. With a little help, your brain is capable of changing unproductive habits into positive ones that will move you toward what you want, beyond what anyone thought you could accomplish, getting remarkable results with remarkable ease. Get Out of Your Own Way teaches you how to seize important moments of opportunity to reach your full potential and live the life you want by teaching you to choose what really matters.

His previous book, The Other 90%: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life, received 5-star reviews and was on the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller Lists, and #3 on Amazon’s Top 100 List.

Robert is one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential Think¬ers of 2012. This honor recognizes the practitioners and thinkers who have had the greatest influence in the field of people strategy. He has been honored every year from 2010 to 2012.

Robert is an extremely dynamic, inspiring and informa¬tive speaker who consistently earns highest ratings with our customers. For five years he was the highest-rated faculty member in the Lessons in Leadership Distinguished Speaker Series. In a recent survey of managers from more than 90 organizations, his work was rated highest on every scale.

Robert Cooper is founder and CEO of Cooper Strategic LLC, an advisory firm with methodologies for hitting higher-than-expected targets in less time. He has taught at Stanford Business School and has designed and presented leadership development and professional education programs for a host of Fortune 500 companies.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Robert DiSogra, Au.D.
Robert M. DiSogra, Au.D., received his Doctor of Audiology degree in 2003 from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. He developed and taught the Pharmacology/Ototoxicity distance learning course at Salus University for five years. He also is an adjunct lecturer there. Dr. DiSogra has also taught doctoral level/graduate and undergraduate Audiology courses at Salus University, St. John's University, Rutgers and Kean Universities.He has lectured nationally and internationally on adverse drug reactions and patient management and has several book chapters to his credit. He continues to lecture about the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter tinnitus products.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Kamal Elliot, Au.D.
Dr. Kamal Elliot, Au.D. is a licensed Doctor of Audiology who owns a private practice in Lancaster, PA. She founded A&E Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in December 2000 and the business has now grown into three full-time locations with 5 Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Elliot’s has received several noteworthy awards including the Business Development Award from the Lancaster chapter of SCORE (2013), as well as the Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business SCORE Award (2014). A&E Audiology was also recognized as a Blue Ribbon Small Business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Dr. Elliot has served as President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology (2009), and has been a board member of the ADA. She currently serves on the board of directors of Entheos Audiology Cooperative. Dr. Elliot has been involved with several humanitarian audiology service trips to Mexico, Brazil, India, Haiti and most recently Jordan.



David Fabry, Ph.D.
David Fabry is Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations for Starkey Hearing Technologies. He has previously worked for Walter Reed Army Medical Center (1988-1990), Mayo Clinic (1990-2002), Phonek (2002-2007) and University of Miami Medical Center (2007-2009). He is a Past President of AAA (2001).



Dan Fick
With a passion for helping organizations provide the best possible employment experience, Dan Fick brings 12 years of progressive HR expertise to Audigy Group with proficiency in all HR disciplines. During his tenure, Dan helped build out the HRM department prior to transitioning to the Talent Acquisition Team in 2013. Hired in 2009, Dan had previously served as the sole recruiter and HR business partner for a fast-growing, high-tech startup recognized for technology innovations by The Wall Street Journal and numerous industry publications. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College with a focus in communications and business writing.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Barry Freeman, Ph.D.
Dr. Freeman is President of Audiology Consultants, Inc. He is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University, Lamar University, Florida International University, and University of South Florida. Dr. Freeman was president of the American Academy of Audiology in 1996-97 and served on the Academy’s Board of Directors for six years. He continues to serve on professional committees and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy in 2006.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Richard Gans, Ph.D.
Dr. Gans is the founder and executive director of The American Institute of Balance; one of the country's largest balance disorders treatment centers. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Auditory and Vestibular Physiology. Dr. Gans has been a leader in the development of vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. He has presented or published over 150 programs worldwide and papers in the area of equilibrium disorders. He is adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, Nova Southeastern University and University of Pittsburgh. He has taught vestibular and balance courses for Arizona School of Health Sciences, Pennsylvania College of Optometry-School of Audiology, and the University of Florida distance learning Au.D. programs. Dr. Gans is a past President (2004-2005) of the American Academy of Audiology.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



James Hall, III, Ph.D.
James W. Hall III, PhD is an internationally recognized audiologist with 40-years of clinical, teaching, research, and administrative experience. He received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree in speech pathology from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of James Jerger.

During his career, Dr. Hall has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers. Dr. Hall now holds academic appointments as Professor at Salus University and Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University in the USA, and as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He’s also president of James W. Hall III Audiology Consulting LLC.

Dr. Hall’s major clinical, research, and teaching interests are clinical electrophysiology, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus, hyperacusis, and audiology applications of tele-health. He is available for instruction of Doctor of Audiology students, continuing education of audiologists and physicians, consultation regarding audiology services and procedures, and service as an expert witness. Dr. Hall is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book chapters, and eight textbooks including the 2014 Introduction to Audiology Today.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: No relevant financial information to disclose.
Non-financial: Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education: Board membership, Volunteer teaching and speaking



Michael Iliff, Au.D.
Dr. Michael Iliff is co-owner of Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs, LLC. in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Colorado Hearing Specialists, Inc. in Parker, Colorado. Dr. Iliff received his Doctorate of Audiology degree at the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2003. He spent 10 years as a technology consultant with Widex USA and has presented numerous seminars to professionals and consumers alike on hearing technology. Dr. Iliff is also one of the founding members of AuDConnex, which was created to fill the need of the audiologist who wants to maintain their independence, yet still maintain a connection to like-minded professionals while obtaining the buying power of a larger buying group.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Cassie Iliff, Au.D.
Dr. Cassie Iliff is currently Manager of Operations at AuDConnex, LLC and clinical audiologist at Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs, LLC. Dr. Iliff started her career as an audiologist after winning the James Jerger Award for Excellence in student research. Since that time she has also worked as an Account Executive and Regional Trainer for Unitron and was a Product Manager for MAICO Diagnostics. Throughout her career she has presented on various topics to professionals and consumers in both the US and abroad.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Jacob Johnson, MD
Dr. Jacob Johnson joined San Francisco Otolaryngology Medical Group as an otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon in 2001. Dr. Johnson is a board certified physician and specializes in pediatric, sinus, ear, and thyroid patients. Dr. Johnson has been the Medical Director of InSound Medical Corporation since 2005 and is president of Union Square Hearing.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Consulting fee, speaking fee, advisory board/review committee member (Phonak)



Dusty Jessen, Au.D.
Dr. Jessen has been the Director of Audiology in a busy ENT clinic for 12 years. In 2013, she wrote and published a patient handbook that is now being used by clinicians around the country as the educational component of their aural rehabilitation programs. Over the past two years, she has spoken for service clubs, state audiology conventions, and national conventions such as HLAA, ASHA, and ADA. In May 2015, she will participate in an invitation-only aural rehabilitation conference with AR experts Robert Sweetow, Ph.D. and Nancy Tye-Murray, Ph.D. She is excited to implement and share what she learns from this unique event.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Cut to the Chase Communication, LLC: Ownership, creator of program, compensation received
Non-Financial: Cut to the Chase Communication, LLC: Volunteer teaching and speaking



Joyce Kessler
Joyce has been with Hearing Evaluation Services since 1984. She is one of our most experienced employees with an incredible knowledge base in best billing practices, insurance, multi-office compliance, credentialing, and non-profit business management. As our practice evolved since its inception in 1981, so did Joyce's position; from Patient Care Coordinator to Business Manager and everything in between. Joyce works closely with the our Executive Director and Management Team offering a diverse skill set, helping make Hearing Evaluation Services the premier non-profit audiology practice in Western New York.

She is seen as an authority in her areas of expertise. In 2015, she was invited as a speaker and presenter at the American Board of Audiology National Convention.

Joyce resides in Elma, New York with her husband and family dog. They have three daughters.

Disclosure Statement No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Ron Leavitt, Au.D.
Dr. Leavitt has worked as an Audiologist since 1978. He has logged hundreds of hours of public speaking as founder of the largest consumer test group for hearing aid users in the U. S. and as a University professor. He holds a Doctorate in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is currently the Director of Audiology at the Corvallis Hearing Center. He has recently presented as part of the following programs: Academy of Doctors of Audiology, November 2012, 2014, American Academy of Audiology, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Audiology Online, October 2014 and April 2015.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Stephanie Loccisano, Au.D.
Stephanie Loccisano, Au.D., joined the Starkey Hearing Technologies team as an Education and Training Audiologist in June 2014. She graduated with a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and Spanish Language from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an Au.D. from the University at Buffalo. Stephanie’s clinical experience includes diagnostic hearing and vestibular evaluations, hearing aid and cochlear implant fittings, and electrophysiological assessments. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Starkey Hearing Technologies: Salary received for employment.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Peter Marincovich, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Marincovich earned his graduate degree in communicative disorders from Louisiana State University, and his Ph.D., in Audiology from the University of Memphis. A Santa Rosa native, Dr. Marincovich has practiced in his hometown since 1984. Dr. Marincovich works with patients of all ages and levels of hearing loss. He is also a frequent presenter at seminars and academic conferences. His areas of special interest include the assessment of auditory and vestibular disorders, healthcare policy, hearing care solutions and delivery systems and audiology education. He holds specialized credentials in teaching the handicapped, and conducts courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: No relevant financial relationships to disclose
Nonfinancial: Creator of the MABP Method (The way we fit and follow through with our patients)



Kandis Michnal
Having served in the customer relationship industry for over 7 years, Kandis Michnal has developed a strong passion and skillset in management and professional development. Her unique leadership style is utilized within Audigy to further develop departments, and aid continuous growth within the company. With her ability to develop and nurture leadership, she contributes her proven skills in driving the successful culture that Audigy is known for.

Kandis is a proud graduate of WSU with a Bachelors of Art in Business Administration, specializing in management and operations. She came to Audigy after leaving a 4-year career in banking as an assistant branch manager.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Audigy Group – Salary received for employment



Angela Morris, Au.D.
Dr. Morris has been a private practice audiologist for 12 years. She received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University, and her master’s degree from the University of Louisville. She is a member of the ADA Board of Directors, serving her second year as Treasurer. She has also been a member of the ABA Board of Governors, and served on various committees of ADA and AAA. She is the conference director for the Kentucky Academy of Audiology, and has also served as its President. She has been a member and chair of the KY Speech and Hearing Board for state licensure, and has been elected to the Corbin (KY) Independent School Board. She has previously presented in the areas of ethics and audiology issues at KAA and KSHA conferences.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Convention registration provided for board membership
Nonfinancial: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Board Member



Kelly O’Keefe
Kelly O'Keefe is the Director of AudiologyDesign, the industry leader in website development, providing customized Web solutions for hearing practices in North America. Prior to joining AudiologyDesign, Kelly worked for a major hearing aid manufacturer for five years in sales and business development. He has a degree in Business Administration from Marquette University.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Allied Health Media: Salary received
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Natalie Phillips, Au.D., FAAA
Dr. Natalie Phillips is an Audiologist with Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Phillips has served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Academy of Audiology and on various committees for the American Academy of Audiology including a Support Personnel Task Force. She is a founding sister of Women Unite, a group of women whose mission is to inspire, ignite, and assist other women achieve their potential in today’s professional setting. Dr. Phillips is currently serving as a Global Ambassador and on the Legacy Project Steering Committee for EBW2020, an initiative to empower a billion women by 2020 by providing the tools, technology, and resources to empower women as leaders successful entrepreneurs.

Dr. Phillips has experience developing early hearing detection programs in various hospitals throughout the state of Texas. Her work then took her to Southern California, where she collaborated with a neurotologist, taking over the practice of Dr. William House. She has participated in research within the field of audiology, including cochlear implants, tinnitus devices and a fully implantable hearing system. Dr. Phillips is particularly interested in tinnitus and has been providing therapy options to patients for the past fifteen years. She serves as a tinnitus practice mentor and consultant for members of AuDConnex.

Disclosure Statement
No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Carolyn Pinkerton, Au.D.
Carolyn Pinkerton joined Starkey Hearing Technologies in 2012 in the Education and Training Department. She is a graduate of Northeastern University’s Doctorate of Audiology Program. She has completed residencies at several Ear, Nose and Throat offices in Massachusetts as well as the VA Hospital in Boston. Dr. Pinkerton's clinical experience includes a full range of patients from newborns to geriatric not only in comprehensive audiological examinations and fitting of appropriate hearing technology, but also in vestibular, central auditory processing and advanced evoked potential diagnostics. Pinkerton now manages University and Government Services training.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Starkey Hearing Technologies, employment



Gaetano Pizzi
Gaetano Pizzi is an online marketing expert who is well versed in best ethical SEO practices and Social Media strategies. He has many years of experience in website design and development, Internet marketing, account management and Search Engine Marketing.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Allied Health Media: Salary received
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Leanne Powers, Au.D.
Dr. Powers is as an Education Specialist for customers, as well as Sivantos staff, on products, software, and services. In this role, Leanne has given lectures at AAA and various state conventions on a variety of topics. These topics have included compression in modern hearing instruments, frequency compression, and tinnitus therapy, as well as presentations specific to Sivantos technology. Leanne practiced in a variety of hearing healthcare settings for 16 years prior to joining the Sivantos team. Leanne received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, her graduate degree from RUSH University Chicago, and her Doctorate from A.T. Still University.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Sivantos Hearing Instruments: Salary received for employment, teaching and speaking
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Thomas Powers, Ph.D.
Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., is currently Vice-President, Government Accounts and Professional Relations for Sivantos , Inc. Dr. Powers received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Audiology from Ohio University. He was a partner in an Audiology private practice, and has over 30 years of experience in the hearing health care industry. He is a member of American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA), American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and served as President of the American Auditory Society (AAS) for 2004 – 2006.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Sivantos Hearing Instruments: Salary received for employment, management
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Jill Preminger, Ph.D.
Dr. Jill Preminger is Professor and Director of the Program in Audiology, University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Preminger’s research interests are in the area of adult rehabilitative audiology using both quantitative and qualitative methods. She is interested in understanding the audiologic rehabilitative process (including the uptake and use of hearing aids) from the point of view of adults with hearing loss, their spouses, and their adult children. She is also interested in developing methods to deliver audiologic rehabilitation via the internet for adults in order to increase the number of adults who visit an audiologist after a failed hearing screening. Dr. Preminger is an associate editor for the American Journal of Audiology and she is a past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Honorarium received as speaking fee.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Karrie Recker, Au.D.
Karrie Recker is a Research Audiologist at Starkey Hearing Technologies. She joined the company in 2000 as a research assistant. While working at Starkey, she completed a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota (in 2001) and a Doctorate degree in Audiology from the University of Florida (in 2005). Dr. Recker has been involved in a variety of research projects ranging from basic hearing science studies to algorithm testing to mechanical design verification. Additionally, Dr. Recker regularly contributes to the profession by presenting at conferences, publishing in peer-reviewed and trade journals and submitting patent applications.

Disclosure Statement
Financial: Starkey Hearing Technologies: Salary received for employment
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Carolyn Rector
Carolyn is a life-long hearing aid user and more recently a cochlear implant user. She received her B.A. from Western Oregon University in American Sign Language Studies. She is currently an Audiology Assistant at Corvallis Hearing Center.



Carole M. Rogin
Carole M. Rogin is the President of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), headquartered in Washington, DC. HIA is the trade association of the companies that manufacture hearing aids and component parts. Its members produce the majority of the hearing aids sold in the United States each year and support the Better Hearing Institute (BHI).

Carole joined the HIA staff decades ago as the Association's first Director of Market Development. In that capacity, she forged alliances for the manufacturing sector with the dispensing and medical communities, initiated the first nationwide study of the attitudes and perceptions about hearing aids of people with hearing losses, and spearheaded the industry's focus on the importance of hearing healthcare recommendations from general medical practitioners. Carole was named Executive Director of HIA in 1987 and, in 1991, was named President of the Association.

Prior to joining the HIA staff, Carole worked as a Project Director at the ASHA National Office and practiced speech pathology. She holds both a master's and bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the George Washington University and the University of Virginia, respectively.

Carole currently serves on the Advisory Board for Salus University and on the National Advisory Board of the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation; she served formerly on the Boards of the Campagna Center for Children and Families, The Green Door, the Deafness Research Foundation, the International Association of Association Management Companies and on the Association Management Company Council of the American Society of Association Executives . Additionally, she is a Past Chair of the Associations Council of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and a former director and officer of the Alexandria (VA) Boys & Girls Club.

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Financial: Consulting fee received from Hearing Industries Association.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Colin Roskey
Colin Roskey is a partner at the Alston & Bird Law Practice in Washington DC. Colin focuses on federal health care program payment and operational issues affecting stakeholders with concerns ranging from licensure and survey and certification issues to complex prospective payment system methodologies and coverage, coding and reimbursement strategies for new services and technologies. He advises stakeholder sectors on novel and evolutionary payment systems changes affecting diverse sectors, including insurers, manufacturers, providers and suppliers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He also represents health care entities under investigation by congressional committees and other law enforcement agencies.

Colin works regularly with clients to craft legislative and regulatory solutions to sophisticated operational and reimbursement problems in Medicare, Medicaid and Exchange-based insurance programs. He previously served as a health policy adviser and counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Finance where he worked on a small team responsible for policy development of major initiatives in Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, including the creation and evolution of Medicare’s outpatient prescription drug program, or Part D. He also helped break new bipartisan health care coverage ground with the creation of the Health Care Tax Credit (HCTC), which launched new private coverage options for certain U.S. workers displaced by trade agreement outcomes.

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Sam Rotella
Sam Rotella joined AHAA in 2012 as Director of Training and Development. Prior to AHAA, his career involved sales, sales leadership, and training and development. Sam has experience helping small business owners in various industries.

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D’Anne Rudden, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Dr. D'Anne Rudden is the owner of Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center in Longmont, Colorado. She has been in private practice for over 20 years, working with hearing loss, hearing aid technology and specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus and hyperacousis. She served as the Vice President of Professional Issues for the Colorado Academy of Audiology (2007-09) and on the American Academy of Audiology Support Personnel Task Force (2014-15).

She is a proud founding sister of Women Unite, a community dedicated to the empowerment and mentoring of people seeking to inspire others, ignite change and achieve personal and professional success. Dr. Rudden is the Social Media Mentor for AuDConnex and is currently serving a 2 year tenure as a Global Ambassador for Empowering a Billion Women by 2020.

Dr. Rudden is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and a Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher with over 900 hours of direct teaching experience. She utilizes a holistic approach to patient care and tinnitus treatment, using her expertise in yoga, pranayama (breathing techniques), mindfulness based stress reduction and meditation to bring additional tools to her patients. She teaches public yoga classes and workshops in Colorado.

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Stephanie Sjoblad, Au.D.
Stephanie Sjoblad, Au.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She has served as Clinical Coordinator since 2001 and is the Clinic Director for the UNC Hearing and Communication Center. Dr. Sjoblad also teaches graduate courses and supervises students in the clinic. A consumer of hearing instrument technology from childhood, she offers a unique perspective to patients and students alike. She has recently completed a six-year term serving on the Board of Directors for American Academy of Audiology – North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Speech and Hearing Association (President and VP of Continuing Education). She has also served on the Coding and Reimbursement Committee for American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Sjoblad and the team at the UNC-Hearing and Communication Center are leading the way in national efforts to make hearing care more accessible via unbundled and itemized fee structure, while utilizing best practices as outlined by the American Academy of Audiology.
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Carolyn Smaka, Au.D.
Carolyn is an audiologist and editor-in-chief at Allied Health Media, driving editorial initiatives on AudiologyOnline and its sister companies OccupationalTherapy.com, SpeechPathology.com, and PhysicalTherapy.com. In her 20 years as an audiologist she has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, public schools, university, and industry. In addition to clinical audiology, her experience includes key positions in business development, management, product management and sales.

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Financial: Allied Health Media: Salary received
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.



Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.
Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D. is the owner of Designer Audiology, LLC, located in Highland, Maryland. Previously, she was part of the cochlear implant and hearing aid teams at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and worked at two private audiology practices around the Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr. Spoor received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Michigan State University in Audiology and Speech Sciences. Her clinical internship experiences included Bethesda National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Medial Center), Ft. Belvoir Army Community Hospital, and Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. While at Gallaudet University, Dr. Spoor taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is currently the Secretary for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), Chair of the Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC), and Legislative Chair of the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA).

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Financial: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Convention registration received in kind, as a board member.
Nonfinancial: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Board membership.



Brian Taylor, Au.D.
Brian Taylor serves as the Editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly publication of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. During the first fifteen years of his career, he practiced clinical audiology in both medical and retail settings. Since 2005, Dr. Taylor has held a variety of leadership & management positions within the industry in both the United States and Europe. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on topics related to hearing aids, diagnostic audiology and business management. Brian has authored three textbooks: Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids (co-authored with Gus Mueller), Consultative Selling Skills for Audiologists, and Quality in an Audiology: Design & Implementation of the Patient Experience. His latest book, Marketing in an Audiology Practice, will be published in 2015.

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Financial: Employed by Hypersound and Fuel Medical – Salary received.
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Al Turri, Au.D.
Dr. Turri is the founder and director of Harmony Hearing Centers of America, a nine office private practice in Central Florida with revenue exceeding 3 million dollars at the time of its successful sale in January 2015. Following the excitement and great reception of his presentation on competing with Big Box retailers at the 2014 ADA Annual Convention, Dr. Turri has decided to devote more of his professional time coaching audiologists and practice owners on the use of his proven counseling model, which raises close rates to above 90% in most cases.

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Brian Urban, Au.D.
Brian Urban, Au.D. currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), a professional association dedicating to the autonomous practice of audiology. Dr. Urban is the President of CounselEAR, a provider of report-writing and office management software for audiologists. He is an adjunct faculty member at Rush University, and a frequent speaker at state and national conferences on the subject of patient counseling..

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Barbara Weinstein, Ph.D.
An expert in hearing loss in older adults, Barbara E. Weinstein earned her Ph.D. in audiology with a minor in geriatrics from Columbia University. Weinstein has authored several textbooks, the most recent being Geriatric Audiology (2012). The author of close to one hundred articles and book chapters, she speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics ranging from social isolation and hearing loss in the elderly, to senile dementia and hearing loss, to hearing aids and hearing health promotion and screening. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), an Oyer Fellow, and a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for the New York State Speech Language Hearing Association. She served as a panelist on the National Institutes of Health consensus panel on cochlear implants.

Weinstein developed the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly and its companion version, the Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults, the most widely used scales to screen adults and older adults for hearing loss, as well as to measure outcomes. She is the recipient of local, state, and federal grants in excess of $750,000 on aging, workforce education, counseling older adults, and outreach.

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Financial: Unitron – Consulting fee received, Independent contractor
Non-financial: No relevant relationships to disclose



Susan Whichard, M.S.
Susan Whichard is currently Vice President of Business Development and Industry Relations for Phonak, LLC. She started her audiology career as a private practice audiologist in Virginia. Previous industry positions include VP of Marketing at ReSound, VP Marketing at Sound ID and VP of Marketing at InSound Medical. She served as President of ADA from 1992 to 1994.

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Ian Windmill, Ph.D.
Dr. Windmill is the Director of Audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati. He also serves as the President-elect of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Windmill received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Audiology from the Florida State University. He began his career at the University of Louisville School of Medicine as a faculty member in the Division of Communication Disorders of the Department of Surgery. For the last 10 years he was director of academic and clinical programs of the Division of Audiology. He was a partner in University Surgical Associates, a 50-doctor multi-specialty surgical practice, where he served as a member of the Executive Committee, treasurer, chief contracting officer and on the Board of Directors.

From 2009 through 2014, he served as Chief of the Division of Communicative Sciences in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Windmill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education. He has more than 40 publications and more than 150 presentations at state, national and international conferences. His interest areas include the diagnosis of hearing disorders and education of hearing health professionals. In 2006, Dr. Windmill won the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education in the Hearing Healthcare Professions.

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