Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology Election

Your thoughtful consideration of candidates will help ensure strong leadership for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology future!

Communications Chair

Natalie Loyola
Candidate: Communications Chair
University: A.T. Still Univeristy

Why do you want to serve on ADA's Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I have had a great experience on the Communications Committee as well as attending the ADA convention. It's great to be a part of such an amazing team of future audiologists trying to advance our profession and fight for our rights. I have come across some of the most influential audiologists attending this conference as well as students who are so passionate on these wonderful committees and on the board! It would be great to continue to be part of such an empowering group! I would love to be considered and continue to be part of this change! I have wonderful classmates who have been on the board and have loved their experience.

What skills or experiences do have that you feel would make you an ideal candidate for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I have always tried to be a leader in all groups and organizations I am involved in. Being a part of my school's government, in committees within ADA and other organizations, being a team player and achieving goals has been so amazing. I am a hard-work and love to fight for our profession. I believe I can be a great addition to SADA.

What ideas do you have for the position to which you are applying or for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council as a whole?

Continue to empower student's voices, help get greater attention for our students and future audiologists. Raise awareness through social medias and all avenues. Continue to push our efforts and let the world know who we are and what we stand for!

In the event you are not elected for position of your choice, would you be interested in serving in a different position?

I would love to be included where help is needed. I find all positions to be equally important!    
Stephanie Winfield
Candidate: Communications Chair
University: University of Texas at Dallas

Why do you want to serve on ADA's Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

Service is the action of helping or doing work for someone. Communications is the means of connection between people or places. These are the areas I believe are invaluable to the success of the future of audiology. I want to serve on the SADA board because I believe service to this organization can enrich the future of audiology and benefit future patients. Additionally, working on the board would allow me to meet other professionals for networking and learning purposes. Networking and free-flowing communication between current and future professionals open the gateway to growth in the profession of audiology.

What skills or experiences do have that you feel would make you an ideal candidate for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

For my local Student of Academy of Audiology chapter, I have served as treasurer and will serve this upcoming year as the humanitarian co-chair. Both positions display my passion for serving and my willingness to serve in whatever capacity I am needed. I am flexible and think quickly on my feet for innovative solutions. Additionally, I have wrote several IRBs, reviewed articles for the International Journal of Audiology, and researched topics outside of class to stay up-to-date. I believe my creativeness, work ethic, writing skills, and passion for audiology are the best qualities I bring to the table for SADA.

What ideas do you have for the position to which you are applying or for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council as a whole?

I would like to apply for the communications position of SADA. I believe this position is valuable to both current and future professionals. The individual residing in the communications position should be able to relay relevant and novel information in a creative, eye-catching, and articulate manner to the entire audiology body. I believe I can be that person. For this position, in particular, I want to advocate to bring student networking together through social media and to help educate my fellow peers on opportunities and advances in audiology that are relevant to these future practitioners.

In the event you are not elected for position of your choice, would you be interested in serving in a different position?

Yes, I would be interested either in another position or serving as a committee member.    
Fundraising Chair

Danielle Ross Walker
Candidate: Fundraising Chair
University: University of Louisville

Why do you want to serve on ADA's Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I value the mission of ADA and believe this organization is working hard to further advance the profession of audiology. I believe that ADA is committed to changing our profession for the better and I want to help achieve this goal in any way I can. I'm currently serving as an SADA membership committee member. I have thoroughly enjoyed networking with the fellow members and becoming more involved in this organization. I have a passion for leadership and would like to become more involved on a national level as a committee chair.

What skills or experiences do have that you feel would make you an ideal candidate for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I have held numerous leadership positions throughout my graduate career. I served as president of my local SAA chapter so I know how much hard work it takes to be successful as a leader. I also served as sponsorship chair of our local "Celebrate Sound 5k Walk." I was responsible for contacting national and local businesses to obtain donations for the event. I believe this position will share similar responsibilities with the Fundraising chair position I’m applying for and because I already have experience in this area, I will be able to jump right into the position and get started!

What ideas do you have for the position to which you are applying or for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council as a whole?

Through my sponsorship chair position, I was able to develop relationships with several local business owners who sponsored our event as well as national sponsors such as HA/CI manufacturers and other businesses committed to supporting hearing healthcare. This position required dedication, excellent communication skills and professionalism in order to secure donations for the event. We raised over $6000 for hearing healthcare and surpassed the goals we had set for donations. If elected as fundraising chair, I will work to secure new partnerships with organizations for donations and keep a good relationship with past donors.

In the event you are not elected for position of your choice, would you be interested in serving in a different position?

Yes!    
Advocacy Chair

Jessica McConnell
Candidate: Advocacy Chair
University: University of South Alabama

Why do you want to serve on ADA's Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I feel like I have learned so much already simply from the AuDioGram, and I desire to gain as much from ADA as I can while I am a student, so I can bring that knowledge with me as a practicing audiologist. I also want to gain relationships and learn from other professionals and future professionals in the field. What better way to do that, than to serve on the SADA Board?

What skills or experiences do have that you feel would make you an ideal candidate for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

As an undergraduate student, I was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority where I served many positions, such as Secretary, Parliamentarian, Sisterhood Chair, Assistant Social Chair followed by Head Social Chair, and various committee positions. I have also held the job title of Social Media Coordinator at a local shop in Mobile, AL. I am very motivated and commit everything I have to my work. I love meeting new people and maintaining those relationships both inside and outside of our profession, problem solving and collaborating ideas within a team. I feel like these aforementioned qualities would really benefit me in the position of Advocacy.

What ideas do you have for the position to which you are applying or for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council as a whole?

Within the scope of Advocacy, student participation is so important. I can not speak to other universities, but personally, my university did not directly mention ADA or other professional organizations besides the Student Academy of Audiology. I found ADA by researching on my own time. Reaching out to specific universities and increasing awareness with the students can only better our chances for increased participation. We need to educate students on the benefits of joining ADA, promoting autonomy of the profession, attending conventions, and the positive impact these things have on their immediate future.

In the event you are not elected for position of your choice, would you be interested in serving in a different position?

Potentially, but I am the most passionate about advocacy and autonomy of our profession.    
Taylor Valien
Candidate: Advocacy Chair
University: Lamar University

Why do you want to serve on ADA's Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I would like to serve on SADA because I like to get my own university more involved with ADA and help those individuals for which we serve.

What skills or experiences do have that you feel would make you an ideal candidate for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council?

I am currently the Lamar SAA Vice President and the Lamar Audiology program class representative for university events. Previously, I served as the lead counselor of creative art camps and advocate for the Middle Tennessee Down Syndrome Association. Through these experiences I have gained quite a bit of advocacy experience in regards to communication with organizations and government representatives.

What ideas do you have for the position to which you are applying or for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) Council as a whole?

Honestly, I potentially have many ideas, but I would need to know the full scope of the position before I was able to specifically identify them. My past experiences have supplied me with many thoughts and ideas that could benefit SADA.

In the event you are not elected for position of your choice, would you be interested in serving in a different position?

I would be interested, but it would depend on the required time commitment.    

To cast your vote, click here. You must submit your vote by Monday, August 22, 2016.