Election 2016

Your thoughtful consideration of candidates will help ensure strong leadership for ADA’s future!

Alicia D. D. Spoor, Au.D.
Director- at- Large (one position open)
Rachel Magann Faivre, Au.D.
Larry Schmidbauer, Au.D.
Albert Turri, Au.D.
Please cast your vote online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADA2016ElectionBallot.

Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski for more information.

Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.
Audiologist & President
Designer Audiology, LLC
Highland, MD

Candidate: President-Elect

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), 2006, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Audiology, 2005, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Audiology/Speech Science with Honors, 2002, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2014-present: Designer Audiology, LLC, Highland, Maryland 2011-2014: A&A Hearing Group, Rockville, MD
2007-2011: Audiology Associates, Inc., Ellicott City, Maryland 2006-2007: Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ

Professional Activities/Honors
Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA)
  • Craig W. Johnson Advocacy Award, 2015 Oticon Focus on People Award Finalist
  • Hearing Healthcare Practitioner category, 2015 The Daily Record (Baltimore)
  • VIP List – Very Important Professionals Successful by 40, 2015
  • Fellow Member, 2008-present
    • Student Member, 2004-2006
  • Board Member
    • Treasurer, 2015-present
    • Secretary, 2014-2015
    • Director-at-Large, 2013-2014
  • 18x18 Consortium Committee Member, 2012-present
  • 18x18 Political Committee Member, 2012-present
  • Advocacy Committee
    • Chair, 2011-2013
    • Member, 2010-2013
  • Representative, Healthcare Economics Committee (HCEC), 2015-present
  • Convention Presenter, 2014-2015
  • Mentor/Mentee Program, 2008, 2011, 2013-2015
    • Student Mentee, 2004
Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC)
  • Chair, 2014-2016
  • ADA Representative, 2010-2014
Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA)
  • Fellow Member, 2007-present
  • Legislative Chair, 2013-present
  • Board Member
    • Past-President, 2011
    • President, 2010
    • President-Elect, 2009
    • Convention Committee
    • Chair, 2009
    • Member, 2008-2010, 2012
  • Convention Presenter, 2014-2016
Osborne College of Audiology Advisory Board, Salus University, 2015-present
American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
  • Fellow Member, 2006-2015
  • Academy Scholar, 2007-2015
  • AudiologyNOW! Convention
    • Featured Sessions Sub-Committee Member, 2015
    • Poster Presentation Sub-Committee Member, 2014
    • Attendee, State Leaders pre-convention workshop, 2010, 2014
    • Poster Presentation (third author): Cochlear implantation in superficial siderosis at AudiologyNOW! Convention, 2007
  • AAA Strategic Document Committee for Adult Hearing Screening Member, 2014-2015
  • James Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC) Attendee, 2012
  • Representative, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professionals, Inc. Health Professions Update, 2012
  • Student Member, 2002-2006
Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Audiology Representative, Process for Improvement of Clinical Practice Committee, 2006- 2007
  • Alumni Speaker, Mayo School of Health Sciences All School Convocation, 2006
Position Statement
I am honored to be nominated for the position of President-Elect of ADA. If elected, I will prioritize the following three goals on behalf of ADA’s membership.

First, and most importantly, I will lead the charge to bring the Audiology Patient Choice Act to fruition by 2018. Together with Dr. Hagberg’s leadership on this critical legislation, I will help empower and enlist every Audiologist in writing and calling his or her Congressional members, lobbying on Capitol Hill and in home districts, and financially supporting the 18x18 movement. This engagement must move beyond ADA members to the entire Audiology community to guarantee a future for our profession.

Second, I will work to make ADA the preeminent home for private practice Audiologists. We can start by building the resources available to practice owners and autonomous professionals on the website, via webinar/webcasts, and through networking events. I will work with the ADA board to find new corporatepartnerships that can support individual practices, especially new start-up practices and practices transitioning to young(er) professionals.

Finally, I will continue to be an advocate, representative, and positive voice for the profession of Audiology, looking out for the professionals and patients whom ADA serves. In some cases, ADA will work with other Audiology and non-Audiology institutions, and in other cases we will need a strong divergent voice and stance against the status quo. While it may be unpopular to stand up against other organizations who are seeking to diminish the education and role of Audiologists as entry-level hearing and balance practitioners, we must unite to ensure our livelihood. This ongoing challenge will require a strong leader and proclamation from ADA, which I am ready to undertake with your support.

I look forward to the opportunity to represent members as President-Elect. I value and expect your ideas and feedback to make my term productive for all members. Thank you for your vote!  
Rachel A. Magann Faivre, Au.D., COHC
Adult Clinic Director
Hearts for Hearing (Non-Profit Clinic)
Oklahoma City, OK

Candidate: Director-At-Large

Doctor of Audiology, Northern Illinois University, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2007

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Adult Clinic Director, Hearts for Hearing, Oklahoma, 2014-Present
  • Audiology Externship Program, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, 2013-2014
  • ADA Student Business Plan Competition Winner, 2013
  • ADA Student Advocacy Chair, 2013-2014
  • ADA Advocacy Committee and 18 x 18 Supporter
  • AAA Student Advocacy Committee, 2012
  • SAA Advocacy Chair, Northern Illinois University, 2010-2013
  • Best Audiologist, The Oklahoman Reader’s Choice Winner, 2015
  • Hearing Loop Research Presentation, International Hearing Loop Conference, England, 2013
  • Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist, CAOHC, 2012-Present
  • ADA Student Member Mentor, 2015-Present
  • Audigy Group Student Business and Leadership Program, 2014
  • Fellow, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, 2014-Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology, 2014-Present
Position Statement
I have been actively involved with ADA my entire student and professional career and have been continually impressed by the members’ passion, leadership, and the initiatives and projects they tackle. I have a passion for being active in audiology organizations, particularly concerning advocacy efforts, patients’ rights issues, and teaching student leadership. Working as a team to collaborate on national audiology issues is the only way to make meaningful change within our profession and of importance, I will continue to work on passing the Audiology Patient Choice Act to ensure the autonomous future of audiology.

I have been incredibly supported by many mentors within the audiology profession and truly enjoy working as a team and helping other fellow audiologists and students achieve goals and stay informed on current issues. Serving on the ADA board provides an opportunity to give back to an organization that has helped shaped me professionally. I will work to build autonomy, grow our profession, and thrive in our changing healthcare market.

Larry Schmidbauer, Au.D.
Professional Hearing Care
Tiffin, Ohio

Candidate: Director-at-Large

Doctor of Audiology Degree - A T Still (Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona School of Health Sciences), July 2001
Master's Degree - Bowling Green State University, 1979
Undergraduate Degrees - University of Toledo, 1978

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Private Practice - Professional Hearing Care - 1990 - present
  • Clinical Audiologist - Betty Jane Rehabilitation Center, Tiffin 1979-1990 Fellow - Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Fellow - American Academy of Audiology
  • ABA Certification
  • CAOHC Certified Professional Supervisor in Audiology
  • Member Education Committee ADA Conference 2013-2014
  • Chair Education Committee ADA Conference 2015-2016
Position Statement
I believe that the movement Dr. David Goldstein started years ago bringing Audiology to a Doctoring Profession, and what has been continued by ADA since, is not complete until we achieve 18 x 18. . I am willing to help bring this about. I believe ADA is the key player as its membership is primarily private practitioners who are decision makers.

I want Audiologists to take control of their Profession and be the "Experts" in Hearing and Balance Care. We are the Profession uniquely qualified to provide this care. ENTs are not - they are a medical surgical specialty. HISs are not - they are not diagnosticians and cannot deal with balance issues at all. ADA must continue to champion Audiologists as the "Primary Care Practitioner" of Hearing and Balance. If we don't, no one else will.

Hearing Care is Health Care. The consumer is not sure about this. Government is not sure about this. Physicians are not sure about this. People are "drinking the sand because they don't know they have a choice" (paraphrase from The American President - Michael J. Fox, 1995). We have to be the voice that demands their attention. We need to be a home for the understanding that Hearing Care is Health Care, for unwavering Excellence in Audiology Practice and for unprecedented Advocacy.

There are businesses and Big Money Companies who want to play in the "hearing game." They want to jump in at this point in time and get in on the action. They do not realize that their actions will change people's brain function. This is not a game. It is Health Care. We need to be a voice of reason and clarity on this issue for those with hearing loss and those who "want to help." I believe ADA has the right vision and desire to; a) move forward and shape change, b) advocate for the hearing impaired and for Audiologists and c) safeguard the health care approach to Hearing and Hearing Loss Treatment.

We will not win every battle but we need to BE the Experts and provide leadership.
Al Turri, Au.D.
Director of Audiology
The Villages Health System
The Villages, FL

Candidate: Director-at-Large

Titles Held
  • Director of Audiology – The Villages Health System
  • Previous Private Practice Owner: Nine Audiology Clinics
  • Director of Operations Southwestern US - Sound Point Audiology
  • Manufacturers’ Sales Representative – Micro Tech Hearing
  • Clinical Fellow Audiologist – VAMC
  • ADA Fellow
  • Sales coach
  • Business consultant
  • Speaker
  • 2014 Orlando Sentinel’s Best Hearing Aid Provider - Harmony Hearing Centers of America
  • 2009 Bedside Manner Award Outstanding provider - Family Doctors of Belleview
Doctor of Audiology Degree - Salus University, 2006
Master's Degree (Audiology) - University of South Florida, 2001
Undergraduate Degrees -University of South Florida, 1992

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Practiced audiology for 15 years.
  • Private practice grown to nine offices and sold 2015.
  • Hybrid primary care medical model innovator.
  • ADA student member mentor.
  • ADA Advocacy Fund contributor.
  • 18x18 supporter.
  • ADA Awareness Task Force member
Position Statement
It would be my pleasure and honor to serve as ADA Director - Member at large. Over the years I watched two other organizations with audiology interests grow and become entities trying to be too many things to many people, ultimately losing their focus. I am committed to helping ensure that ADA does not go down that same road and will focus on four main goals.

I. First and foremost 18x18 must be achieved, not just via the efforts of ADA but by a united front consisting of all audiologists that share a vision of complete autonomy for audio¬logical practice. I will continue to advocate, contribute, and recruit audiologists in order to achieve this goal.

II. Audiology practice is evolving, and ADA has been a leading force in its direction due to its dynamic membership and elected leaders. For this to continue, the next generation must be encouraged to take up leadership roles. I will devote effort to helping identify future leaders and encourage initiatives that further the leadership training that ADA has already implemented.

III. Open communication between the membership and the board is essential. I will advocate for a stronger “Peer Review" process for significant and important issues that impact the entire membership.

IV. The hearing aid and what the good audiologists provide with its use must stay front and center. I will strive to bring innovative ideas to our membership that increases market penetration, fight the forces that would claim to be better at care than audiologists and diligently oppose efforts to remove FDA requirements or licensed provider requirements as recently proposed by members of the accessible and affordable hearing healthcare commission.

I will work to ensure that 18x18 passes, future leaders will be identified and mentored to accept the baton, and a process is in place that enables members and leaders to be on the same page with regulations, goals and objectives that protect the patient as well as the future of audiologists.

I am ready to serve you and ask for your vote!

Please cast your vote online by Monday, September 26 at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADA2016ElectionBallot.