Election 2014



Your thoughtful consideration of candidates will help ensure strong leadership for ADA’s future! Open nominations accepted through July 25th. Visit www.audiologist.org for more information.

Rita R. Chaiken, Au.D.
Candidate: President-Elect
Private Practice Owner/Consultant
Atlanta, GA

Education
Doctor of Audiology Degree, Salus University (2003)
Masters of Medical Science Degree, Educational Audiology and Clinical Audiology, Emory University (1975)
Bachelor of Science Degree, Speech Pathology and Audiology, cum laude, Syracuse University (1973)

Professional Activities
  • Founder/Owner, Atlanta Audiology Services, Inc. 1996-present, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Founder/Owner, North Georgia Hearing Service, 1984-1996, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Regional Manager, Dahlberg Electronics, 1981-1984, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Audiologist, Fulton County Schools, 1975-1981
  • Adjunct Instructor - Salus University (2001—present)
  • Fellow – Academy of Doctors of Audiology (1981-present)
  • Board of Directors – Academy of Doctors of Audiology (Jan. 2010 – present)
  • Secretary – Academy of Doctors of Audiology (Nov. 2013-present)
  • Board Liaison – Mentoring Committee (2010, 2011), Membership Committee (2012), PRAC Committee (2012) – Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Fellow – American Academy of Audiology
  • Member – Georgia Academy of Audiology
  • President – Greater Atlanta Audiology Society (1983-1985)
  • Executive Council Member- Georgia Speech, Language and Hearing Association (1984-1986)
  • Board Member-State of Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology (1986- 1992) Vice Chairman (1991-1992)
  • Instructor – Emory University Division of Allied Health Professions (1980-1981)
  • Instructor – Nationally and Internationally of Cerumen Management Workshops and Courses
  • Peer Reviewer – Audiology Online
  • Salus University Osborne College of Audiology Alumna of the Year Award 2014
  • Audiology Foundation of America Professional Leadership Award
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) Audiology Alumni Award
Position Statement
Audiologists refer to “connectivity” as the ability of hearing devices to accept sounds directly transmitted from other media. I apply this idea of “connectivity” to my involvement in, and goals for, ADA through interaction and communication.

My continuous membership in ADA spans over 30 years. My career path has been significantly impacted by past and present ADA leaders. Those connections helped frame my years of active leadership in ADA.

ADA has made new connections. Now ADA must sync those connections to advance our common objectives.

We need to solidify our existing connections to Congress by vigorously lobbying for passage of our 18x18 initiative. I have personally been there, lobbying in Washington on behalf of ADA members.

We need to connect to our profession better by remaining resolute in our ideals and goals for the autonomous practice of audiology, and by infusing the broader audiology profession with ADA’s unmatched passion. My experience in leadership, teaching, and professional development reflect the ability to do just that.

We need to connect more strongly to our patients by “advancing practitioner excellence” in technical knowledge, as wisely stated in our Mission Statement, and by effectively reaching out to our current and prospective patients. Under my leadership, we will accomplish this by ensuring the relevant, high level educational offerings of our conventions and expanding our new, creative marketing efforts.

We need to tighten and broaden our connection to Au.D. students and their educational institutions, ensuring that ADA remains the vanguard of the autonomous practitioner. As an active instructor within Au.D. Programs across the country, I am connected with both.

We need to connect to each other. As your President, I pledge that your Board will listen and be transparent and responsive. And be assured, we will deftly navigate the choppy waters of the consumer marketplace in which we now swim. Thanks to the visionary leadership of the past, we are headed in the right direction.

This is our time. I am excited for the opportunity to lead ADA, along with our dedicated board, tireless staff, and committed volunteers. I would appreciate your vote.    
Jason Aird, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Coralville, IA

Education
Doctor of Audiology Degree, University of Florida, 2001
Master of Arts Degree, University of Northern Iowa, 1994
Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Northern Iowa, 1992

Professional Activities
  • Private Practice Owner / Operator, Coralville, IA, 2005 – Present
  • Employee in Private Practice Audiology Clinic, Coralville, IA,1995 – 2005
  • Clinical Audiologist – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Otolaryngology, 1994 – 1995
  • Audiology License – State of Iowa – 1995 – present
  • Hearing Instrument Dispensing License – State of Iowa – 1994 – present
  • Licensure Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Vice Chair 2004 -2012
  • Iowa Hearing Association – Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Advisory Committee – Audiology Foundation of America
  • Advisory Committee – Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Working Group – Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Board of Directors – Elder Services of Iowa
  • Board of Directors – Pruecil School of Music – 2012 – Present
  • Board of Directors – Otohealth, current president, 2006 – present
Position Statement
As a candidate for the position of at large for the board of directors of ADA, I would like to have the opportunity to work with those in our profession who have contributed their time and talents to further our current causes and agendas. It is a time of rapid change within our industry and the more individuals that participate in helping to guide our profession during these changes the more likely we will achieve a solid placement in providing hearing health care services to the public. I would like to be a participant during this time in our profession and am willing to work with those who are currently serving ADA in capacity. I hope to bring different perspectives to our current issues within our profession and look to for viable long term solutions.    
Catherine J. Martine, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Charleston, SC

Education
Doctor of Audiology Degree, A. T. Still University, 2000
Master of Audiology, University of South Carolina, 1984
Bachelor of Science, Bloomsburg University, 1975

Professional Activities
  • Private Practice Founder/Owner - Charleston, SC, 1988-present
  • Clinical Audiologist, (P/T) Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC, 1989-2011 Board Certified in Audiology, American Board of Audiology, 2010-current
  • Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1990s
  • Instructor of Audiology, MUSC, Charleston, SC, 1985-1988
  • SC Audiology License 1988-present
  • Fellow, Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
  • Founder, SC Academy of Audiology
  • Past President SCAA, SC Academy of Audiology
  • Past President ARA, Audiological Resource Association
  • A variety of National, State and local committees
  • Outstanding Practice Achievement Award, Audigy Group, 2013
  • Au.D. Chair’s Circle Award for Generous Philanthropic Support of the Doctor of Audiology Program, A.T. Still University
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Superior/Outstanding Performance awards ARA, Outstanding Audiologist Award 2003
  • Owner of “Tipper”, the Number 1 longhaired dachshund in the country
Position Statement
ADA is the home for private practice audiologists and must continue to support and advocate for professional autonomy. We are bombarded by many who want to sell a product and say they do what we do. We need to continue to develop and profess our differences in practice and utilize and report outcome measurements.

My statement is simple: I love what I do and where I practice. I want to continue to be in private practice, make a decent living, maintain ethical standards and provide the highest quality audiologic care to my patients. I want future audiologists to have the same chance and opportunities. I will do everything I can to be of service to ADA members in maintaining and protecting our profession.    
Ram Nileshwar, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Lake Charles, LA

Education
Doctor of Audiology Degree, A.T.Still University, 2009
Master of Arts Degree, Western Michigan University, 1980
Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Bombay, 1978

Professional Activities
  • Private Practice Owner/Operator, Lake Charles, LA 1987- Present
  • Clinical Audiologist, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Lake Charles, LA 1981-2001
  • Board Certified in Audiology, American Board of Audiology, 2013-Present
  • Louisiana License, Audiology, 1981-Present
  • Fellow, Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
  • Numerous ACE and Scholar Awards for Lifelong Learning
  • Participated in the ADA 18 X 18 Legislative Fly-In, lobbying congress activities, in Washington DC, June 2013
Position Statement
As a candidate for the position of Director-at-Large I believe that my sole goal is to support and work towards the establishment of the complete autonomy of the practice of Audiology and the only way I believe this can be achieved is to whole heartedly support the ADA 18 X 18 Legislative initiative.

I believe that Private Practice is truly the backbone of the profession of Audiology. I also believe that the profession of Audiology if fully capable of and therefore should regulate itself. There is no place for other professions to control or dictate the activities, education, scope of practice and regulation of the profession of Audiology.

In an environment that is ever changing and challenging it is imperative that Audiologists must and should have the commitment, focus and resolve to not only support legislation and standards of practice but also to work cohesively to create our own destiny in which the profession of Audiology can, not just survive, but thrive. I am committed to these goals and would appreciate your vote.    
Gabriel J. Pitt, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Savannah, GA

Education
Doctor of Audiology – University of South Florida (USF), 2007
Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Georgia, 2003

Professional Activities
  • Private Practice Audiologist at Optimal Hearing Systems, Inc., 2007-Present
  • 4th year externship at The University of California San Francisco and at Audiological Services of San Francisco, 2006-2007
  • President of the Georgia Academy of Audiology, Term 2013-2014
  • Lead a Joint Task Force in Georgia addressing over-the-counter sale of hearing aids in the state of Georgia, 2011-2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
  • Co-Author of an article awarded “Most Thought Provoking” of 2007 by the Hearing Journal - entitled “Cortical Evoked
  • Response to Gaps in Noise: Within-Channel and Across-Channel Conditions”
  • Audiology Foundation of America’s “Conference on Professional Education: Positioning Audiology for the 21st Century”
  • Nominated by USF’s Audiology Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Lister, 2008
  • Member of Sigma Beta Delta honor society for business 2003
Position Statement
My stance as a candidate for the position of director at large for ADA is to secure the establishment of complete professional autonomy for audiological practice, regulation and education. As an audiologist with a solid business background, I feel uniquely positioned to help ADA reach this goal. Since its inception in 1977, the group of forward thinking audiologists that comprised ADA have effectively and significantly altered the course of the profession of audiology toward a more autonomous profession. Beginning with the then “unethical” practice of treating hearing loss by dispensing hearing aids, to developing and supporting the concept of the Au.D., ADA has been a catalyst for positive, practical change in the profession of audiology. As director at large I would do my best to ensure that ADA continues this progressive support of independent audiological practice. Any true profession is able to practice autonomously. While audiologists have come a long way, we still have a number of hurdles ahead of us before we are truly autonomous and I will do everything I can to get us there. If you agree, I would appreciate your vote.    
Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Rockville, MD

Education
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), , Gallaudet University, 2006
Master of Science (M.S.) in Audiology, Gallaudet University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Audiology and Speech Science with Honors, Michigan State University, 2002

Professional Activities
  • 2011-present: A&A Hearing Group, Rockville, Maryland
  • 2007-2011: Audiology Associates, Inc., Ellicott City, Maryland
  • 2006-2007: Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2004-2005: Adjunct Professor, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2003-2005: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA):
    • Fellow Member, 2007-present; Director-at-Large, 2013-present; 18x18 Consortium Committee Member, 2012-present; 18x18 Political Committee Member, 2012-present; Advocacy Committee Chair, 2011-2013; Advocacy Committee Member, 2010-present; Representative, Audiology Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) committee, 2010-present; Contributor, “Audiology Practices” Magazine, 2011, 2014; Mentor/Mentee Program, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2013; Student Member, 2004-2006
  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA):
    • Fellow Member, 2006-present; Academy Scholar, 2007-2013; Featured Sessions Sub-Committee Member for AudiologyNOW! 2015; AAA Strategic Document Committee for Adult Hearing Screening Member, 2014-present; Poster Presentation Sub-Committee Member for AudiologyNOW! 2014; Attendee, State Leaders pre-AudiologyNOW! Convention Workshop, 2010, 2014; Attendee, James Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC), 2012; Representative, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professionals, Inc. Health Professions Update, 2012; Poster Presentation (third author): Cochlear implantation in superficial siderosis at AudiologyNOW! Convention, 2007; Student Member, 2002-2006
  • Doctor of Audiology Preceptor, 2006-2007, 2010-2012
  • Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA):
    • Fellow Member, 2007-present; Past-President, 2011; President, 2010; President-Elect, 2009; Legislative Chair, 2013-present; Convention Committee Chair, 2009; Convention Committee Member, 2008-2010, 2012
  • 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
  • Audiology Representative/Speaker, National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, 2006-2007
  • National Association for the Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA):
    • National Member, 2002-2006; National Publications Director, 2005-2006; National Website Editor, 2004-2005; Gallaudet University Chapter Member, 2002-2006; Gallaudet University Chapter Past-President, 2004-2005; Gallaudet University Chapter President, 2003-2004
  • National Award: “Outstanding NAFDA Chapter” at Gallaudet University, 2003-2004
Position Statement
I am honored to be nominated for the position of Director-at-Large of ADA. If elected, I will work toward the following goals, on behalf of ADA’s membership.

First, I would actively promote the national 18x18 campaign until it is passed. With the support of every Audiologist we will succeed. As a member of the political and consortium committees, I see the impact that one person can make in both the legislative and financial areas. Getting this legislation passed in Congress is another step towards complete professional autonomy. Autonomy elevates Audiologists to be recognized for their full, state-defined scope of practice and places them in the same professional category as other doctoring professionals. I plan to make frequent visits to Congressional champions and co-sponsors, to promote 18x18 at Congressional fundraisers, and to provide resources about 18x18 to state conventions and educational programs.

Second, I will support and equip state audiology academies. I would distribute an updated model state licensure law that adds teleaudiology, audiology assistants, and state reciprocity language, helping states when amending their audiology laws and resulting in professional growth and quality service to patients. I’m interested in creating an online community shared among the state boards and devoted to legislative issues. This forum would serve as a resource for addressing specific state legislative questions and concerns.

Third, I will fight for individual audiologists. I would like to do a membership drive to retain student members after graduation, add more individual practitioners, and maintain involvement of retired audiologists. I believe that active ADA members can and should be encouraged to use their interests and expertise where they are most passionate. With the new trends in hearing healthcare and amplification, I will empower audiologists to brainstorm and create personal solutions that address these disruptive practices in their environment. My ideas include expert interviews, in-depth lessons from other professions, online idea sharing, and webinars.

I look forward to the opportunity to continue representing ADA’s members as a Director-at-Large. I will be receptive to your valuable input and act as a common voice during my term. Thank you for your vote!

I believe that Private Practice is truly the backbone of the profession of Audiology. I also believe that the profession of Audiology if fully capable of and therefore should regulate itself. There is no place for other professions to control or dictate the activities, education, scope of practice and regulation of the profession of Audiology.

In an environment that is ever changing and challenging it is imperative that Audiologists must and should have the commitment, focus and resolve to not only support legislation and standards of practice but also to work cohesively to create our own destiny in which the profession of Audiology can, not just survive, but thrive. I am committed to these goals and would appreciate your vote.