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Board of Trustees Biography

Angela Shoup, PhD

Angela Shoup, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she also serves as Director of the Division of Communicative and Vestibular Disorders. Dr. Shoup received her PhD in Human Development and Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994. Dr. Shoup has published articles and textbook chapters on audiologic procedures and implantable hearing aids. She has been an invited speaker and presented research findings at national and international meetings. She served as President of the Texas Academy of Audiology and Chair of the Ethical Practices Committee for the American Academy of Audiology. Her research interests include implementation of universal newborn hearing screening programs, developmental issues in audition, auditory electrophysiology, diagnostic assessment for auditory and vestibular disorders, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. Angela and her husband Brett have one daughter, Zodie.

Francis Kuk, PhD

Francis Kuk, PhD, received his PhD in Audiology from the University of Iowa. He has assumed staff and faculty positions at the University of Iowa and University of Illinois-Chicago respectively. Dr. Kuk is currently the VP of Audiology at Widex USA and has written and presented extensively in the area of hearing aid technology and fittings. He also serves as the editorial consultant for various professional journals.

Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD

Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD, currently serves as the executive director
and owner of Premier Hearing Center, with 16 audiology and balance
centers in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. He earned his bachelor of
science from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in Mysore, and
his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Prior to starting his private practice, Dr. Ballachanda held academic
positions at Purdue University as an assistant professor of audiology and
at the University of New Mexico as the associate professor of audiology
and surgery. He has written three books and several research and
clinic articles. He was on the board of directors of the American Academy
of Audiology from 2007 to 2010 and served as board liaison to several
committees. He is board certified in audiology by the American Board of
Audiology (ABA).

James A. (Jim) Beauchamp, AuD

James A. (Jim) Beauchamp, AuD, is an educational audiologist employed by Tulare (California) County Office of Education. In charge of the Hearing and Speech Center, he provides the full range of clinical and rehabilitative audiology services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students including the fitting and adjustment of hearing aids and FM systems. Dr. Beauchamp consults with public school nurses concerning student hearing health care, and he works with teachers and administrative personnel concerning appropriate classroom acoustics and educational needs of hearing impaired students. He is board certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA) and has served in various leadership roles in the California Academy of Audiology and Educational Audiology Association. He also provided leadership on the ABA Board of Governors, where he served as Board Chair in 2009; he currently serves as chair of the ABA Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification Task Force.

M. Patrick Feeney, PhD

M. Patrick Feeney, PhD, works at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) at the Portland VA Medical Center. He conducts research at the center on assessment of the peripheral auditory system and adult hearing screening. He is a past president (2008–2009) and board member (2006–2010) of the
American Academy of Audiology and was program chair of AudiologyNOW!
2006. Prior to joining the NCRAR, he was the chief of audiology in the
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of
Washington (2002–2011). He is board certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA).

Pamela Fiebig, AuD

Pamela Fiebig, AuD, is supervisor of audiology clinical service at Northwestern University Department of Otolaryngology in Chicago, IL. Her current clinical work is on cochlear implants, and she has assisted in data gathering for many clinical trials. She has been associated with Northwestern University for many years, most recently as a senior lecturer in the Department of Otolaryngology. She received her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, her master’s degree at Northwestern University, and her AuD from the George S. Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. She is a founding member and past president of the Illinois Academy of Audiology. Dr. Fiebig lives weekdays in downtown Chicago and weekends in southwest Michigan with her husband and two Maine Coon cats.

Karen Glay, AuD

Karen Glay, AuD, is a private practice audiologist in Lake Barrington, Illinois and owner of Suburban Hearing Services since 1989. Her practice focuses on diagnostics and dispensing for both adult and pediatric patients. She received her BS in Communication Disorders from Marquette University, a MA in Audiology from Northern Illinois University, and her AuD from the George S. Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. She is a founding member and Past-President of the Illinois Academy of Audiology and remains active on several committees. She also served as chair of the American Academy of Audiology State Leaders Network (State Leaders Subcommittee) and member of the Academy's Government Relations Committee. 

Alison Grimes, AuD

Alison Grimes, AuD, is the head of the Audiology Clinic at UCLA Medical
Center, and an assistant clinical professor in head and neck surgery. Dr. Grimes’s background spans 30 years in audiology, and includes periods of
research (primarily in hearing aids, and pediatrics and in hearing function in aging/demented individuals). She has spent most of her career in the nonprofit world, most recently as director of audiology at Providence
Speech and Hearing Center in Orange, CA. In addition to being a former
Academy board member (1999–2002) and president of the Academy
(2007–2008), Dr. Grimes has served on the Executive Board of the American
Auditory Society, has served on the California State Speech Language
Pathology and Audiology Board since 2000, and she is board certified in
audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA).

Michael Mallahan, AuD

Michael Mallahan, AuD, is the director of the Hearing & Balance Lab in Mill Creek, Washington and has been in private practice since 1995. He is regionally recognized for expertise in providing assessment and direction for rehabilitative care for patients with balance disorders. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at Western Washington University and his AuD from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. His greatest joy is serving children in Guatemala, leading medical mission teams through the Healing the Children organization. Mike and his wife Laura have three sons.

Joscelyn Martin, AuD

Joscelyn Martin, AuD, is an Instructor in Audiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the newborn hearing screening coordinator and works with adult and pediatric patients in the diagnostic and hearing aid clinics. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, master’s degree at Northwestern University, and Doctor of Audiology degree at Central Michigan University. Dr. Martin has served as President of the Minnesota Academy of Audiology, has volunteered for several American Academy of Audiology committees, and was selected to participate in the Academy’s 2010 Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference. She has also been a member of the Newborn Hearing Screening and Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology advisory councils to the Minnesota Department of Health. 

Eugene (Gene) McHugh, EdD

Eugene (Gene) McHugh has been in solo private practice and has been the owner of Colorado Springs Audiology providing audiology, hearing aid dispensing, and industrial audiology services since 1985. His practice is located in a professional building he owns and shares with his wife(dentist) Dr. Mary Purinsh. He received his MA in Audiology in 1976 from the University of  Northern Colorado (UNC) and  EdD in Special Education with emphasis in audiology from UNC in 1985. Between degrees he worked for Siemens (1976-1980) and Westone Labs (1980-1982). He was a charter board member of  the Colorado Academy of Audiology and has participated in a variety of committee positions at the state level. He enjoys singing and musical arranging with various groups from classical to rock and roll, including the American Academy of Audiology Chorus.

Jill Preminger, PhD

Jill Preminger, PhD, received her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin and her PhD in Audiology from the University of Minnesota.  She is currently an associate professor in the Program of Audiology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Preminger’s research interests are in adult rehabilitative audiology. She is interested in measuring the efficacy of group audiologic rehabilitation programs, the role of spouses in the rehabilitation process, and in documenting the audiologic rehabilitation experience for people with hearing loss and their communication partners. She is a past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, a past faculty member for the Ida Institute, and has served on and chaired several AudiologyNOW! committees. She also currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the Student Academy of Audiology.

Hilary Rosenstrauch, AuD

Hilary Rosenstrauch, AuD, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Audiology and Hearing Science from Northwestern University, and Doctor of Audiology from the University of Florida. Prior to joining HearFlorida in 2010, Dr. Rosenstrauch was an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University and held a position as a research audiologist at GN ReSound. She has been a clinical educator and AuD student advocate; she served as National Advisor to NAFDA, and was the Rush University NAFDA chapter advisor for six years. Currently, she is a member of the Rush University AuD Advisory Board. Dr. Rosenstrauch is a proud participant of 2010 Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference and presently serves on the AAA Professional Standards and Practices Committee.

Elizabeth Thompson, AuD

Elizabeth Thompson, AuD, is a product manager at Phonak LLC in
Warrenville, IL. She joined Phonak in 2008 as the Northeast Government
Services Territory Sales Manager. Prior to joining Phonak, she served as a clinical audiologist with specific focus on the diagnosis and treatment of adults, hearing aid outcome research, and clinical education of AuD students at Indiana University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University and her doctor of audiology degree from Salus University. Dr. Thompson was selected to participate in the 2010 Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference, and she has served on various state and national committees.

Bettie Borton, AuD

Bettie Borton, AuD, is a board certified audiologist from Alabama. For more than 30 years, Dr. Borton has served those with hearing impairment and their families in a variety of settings. She is the founder and Practice Director of Doctors Hearing Clinic, a full service private practice in audiology with offices in Montgomery and Auburn/Opelika. Dr. Borton was also a founding member and first president of the Alabama Academy of Audiology (ALAA), and served as a member of the Board of Governors, as well as National Chair, of the American Board of Audiology (ABA). In 2010, Dr. Borton was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Audiology, and currently serves as Past-President of the Academy.

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