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Board of Trustees Biography

Debbie Abel, AuD

Debbie Abel, Au.D. received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, OH after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her.

She is currently the manager of coding and contract services for Audigy and is also associated with Arch Health Partners in Poway, CA, where she provides audiologic services on a limited schedule. Formerly the Academy’s Senior Specialist, Practice Management, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee and a member of the Academy’s Ethical Practice Board.

Dr. Abel is an adjunct assistant professor at A. T. Still and Salus Universities.  She is the Alliance Area’s 1994 Athena Award recipient and in 2006, was awarded the first “Active Advocate of the Year” by the State Leaders’ Network of the American Academy of Audiology and in 2012, the American Academy of Audiology's President's Award.

E. Kimberly Barry, AuD

E. Kimberly Barry serves as Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. She has worked in the field of Audiology for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Doctor of Audiology from Central Michigan University. She served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of VA Audiologists for approximately 6 years, and served on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors from 2008 – 2012. She has also served on several AAA committees and task forces. Dr. Barry is board certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA). She is a member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology.

Brenna Carroll, AuD

Brenna S. Carroll, AuD, is a clinical audiologist at Swedish Medical Group practicing in Seattle and Issaquah, Washington.  She specializes in diagnostic and dispensing audiology and works with newborn though geriatric populations.  She studied at the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree and Doctorate in Audiology from the institution.  She has served as President and Treasurer of the Washington State Academy of Audiology and formerly chaired the Business Enhancement Strategies and Techniques (BEST) Committee for the American Academy of Audiology.  She was selected to participate in the 2010 Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference and she is board certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology(ABA).

Robert M. DiSogra, AuD

Robert M. DiSogra, Au.D, is an independent audiology consultant in Millstone Twp., NJ. He had been in private practice for 30 years in Freehold, NJ (Audiology Associates of Freehold, PC) prior to transferring ownership in 2015.

He received his Doctor of Audiology degree in 2003 from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. He holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Hofstra University and a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Education from St. John's University.

Dr. DiSogra developed and taught the Pharmacology/Ototoxicity distance learning course at Salus University from 2000-2005. He is now an adjunct lecturer at Salus. He has also taught doctoral level/graduate and undergraduate Audiology courses at Salus University, St. John's University NY), Rutgers University and Kean University (NJ).

Dr. DiSogra was recognized as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year from Salus University and also serves as Chairperson of the Osborne College of Audiology Advisory Board at Salus University.

Dr. DiSogra is also US Navy veteran and served during the Viet Nam era.

Lawrence Eng, AuD

Before joining Advanced Pacific in 2007 and the Maui Medical Group in 2012, Dr. Lawrence Eng founded and operated a successful private audiology practice for over twenty years in San Francisco, California. Prior to that time, he held the position of Rehabilitative Audiologist with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, after beginning his professional career in Audiology with an established private practice in San Francisco.

Dr. Eng completed his clinical doctorate degree in Audiology (Au.D.) at Salus University and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Communication Disorders from San Francisco State University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Board of Audiology. He is also a qualified American Sign Language interpreter.

Dr. Eng served on the boards of the Hearing Society of the Bay Area, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the California Academy of Audiology (CAA), where he served as President and was awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.  Currently, Dr. Eng serves as immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Audiology.

In the public arena, Dr. Eng participated in ongoing hearings and studies with the Federal Communications Commission concerning issues related to hearing aid compatibility and cell phones as a member of the AT&T Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

After several years of part-time residence, Dr. Eng permanently relocated to Maui in 2011. In addition to his work at Advanced Pacific, he is an audiologist for the Maui Medical Group and serves on a State of Hawaii advisory committee for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

Jason Galster, PhD

Jason Galster holds a PhD with focuses in audiology and electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Galster’s research interests have spanned topics that include acoustic signal processing, room acoustics, pediatrics, and most recently, investigating methods for interpreting individual variability in the outcomes of patients with hearing aids. Today, he leads a team of research audiologists with Starkey Hearing Technologies. Several times each year, Dr. Galster teaches courses on hearing aids to audiology students both inside and outside of the United States. 

Steven Gianakas

Steven Gianakas is a 2nd year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He received his B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a current member of the national Student Academy of Audiology board of directors and serves as the fundraising chair and the student liaison to the AAAF. His clinical/ research interests are in the areas of listening effort, speech perception, and cochlear implants. Steven is a huge fan of soccer, Butler basketball, and UW football and enjoys participating in triathlons.

Kristiina Huckabay, AuD

Kristiina Koski Huckabay is a clinical audiologist and Chair of the Audiology Consortium at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.   Prior to developing the audiology section within Swedish Otolaryngology, she was a full time Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor in the University of Washington’s Doctor of Audiology program.  She has continued to be involved at the UW as a part-time Affiliate Instructor.   Kristiina was selected to participate in the inaugural Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology conference in 2008.   Her past leadership roles include serving as the President of the Washington State Academy of Audiology, the National Advisor of the Student Academy of Audiology and as the Chair of the SAA Advisory Committee.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree at Western Washington University and her AuD at ATSU.  Kristiina is Board Certified in Audiology.

Eileen Rall, AuD

Eileen C. Rall, AuD, PASC has been an audiologist at The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1995. She received her M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and an AuD from the CMU/VUBWC distance learning program in December, 2004.  Along with clinical responsibilities at the CCC, Eileen coordinates CHOP’s Assessment and Treatment Implementation Program for Infants and toddlers with Hearing Loss – Enhancing Rehabilitation “CATIPIHLER.”  Before working at CHOP, Eileen was an audiologist in both a general hospital setting and in a private ENT practice. Eileen currently participates in all aspects of patient care within the department but has a special interest in pediatric amplification and supporting psychosocial development of children with hearing loss.

Georgine Ray, AuD

Dr. Ray received her Doctoral Degree in Audiology from the University of Florida in 2003 and her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from Arizona State University in 1979 and 1983, respectively. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Audiology and served on their inaugural Board of Governors from 1999-2002. Dr. Ray is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, where she has been active on several committees and served on their Board of Directors from 2008-2011. Most recently, she was Program Chair of the Academy’s annual convention, AudiologyNOW!, in 2014.

In her home state of Arizona, Dr. Ray is a Past-President of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association and previously served as the Program Chair for their annual convention. She is licensed as a Dispensing Audiologist by the Arizona Department of Health Services and served on their Advisory Committee for seven years, including the role as Chair of that committee.  In 1991 she founded her private practice, Affiliated Audiology Consultants Inc, located in Phoenix. Dr. Ray’s passion is to assist her patients, no matter what the age, to improve their quality of life by listening to their individual needs and bringing sound back into their world

Richard A. Roberts, PhD

Richard A. Roberts is the Director of Vestibular Services for Alabama Hearing & Balance Associates, Inc., a private audiology practice in Alabama. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Alabama. His primary area of research interest includes various topics related to assessment and management of vestibular dysfunction. Dr. Roberts has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology. From 2008-2016, he served continuously in various leadership roles on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology. Dr. Roberts is Board Certified by the American Board of Audiology.

Brenda M. Ryals, PhD

Brenda Morgan Ryals, PhD, is professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University.  She is an ASHA Fellow, a Fellow and former member of the Executive Board of the American Academy of Audiology, and past president of the American Auditory Society.  She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ear and Hearing. She has been an Advisory Board member for the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the NIH and a member of the Dept. Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau considering applications on universal newborn hearing screening.  She has received several honors for her leadership and service including the Honors of ASHA and the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology.  Her research has been supported by the NIDCD of the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Hearing Research Foundation and the Special Olympics. 

Dr. Ryals received her bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology from East Carolina University, her master's degree in audiology from the University of Tennessee and her Ph.D. in hearing science from the University of Virginia. 

Therese C. Walden, AuD

Therese C. Walden, AuD is a Staff Audiologist at Potomac Audiology, a robust private practice in Rockville, Md.  Dr. Walden retired from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in May 2014 after 28 years of service where her clinical and research interests focused on adult and geriatric diagnostics, amplification, evidence-based practice, and treatment efficacy.  Her professional interests lie in public policy/health, autonomy, ethics and legislative and regulatory issues affecting the profession of audiology.  She is a Past President of the American Academy of Audiology and has served on numerous Academy Boards and Committees, including serving as Program Chair for the 20th Anniversary AudiologyNOW! in 2008. Dr. Walden is also active in the Maryland Academy of Audiology, serving on the convention program planning committee.  Dr. Walden is honored and humbled to serve as Chair of the Foundation. 

Laura Ann Wilber, Ph.D.

Laura Ann is a professor-emeritus in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, where she served for 25 years as a professor of Audiology and Hearing Sciences. Previous to that she worked at UCLA as a research audiologist and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York as an associate professor and Director of Speech and Hearing Clinics. She was a founder of the American Academy of Audiology and has served on the Ethics Committee of AAA. She has served as president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Auditory Society, the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, and the New York State Speech and Hearing Association. She has represented the U.S. as a member of the acoustical section of its delegation to the International Standards Organization (ISO) since the 1970’s. She has degrees in and has worked as a speech-language-pathologist (BS Univ. of Southern Mississippi) and a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (M.S. Gallaudet University). She is a Fellow of ASHA, the Acoustical Society of America, and AAA. Her current research interests are primarily related to noise and its effects on hearing.

David Zapala, PhD

David Zapala earned his BS from California State University at Fullerton, MS University of Memphis. He is currently a Senior Consultant and Chair of the Audiology Section at the Mayo Clinic in Florida and an Associate Professor of Audiology in the Mayo School of Medicine. Dr. Zapala has published and taught in the areas of vestibular assessment and diagnostic audiology. He is a funded clinical researcher with projects dealing with superior canal dehiscence, clinical decision making, the role of consumers and audiologists in detecting ear disease. He has served on the American Board of Audiology, the Board of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Balance Society.

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