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Board of Trustees Biography

Therese Walden, AuD

Therese C. Walden, AuD, is a Research Audiologist at the Audiology and Speech Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Audiology and also served as a Member-At-Large for the Board in 2005-2008. She has served as a member of the Academy’s Government Relations Committee, the Ethical Practices Committee (Board) and many AudiologyNOW! Program Committees; serving as the 20th Anniversary Chair in 2008. Therese also served as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Board of Audiology.  She earned her BS (1983) in Communication Sciences and Disorders; her MS (1984) in Audiology from Towson State University and her AuD through Central Michigan University (2001). Her clinical/research interests are in the areas of adult and geriatric diagnostics, amplification, tinnitus, evidence-based practice and treatment efficacy. Therese is devoted to her husband Brian and their daughter Kelly and she enjoys playing golf (mostly) and loves to sing, read and help out at church.


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. 


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).

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).

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.


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). 

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.

Erin Miller, AuD

Erin L. Miller, AuD, is a board certified audiologist who received her master’s degree from Kent State University and her AuD from the University of Florida. She has provided service to children and adults with hearing, tinnitus, and auditory processing disorders for more than 28 years. She currently is an instructor at the University of Akron, and serves as the coordinator of the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (NOAC) and the Hearing Aid Dispensary at the University of Akron’s Audiology and Speech Center.  Dr. Miller has served on the American Academy of Audiology’s Board of Directors for five years, and currently serves as president. She is a past president of the Ohio Academy of Audiology (OAA) and the Northern Ohio Academy of Audiology (NOAA). She chaired the Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition for six years and has been an OAA representative to the coalition for more than 12 years. Prior to being elected to the Academy Board of Directors, Dr. Miller served on the Board of Governors of the American Board of Audiology (ABA), chaired the Government Relations Committee, the State Network Committee, and was a member of the Ethical Practices Committee. 

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

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.

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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