SAA Committee Member Spotlight: Hanna Sawher
Name: Hanna Sawher
University: The University of Wisconsin
Year in program: Third Year
1. Why did you decide to become an SAA Committee Volunteer?
I decided to become a member of an SAA committee because I wanted to share my passion of advocacy and involvement in policy with my future professionals in audiology and beyond. I believe it is crucial for our futures to become involved in areas affecting our profession and patients as much as possible. I am a current 2nd year Audiology Trainee in the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program with a focus on policy and how it affects our communities. I wanted to expand my knowledge and outreach abilities through the SAA Advocacy Committee.
2. What do your responsibilities include within your committee?
Communication between members, formulating and producing advocacy materials in all forms, outreach into our communities, and presenting policy and advocacy educational topics with other committee members.
I have had a great experience working with a committee that is full of passionate and dedicated people. It has been especially unique and helpful to be on the same committee as my classmate Katie Hadsell. We have been able to collaborate and produce materials for our committee’s initiatives and having the local input from her has enriched my experience.
3. Within the profession of Audiology, what are your primary interests?
My primary interest is working with children. I am very interested in pediatric diagnostics, fitting amplification, and rehabilitation. I have a huge passion for working with children with a variety of audiological needs.