SAA State Ambassador Program

SAA State Ambassador Program

About the Task Force
An SAA State Ambassador is a national SAA volunteer who serves as a leader for a state in which they are enrolled academically, in order to improve state and interstate communication between SAA chapters (if more than one exists) and the state's professional organization. The SAA State Ambassador will work closely with the Academy's State Leaders Network and other professional mentors, as appropriate. The goal is to have one SAA State Ambassador per state. 

The volunteer term for SAA State Ambassadors follows the SAA Board of Directors term, July 1 - June 30.

Primary Responsibilities
In addition to the responsibilities outlined in the SAA volunteer expectations document, the SAA State Ambassador will:

  • Communicate monthly with SAA chapter representatives within the state and encourage collaboration and participation among chapters for local, state and national events;
  • Assist with the recruitment of new members and chapters by reaching out to undergraduate or graduate programs; and,
  • Communicate with professional leaders within your state.

2018-2019 SAA State Ambassador Contacts

State SAA Ambassador State Mentor
Alabama Robert Melton Larry Molt, PhD
California Lauren-Rose Nguyen Amit Gosalia, AuD
Colorado Haley Mctee Hanna Page, AuD
Florida TBD Chrisi Sanchez, AuD
Illinois Jennifer Hwang David Groesch, AuD
Indiana Alexis Holt Lindsey Koble, AuD
Louisiana Aleksandra (Ola) Luba Courtney Stewart, AuD
Michigan Samantha Kesteloot-Carlton Kate Marchelletta, AuD
Missouri Haley Nichols Larry Mazzeo, AuD
New Jersey William Stoll Maryrose, McInerney, PhD
New York Adrienne Ammirati Barbara Weinstein, PhD
North Carolina Stephanie Noble Philip Griffin, AuD
Ohio Bethany Wysocki Gail Whitelaw, PhD
Oklahoma Kortney Bush Anna Jilla, AuD
Pennsylvania Jenna Loffredo Aaron Roman, AuD
Puerto Rico Francisco Reyes-Santiago Carmen Arroyo Torre, AuD
South Dakota Dakotah Taylor Todd Decker, AuD
Tennessee Sarah Alfieri Brittany Day, AuD
Texas Ashley Brown Jennifer Bobo, AuD
Washington Anna Hutton Susan Anderson, AuD
Wisconsin Brianna Ralston Amy Hartman, AuD


State Updates

Alabama

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Establish a new SAA chapter in the state
  • Work with The Audiology Project 
  • Establish a working relationship with the Alabama Academy of Audiology

Colorado

  • Establish a mentorship program between undergraduate and graduate students across the state
  • Feature local audiology professionals in state newsletters
  • Host a collaborative event between the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado University SAA chapters

Indiana

  • Promote legislative advocacy by sending letters to legislators
  • Feature member spotlights in state newsletters
  • Establish a new SAA chapter in the state
  • Increase chapter collaboration

Louisiana

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Establish a working relationship with the Louisiana Academy of Audiology
  • Form a relationship with the Audiology Practice Standards Organization
  • Keep SAA chapters in the state informed of national SAA events and endeavors

Michigan

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Provide and encourage fundraiser ideas for individual SAA chapters in the state
  • Increase graduate and undergraduate engagement and membership in local and national SAA
  • Design and implement a public awareness t-shirt campaign for the Michigan Audiology Conference

Missouri

  • Increase AuD student involvement in SAA at the state level
  • Network with undergraduate programs across the state
  • Create and provide educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students

North Carolina

  • Increase AuD student involvement in the North Carolina Academy of Audiology (NC-AA)
  • Serve as a student representative for NC-AA
  • Network with undergraduate students across the state
  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan public outreach events

New Jersey

  • Network with undergraduate programs across the state
  • Establish a comprehensive contact sheet for all schools in the state with undergraduate Communication Science and Disorders departments
  • Provide resources and educational materials to undergraduate students pursuing a career in Audiology
  • Plan a volunteer event that brings together undergraduate students interested in Audiology and AuD graduate students

New York

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Serve as a student representative for the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Plan a collaborative event for SAA chapters to volunteer at the New York State Special Olympics
  • Connect with undergraduate Communication Science and Disorders students interested in Audiology and provide resources and involvement through local SAA chapters
  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a public outreach event focused on hearing conservation and the negative impact of noise-induced hearing loss

Ohio

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Increase collaboration between four SAA chapters in the state
  • Feature individual SAA chapter accomplishments in state newsletters
  • Encourage chapter attendance at the 2019 AAA Conference in Columbus, OH
  • Encourage and facilitate national SAA involvement across chapters

Oklahoma

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Connect with undergraduate Communication Science and Disorders students interested in Audiology and provide resources and SAA involvement opportunities
  • Increase involvement within individual SAA chapters
  • Establish mentoring program for undergraduate students across the state interested in Audiology
  • Encourage local SAA chapter involvement in national SAA events and endeavors

Pennsylvania

  • Enhance communication between SAA chapters in the state
  • Network with undergraduate programs across the state
  • Provide resources and educational materials for undergraduates in the state planning to apply to doctor of Audiology graduate programs
  • Provide legislative updates for chapters in the state

Texas

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Assist state chapters in reaching individual chapter goals
  • Increase undergraduate SAA involvement statewide
  • Improve SAA chapter relationships in the state by planning social events

Tennessee

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state and state organization to plan a National Day at Your State Capitol legislative advocacy event
  • Establish a new SAA chapter in the state
  • Feature individual SAA chapter accomplishments in state newsletters
  • Encourage SAA chapter involvement with Special Olympics Healthy Hearing

Washington

  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to plan public outreach events
  • Establish a new SAA chapter in the state
  • Encourage chapter participation in AAA events
  • Coordinate with SAA chapters in the state to organize a 5k walk/run to benefit a chosen charity
  • Increase undergraduate involvement in SAA chapters

Wisconsin

  • Feature individual SAA members and professors in state newsletters
  • Provide legislative updates in state newsletters
  • Network with undergraduate programs across the state
  • Encourage statewide attendance at Wisconsin Speech-Hearing Association conference

 

Have ideas for the program or interested in getting involved? Please email the SAA State Ambassador Task Force Chair, Nicole Greenwalt.