Why are you interested in joining the national SAA Board of Directors?

I have truly enjoyed the time I’ve spent being a member and executive board leader of the SAA local chapters at my universities. I’ve seen first-hand the valuable experiences, opportunities, and lessons that national SAA has the potential to provide both undergraduates and graduates. I would love the opportunity to continue sharing my passions for this organization throughout my externship year and build upon the leadership qualities I have gained throughout being a part of this club.

What unique traits or skills will you bring to a leadership position with the national SAA?

Serving on my universities’ executive boards for three years in both undergraduate and graduate chapters, I believe I bring a wide range of experience to national SAA. I understand the unique needs of both undergraduates and graduates pursuing audiology and how SAA can address each of them together and separately. Through these opportunities, I have firsthand experience in leading a group of people and considering a variety of opinions toward one common goal. This requires being a team player, accountability, strong decision-making and problem-solving skills, and creativity. I believe I embrace each of these qualities and will use each of them to serve national SAA on the Board of Directors if given the opportunity.

If you could change one thing about the profession of audiology, what would it be?

In the profession of audiology, we have the responsibility to not only advocate for ourselves and the profession, but also for our patients and services/technology our patients need. Sometimes this is made more difficult due to the lack of knowledge of our field across professionals and the general public. If I were to change one thing about the profession of audiology, I would increase the overall awareness and knowledge other professions have about the importance of audiology and our services. In my experiences as a newborn hearing screener, I have seen first-hand the amount of advocacy and education we must put forth for our recommendations and knowledge be considered and sometimes taken seriously. Though I enjoy the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion of audiology with others, in my ideal world this advocacy piece wouldn’t play such a huge role in the profession because other professionals (nurses, PCPs, ENTs, PTs, etc.) would have a greater depth of knowledge of our profession and understand how we fit into the whole picture of the patient.