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

I have always been a teammate, and I’ve found after retiring from D1 athletics that I miss having a team. I have found that again in my Rush cohort and I am beyond grateful for that, I hope to gain even more mates from being on the board. I have a firm belief that even if something is not broken it can always be better, so I want to share this belief with as many people as I can and form bonds with as many people as I can in the audiology world.

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

Being from Australia originally, the idea of “mateship” always comes to mind when I see a question like this. Mateship is more than friendship, it goes much deeper, it’s a cultural idiom that emphasizes loyalty and solidarity. Like two opposing parties coming together to share a common thought, mateship is being able to put aside any turmoil and find common ground for what is best for the greater good.

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

In my clinical experience, I would try to slow things down. I think clinics are often rushed, and rightfully so as there are so few audiologists and so many people who need our help. But in an ideal world there would be more time allocated for patients so we could really dive deep into their needs!