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

I am interested in joining the national SAA Board of Directors because I have the drive and desire to make a positive impact on the field. By being on the board, this would allow me to make connections and meet individuals that I may not previously have had the opportunity to do so. Afterward, I plan to use those formed connections to provide care to underserved populations.

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

I believe one of the best aspects I provide to the leadership position is that I am a very non-traditional student. I have served in the military, worked in factory settings, and held leadership positions in the past. This has allowed me to develop excellent communication skills and a gift for being able to bring people together.

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

If I could change one thing about the profession of audiology, it would be the mindset of the profession. In my short years of involvement, many audiologists don’t seem to give themselves enough credit or get as involved in a patient’s treatment outcome as they could. Audiologists are an integral part of the health-care team and possess a wealth of knowledge that can help lead to better patient care.