RESTON, VA—When Lawrence Eng, AuD, becomes president of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) on July 1, 2015, he will be the first man to lead the organization since 2009, when Patrick Feeney, PhD, completed his term.
As reported this week on the AAA web site, Eng was elected by the membership to serve as president-elect for a year starting July 1, 2014. A year later, he will succeed Erin Miller, AuD, as president, ending a streak of six consecutive women leaders of the predominantly female organization.
Also elected this year were three new members at large of the AAA board: Lisa Christensen, AuD; Dan Ostergren, AuD; and Todd Ricketts, PhD. They will serve three-year terms starting this July 1.
LONG ACTIVE IN THE ACADEMY
Eng, who is director of audiology services at the Maui Medical Group in Wailuku, HI, and senior audiologist at Advanced Pacific Hearing and Vestibular, also in Wailuku, has been prominent in AAA as well as in other professional organizations in audiology.
He was a director of the academy from 2008-2011 and has also served on many AAA committees. Eng, who received his MS in audiology from San Francisco State University in 1987 and his doctorate from Salus University in 2001, was also a director of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, making him one of the few people to serve on the boards of both AAA and ADA.
Since moving to Hawaii, Eng has become active in its Newborn Infant Screening Program. In his native state, he served on the board of the California Academy of Audiology from 1998 to 2004 and was president in 2006. Among his professional honors are the Community Service Award given by the Bay Area Audiology Group and the Special Needs Service Award, presented by AT&T in 2004.
NEW DIRECTORS ELECTED
Lisa Christensen, one of the three newly elected directors at large, is an outreach audiologist for the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock.
She was founding president of the Arkansas Academy of Audiology and was selected by AAA as a Future Leader of Audiology in 2008. She received her MA in audiology in 2001 from Louisiana Tech University and her AuD from Salus University five years later.
An audiologist for nearly 30 years, Daniel Ostergren is in private practice at Audiology Resources, LLC, in Fort Collins, CO. Ostergren, who holds a master’s from the University of Wyoming and an AuD from Central Michigan University, is a former president of the Colorado Academy of Audiology. He has worked as an educational audiologist and taught at the University of Northern Colorado.
Todd Ricketts, the only PhD elected to the AAA board this year, is director of graduate studies and associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ricketts received his doctorate in hearing and speech sciences from the University of Iowa in 1995. Over the past decade, he has served on numerous AAA committees and task forces. He is also active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which named him an ASHA Fellow in 2006.
Erin Miller, AAA’s current president-elect, will succeed Bettie Borton, AuD, as president in July after serving four years on the board. She is coordinator of the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Akron. From 1993 to 2005 she worked in the private sector with Neuro-Communication Services. Inc.