Ohio Academy Audiologists,

I am honored to serve you in the upcoming months as the incoming Ohio Academy President.  A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Dr. Gina Stillitano for her leadership and work as 2018 OAA President.  Dr. Stillitano and the Ohio Academy Conference (OAC) Committee and Board put on an amazing convention in October, 2018.  Planning for our next OAC is underway for 2020 and we hope you will all join us for education and connection!

Ohio has always been home to me.  When I ‘moved forward’ to Ohio from Florida several years ago, I knew I was home.  In joining the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the board as Northeast Ohio Liaison in 2015, I found an amazing group of dedicated professionals who work together to plan and execute events as well as run the day to day business of the Ohio Academy.  I know other state academies hire management groups at significant expense to take care of the business of running an organization.  An all-volunteer led Ohio Academy means members take on additional tasks and give of their time.  I found I was not only impressed with the level of commitment by our board and members, but there was a hidden treasure in this.  Members get to know each other and work together on projects to achieve common goals – such as the OAC, or supporting student events.  This camaraderie translates into unified collaboration, even when differing points of view occur.  I discovered that the Ohio Academy works together for the betterment of our profession and the patients we serve.  I am excited to be part of a group of professionals who make a difference for others.

Several exciting events will be held this year our state, including the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology in Columbus, March 27 – March 30.  Look for events to include an Ohio Happy Hour March 28th and State Fair in the Exhibit Hall March 29th.  Information will be posted on our website. 

I’m looking forward to the next year and welcome all to the Ohio Academy of Audiology!

Holle

 

Holle Aungst, AuD

President

From OAA President