Board of Directors


Gina Hounam
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Gina Hounam is the Audiology Program Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Oh. She received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Ohio State University and her M.A. and PhD in Audiology from the University of Cincinnati. Gina has practiced audiology in a variety of settings for over 16 years. Her areas of interest focus on relationship-centered care, counseling and program development. She also has years of experience grant writing for non-profits and believes in supporting community education and awareness. Her goal both as a clinician and manager has always been to help patients and families overcome obstacles associated with hearing loss and achieve their maximum potential. In her current management role, Gina now focuses on assisting staff in achieving their full potential and expanding the services and programs offered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.



Past President

Ursula M. Findlen

Ursula M. Findlen, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology Research in the Division of Clinical Therapies- Audiology Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.  She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Findlen currently engages in clinical practice and research endeavors related to pediatric (re)habilitative audiology, particularly in regards to a multidisciplinary team approach to family-centered care.  She is currently the chair of the Healthcare Relations Committee for the American Academy of Audiology and was recently nominated as the President-Elect for the Ohio Academy of Audiology.  Her research interests include infant diagnostics and improving outcomes of children with hearing loss through systematic quality improvement and population health endeavors.



Angela Pellittieri
Clevleand Clinic Foundation

Angela Pellittieri, Au.D., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. She then earned her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D.Consortium in 2017. She completed her fourth year audiology externship at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr.Pellittieri worked at a Private Practice in Philadelphia, PA before returning to Ohio in 2018. Currently, she is working as a Research Audiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Her interests include how the aging process effects cochlear implant outcomes and interpatient variations in cochlear implant users. She also enjoys working with hearing aids and community outreach. Dr. Pellittieri is very excited to volunteer with the Ohio Academy as the Central Ohio Liaison.



Amy Custer

Amy Custer is an audiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center James Cancer Hospital. She specializes in adult diagnostic audiology, with specific emphasis on ototoxicity monitoring, geriatric assessment, and inpatient assessment. She has also been fortunate to work on research projects with multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, and social workers. Amy holds two diplomas from The Ohio State University as she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science in 2012 and her Doctor of Audiology in 2016. She completed her externship at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, which is where her interest in ototoxicity monitoring began.


Member at Large

Kelsey Krueger
Aultman Medical Group

Kelsey Krueger is a clinical audiologist at Aultman Medical Group in Canton, Ohio. She provides comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and rehabilitation options to children and adults. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in 2012. She remained at the University to complete her Doctorate of Audiology in 2016. She has worked extensively with traditional hearing aids, osseointegrated devices, cochlear implants, and hearing protection. Kelsey has served on the Ohio Academy of Audiology Board as a Member-At-Large since 2017. Kelsey has also been actively involved on the Ohio Academy of Audiology’s Conference Planning Committee. Her professional interests include clinical research, increasing community awareness about hearing loss, and amplification/treatment options for hearing impairment. She enjoys participating in community outreach and professional conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her family and dogs



Member at Large

Heather Vaught
Ascent Audiology & Hearing

Dr. Heather Vaught is an audiology doctorate 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University. Her capstone project was a research and proposal for decreasing loss-to-follow up after a failed UNHS.

She worked from 2012 - 20017 at Galion Community Hospital as the UNHS Coordinator as well as providing electro-diagnostics, routine audiologic diagnostic services, hearing aid fittings and follow-up care, cochlear implant MAPping, and community outreach. She also joined the OhioHealth UNHS team in February of 2016.

In August 2017 Dr. Vaught opened a private practice office in Delaware, OH. Ascent Audiology & Hearing welcomes patients from age 5 to 105.