Board of Directors

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.

 

Past President

Holle Aungst

Holle Aungst, Au.D. is Coordinator, Pediatric Audiology with the Cleveland Clinic. She completed her Master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Akron and Doctorate in Audiology at the University of Florida. She holds Board Certification in Audiology and Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification from the American Board of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2015, Dr. Aungst relocated to Ohio from Florida, where she was with a major children’s hospital for a number of years. She was active in the Florida Academy of Audiology, having served in the roles of President, Past President and Treasurer. Her special interests include pediatric and infant hearing assessment, hearing aid and assistive device fitting and management and counseling/education of parents and families of children with hearing loss. Dr. Aungst has presented at state and national conventions.

 

 

Secretary

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.

 

 

Treasurer

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