Board of Directors

President

Holle Aungst
e-mail: aungsth@ccf.org
 

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.

 

 

Past President

Gina Stillitano
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
e-mail: g_stillitano@yahoo.com
 

Gina Stillitano, Au.D., graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders. Her Clinical Doctorate and a certificate in Gerontology studies was obtained from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium in 2006. She completed her fourth year fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic and was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in 2006 by the Ohio Academy of Audiology.

Currently, she is working on various research projects within the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Stillitano has previously worked both in and out of state within private practice, and ENT clinics. She is happy to be back in Ohio and proud to continue to volunteer for the Ohio Academy. Dr. Stillitano enjoys working with the geriatric population, tinnitus, amplification, counseling and the Dangerous Decibels school based noise conservation program. She enjoys community outreach, and speaking at community health fairs advocating for audiology and hearing conservation. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for the Alzheimer’s organization, occasionally cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

 

President Elect

Ursula Findlen
e-mail: ursula.findlen@nationwidechildrens.org
 

Ursula M. Findlen, PhD, is a Research Audiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She earned her Master’s and PhD degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. She worked clinically at several hospitals in the Boston area and coordinated the Hearing Implant Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center prior to returning to Ohio in 2016. Dr. Findlen currently engages in clinical practice and research endeavors related to all areas of pediatric (re)habilitative audiology. She is looking forward to getting involved with her new state Academy through engaging in leadership activities and making meaningful contributions to projects focused on advancing audiology in Ohio.

 

Secretary

Gina Hounam
Nationwide Children's Hospital
e-mail: gina.hounam@Nationwidechildrens.org
 

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
e-mail: amystewartcuster@gmail.com
 

Member at Large

Kelsey Krueger
Aultman Medical Group
e-mail: Kelseyleekrueger@gmail.com
 

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
e-mail: vaught.heather@gmail.com
 

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.