Board of Directors


Gina Stillitano
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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.


Past President

Sarah Sydlowski
Cleveland Clinic

Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD received her AuD from the University of Louisville in 2007. After completing her externship at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, she stayed on there as a clinical audiologist coordinating the cochlear implant program before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2008 to pursue her PhD at Gallaudet University. After graduating in 2010, she moved to Cleveland and is currently the Audiology Director of the Hearing Implant Program at the Cleveland Clinic where she oversees clinical services related to cochlear implants, osseointegrated hearing implant systems, and options for the management of single-sided deafness. Dr. Sydlowski also serves as adjunct faculty at Kent State University and the University of Akron (which along with the Cleveland Clinic comprise the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, is Board Certified with Specialty Certification in Cochlear Implants, and is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She currently serves a member at large on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology.

Dr. Sydlowski’s clinical interests include evaluation, programming and management of auditory implants for pediatrics and adults as well as options for single-sided deafness or conductive/mixed hearing losses, electrophysiology, and evaluation of auditory disorders. Her research interests involve disorders of the auditory system and auditory implants.


President Elect

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.




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.




Elizabeth McKenna

Dr. McKenna works at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  Within the Preventive Medicine and Public Health Department, she serves as a consultant for hearing conservation program operations, conducts survillence and research projects, and is faculty for audiology, hearing conservation and occupational health courses and cirriculum development for the Community College of the Air Force.  Additionally, Dr. McKenna is an Individual Reservist for the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.  She received her clinical doctorate from the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium and bachelors in Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences from Ohio University.


Member at Large

Kelsey Krueger
Hear Wright

Kelsey Krueger is a clinical audiologist at Hear Wright in Canton, Ohio. 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 increasing community awareness about hearing loss, amplification/treatment options for hearing impairment, and hearing conservation strategies. 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.