Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, has hired several new regional account managers and representatives to help meet the needs of hearing care professionals.
Elizabeth Sibley, MS, a staff audiologist for Oticon since 2004, is the new account manager for West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, with a specialization in adult development and aging. She earned her master’s degree in audiology from Bloomsburg University, and worked for 5 years as a clinical audiologist prior to joining Oticon.
Jennifer Bobo, MS, has been named account manager for Northern Texas, Northern Louisiana, and Central Mississippi. She brings 8 years of experience in diagnostics, fitting and dispensing hearing aids, and practice management to her new role. Her professional experience also includes business consulting, training, marketing, and business development. She is a graduate from the University of Texas, Dallas, Callier Center for Communications Disorders where she earned her master’s degree in communication disorders.
Sally Rachek, AuD, is the new account manager for Ohio. She earned her AuD at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology, and brings more than 23 years of audiological experience to her new position. Prior to joining Oticon, Rachek worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where her responsibilities included diagnostic evaluations, hearing aid selection and fitting, and marketing audiological services.
Kimberly Pearson, MS, joins Oticon as the new account manager for the Los Angeles area. After earning her master’s degree in speech and hearing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Pearson worked as a private practice audiologist in Canada. Most recently, she was a business consultant in Canada and the United States with more than 13 years of experience.
Katherine Frangos, MA, has been appointed outside account representative, and John Hagen has been named inside account representative for the Northeast region. Frangos, who earned her master’s degree in audiology from Hofstra University, is currently completing the AuD program through the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Prior to joining Oticon, Hagen successfully managed customer relations for a hearing instrument manufacturer.
Amplifon USA, Minneapolis, has promoted Bryan Grant to senior business manager of HearPO/Sonus Network. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of HearPO and leading the Sonus Network inside sales team. He began his career with Sonus 6 years ago in Portland, Ore.
HearPO has promoted Carrie Browning, AuD, to the position of HearPO professional relations and claims department supervisor. She will supervise the customer service and HearPO billing staff, in addition to working as the staff audiologist for HearPO.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Eden Prairie, Minn, presented its second annual Student Humanitarian Awards in conjunction with the National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA) during the American Academy of Audiology’s April convention to Victoria Lee and Sara Mamo. Each can select and participate in any Starkey Hearing Foundation hearing mission trip worldwide in the coming year.
Lee is currently an AuD student at Northwestern University, where she is a founding member of the campus’s NAFDA chapter, and has completed extensive research in the health sciences. She is one of 25 women selected to participate in Canada’s Women in Engineering and Science program. She is interested in working with patient populations that are difficult to test.
Mamo, who is working on her doctorate at the University of North Carolina, wants to work for a nonprofit speech and hearing clinic because she believes no one should be denied the chance to hear and communicated based on their economic standing.
American Hearing Aid Associates
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), West Chester, Pa, has hired John H. Harrington as director of the managed care division. His responsibilities include procuring contracts with managed care organizations and corporations nationwide for hearing aid services for AHAA network members. Harrington has 12 years of experience in managed care, and was previously a senior network contract negotiator for ancillary facilities and hospital-based physicians with United Healthcare Inc. He earned his MBA in health care management from the University of Phoenix, Philadelphia.
Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, has awarded two scholarships for audiologists to pursue an AuD via distance learning programs.
Aaron Johnson, a practicing audiologist with ENT Associated of Alabama, received a $1,000 scholarship through funding provided by Widex. He started the distance education AuD program at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology this spring.
Denise S. Brantley, manager of audiology and software technical support services at Widex Hearing Aid Company, also received a $1,000 scholarship. She will attend the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Brantley holds a master’s degree in audiology from Vanderbilt University, as well as a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.