Patricia Gans, AuD, Named as Starkey Labs’ Regional Sales Director

Patricia Gans, AuD

Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has named Patricia Gans, AuD, as its regional sales director for Florida. Gans, cofounder of the American Institute of Balance, has an extensive career as a medical audiologist, with wide-ranging experience in vestibular and hearing disorders and treatment, in Massachusetts and Florida.

She has served as a clinical supervisor in otolaryngology and private practice settings, and for the AuD programs at the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University.

Gans is a charter member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Florida Academy of Audiology, where she has served as president. She was a member of the inaugural AuD graduating class at the University of Florida and received her master’s degree from Northeastern University, Boston.

Oticon Pediatrics Announces Appointments

Miranda Manyande, MS

Oticon Pediatrics, Somerset, NJ, has promoted two audiologists to key posts.

Miranda Manyande, MS, transitions from her job as a pediatric trainer to pediatric account manager for the Mid-Atlantic region, spanning Washington, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Manyande has been an audiologist for Oticon Inc for the past 3 years. Earlier, she worked in private practice and with an ENT medical group, performing diagnostic evaluations and hearing instrument fittings on pediatric and adult patients. Manyande holds a master’s degree from Central Missouri State University.

Natalye M. Faison, AuD, moves from the post of audiologist in the customer service department to in-house pediatric audiologist and trainer for Oticon Pediatrics. Faison earned a doctorate in audiology, with an emphasis in pediatric audiology, from Gallaudet University, and has worked as a clinical audiologist in hospital and private ENT settings.

Starkey’s Jason Galster Honored with ASHA Editors’ Award

Natalye M. Faison, AuD

Jason Galster, PhD, CCC-A, of Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Editors’ Award for the most outstanding article of the year for 2007, in conjunction with a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University.

Galster, a member of Starkey’s education and training department, was the second author on the article titled “Directional Benefit in Simulated Classroom Environments,” published in the American Journal of Audiology.

The paper, authored by Todd Ricketts, PhD, Galster, and Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD, outlines research examining speech recognition performance and subjective ratings for directional and omnidirectional microphone modes in simulated classroom environments with children ages 10 to 17.

Galster earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Purdue University, and completed a PhD in audiology at Vanderbilt. At Starkey, he fosters the philosophy of evidence-based design. Galster’s research interests include digital-signal processing, physical-room acoustics, and the application of amplification technology in hearing-impaired pediatric populations.

Ida Institute Names New Communications Specialist

Sharmi Albrechtsen

The nonprofit, educational Ida Institute, Naerum, Denmark, has named Sharmi Albrechtsen as its communications specialist.

Albrechtsen brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations to her new post, having worked with Bristol Myers Squibb, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and Janssen-Cilag. Most recently, she coordinated global PR for ALK- Abelló A/S, and managed corporate social responsibility programs for Sonion A/S.

A former reporter for the Washington Post, Albrechtsen earned a master’s degree in business administration from Copenhagen Business School, and a master’s in health communications from Johns Hopkins University.

NBC-HIS 2008 Election Results

Gregory L. Nedelec, BC-HIS, Alberta, Canada; Michael K. Stone, BC-HIS, Paducah, Ky; and Laura B. Dennison, BC-HIS, CCC-A, Lilburn, Ga, will be serving their third term on the NBC-HIS executive council.

Nedelec is currently chairman of the executive council. In addition to being an elected director, he will also be ex officio (immediate past chairman). Dennison is currently vice chairman.

Dale J. Thorstad, BC-HIS, Hopkins, Minn, was appointed in 2006 to fill the director position vacated by Chris Gustafson, who is president-elect for the International Hearing Society (IHS). Thorstad will begin his first elected term. He has been an active member of the council.

The two new members of the executive council are William J. Schenk, BC-HIS, ACA, and Elizabeth Caton Vickery, BC-HIS.

Schenk is a past-president of the IHS California chapter and has worked on the NBC-HIS item-writing committee. He has been board certified since 1985, and is a past member of the International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies.

Vickery serves on the board of directors for the Hearing Aid Association of Kentucky and is an instructor for the Mid America Conference on Hearing. She has been board certified since 2007.

Some 619 ballots were tabulated by the CPA firm of Aoun & Company.

HR regrets a typographical error in the October issue’s 2008 ADA Preview, and notes the correct spelling for Starkey’s product is Zōn.