ASHS Bestows Honors on Students

The Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) awarded its Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) Student Excellence Award scholarship to one of its most outstanding residential students, Michelle Pollihan.

The annual scholarship provides $1,000 to a winning student based on clinical skills, academic standing, demonstrated commitment to professional organizations, and an essay on professionalism.

Pollihan is a third-year student at ASHS. She earned a perfect GPA, has performed professionally at numerous and varied clinical externship sites, and has participated in Rotary Club missions to Mexico to perform audiological evaluations for Spanish-speaking children and adults. She is a student member of several professional organizations, including National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and has offered presentations on professional topics throughout her academic career.

Dr. Joan Marttila, center left, and Dr. Mary McDaniel, center right, were honored with AFA Professional Leadership Awards during a March graduation ceremony at ASHS. Pictured at far right is Dr. Nancy Green, ASHS adjunct faculty and AFA Advisory Council member, and, at far left, Dr. Les Schmeltz, ASHS assistant professor.
Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Randy Danielsen, ASHS Dean; Melanie Kropp, audiology assistant to the chair; Dr. Rebekah Fallis Cunningham, assistant professor; Dr. Tabitha Parent Buck, chair of audiology; Michelle Pollihan, third-year AuD student and Student Excellence Award scholarship recipient; Dr. Tom Rigo, associate professor; Dr. Henry Trahan, assistant professor; and Dr. Les Schmeltz, assistant professor.

During March graduation exercises at ASHS, Joan Marttila, AuD, and Mary McDaniel, AuD, received AFA Professional Leadership Awards, which honor graduating distance education students. Winners are recognized for their positive attitude and strong work ethic throughout their AuD program, their involvement in professional activities to promote the profession and patient care, and for their dedication to public service.

Marttila was recognized for her leadership in ensuring that assistive devices are provided for Iowa school students, her work with the Iowa Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee, and her contributions to the profession by authoring articles. In particular, Marttila was recognized for serving as principal author for the Knowledge is Power program to teach students about their hearing loss.

McDaniel was honored for efforts to protect the hearing of industrial workers in the state of Washington, her national contributions as an officer and member of the National Hearing Conservation Association, and her collaborative work with OSHA and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. McDaniel has owned her own hearing conservation company, Pacific Hearing Conservation, in Seattle since 1995.

Beltone Presents Mauldin Award

Beltone Electronics awarded the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education to Carole E. Johnson, PhD, AuD, at AudiologyNOW!, April 20.

Carole E. Johnson

The Mauldin Award, established in 1999, honors the accomplishments of the late Larry Mauldin, especially for his work and commitment to education in the field of audiology. The award is given to an industry leader committed to continuing education and unselfishly giving back to the profession, the community, and the hearing impaired. The recipient of this special honor is nominated and selected by industry peers. Beltone sponsors the award.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Dr. Johnson,” said Todd Murray, president, Beltone USA. “We are grateful for her ongoing efforts to improve our industry through continuing education and by mentoring our future hearing care practitioners. “

Johnson is a professor and AuD program coordinator and chief advisor in the department of communication disorders at Auburn University. She has received funding from the NIDCD-NIH in support of her work investigating developmental speech perception in reverberation and noise. She has published 45 articles, and two textbooks and has made more than 75 presentations at national and international professional meetings. She has supervised students in developing programs for elderly residents of East Central Alabama. Moreover, she has designed innovative continuing education (CE) activities for physicians and allied-health professionals that facilitate successful team building for reaching underserved populations in challenging service delivery sites.

An active member of the AAA, Johnson has served on numerous committees and task forces. She developed the AAA’s CE Algorithm, incorporating rigorous professional standards into a transparent course review process for the hearing health care industry and was guest editor for a special issue of Seminars in Hearing, dedicated to contemporary Audiology CE.

MedRx Inc Names Regional Sales Manager

MedRx Inc announces the appointment of Tad Hewett as regional sales manager, responsible for MedRx hearing care medical instrumentation sales in the United States.

Hewitt has over 16 years of selling and training experience within the hearing care field, and has had a successful sales career with some of the largest hearing instrument companies in the world.

Tad Hewett

Hewett has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a strong emphasis on marketing. His primary duties are to support and expand clinical and diagnostic instrumentation sales and distribution on behalf of the company in the United States; he will be instrumental in bringing advanced technology solutions to his target markets.

“Tad has demonstrated that his sales, marketing, and high-level customer service expertise is the key to his consistent successful sales record,” says Terry Ross, MedRx vice president. “Tad is the consummate professional and will be a valued asset to the sales organization at MedRx. We look forward to his future contributions and successes at the company.”