It’s Been an Honor and a Privilege
I’ve been a member of the American Academy of Audiology since 1991. When I took the reins as your president last July, I was optimistic and excited about the future of audiology despite the many challenges facing our profession, and I remain optimistic today.
During the course of my association with the Academy, I have been privileged to work with amazing staff, dedicated board members, and inspiring volunteers. These relationships have allowed me to see the passion, perseverance, skills, and knowledge that fuel our mission and give voice to our vision—each and every day. It has been a distinct pleasure and a humbling experience to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented, capable, and dedicated group of professionals.
It has also proved to be very interesting and rewarding to engage with all the various factions within and external to the Academy that impact its mission. Reflecting back on the past year, we have accomplished many things together, including:
- Addressing organizational efficiency and transparency.
- Strengthening efforts to understand, improve, and diversify our financial foundations.
- Enhancing efforts to work collaboratively with many industry and organizational partners.
- Developing new and innovative approaches to serving our membership.
- Increasing professional autonomy by obtaining an independent seat on the RUC panel for audiology—the culmination of a decade of effort.
- Initiating a greater global awareness and presence.
- Celebrating 25 years as a membership organization of, by, and for audiologists!
My hope is that, as members, you had at least one “that’s cool” moment when you were able to identify some innovation, improvement, or change that positively affects you, your membership, your Academy, or your professional activities that was accomplished during my tenure. To those of you who sent me questions, comments, concerns, or compliments regarding the Academy’s path, thank you. Your thoughts and perspectives were much appreciated.
As we move forward, I am delighted to report that we are very close to filling the vacancy in the executive director’s position, and have every confidence our new ED’s tenure will be a rewarding and productive one for the Academy on many fronts.
We have the power, collectively, to succeed in effectively responding to the challenges and changes that lie ahead for our profession. The reality is that change is inevitable, and each of you holds an important key to our collective organizational and professional success. The key is your personal involvement, which includes:
- Participating in our national, state, and local professional membership organizations.
- Educating yourself and your professional colleagues regarding audiology’s pressing professional issues.
- Continuing efforts to secure our educational standards via independent accreditation.
- Increasing giving for audiology philanthropy and advocacy issues.
If each of us assumes the responsibility for being part of the solution, our individual efforts will ensure that audiology is positioned to find and follow the best course of action for our collective future. I leave this office confident that the future of our Academy (and of our profession) is bright, and that the largest membership organization of, by, and for audiologists in the world today is uniquely capable of identifying and meeting the challenges ahead.
Finally, I cannot express what an honor it has been to serve as the president of the Academy during the past months. Thank you to all of you who have supported me, as well as the Academy’s vision and mission, during that time—in particular, the wonderful board and staff members with whom I have worked, shoulder to shoulder, and to whom I am deeply appreciative. Thanks too, to the many committee and task force chairs, members, and volunteers who have served in so many meaningful and effective ways—without your dedication and hard work there would be no Academy, and your profession has benefitted enormously from your commitment. I have great confidence in Erin Miller as your incoming president, and know the Academy will be in good hands under her capable leadership.
I hope that my service during the past year has allowed me to return, in some measure, what you and my profession have given to me over the years. Because of your collective dedication and faithfulness to our mission and our membership, we can be as excited about our future as we are proud of our past. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this process. It has been the most meaningful year of my career.
I wish you continued success and, as always, all the very best.