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Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP

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Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP is a former executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). She worked at HLAA for 20 years in a variety of positions including acting...Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP is a former executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). She worked at HLAA for 20 years in a variety of positions including acting executive director, deputy executive director, and director of public policy and state development. Ms. Brenda Battat has a profound hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant and hearing aid for better hearing. She has a master’s degree in counseling from... Read More >

Christine Cassel, M.D.

President and CEO, National Quality Forum
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A pioneering woman in health care, Christine Cassel, M.D. is President and CEO of National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization working to improve health and healthcare for all Americans through...A pioneering woman in health care, Christine Cassel, M.D. is President and CEO of National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization working to improve health and healthcare for all Americans through quality measurements. She was the first woman chair at the American Board of Internal Medicine, first woman president of the American College of Physicians, and the first woman dean of Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Cassel is also one... Read More >

Chuck Conaty

Business Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
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Chuck Conaty joined ODEP in December 2002 and currently oversees contracts that support ODEP’s communications and outreach activities as well as coordinates key ODEP alliances. Chuck also manages ODEP’s online...Chuck Conaty joined ODEP in December 2002 and currently oversees contracts that support ODEP’s communications and outreach activities as well as coordinates key ODEP alliances. Chuck also manages ODEP’s online clearinghouse to fulfill customer requests for disability-related materials and gathers and analyzes ODEP outreach data. Before joining ODEP in December 2002, Chuck held executive and senior positions with large public and small private and public companies both domestically and internationally,... Read More >

Clifford Olson, Au.D.

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Dr. Olson is a Board Certified Audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Olson is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, a...Dr. Olson is a Board Certified Audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Olson is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and holds his Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He is also an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Speech & Hearing Science at his alma mater.  In 2006, following his service as... Read More >

David Baldridge, BGS, MBA, Ph.D.

Professor, Oregon State University
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David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA, Ph.D. is a deafened, bilateral cochlear implant user who has had hearing loss since early childhood. As a professor at Oregon State University and NTID...David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA, Ph.D. is a deafened, bilateral cochlear implant user who has had hearing loss since early childhood. As a professor at Oregon State University and NTID research associate at Rochester Institute for Technology, he has studied the workplace experiences of people with hearing loss. David has accumulated nearly 20 years of research experience in this domain. He presented this body of work around the world including... Read More >

David Andreaggi, Au.D.

Staff Audiolgist, Long Beach VA
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Dr. David Andreaggi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his doctor of audiology degree from Towson University. He performed his 4th year externship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s...Dr. David Andreaggi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his doctor of audiology degree from Towson University. He performed his 4th year externship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Cochlear Implant Center as well as at a local private practice. Dave currently works as a staff audiologist at the Long Beach VA with special interest in redesigning workflow in order to not only maximize patient access, but also create... Read More >

Deanna Baker, RMR, FAPR

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Since 1992 Deanna Baker, RMR, FAPR, has provided remote and onsite CART and captioning services for HLAA and its Conventions; she also recruits and schedules CART captioners for all of...Since 1992 Deanna Baker, RMR, FAPR, has provided remote and onsite CART and captioning services for HLAA and its Conventions; she also recruits and schedules CART captioners for all of the sessions at Convention. At the NCRA convention in 2005, Deanna was honored with being named a Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters. Deanna has been a member and trainer of the National Court Reporter’s Association Realtime Certification Committee,... Read More >

Diane Nens

Audiologist, hi HealthInnovations
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Diane Nens received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Akron in 1987. Her clinical...Diane Nens received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Akron in 1987. Her clinical experience includes diagnostic testing, hearing aid dispensing, and counseling. Diane joined hi HealthInnovations in 2012. Her roles there include corporate leadership, as well as audiologist serving the Detroit area. She is an advocate for hearing health education and has been featured on... Read More >

Douglas Beck

Director of Academic Sciences, Oticon, Inc.
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Douglas L. Beck, Au.D. earned his master’s degree at the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida. His professional career began in Los Angeles at...Douglas L. Beck, Au.D. earned his master’s degree at the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida. His professional career began in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was director of audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded a multi-office dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999, he became... Read More >

Dusty Jessen, Au.D.

Audiologist, Author
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Dusty Jessen, Au.D. has been an audiologist in a busy ENT practice for more than 12 years. In 2013 she wrote and published a handbook (Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5...Dusty Jessen, Au.D. has been an audiologist in a busy ENT practice for more than 12 years. In 2013 she wrote and published a handbook (Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5 Keys to Communication Success) to help people cope with the challenges related to hearing loss. This book is being used by hearing care professionals around the country. Dr. Jessen is passionate about providing a fun and simple way for people to... Read More >