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Kathleen Cienkowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Program Director of Audiology, University of Connecticut
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Kathleen M. Cienkowski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cienkowski studies speech perception for listeners with hearing loss with an...Kathleen M. Cienkowski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cienkowski studies speech perception for listeners with hearing loss with an emphasis on aging adults and their use of hearing aids to improve speech understanding. She currently is investigating the benefits of aural rehabilitation (AR) among adults with acquired hearing loss. Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health... Read More >

Krista Heavner, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist, Southeast Region, Advanced Bionics
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Krista Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is a Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist for Advanced Bionics, providing support and education for cochlear implant candidates, recipients and professionals in the southeast...Krista Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is a Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist for Advanced Bionics, providing support and education for cochlear implant candidates, recipients and professionals in the southeast part of the U.S. Prior to this position, Krista was a consultant for children with hearing loss with the Division of Exceptional Children, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has experience both in the educational and clinical settings teaching... Read More >

Kym Meyer, M.S., CCC-A

Director of Public School Partnerships, The Learning Center for the Deaf
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Kym Meyer is an educational audiologist and certified teacher. She is also a Ph.D. student in Special Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has worked in a variety of environments,...Kym Meyer is an educational audiologist and certified teacher. She is also a Ph.D. student in Special Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has worked in a variety of environments, including teaching at the Helen Keller National Center, and providing audiology services on the cochlear implant team at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has been at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts since 1994, in... Read More >

Larry Bauer

Senior Regulatory Drug Expert, Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, P.C.
Larry Bauer

Larry Bauer is a senior regulatory drug expert with Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, P.C. and assists medical product industry and patient advocacy organization clients in a wide range of regulatory...Larry Bauer is a senior regulatory drug expert with Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, P.C. and assists medical product industry and patient advocacy organization clients in a wide range of regulatory matters, including new drug and biologic development and approval issues. Prior to this position, he worked at the FDA in CDER’s Rare Diseases Program working on policy, education, and science related to rare disease drug development and 17 years at... Read More >

Laurel Rodewald

Foundation Programs Manager, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
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Laurel Rodewald serves as the Foundation Programs Manager for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s external relationships, including the National Coalition, the Impact Councils, the Innovation Grants Program,...Laurel Rodewald serves as the Foundation Programs Manager for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s external relationships, including the National Coalition, the Impact Councils, the Innovation Grants Program, and the Dole Caregiver Fellows. Laurel interned for the Foundation during the summer of 2014, where she assisted in writing and compiling a grant proposal for the Foundation. She has since interned for a political consulting firm, her university’s study... Read More >

Laurel Jonason

Laurel Jonason is an RN with a forty-year career that included twenty-six years at Yale New Haven’s Neonatal Infant Care Unit, caring for sick, premature, and compromised infants. She wrote...Laurel Jonason is an RN with a forty-year career that included twenty-six years at Yale New Haven’s Neonatal Infant Care Unit, caring for sick, premature, and compromised infants. She wrote and spoke extensively promoting ways to support families whose infants had died. For “Excellence in Nursing,” Laurel received the Nightingale Award and is a past member of Yale’s Staff Nurse Council representing over 2000 RN’s in Collaborative Governance at Yale.... Read More >

Linda Kozma-Spytek, M.A., CCC-A

Senior Research Audiologist, Gallaudet University
Linda Kozma-Spytek

Linda Kozma-Spytek is Senior Research Audiologist in the Technology Access Program of Gallaudet University. She also co-directs the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at Gallaudet...Linda Kozma-Spytek is Senior Research Audiologist in the Technology Access Program of Gallaudet University. She also co-directs the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at Gallaudet University, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. Her research and development projects include investigating the use of Internet Protocol-Captioned Telephone Service (IP-CTS), a technology-focused, consumer train-the-trainer program with HLAA, the compatibility of digital cellular... Read More >

Lise Hamlin

Director of Public Policy, HLAA
Lise Hamlin

Lise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Ms. Hamlin, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked...Lise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Ms. Hamlin, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked as an advocate for people with hearing loss for 25 years. She currently represents HLAA on federal advisory committees such as the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) and TSA’s Disability and Multicultural Coalition, industry advisory groups, including AT&T’s Advisory Panel... Read More >

Loretta Byrne, RN, MS, CCRP

Research Services Consultant, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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Loretta Byrne is a research services consultant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the project manager for the national NCATS-funded platform, ResearchMatch.org. Previous to this role, Loretta served as a...Loretta Byrne is a research services consultant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the project manager for the national NCATS-funded platform, ResearchMatch.org. Previous to this role, Loretta served as a research nurse specialist, and recruited for and conducted clinical trials in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at VUMC for twelve years. Loretta began her career in nursing at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and is also experienced in Med/Surg and... Read More >

Lukas Landegger, M.D., Ph.D.

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Lukas Landegger joined the Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (PI Konstantina Stankovic) in October 2013. After gaining clinical as well as research experience in various...Lukas Landegger joined the Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (PI Konstantina Stankovic) in October 2013. After gaining clinical as well as research experience in various countries (US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Australia), he received his medical degree from the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. He then served as a military doctor in the Austrian Armed Forces and soon thereafter started his residency in addition... Read More >