Pictured with Professional Leadership Awards winners Joseph Holmes, Jr, AuD, and Leisha Eiten, Au, are Elton Bordenave (left), ASHS assistant professor, Judith Horning, AuD, (second from right) AFA director, and Tabitha Parent Buck (right), ASHS audiology chair.

During its August graduation ceremony, the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) presented Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) Professional Leadership Awards to four of its newly graduated AuD students.

The winning students were Brenda Berry, AuD, Joseph Holmes Jr, AuD, Jeffrey Worgul, AuD, and Leisha Eiten, AuD.

Award winners are chosen based on their positive attitude and strong work ethic throughout their AuD program, their involvement in professional activities to promote the profession and patient care, and their dedication to public service, says the AFA.

Berry, a graduate of the residential AuD program, was active in audiology student groups, and also participated in hearing screening programs in the local community. Her academic, clinical, and interpersonal skills were highly rated, and she also served as a teaching assistant.

Holmes has been active in the Florida Academy of Audiology and his local community, and showed a willingness and enthusiasm to learn and share information throughout his AuD education. He is in practice at Holmes Audiology LLC.

Worgul has been actively involved in the Connecticut Academy of Audiology, has mentored new audiologists in private practice, and has served as a supervisor to students at the University of Connecticut and the University of Rhode Island. He is in private practice and also serves as director of clinical services at County Hearing and Balance in Connecticut.

Eiten has volunteered extensively with numerous professional organizations and has presented and written on many topics related to pediatric audiology. She is clinical coordinator and senior staff audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska.

The AFA is an educational foundation that aims to empower audiologists to be independent and autonomous practitioners by supporting their educational preparation, professional practice, and leadership development.

[Source: AFA]