Louis E. Caldera

John Tracy Clinic
The John Tracy Clinic, an education center for parents of young deaf children, Los Angeles, announces that Louis E. Caldera, Vice Chancellor of University Advancement for the California State University System, has joined the Board of Directors. A graduate of West Point and Harvard Law School, Caldera was Secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration and served five years in the California Legislature representing the 46th Assembly District. He will draw on his fund raising expertise, legal experience, and years of public service to benefit the families cared for by the Clinic. As a member of the Clinic’s board, he will also help set policy and govern fiduciary matters for the private, nonprofit center.

 Rodger Bakke

GN ReSound
GN ReSound has hired Rodger Bakke as an inside sales representative covering the Gulf Coast (Louisiana) and Florida regions. In this role, his responsibilities will include educating customers about the products, services, and special programs offered by the company. He will also partner with Field Smith and Greg Stafford, outside sales representatives, to help build relationships and meet the needs of hearing health care offices in their territories. Bakke brings to GN ReSound 25 years of sales experience, 13 of which are industry related. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

 Shelly Coyle

United Hearing Systems
United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, has appointed Shelly Coyle as the company’s Midwest Regional Sales Coordinator. Coyle brings to the company more than 6 years of industry experience.

Electone, Longwood, Fla, has announced the winners of two recent company contests. Pam Cole of Bowling Green Pharmacy and Hearing Aid Center, Bowling Green, MO, was the winner of the company’s “One of a Kind” contest at the International Hearing Society’s 2002 convention. She received an Olympus Camedia C3020 Zoom digital camera. Mark Norin of Norin Hearing Services, Medina, OH, received a cash prize of $500 for winning Electone’s Customer Satisfaction Survey 2002 drawing. All customers who participated in the survey were eligible to enter the drawing.

Good Housekeeping magazine has announced that Phonak is the Grand Prize winner of the First Annual Good Housekeeping Seal Marketer of the Year award. The award was given to the company that has best leveraged the value of the Good Housekeeping Seal to help market and promote their products. Phonak was honored at a special reception in the Good Housekeeping Dining Room in New York City in November.

 Jianxin Bao

Central Institute for the Deaf
The Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), St Louis, has named Jianxin Bao, PhD, as assistant research scientist. Bao, who is currently conducting research in CID’s new Presbycusis and Aging Laboratory, is working under a five-year career development grant from the National Institute of Aging to study the role of neuregulin-1, a protein that may help maintain synaptic connections between hair cells and auditory neurons in age-related hearing loss. In addition, he has a three-year grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders to study the molecular mechanisms underlying age-related hearing loss.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), Bethesda, Md, has named Terry D. Portis of Greensboro, North Carolina, its executive director. He officially assumed the title and duties of his position on December 5. Portis is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla. He also holds a master’s degree in education from North Carolina A&T State University, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga. He is currently president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (High Point, Charlotte, and Raleigh). In that capacity, he oversees all aspects of operation for a statewide non-profit organization with three offices and 24 local chapters.

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