photoAmerican Ear Laboratories, Inc.
Eddie W. Foren has been appointed as digital technology consultant. He will be responsible for training select AmericanEar dispensing accounts in programming and fitting the company’s new digital controlled processor instrument line. He will work directly with hearing aid patients to demonstrate and solve problem fitting cases. Foren has a degree in electronics engineering and has studied applications in hearing science. He is also licensed to dispense hearing instruments. Foren has more than 10 years of experience in the hearing industry.


Audiology Foundation of America (AFA)
Rich Burba, Linda Remensnyder and Micheal Hartman have been appointed to serve on the AFA Board of Directors.

photoBurba, currently a business executive, has served as vice president of Finance and Operations for a $60 million division of a Fortune 500 company. He has been a board member for various non-profit groups, and holds an MBA degree.

photoRemensnyder has been practicing audiology for 27 years in Illinois. She will soon complete her AuD degree from Univ. of Florida, and believes the degree will expand her knowledge in the areas of vestibular, rehabilitation, pediatric audiology and counseling.

photoHartman owns a private practice in Iowa and has been a practitioner since 1981. He is also a member of ADA and AAA. He will be responsible for coordinating activities, as well as serving on the Alliance Awards Committee. Hartman recently completed his AuD degree from Univ. of Florida.

AFA directors Peggy Sheets of New Hampshire, Valenta Ward-Gravely of Ohio and Jim Lombardo of Wisconsin, who recently completed their terms, were thanked by the organization for their contribution and many years of service.


photoCouncil for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)
George Krafcisin has been appointed as a representative to CAOHC. He will represent the National Safety Council through the fall of 2003. He has more than 35 years of experience in occupational health and safety field. He has served on technical and management committees of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American National Standards Institute.

CAOHC is an organization dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of training standards for those who safeguard hearing in the workplace.


Sight & Hearing Association
The board of directors recently named its new officers.

Karen M. Arnold, currently a partner with a company in Minnesota, will serve as the president. She has served as a board member for Sight & Hearing Association for seven years. Arnold holds a BS in electrical engineering from Montana State Univ. and an MBA from University of St. Thomas, MN.

d07f.jpg (6477 bytes) Joan R. Coffey, a quality assurance manager, will be the vice president. She has a BA in political science and an MBA from Univ. of Minnesota.
photo Fred Webber, currently a senior vice president for an advertising company, accepted the position of secretary. He earned his BA degree from Univ. of Minnesota.
photo The treasurer will be Dale R. Olson who is a corporate controller for a manufacturing company. He has a BS and an MBA from the Univ. of Minnesota.

Charles F. Barer, M.D., an ophthalmologist, will serve as ex-officio. He has a BA from Cornell Univ. and an M.D. in opthalmology from Cornell Univ. Medical College.


Symphonix Devices, Inc.
Kirk Davis and George G. Montgomery are the new members of the company’s governing board. Davis will serve as the chairman but will maintain his position as president and CEO.

“Kirk’s appointment to the position of chairman is a logical evolution, given his current role as CEO,” B.J. Cassin, a Symphonix board member said. “The consolidation of these two leadership positions will streamline the decision-making process, giving Kirk the ability to work quickly and decisively to guide us through the approaching commercialization of the Vibrant Soundbridge and a fast paced sales ramp-up.”

Currently Davis is working with FDA to obtain marketing authorization for its proprietary, semi-implantable hearing device.

Davis holds a BS from Stanford Univ. and an MBA from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern Univ.

Montgomery is currently the CFO at a private medical device company. Davis said Montgomery’s extensive experience in health care finance and investment plus his strong business relationships will be a valuable asset to the company. Montgomery earned a BA from Yale Univ. and an MBA from Univ. of Pennsylvania.