Songbird Hearing Inc.
Songbird Hearing Inc announces the promotions of five sales representatives to managerial positions and the hiring of a new inside sales representative. Marc Lyons was promoted to manager of the eastern district. Lyons, who joined the company in January 2000, holds a BS in economics from Nichols College in Dudley, MA, and has 11 years of sales and marketing experience. Tracie Crum, who has been with the company since June 2000, was promoted to manager of the central district. She holds a BA in communications disorders from Harding University in Searcy, AR, and has over 17 years of experience in the fields of speech pathology, audiology and communication. Brent Peterson was promoted to manager of the mountain district. A one-year veteran of the company, Peterson was previously employed as a sales manager of national accounts for a private company, and holds a BA in marketing from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Cathie Pass, an employee of the company since February 2000, was promoted to manager of the Pacific district. She holds a BS degree in speech pathology from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a master’s in audiology from Rush Medical College in Chicago. Pass has five years of experience in audiology and five years of experience in medical sales. Dan Bresnahan was promoted to manager of inside sales, and will be responsible for starting this new department. Bresnahan, who holds a BS in marketing from Longwood College in Farmville, VA, has 11 years of sales experience and has been with the company since June 2000. In addition to these promotions, the company hired Stewart Birnbaum as an inside sales representative. Birnbaum is an audiologist with clinical experience who has worked for over 10 years in ITE manufacturing environments. He holds a BA in speech and hearing correction from Kean University in Union, NJ, and a master’s in audiology from The College of New Jersey in Ewing.

BalkeSiemens Hearing Instruments
Mark Balke has been named manager of international custom product development. In this position, he will play a key role in introducing new products and managing existing custom products for Siemens Worldwide. He will also coordinate the company’s resources to serve custom product needs globally. Balke has over 11 years of experience in the hearing instrument industry, and was formerly the custom manufacturing engineer for the company’s Worldwide Customer Manufacturing Support Group.

Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD, has been added to the staff of Nu-Ear as a consultant for technical education. The author of two books, Ballachanda earned his PhD in audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas, and is currently Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of New Mexico, where he will continue in his academic role.

MeyerInternational Hearing Society
The Society announces the appointment of Kevin Meyer to the position of web services specialist. He will be responsible for ongoing site development and enhancement. Meyer earned his BA at the University of Michigan and was previously employed in a hospital as a media coordinater.

SteckOmni Hearing Systems
Kelly Steck has joined Omni Hearing Systems as a technical support audiologist. She will be responsible for providing audiologic, technical and computer support to the company’s customers. Steck holds an MS in audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas and has several years’ dispensing experience.

FussAmerican Academy of Audiology
Wendy Smith Fuss has joined the Academy’s staff as director of health care policy. In this position, Fuss will monitor, report on, and influence federal and state health care policy, and will provide analysis of health policies and legislation to determine their impact on the practice of audiology. She has several years of experience in the field of health care policy and holds a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a BS from Rutgers University.