American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), West Chester, Pa, has appointed William Conners senior vice president, responsible for worldwide sales and marketing. Conners has more than 20 years’ executive management experience in all areas of marketing, sales, and business development, most recently at Invertica. He has held similar positions at Netscape and Sony. He earned a degree in economics at Villanova University.

AG Bell Association
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), Washington, DC, announced that Carol Fraser Fisk will become interim executive director. The move follows the announcement of former executive director Donna Sorkin accepting the position as vice president of consumer affairs for Cochlear Corporation (see last month’s HR, p 58). AG Bell says that it will have a position description for the executive director post on its Web site (

Fisk will have overall responsibility for AG Bell activities until a permanent executive director is appointed. Since June 2000, she has been director of operations at AG Bell, overseeing the organization’s renovation of its historic headquarters building and internal operations. Prior to joining AG Bell, Fisk held executive posts with several organizations, including serving as executive director of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

photoPractice Builders
Medical World Communications Inc (MWC), Jamesburg, NJ, announces the promotion of Lonnie Hirsch to president of Practice Builders. He assumes responsibility for national operations, including sales, marketing, support, services, and product development. The company is a professional-practice health care marketing firm specializing in the design and implementation of private-practice growth and marketing plans. Hirsch joined Practice Builders 15 years ago, and has created and shaped programs that have reportedly benefited both the company and its clients. Serving most recently as executive vice president, he has developed marketing programs for the health care arena and managed the company’s marketing directorate, marketing workshops and in-house marketing programs, and strategic alliances, in addition to worldwide business development.

Hearing Professional Center
The Hearing Professional Center, Dallas, has recently added Holly Blocker, MS, and Lauren Linden, MA, as staff audiologists. Both will work with Deborah Price, AuD, to diagnose and treat patients and to dispense hearing instruments and assistive listening devices.

Blocker received a BS and MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, where she worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Speech and Hearing Department. Her volunteer work includes past participation in the Glasgow Hearing Aid Benefit Profile Study and positions with the Campana del Rio Assisted Care Facility and the Handmaker Care Facility.

Linden earned a BA in Communication Disorders and an MA in Audiology from Louisiana State University. In addition to completing clinical rotations in pediatric and adult audiology, she has worked as a hearing screening technician for the Universal Infant Screening Program.

photoSonic Alert
Sonic Alert, Troy, Mich, has named Edward Brink as its new director of sales and marketing. Brink received a BBA (Marketing) from Ferris State University. He previously served as director of sales and marketing at Parish Publications, Madison Heights, Mich, and as vice president of sales and marketing at Weld Aid Products, Detroit.

American Speech Language Hearing Association
Nancy A. Creaghead, PhD, professor and chair of the Department. of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati, began her term as president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on January 1. A member of ASHA for 30 years, Creaghead is a certified speech-language pathologist in private practice. Childrens issues are an important focus for Creaghead as the new president of ASHA, and specifically, helping children with literacy issues, and identifying and providing needed services to children. Another important focus for Creaghead is the shortage of PhD faculty, researchers, and research doctoral students, which could lead to a reduction in number of programs and the erosion of research to advance clinical practice.

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