Hearing Industries Association
The Hearing Industries Association (HIA), Alexandria, Va, has appointed Jerome C. Ruzicka as its new chairman. Ruzicka, president of Starkey Laboratories, Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, was formerly HIA’s vice chairman. In accepting the HIA chairmanship, Ruzicka noted that the organization is moving from its focus over the past year on internal structure to an outward-oriented position. A 25-year veteran of the hearing industry, Ruzicka has been active not only in the domestic industry, but has also held worldwide responsibilities for Starkey.

European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association

 Board members, left to right: Jesper Mailind, vice president; Hellmuth Tuerk, president; Anne-Marie Wolters, secretary general; Niels Jacobsen, past president.

The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) elected a new board during the April general assembly. The new board members are Hellmuth J. Tuerk, president, and Jesper Mailind, vice president. Tuerk has been in the hearing aid business since 1955, and is co-manager of Interton, headquartered in Cologne, Germany. Mailind is president and CEO of GN ReSound, headquartered in Taastrup, Denmark.

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), West Lafayette, Ind, has nominated eight AuD students for its new Outstanding AuD Student Awards. The students, who were nominated by their program directors, must complete a rigorous application process to be considered for the awards. Winners will be selected by a committee comprised of audiologists who will use guidelines developed by the AFA Board of Directors. The two winning third-year AuD students will receive a total of $9,000 in recognition of their academic achievement and professional potential. The nominees for the 2002-2003 academic year include: Amanda Blue, University of Texas-Dallas; Monica Cervera, Nova Southeastern University; Shannon Goetz, Central Michigan University; Jenny Lee, Gallaudet University; Christy Monczynski, University at Buffalo; Jennifer Bai Rossi, University of Florida; Monica Serdinow, Towson University; and Gretchen Zehring, Ball State University.

The organization also announces that Kelly Halligan, AuD, was recently elected to the board of directors. Halligan has more than 20 years of experience as an audiologist. Previously, she had worked as a director of marketing and professional relations for an international hearing aid manufacturer, and has been in private practice since 1989. In addition, she is also an experienced speaker and published author. According to the AFA, Halligan will work to promote the benefits of obtaining an AuD degree, and to educate audiologists about the importance of transforming audiology to a doctoring profession.


Magnatone announces the hiring of William Chiu, Kerry Chmielenski, Renee Echevarria, and Sabre Spano. Chiu has joined Magnatone’s engineering department as an industrial engineer. He is responsible for Magnatone’s ISO 9000 and CE certifications. His background includes working in electronic component manufacturing, defense contracting, and telecommunications. Chmielenski will serve as staff audiologist. She received her MA from the University of Connecticut. Echevarria joins Magnatone’s customer service department. She holds a BA in communicative disorders from the University of Central Florida. Spano has been promoted from receptionist to customer service representative.

Williams Sound
Williams Sound Corp, Eden Prairie, Minn, announces the promotion of Betsy Martz to president and CEO. Martz started with Williams Sound 15 years ago as an accounting manager, and has been progressively promoted to director of finance and administration, vice president of finance and administration, and executive vice president and general manager. She succeeds Jim Broz, who had led the company for the past 15 years. He will continue with the company as chairman and CEO.

 Sonus Network
The Sonus Network, Portland, Ore, has named John Malan (left) as its new regional network manager for the western region, covering California and Hawaii. Malan earned a degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands, and has an MS degree with an emphasis in Audiology from California State University, Northridge. He has been a clinical audiologist since 1996.