SandHearing Healthcare Management
Hearing Healthcare Management, dba Avada Audiology & Hearing Care, Columbus, Ohio, has named David Sand, MD, FACS, to the advisory board for Healthy Hearing. As one of 70 advisory board members, Sand will provide content, commentary, and counsel for the bi-weekly electronic newsletter and Web site ( Healthy Hearing provides timely industry-related information and includes patient perspectives, interviews, frequently asked questions, a written hearing test, and the opportunity to find a hearing professional. As National medical director for HHM, Sand works closely with the company’s 14 regional directors, providing counsel and medical expertise. HHM is a nationwide network of hearing health care centers serving 15 regions in 17 states spanning the country from east to west coast.

House Ear Institute
The House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, announces Martin E. Maren as its executive vice president and CFO. Maren most recently served as director of finance and corporate treasurer for the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles. He brings more than 15 years of management and technical operations experience in the health care, high-tech electronics, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals industries to this non-profit hearing research facility. As CFO, Maren will have overall responsibility for several aspects of operations and management for the House Ear Institute, including finance and accounting, human resources, information systems, building management, and the research library. As a member of HEI’s senior management team, he will play an integral role in the development and implementation of the Institute’s strategic plans.

Bernafon Inc has added Trish Schiapelli to the Bernafon team as the regional territory manager for the Southwest. Schiapelli has an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, and joins Bernafon with 6 years of hearing industry experience and several years of experience in the banking industry.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), Bethesda, Md, has named Terry D. Portis its executive director. Portis is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla, and 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, Georgia. He is currently president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina. In that capacity, he oversees all aspects of operation for a statewide non-profit organization with three offices and 24 local chapters. Before serving as president, he was regional director for the association and was responsible for grants development, public policy, training, and development of Internet-based services.

Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments
Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Plymouth, Minn, has recently expanded the marketing department to include two graphic designers, Sasha Pisarenko and Aimee Libby. Pisarenko received a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minn. She has experience as a freelance designer, working with a variety of clients in the Twin Cities area. Libby recently graduated from St Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. In addition, Kim Beyer and Bill Krantz have joined Micro-Tech as regional sales managers. Beyer has spent the past 13 years as a new business developer in the advertising industry. Krantz has been in the hearing aid industry for more than 10 years. Beyer and Krantz will be working with the states of Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Micro-Tech has also promoted Lisa Kagel to national sales manager. She has been with Micro-Tech for eight years, beginning as an account representative. She now oversees five regional territories of sales staff, attends regional training seminars, and works on strategic techniques.