GN ReSound North America announced the first two recipients of the companys Doctor of Audiology Academic Merit Scholarship Award, which recognizes students enrolled in a full-time, four-year AuD program. Michelle Fornelli and Chizuko Tamaki were each awarded $5000 for their academic excellence, community service, aptitude for clinical work and passion for caring for the hearing impaired.
Fornelli, in her second post-graduate year in the Nova Southeastern Univ. AuD program, maintains a 4.0 GPA. In addition to working full-time, she is a hospital volunteer, a church council member, food pantry worker and fundraiser, and a NAFDA committee member.
In the first year of her post-graduate AuD program at Gallaudet Univ., Tamaki is an active member of NSSLHA, NAFDA and the Asian Club. She participated in an adopt–block program, a cultural diversity language workshop, elementary school visits, and a summer day care center in Japan for mentally and physically disabled children.
Central Institute for the Deaf (CID)
Donald W. Nielsen, PhD, executive director, named Theodore (Ted) M. Armstrong as president of the Institutes board of managers. Armstrong is senior vice president of a private company.
Armstrong, who replaces Robert Clark, joined the Institutes board in 1986. He has served as assistant treasurer for the past three years, chairman of the finance committee, and as a member of the executive, investment, compensation, planning, campus oversight, facilities and real estate committees.
John H. Gladney, MD, James M. Havel, and Anabeth Calkins are new members of the board. Board members, who serve three-year terms, help manage CIDs school, research department, clinic and graduate studies program.
Gladney is emeritus professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at St. Louis Univ. Havel, a managing partner of an accounting firm, will be involved with the finance committee. Calkins is a forest park manager for the city of St. Louis Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry.
Joseph Lugara, vice president of sales for Siemens Hearing Instruments has announced that John Laftsidis will serve as division manager of the companys Professional Products Division. Laftsidis has 15 years experience in the hearing health care industry, and earned a BS in management from the Univ. of Illinois.
In addition, Amy Diamond was promoted to sales coordinator for UNITY and Practice Navigator software products. Diamond has been with the company for 15 years.
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH)
Elizabeth J. Wilson, PhD, has been named executive director of SHHH. She was most recently a senior principal engineer for a private company. Wilson received her doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the Univ. of Rhode Island and a masters degree in the same field from Brown Univ. She is a published author in both the scientific and hearing health care fields. Wilson has served as the SHHH Rhode Island state coordinator, Sargent (RI) Chapter president, and chair of the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA)
William Urwin, division manager for the east, and Roger McGuire, division manager for the west, have been named vice presidents of AHAA.
Urwin, who will head the companys sales and marketing, joined the company in 1998. A graduate of Bradley Univ., he has 15 years experience in sales and management, including 12 years in the hearing health care field.
As head of professional development, McGuire will train the companys regional managers, related staff, and network associates. He has 18 years experience in sales and management, and 11 in hearing health care. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College.
In addition, Denis DellArciprete is director of information technology. He received an IT degree from Penn State Univ., and was most recently IT director at NovaCare.
Audina Hearing Instruments
Laura Byrd, MA, CCC-A, joined the audiology department of Audina Hearing Instruments. In addition to assisting customers, she will work with the director of audiology to expand the companys training and continuing education program. Byrd graduated from the Univ. of Connecticuts Childhood Hearing Impairment Program.
Sharon Platt has been appointed as marketing communications project manager for the MBU Americas industrial and construction channels. Platt will be responsible for the co-development and implementation of the companys marketing communications plan in support of its line of personal protective equipment for a wide array of industrial and construction/ professional trades customers. Platt has more than 15 years of experience in administrative, program and project management. She joined Dalloz Safety in 1997 as a marketing communications administrative assistant.