Leo Doerfler
Leo G. Doerfler, PhD, a pioneer in the field of audiology and one of the founding presidents of the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA), passed away on July 7, 2004, at the age of 85.

Doerfler’s career in audiology began during WWII when he served as an acoustic officer at Deshon General Hospital in Butler, Pa, where he treated soldiers with hearing losses. Doerfler was joined by Raymond Carhart, “the father of audiology," who encouraged him to pursue advanced learning in audiology. Doefler went on to be the second person to receive a PhD in audiology.

After receiving his PhD, Doerfler established the first audiology program in a medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, and directed it for 28 years. During his academic career, Doerfler joined the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and later served on its executive council, elected vice-president and then president in 1967. During this time, he began a dispensing program at the University of Pittsburgh, despite ASHA’s opposition.

Doerfler left academia in 1976 to start a private dispensing audiology practice in Greensburg, Pa. In 1977, he and seven other audiologists established the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, of which Doerfler was elected president.

Doerfler also helped establish the Audiology Co-Op, and in 1988, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

Doerfler was a strong supporter of the AuD degree and helped campaign for the development of the professional doctorate. Throughout his career, Doerfler received many honors and awards, including the ADA’s 1991 Wernick Award, and the AAA’s first Career Award in Hearing in 1994. In 2003, the ADA created the Leo. G. Doerfler Award to honor excellence in clinical practice.

American Hearing Aid Associates
Gary Buckland has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA). He has worked for more than 20 years in top management, sales, business development, and operations. Prior to joining AHAA, Buckland was president of LegaLink Corp, Boston, a legal services firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.

Also joining AHAA is Peter Marzolf, who will serve as vice president of training and development. Marzolf has 15 years of business experience, most recently with PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, as manager of continuing education for three major divisions. At AHAA, he will direct internal and external training, developing programs for AHAA’s nationwide network of hearing health care professionals and its sales force. Marzolf received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

 Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America announced the winners of its Outstanding AuD Student Scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic years: Second-year AuD students Alison Bruns, from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind, and Brooke Schoeffler from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla, will each receive a $4,500 scholarship; third-year AuD students Cristin Guiher, from Towson University, Towson, Md, and Christopher Spankovich, from Rush University, Chicago, Ill, will receive $4,500 each.

Natus Medical Inc
Natus Medical Inc, San Carlos, Calif, announced the appointment of current director Robert A. Gunst to the position of chairman of the board. Gunst was elected to the Natus board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders in June 2004. He assumes the position of chairman from Natus’ co-founder William New Jr, MD, PhD, who has served as chairman since the company’s inception in 1989. New will continue to serve as a director of the company.

Natus further announced that Mark D. Michael, who joined the company’s board in April 2004, was appointed chair of the nominating and governance committee. Ken Ludlum will continue to chair the audit committee, and William M. Moore, a cofounder of the company, will continue to chair the compensation committee. James B. Hawkins, Natus’ president and chief executive officer, and Doris Engibous, who joined the board in April 2004, round out the board of directors.

Paul Thompson, current chief financial officer of the Phonak Group, Switzerland, was named as executive vice president corporate development. In this newly created position, Thompson will work closely with Phonak Group CEO Valentin Chapero, to develop the business’ strategy and implementation of various business development activities. Thompson has more than 7 years of industry experience.

The new chief financial officer of Phonak Group is Oliver Walker, who joined the team from Stratec Medical Group, Switzerland.

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