I am honored to represent our profession as the President of the Colorado Academy of Audiology for 2017. As a focus of this year, your CAA Board is redoubling our efforts to support the academy’s mission of “promoting the public good by fostering the growth, development, recognition, and status of the profession of Audiology and its members.”
As audiologists, we are continually advancing our skills, knowledge, and evidence base to provide the best possible hearing and balance treatment to the individuals who entrust us with their care. To support the growth of audiologists in our state, CAA is providing three outstanding professional development opportunities in 2017, including a new annual Spring Connect & Learn, the Summer Symposium, and the return of our annual CAA Fall Convention. By offering these three exciting events, CAA hopes not only to deliver exceptional CEU sessions but to provide a gathering place that encourages fellowship and collaboration for all Colorado audiologists.
Through these networking opportunities as well as additional efforts, CAA aims to expand our sense of unity and ownership as members of our state organization. The current times are both exciting and challenging for our profession. With local and national initiatives toward consumer accessibility and affordability, CAA is the only organization that monitors and protects the essential role of the audiologist in the delivery of hearing and balance care at the Colorado state level. 2017 brings new legislative hurdles and opportunities, and CAA will continue its vital role in elevating the recognition and status of audiologists in our state.
CAA is grateful to you, our members, for the chance to represent and engage you in our important mission. Thank you for your continued support and participation. We have an exciting year ahead!
Naomi Croghan, Au.D., Ph.D.
Colorado Academy of Audiology
On behalf of the CAA Board, I’d like to say congratulations to Cory Workman on his exciting opportunity to start a new adventure with his family outside of Colorado. He was an amazing asset to the Board, and he will be greatly missed. As President-Elect during the early part of 2015, I learned a lot about the workings of the Colorado Academy of Audiology, and I’m honored to take over as the new President in Cory’s absence. I’ll be serving as President for the remainder of 2015, and throughout 2016.
I see my extended Presidency as a unique opportunity to dig deep into the workings of the Colorado Academy of Audiology and add as much value as possible to the CAA Board and Membership. Our new website is an incredible asset to CAA Members who can now advertise their own businesses as well as intern/extern opportunities free of charge. The website is also a wealth of information for all audiologists and consumers looking to learn more about hearing loss and audiology.
As a CAA Member, I saw Colorado Academy of Audiology membership as a way to get a discount on my Fall Convention registration. As CAA President, I want to make sure all Colorado audiologists know that we offer much, much more than a Fall Convention. Yes, our Fall Convention is fantastic and should not be missed by ANY Colorado audiologist. However, CAA has so much more to offer members. Our Summer Practicum was a huge hit as attendees learned about interoperative monitoring from the foremost expert in the field. We are busy representing all Colorado audiologists at community events such as the Better Speech and Hearing Month Rally at the Capitol, and the HLAA Walk4Hearing where we raised nearly $800!
My goal is to involve the Colorado Academy of Audiology in many more community events as we work to educate the public about the importance of audiologists when it comes to treating hearing and communication disorders. And of course, we are the voice for Colorado audiologists when it comes to legislative issues. The more members we have, the more our voice will be heard. This is becoming increasingly important as the landscape of our profession is impacted by massive changes in the hearing technology marketplace.
We, as Colorado audiologists, have so much to offer the people of Colorado. We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and participation as we make this the best state audiology association in the nation! I can always be reached at email@example.com.
Dusty Jessen, Au.D.
Colorado Academy of Audiology
What an honor it is to serve the members of the Colorado Academy of Audiology as President for 2014-2015. I am excited for the amazing potential we have for the future of audiology in our great state and on the national stage as well. We as audiologists can work together to determine the future that will best suit our patients and our profession as a whole.
We have been working hard already to improve our communication with our members through this new website and the creation of the VP of Communications position on the board of directors in 2013. Our convention in Keystone this past year was filled with great classes and we had a good turnout. I am looking forward to our convention in Blackhawk this coming year. Stay tuned for some amazing programs and exciting events!
I want to hear from you! Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook and LinkedIn. I also ask you to reach our to your colleagues and encourage them to get involved with CAA if they are not already. We need to get as many as possible to join us and help move our field forward in the great state of Colorado!
Here’s to a great year ahead!
Colorado Academy of Audiology
I am so excited to be serving as the Colorado Academy of Audiology’s 2013-2014 President and am looking forward to a great year ahead! This last year was one of great success for us as we passed our licensure legislation and will continue to keep members updated on changes that affect our practice.
My hope is to improve communication between the Board of Directors and CAA members. This newsletter will serve as a monthly means by which we can share what’s going on in our state. If you have something you would like to share, please email me at email@example.com and we would be happy to include it!
Another thank you to all those who attended CAA convention in Keystone last month! We had great attendance, manufacturer updates, memorable speakers and fun catching up with friends and colleagues! We are already looking forward to what next year will hold!
Abby McMahon, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA