2021-2022 Board of Directors

Board of Director terms run from August 2021 to August 2022

Megan Worthington AuDPresident: Megan Worthington, Au.D. 

Megan Worthington, AuD, is an audiologist and the manager of clinical education for the audiology academic program. Prior to becoming the clinical education manager, she was a clinical audiologist specializing in pediatric audiology and cochlear implants. She graduated from Rush University with her AuD in 2008 and has served as an adjunct instructor at Rush teaching the pediatric amplification and habilitation course and the supervision seminar. Her previous adjunct appointments include Northwestern University, Saint Xavier University and the Hebrew Theological College. She has served as a clinical preceptor for audiology students, teaching them both in the clinic and the classroom.

Eric Seper AuDPast-president: Eric Seper, Au.D. 

Eric Seper is a clinical audiologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Seper received his Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His clinical interests include adult diagnostics, cochlear implants, vestibular assessment, and electrophysiology. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Seper was a research audiologist at the Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification. Dr. Seper has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed hearing aid research articles published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.

President-elect: Blythe Kitner, Au.D. 

Prior to audiology, Blythe Kitner worked in basic science research for 18 years and then decided to go back to school. She graduated from Rush in 2009 and since that time worked in a hospital,  a private neurology practice and now at Northern Illinois University. As a clinical assistant professor at NIU, Blythe teaches both academically and clinically, runs the externship program, completes research along with doing outreach. Dr. Blythe Kitner has been a member of ILAA since 2005 and has held numerous positions within the organization.

Brittney Sprouse AuDVice President of Education: Brittney Sprouse, Au.D.

Brittney Sprouse, Au.D., is a pediatric audiologist at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Sprouse received her Doctorate in Audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (University of Akron) in 2009. Dr. Sprouse’ s clinical interests include diagnostic evaluations; electrophysiology; amplification, including hearing aids, osseointegrated devices, and assistive listening technology; ototoxicity monitoring; early intervention; outreach, and education. She is actively involved on the state and national level in Audiology through her service on committees and boards.  

Michael Blackburn AuDVice President of Membership: Michael Blackburn, Au.D.

Michael Blackburn, AuD is the Sr. eSolutions Manager at Sonova in Aurora, IL since 2020. Dr. Blackburn is a leader in telehealth adoption and implementation. He previously worked at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System in Minnesota. There he developed a comprehensive tele-audiology and vestibular programs. Dr. Blackburn has maintained active volunteering with the American Academy of Audiology serving on committees such as the New Professionals Committee and the Resume Review Sub Committee. Dr. Blackburn is a graduate of the Northwestern University AuD program and completed his externship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL. He then took a position as an Audiologist with the OSF Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria, IL serving pediatric and adult populations before returning to the VA. Dr. Blackburn is happy to be back home in Illinois and looking forward to supporting the incredible ILAA membership.

Vice President of Communication & Marketing: Lauren Kelly, Au.D.

Lauren Kelly, AuD received her Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to joining Hearing Professionals of Illinois in 2019 and during her clinical training, Lauren gained experience working with patients at various hospitals in the area including Lake Forest Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital, Jesse Brown VA and Northwestern Memorial. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University.

Vice President of Government Affairs: Kim Cavitt, Au.D.

Kim Cavitt, AuD was a clinical audiologist and preceptor at The Ohio State University and Northwestern University. Since 2001, Dr. Cavitt has operated her own Audiology consulting firm, Audiology Resources, Inc. Audiology Resources, Inc. provides comprehensive operational, compliance and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare providers. She is a Past President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), serves as the Chair of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board, serves on the Audiology Quality Consortium and serves on committees through ADA and ASHA. Dr. Cavitt is also Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University.

Secretary: Emily Dudley, Au.D.

Emily Dudley grew up in Bend, Oregon. Emily earned her undergraduate degree from Portland State University in Speech and Hearing sciences, and is a graduate of Pacific University’s accelerated Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program class of 2019. Dr. Dudley is passionate about personalized, patient centered hearing health care. Emily spent her externship year working at a non-profit speech and hearing clinic in Portland, Maine. Emily Dudley currently works at Chicago Hearing Services, and is passionate about private practice and providing service in nursing homes/retirement communities.

Thomas Chistl AuDTreasurer: Thomas Christl, Au.D.

Dr. Thomas Christl has worked at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) since 2016 and is a proud member of their audiology department. Prior to working at the Lovell FHCC, he worked as an extern as the Jesse Brown VAMC from 2012-2013. His passion for helping care for our nation's heroes (Veterans & Active Duty Servicemembers) started early on as both of his grandfathers served in the Navy and his father is an Army Veteran. Dr. Christl is a Lovell FHCC Command Coin and Director's Coin recipient and a graduate of VISN 12 Leadership Development Program Class 16. Additionally, he was a member of the Hines-Lovell Interfacility Teleaudiology Team that received the Citizens Services Team Award for Federal Employee of the Year. He is also passionate about clinical education and regularly supervises externs and quarterly students from local and national audiology programs. When he is not busy in the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren; his daughter, Olivia; and his two dogs.

Member-At-Large: Emily Trittschuh, Au.D.

Emily Trittschuh, Au.D. is a pediatric audiologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Trittschuh graduated with her Doctor of Audiology degree from Rush University and completed her fourth year externship at Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical interests include amplification, CAPD, electrophysiology and cochlear implants. She is an Illinois native and loves living in the city. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time with her dog, Sydney.

Jaclyn McFadden AuDMember-At-Large: Jaclyn McFadden, Au.D.

Dr. Jaclyn McFadden graduated from Illinois State University with her doctorate in audiology in May 2016. She is continuing her work at Central Illinois Hearing as a licensed audiologist. Jaclyn is an Illinois licensed audiologist. She is very passionate about helping people improve their quality of life and their ability to communicate.  She values each and every patient and enjoys getting to know them.  The quality time she spends with each patient is important as it helps her to better focus on their listening needs and hearing lifestyles.

Member-At-Large: Jennifer Meyer, Au.D.

Following a highly comprehensive 4th year externship at Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria, IL, where Jennifer was fortunate to experience a wide array of audiology services including electrophysiology, diagnostic evaluations and treatment, cochlear implants, and vestibular evaluations and treatment, Jennifer Meyer graduated from Illinois State University in 2020 with her Doctorate of Audiology. Currently, Jennifer is employed with Peoria Ear, Nose, and Throat group in Peoria, IL where she provides diagnostic evaluations for both the pediatric and adult populations, while also managing the cochlear implant program for adult patients.