BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2020-2021

President:

Heather Rudisill Kamath, Au.D., CCC-A

Heather Rudisill Kamath, Au.D. developed and leads the vestibular program at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. She has coauthored publications in the area of Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials and co-authored a chapter in the Balance Function Assessment and Management textbook (Plural First Edition). Dr. Kamath was involved in research earlier in her career and in more recent years has focused on the clinical aspects of diagnosis and treatment of vestibular disorders, and provision on hearing aid services to Veterans, Active Duty and their dependents at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Dr. Kamath received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and her doctorate from Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Directors as the President-Elect and was the past VP of Membership.

Past President:

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. 

Treasurer: 

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.

Vice President of Education:

Tony Joseph, Au.D., PhD

Vice President of Membership: 

Ann Reget, A.u.D.

Research specializing in hearing loss prevention, hearing protection, and epidemiology, Dr. Antony Joseph is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Illinois State University (ISU) in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. He received his AuD from Central Michigan University and PhD at Michigan State University, emphasizing Experimental Audiology and Epidemiology, becoming the first audiologist in the world with double-doctorate clinical-science credentials in Audiology (AuD-PhD). A licensed practitioner for over 30 years, Dr. Joseph is a National Academies of Practice Distinguished Scholar and Fellow. He is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and a Professional Supervisor by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a 24-year active duty retired Naval Officer who served as Clinic Director for one of the US Navy’s largest outpatient centers, overseas as a Director of Public Health (Japan), and deployed in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign as a Medical Director. Dr. Joseph served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Academy of Audiology and Chair of the American Board of Audiology and is VP of Education for the Illinois Academy of Audiology. Besides teaching and research, he is a clinical supervisor at ISU in the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic and leads the campus Occupational Hearing Conservation Program.

Dr. Reget has over 20 years’ experience in audiological diagnostics and hearing aid service and delivery.  

She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from William Paterson College in New Jersey, Masters of Arts in Audiology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Arizona.

As a self-motivated professional, Dr. Reget provides excellent patient care and clinical expertise to patients of all ages with hearing loss.  She has a special interest in new hearing aid technology and aural rehabilitation to help patients achieve their best hearing possible.

Vice President of Government Affairs:

David Groesch, Au.D. 

Founder of Central Illinois Hearing, Dr. David Groesch, has devoted his entire career to helping the hearing impaired community of Central Illinois achieve meaningful, active lifestyles through improved communication. It’s not an easy task since there is no magic solution to solving significant hearing impairment. He is a fellow of the Academy of Audiology and certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Groesch has served on the board of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, as vice president of the Illinois Academy of Audiology and has served on the faculty of MacMurray College in Jacksonville and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

Member-at-Large:

Megan Worthington, A.u.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 adjuct 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.

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