2018 Audiology Conference

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October 18 - 19, 2018
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Elliott University Center
507 Stirling St.
Greensboro, NC 27412

Featured Speakers

Marcia Fort, AuD
Dr. Fort is the Genetics and Newborn Screening Unit Manager in the Children and Youth Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health and serves as the NC EHDI Coordinator. She has worked with the NC EHDI program since 2002. Dr. Fort has 29 years of experience as a pediatric audiologist in hospital, private practice, ENT office and public school settings.

Krista S. Heavner, MS CCC-SLP; LSL Cert AVT
Ms. Heavner is a Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist for Advanced Bionics, providing support and education for cochlear implant candidates, recipients and professionals in the southeast part of the US. Prior to this position, Krista was a consultant for deaf and hard of hearing with the Division of Exceptional Children with the NC Department of Public Instruction. She has experience both in the educational and clinical settings teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak, and coaching other professionals in the field.

Jane R. Madell, PhD
Dr. Madell is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and LSLS auditory verbal therapist. Her clinical and research interests include hearing in infants and children, management severe/profound hearing loss, including HA’s, CI’s, FM’s, and auditory processing disorders. She has published 7 books, numerous book chapters, and articles. She writes the Hearing and Kids section of the HearingHealthMatters.com blog. She is the recipient of the Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology. She is producer and director with Irene Taylor Brodsky of the film The Listening Project which interviews 15 young adults with hearing loss. Dr Madell presents nationally and internationally on topics related to hearing loss in children.

Dr. Johnnie Sexton, Au.D., Executive Director and Founder/The CARE Project, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Sexton has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for almost 4 decades. He received his B.S. (1977) and M.S. (1979) degrees from East Carolina University and his Au.D. Degree (2010) from A. T. Still University/Arizona Health Sciences. Dr. Sexton has focused throughout his career on pediatric/ educational audiology service development, implementation and management and served on a team to design the early intervention system for audiology in North Carolina (including the newborn hearing-screening program) from 1999-2001. He has devoted his energy in recent years to redefining counseling for families with children who have hearing challenges and the professionals who provide services for them. Dr. Sexton created the nonprofit agency, The CARE Project, serving as Executive Director, for the advancement of family, professional and pre-professional training opportunities in emotional/adjustment counseling. The CARE Project has become a national standard for family engagement for the unique family retreat experiences which provide emotional support and education for family empowerment.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sexton has been very involved in state licensure under 5 Governors in NC with a clear focus on making sure that the consumer of speech and hearing services are protected from unethical and illegal practice. The North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association has twice awarded Dr. Sexton the State Clinical Achievement Award, in 1996 for his pioneering work in educational audiology and in 2017 for his pioneering work in emotional support for families.

Dr. Sexton owns a private practice specializing in educational audiology services and educational sign language interpreter services (John E. Sexton & Associates, Inc./JESA). JESA is 30 years old and employs 14 audiologists who live in regions around the state of North Carolina. He also owns a private practice in specialty speech pathology services (Specialty Speech & Education Services/SSES) which provides specialized speech services for children (auditory verbal therapy, augmentative communication services, etc.) in Southeastern North Carolina.

As of January 1, 2018, Dr. Sexton is the Co-Chair of the NC Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Advisory Board which oversees the newborn hearing screening program in all birthing hospitals in NC.

Donna Fisher Smiley, Ph.D., CCC-A
Dr. Smiley is a school-based audiologist and the coordinator for the Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS) Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smiley has practiced audiology in the areas of pediatrics and school based audiology for over 25 years. Additionally, Dr. Smiley co-authored a textbook (Title: School-Based Audiology) that is available from Plural Publishing. She served as the Vice-President for Audiology Practice on the Board of Directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association from 2013-2015.

Melissa Wilson, Au.D.
Melissa is employed by Cochlear Americas as the Clinical Territory Manager for Coastal Carolinas. Melissa provides training and education related to implantable hearing solutions and assistance with the clinical care of these recipients. She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from East Carolina University. Melissa received her Doctorate degree in Audiology from the University of Florida in 2006. Before joining Cochlear, she worked as a clinical audiologist on the Implant Team at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She resides outside of Wilmington with her husband, Allen, and nine-year-old son, Tyler.