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Welcome to the University of Arizona (UA) Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) chapter website! 

SAA is a national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), that serves as a collective voice, and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. The UA SAA introduces students to lifelong involvement in activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology, and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.

The SAA chapter at the University of Arizona was established in January 2012. Its focus is to promote the education and pre-professional development of Doctor of Audiology (AuD) students, as well as to serve the Tucson community by engaging in philanthropic events that promote hearing health.

Our chapter is currently led by:


Dr. Hansen - Faculty Advisor
Greetings!  I am an audiologist, clinical instructor in the SLHS Clinic, and the SAA Faculty Adviser.  I really do love this profession, and it is such a pleasure to meet all of you who are pursuing a future career in this field. What a fabulous team of Au.D. student leaders!  It’s going to be an exciting time!



Diane Cheek - President
Hello, my name is Diane Cheek and I'm a third-year Au.D.student.  This year will be my second term serving as SAA Chapter President and recently began a one-year term on the National SAA Programs Subommittee.  What I value most about SAA is how it fosters collaborative teamwork and provides opportunities to engage in causes bigger than oneself.  Every SAA member brings unique talents to the table and together, we not only learn from one another, but we make meaningful differences in the lives of others.  Outside of SAA, I enjoy all aspects of clinical audiology, have research interests in central auditory processing and speech perception, and strive to reach my long-term professional goal of becoming a clinical instructor.



Brenden Bagnoli - Vice President

My name is Brenden Bagnoli, I am a third year audiology doctoral student and am originally from the city of Phoenix, Az. I received my undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2015. My audiology interests include pediatrics and humanitarian audiology - my current desire is to work in a hospital with under-served and vulnerable populations. Outside of school I enjoy sleeping, eating, reading, and hiking. 




Anne Bliss - Treasurer
My name is Anne and I'm a second year AuD. I've been a member of SAA for one year and my favorite aspect of SAA is finding ways to get involved in our community. It was here where I first found out about ARSOBO (the Arizona/Sonora border project). Once a month Dr. Dean and several grad students go down to Nogales to fit hearing aids for low-income adults and children. I'm looking forward to this year and I hope to help raise a lot of money for the club and the nonprofit organizations that we support. If you have any creative fund raising ideas, please let me know.



Alyssa Everett - Secretary
Hi! My name is Alyssa Everett and I am a third-year in the dual AuD/PhD doctoral program as well as the SAA Secretary. I joined SAA because I enjoy participating in philanthropic audiology related events to help out our community. SAA allows us to work collaboratively on projects to build off of each others ideas and make the greatest positive impact. In addition to SAA, my interests include diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, and rehabilitation; specifically, I am involved in an aural rehabilitation project in Nogales, Arizona. I look forward to another great year in SAA!


Athena Luong - Social Chair
Hi, my name is Athena and I am currently a second year AuD student. I'm originally from San Jose, CA. I completed my undergraduate career at UC Irvine with a major in Criminology, Law, and Society and minor in Psychology and Social Behavior in 2012. A few years later, I decided to pursue a different career and did my post-bac at Portland State University in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. My audiology interests are in diagnostics and pediatrics. Away from school, I like to hang out with my friends and little french bulldog, hike, and watch basketball (Go GS Warriors!). I look forward to another great year in SAA!



Samantha Sekator - Undergraduate Liaison
I am currently in my final year of my undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. I joined SAA because I wanted to be surrounded by people that share a similar area of interest as I do. SAA is very involved within the community and a great place for networking. SAA has taught me so much more about the field of audiology, through lectures and just through socializing with others in the club, that it has sparked my interest even further to begin a career within the field. I plan on applying to graduate schools and hopefully attending next fall.



Holly Durr - Undergraduate Liaison
Hi there! My name is Holly Durr and I serve as an undergraduate liaison to SAA. I'm heading into my senior year to complete bachelors degrees in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Linguistics, and Deaf Studies. I've enjoyed being a part of this organization because it provides opportunities to learn more about the field of audiology, connect with faculty members about projects, benefit from professional development and advice, and give back to our community. I am especially interested in interdisciplinary research projects, and I hope to pursue a research fellowship for graduate school! Outside of SAA, I love reading, teaching myself to cook new things, and spending time in nature.



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