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!

Bryan Wong - President

Hello! My name is Bryan Wong and I am a third year audiology doctoral student. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and completed my B.S. in Speech and Language Sciences at the University of Arizona.  I’m very excited and truly honored to be in a leadership position for the University of Arizona SAA chapter.  What I value most about SAA is that it facilitates an atmosphere that allows members to collaborate with each other, develop professionally, and engage in both local and national philanthropic events.  The SAA gives members the tools, and thus opportunity, to effect change by reaching out to their local community and making meaningful differences in the lives of others.  Outside of SAA, my audiology interests include diagnostic audiology, electrophysiology, pediatrics and neuroaudiology.   

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. 

Kevin Ascherfeld - Treasurer

Hi! I'm Kevin Ascherfeld, and I'm honored to be the SAA treasurer. I have a dream of outfitting a bus with an audiology lab and visiting places where the need for our services is greatest. Our SAA chapter is known for helping our community with hands-on assistance and fund-raising for charities such as Sertoma Arizona Hearing Aid Bank and the ChEAR fund. This year will see more of the same, and your participation is so appreciated. Let's make this an year of astronomical successes!

Sarah Broughton - Secretary

My name is Sarah Broughton, I am a second year audiology doctoral student and originally from New York City.  I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2016. My audiology interests include aural rehabilitation and pediatrics.  

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, pediatrics, and neuroaudiology. 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!