Government Relations Committee

Government Relations Committee


  • Work to improve the effectiveness of the Academy's federal advocacy efforts
  • Make recommendations on the Academy's legislative and regulatory priorities
  • Identify and analyze federal legislative and regulatory public policy that impact audiology
  • Make recommendations on proposed legislative and regulatory public policy impacting the Academy and the profession of audiology
  • Initiate and participate in the Academy's public policy/position development process
  • Provide government relations leadership on behalf of the Academy and the profession of audiology
  • Promote a robust national grassroots community to support audiology through the Grassroots Advocacy Network
  • Continue to foster relationships with members of Congress to gain support for key legislative issues
  • Create and revise the Academy's public policy resolutions and work to ensure these policies are developed in a timely manner, ensure relevancy and adhere to best practices; and,
  • Include staff liaison and council chair in communications.


Chair: Jodi Baxter, AuD
Chair-Elect: Lee Cottrell, AuD
Members:  Anna Jilla, AuD, Ex-Officio
  Alyssa Needleman, AuD, Ex-Officio
  Kadyn Williams, AuD, Ex-Officio
  Lauren Keller, AuD
  Alexander Morris, AuD
  Lisa Reedy, AuD
  Hanna Sawher, AuD
  Tina Stern, AuD
  Jennifer Thomson, AuD
  Emily Venskytis, AuD
  Vivianne Wersel, AuD
  LeAnn Scott, AuD
Student Member:  Victoria Sweeney
Staff Liaison: Susan Pilch


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