The Foundation is excited and proud to welcome our new trustees. Drs. Kukula, Banjeree, and Brudereck will serve on the Foundation Board though September 30, 2020. These trustees will join our other board members and work with the Academy and other affiliated organizations to fill the Foundation’s mission. We hope you enjoy hearing more about their experiences, backgrounds, and unique personalities. 


Jane Kukula, AuD
Private Practice | Mentor, Ohio

What’s your favorite part of being an audiologist? I love being in private practice and all that comes with it. I especially enjoy working for myself. While it’s a busy practice, I still set my own pace with patients creating time to enjoy getting to know them, share a laugh or shed a tear or two. Plus, I find it rewarding to help people hear again, putting them back in touch with their families and friends. I’ve practiced for many years and still haven’t tired of positively impacting people’s lives.

Do you have fundraising experience? My fundraising skills were first honed as a member of the Willoughby Junior Women’s Club where we raised funds for community projects and programs, putting on dinner parties, reverse raffles, auctions, and the Spring fashion show. 

What things do you do for fun outside of the profession? I enjoy time with family and friends, and occasionally binging on Netflix. I like doing things with my hands such as jewelry making and I’ve been learning machine quilting. I would love to see the world and I am working on it one trip at a time.

Tell us about your family. I come from a large family and many are still in the greater Cleveland area. Though I don’t have children, I treat my nieces and nephews like they are my children. 

Were there any Foundation projects that you were surprised about when you joined the Board? I knew of the scholarships and research grants, but wasn’t as aware of the support of public awareness aspect. 

What are you most excited to see in Nashville? I am looking forward to just seeing Nashville and taking in the sites. My hope is to hear someone famous playing in a local bar, or any celebrity sighting would be a fine with me.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? I dreamt of being everything from a teacher to a movie star. Some of the highlights were an architect, a physician, fashion designer, dancer, and an artist. 

What was the last text you sent? “Have safe travels,” it was sent to my nephew and his wife on their way to Cancun.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? I love Europe, especially Italy. The Amalfi coast of Italy is definitely a favorite.  

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? I would love to be an IT expert, the one who comes in and saves the day when the computers go down. 



Shilpi Banerjee, PhD
Owner of Skafold LLC [which provides technical
consulting services] | Hillsboro, Oregon

What is your favorite part of being an audiologist? The people I am proud to have as colleagues and friends.

Do you have fundraising experience? Some, for state audiology organizations.

What things do you do for fun outside of the profession? Travel, read, small DIY projects.

Tell me about your family. Sometimes I want to disown them, but most of the time I love them.

Were there any AAAF projects that you were surprised to learn about when you joined the board? Member Assistance Program.

What are you most excited to see in Nashville? Friends and colleagues from around the world.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? Astronaut, truck driver.

What's the last text you sent? “Do you have a minute to talk?”

Where's the most interesting place you've been? Churchill (Canada), Amazon (Brazil), Poprad (Slovakia), Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Moscow (Russia), Sofia (Bulgaria)...the list goes on.

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? Reading people.



Owner of Berks Hearing Professionals, LLC 
[a private practice with two locations]
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

What is your favorite part of being an audiologist? Helping people improve their communication. I love getting to know my patients, and developing a good connection with them.

Do you have fundraising experience? Yes, mostly for audiology organizations.

What things do you do for fun outside of the profession? Go to the Poconos with my family. 

Tell me about your family. I am married, my son and stepson are both 13 years old and my daughter is 10 years old. We have two dogs, Clark W. Griswold and Molly. 

Were there any AAAF projects that you were surprised to learn about when you joined the board? Member Assistance Program.

What are you most excited to see in Nashville? To go to Robert’s Western World and have the Recession Special!

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? Maid or veterinarian. 

What's the last text you sent? “He had already cleaned it up by the time I went upstairs.” My son wrote something mean about his siblings on the mirror after a shower. 

Where's the most interesting place you’ve been? Kalaupapa, Hawaii.

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? Woodworking.