Alison M.Grimes has served the profession of audiology and the Academy with distinction over the course of her 40-year career. She has been a leader in the field, specifically in the practice area of pediatric audiology, and has served the profession through service at the national, state, and local levels. Dr. Grimes has been a tireless advocate for pediatric patients through her service on professional committees, advocacy, and through task force service. Among her numerous achievements, Dr. Grimes was instrumental in the development of standards for the American Board of Audiology specialty certification in pediatrics. Dr. Grimes has served as the Academy’s representative to the Joint Commission on Infant Hearing since 2005; in this capacity, she participated in the formulation of two iterations of the Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, as well as acting as chair of the commission.

In addition to her participation in the critical mission of establishing these guidelines for newborn hearing screening, she ensured the dissemination of the guidelines to the audiology community with countless presentations at national and state-level meetings. Dr. Grimes has been an instructor for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) programs in California since 2008. She is also chair of the Academy’s Guidelines and Strategic Documents Committee.