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Speaker Biographies

Bláz Bush

Bláz Bush serves as the Director of the LGBT Center on our Health Sciences Center Campus. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Bláz has a Master’s degree in Education specializing in Community Counseling. His career in LGBTQ Healthcare began almost a decade ago with the New York Blood Center’s Project Achieve recruiting and counseling individuals on HIV Vaccine research, sexual behavioral health research, and HIV/AIDS testing. He most recently served as the Director of Care Coordination at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, one of the largest LGBT Community Health Centers in the world serving 18,000 LGBT patients annually in a fully integrated health model. At Callen-Lorde, Bláz oversaw a passionate team of forty case managers, patient navigators, and prevention and outreach counselors. He also led the health center in a number of pivotal initiatives including improving community HIV viral suppression rates, rapid treatment for HIV, developing interventions to improve community outcomes by addressing social determinants of health, and assisting in the creation of a transgender gender affirming surgery psychoeducational clinic. His primary responsibilities for the LGBT Center include strategic planning for the Center's HSC activities, coordinating the eQuality Project with the School of Medicine, developing new partnerships with HSC faculty, staff, and students, and providing training on LGBT health topics to all schools on the Health Sciences Center campus.

Stephanie Czuhajewski, MPH, CAE

Stephanie Czuhajewski serves as the Executive Director of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She carries 20 years of management experience in both the public and private sector, with an emphasis in non-profit marketing, fundraising and public relations. Stephanie earned the Certified Association Executive credential in 2010 — the CAE is the highest professional credential that one can attain in the association management profession. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Sullivan University and a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of New England.

Mary Sue Fino-Szumski, PhD, MBA, CCC-A

Mary Sue Fino-Szumski is Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.S. & Ph.D.) and Belmont University, Jack C. Massey College of Business (M.B.A. with a healthcare emphasis). Dr. Fino-Szumski teaches graduate courses and guest lectures on a variety of management and professional issues topics including supervision, business and financial management, securing employment, and credentialing. In addition, she works with students to ensure they achieve their clinical goals and meet credentialing requirements. She is currently an academic audiology member of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

Deanna Frazier

Kentucky State Representative Deanna Frazier was raised in Madison County and became a successful business owner, mother of two, and wife who gets results for our community.

Frazier graduated from Madison Central High School and Eastern Kentucky University and went on to start a business centered around hearing health care. After much hard work, her business took off creating dozens of jobs for Central Kentuckians. It’s her business principles of listening more and talking less that Frazier takes with her to Frankfort as she fights for the families of Madison County.

As a health care professional, Frazier has focused her time in Frankfort on combatting the drug epidemic, fighting for criminal justice reform, working with law enforcement by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to keep our community safe, and bringing our fair share of tax dollars back to the district for roads and economic development projects.

As a small-business owner, Frazier is particularly focused on creating economic opportunities in Madison County so our children can enter the workforce or start a job right here at home. She believes it starts with creating a favorable tax climate where businesses are rewarded for creating jobs instead of punished with endless government red-tape. And it means we need to focus on putting more resources into the classroom so our teachers, one of the most important influencers in our children’s lives, have the tools to teach.

Beth McNulty, MD

Dr. Beth McNulty is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine. Originally from Western KY, she attended medical school and then completed a five year Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) residency at the University of Louisville in 2014. She went on to complete a two year fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute in 2016. She specializes in pediatric and adult hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, chronic ear infections, and skull base tumors. Dr. McNulty and her husband, Nathan, have four beautiful children and a labradoodle named Covy.

Suzanne Meeks, PsyD

Suzanne Meeks is a Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, where she has been since she started as an Assistant Professor in 1987. Her research interests have broadly covered psychopathology and well-being in late life, and she has spent much of the last two decades developing and refining an intervention for depression in nursing home residents called BE-ACTIV. Her work has been published in such journals as Psychology and Aging, Journals of Gerontology (Series B), Aging and Mental Health, and The Gerontologist. She has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Kindred Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently she is collaborating with researchers at the Providence VA and elsewhere to implement a VA version of BE-ACTIV in Community Living Centers (VA nursing homes). At U of L, Dr. Meeks teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to clinical psychology and aging. Dr. Meeks is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, a multidisciplinary journal of the Gerontological Society of America published by Oxford University Press.

Charlie Moubray, AuD, CCC-A

Charlie Moubray serves as the Clinical Account Manager- Midwest for MED-EL Corporation. Charlie Moubray received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor in business management from Wright State University in Ohio and then her Au.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.  She subsequently worked at a pediatric hospital in Atlanta for 7 years.  Charlie joined MED-EL in 2018 as a clinical account manager with the Midwest region.  Charlie is currently working with clinics in Kentucky, Ohio and in portions of Indiana.

Nikki Mutter, AuD, CCC-A

Nikki Mutter graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Communication Disorders in 1994 and an M.A. in Audiology in 1996. She earned her Au.D. from University of Tennessee Health Science in 2011. Nikki has worked as a clinical audiologist with pediatrics and adults at the University of Tennessee and both a pediatric and adult ENT practice with experience in diagnostic audiometry, hearing aids, cochlear implants, electrophysiologic testing, auditory processing disorders, VNG and tinnitus rehabilitation.

Nikki joined GN ReSound as a Pediatric Account Manager in Oct 2016 and moved to a role as Account Manager of Medical Channels in Oct 2019. She provides training opportunities and support for hearing healthcare professionals and consumers specializing in the bimodal and pediatric population.

Elizabeth Rogers, AuD

Dr. Rogers is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where she earned both her bachelors and doctoral degrees. She is the owner of Southeast Kentucky Audiology, a private practice in Corbin, KY focused on being full scope and providing best practices to a rural community. She has spoken at both state and national conferences on topics including co-morbidities and hearing loss, the audiologist's roll in risk of falls patients, the future of private practice, and providing cochlear implant services in a private practice. She will be speaking this year at the Academy of Doctors of Audiology conference on why audiologists should consider practicing in rural healthcare.

Dr. Rogers is the past treasurer and past president of the Kentucky Academy of Audiology. She has been nominated this year for member-at-large for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She has also participated in several audiology advocacy days where she met with Kentucky representatives to discuss the merits of the Medicare Audiology Access and Services Act.

Dr. Rogers and her husband currently live in Corbin with their two children and four German shepherds. They enjoy traveling, cooking, and being with family.

Alicia D.D. Spoor, AuD

Alicia Spoor is President and Audiologist of Designer Audiology, LLC in Highland, MD. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from Gallaudet University. She completed her fourth-year externship at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and joined the hearing aid and cochlear implant teams before moving back to Maryland. She opened her own practice in 2014 with an unbundled/itemized pricing structure, one of the first in the nation to do so from day one, to benefit the patient and demonstrate the value of the audiologist. Dr. Spoor is the current ADA Advocacy Chair and Maryland Academy of Audiology Legislative Chair. She precepts audiology doctoral students in her practice and serves on the Osborne College of Audiology College Advisory Board at Salus University. Alicia is a past recipient of ADA’s Craig W. Johnson Advocacy Award and MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences’ Outstanding Alumni.

Laura Stadler, MD

Dr Stadler went to grade and high school in Lexington and earned her MD at University of Louisville School of Medicine. She is a pediatric infectious disease doctor who trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. There, she worked on a CMV vaccine trial for adolescent females and studied the epidemiology of CMV in teenage boys and girls. She has worked together with the Ky Children's Hospital NICU to implement universal CMV screening and a "failed hearing initiative in the newborn nursery.

Sarah Streeval

The mother of Bella Dawn Streeval, who was born with congenital cytolmegalovirus (cCMV) in February 2017. Due to cCMV, Bella was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, and had varying degrees of both deafness and blindness. Sarah lost her daughter April 2020 to complications from her multiple disorders. Since the death of her daughter, Sarah has advocated for better cCMV education and for universal newborn screening for CMV. Due to her efforts, a bill has been written and will be proposed to the Kentucky Senate during the 2022 legislative session, entitled Bella's Bill for CMV. Sarah is also the Community Alliance Chair Person for Kentucky through the National CMV Foundation.

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