The Audiology Project

  Promoting the Audiologic Medical Management of Hearing and Balance


Board of Directors

Kathy Dowd, AuD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Kathy Dowd, AuD received her undergraduate degree in French Education from Spalding University, Masters in Audiology from University of Louisville and Clinical Doctorate from Salus University.  Her background in Audiology over the past 39 years is varied:  educational audiology at local and state levels, as well as private practice in ENT and proprietary clinics.   For the past five years, Dr. Dowd has worked to raise the awareness of chronic disease and ototoxic medications causing hearing loss by instructing diabetes educators, optometrists and audiologists nationally about this silent unmet medical need. In April 2016 her advocacy efforts moved the Centers for Disease Control to consider a recommendation for hearing testing to the patient guide: Take Charge of Your Diabetes.  Dr. Dowd is heading the advocacy and collaboration of Audiology organizations in setting clinical guidelines for patient care in the area of chronic and infectious diseases.

Angela Morris, AuD

Board of Directors Member

Dr. Angela Morris is the current President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology.  She has served on various committees with both ADA and the American Academy of Audiology(AAA).  She is a Past President of the Kentucky Academy of Audiology (KAA)and was the Conference Director for KAA for 10 years.  Dr. Morris was appointed to the Kentucky Board of SLP and Audiology and served for many years with her last year as Chair. She was elected by her community as a Corbin Independent School Board member and served for eight years with the last serving as Vice-Chair.  Dr. Morris owned her private practice, Southeast Kentucky Audiology for 14 years and has recently moved with her family to Illinois.

Dr. Morris is extremely interested in the Audiology Project as one of her children is a Type I diabetic.  She also sees the value for the Audiology profession, in many ways, by the work that the Audiology Project hopes to accomplish. She is honored to be a part of this endeavor.

Victor Bray, PhD

Board of Directors Member

Victor Hugo Bray, Jr., PhD is an Associate Professor and former dean (2009 – 2016) of the Osborne College of Audiology, which is one of the four graduate-level colleges of Salus University.  Prior to accepting his appointment as dean, Dr. Bray held the positions of Director of Clinical Research for ReSound Corporation, developing advanced analog signal processing hearing aids, and later Vice President and Chief Audiology Officer for Sonic Innovations, developing advanced digital signal processing hearing aids. While at Sonic Innovations, his roles included Vice President for Quality Systems, which included global Auditory Research, global Regulatory Affairs (ISO 9000) and USA Quality Assurance. While at Salus University, he continued his research in product development as Vice President and Chief Audiology Officer of OtoKinetics. 
Dr. Bray was a co-founder, treasurer, and three-time president of the Scott Haug Foundation. Dr. Bray is the founding and current chair of the Audiology Academy of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the treasurer-elect (2017-2019) for NAP.  He is leading an Audiology Project team in writing a white paper on Diabetic Ear Disease.

Jackie Clark, PhD

Board of Directors Member

Dr. Jackie Clark is a Clinical Professor at University of Texas Dallas and Adjunct Research Scholar at U of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).  She is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology, and licensed (and actively engaged) to provide clinical services to adults and children at her Private Practice and at The Callier Center in Dallas. She is currently the President-Elect of the American Academy of Audiology; Past President of Texas Academy of Audiology, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health, and Chair of the International Society of Audiology Humanitarian Committee. Courses she teaches at UT Dallas include: Diagnostic Audiology; Pediatric Audiology; Clinical Audiology; Professional Issues in Audiology and Providing Humanitarian Services in Developing Countries. Dr. Clark has authored many peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and lectured in many parts of the world.  She is also the Managing Editor of The International Journal of Audiology.

Joanne Rinker, CDE

Board of Directors Member

Joanne Rinker is a Master’s level dietitian.  She has her BS and MS in Human Nutrition from West Virginia University. In April 2017, Ms Rinker was appointed Director of Practice and Content Development for American Association of Diabetes Educators.    Before this new position, Joanne worked as the Senior Director for Community Health Improvement for Population Health Improvement Partners. There she worked to increase community coalitions and assists them in identifying sustainable evidence based strategies to reach the Healthy North Carolina 2020 goals and objectives. Her main focus is diabetes, healthy eating and active living.

Rinker started her Public Health career with the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention and Control Program in May 2007 until July 2013. During those six years, she worked on the implementation and facilitation of the North Carolina Diabetes Education Recognition Program. As the program coordinator, Joanne was instrumental in building the largest American Diabetes Association (ADA) accredited site in the nation.

In 2012, Joanne was named the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 2013 Diabetes Educator of the Year and used that opportunity to spread the word about the relationship between diabetes, hearing loss and depression. She serves on the AADE Board of Directors 2015-2017 and became an AADE Spokesperson in January of 2016.