The purpose of the ADA Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) is to serve the varied needs and concerns of student and emerging graduated members of ADA. SADA will collaborate with the ADA Board of Directors, ADA committees and others to develop educational resources and programming for students, participate in advocacy initiatives to advance student interests, and disseminate relevant information to students.
In accordance with the guidelines established for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, SADA will be supported by the SADA Council. The Council will be comprised of a minimum of nine (9) ADA Student Members, who will serve for a one-year term, and who may be eligible for re-appointment. SADA Council Members are expected to attend monthly Council meetings via teleconference (every attempt will be made to schedule them at a time convenient to all) , to participate in Council projects by providing insight and expertise, and to support the mission and objectives of ADA and its student members. Note: We do recognize that university requirements and student obligations may prevent participation, particularly at certain times during the year.
Chapter Council Members
Chelsea Montgomery, President
Chelsea is a fourth-year student at the University of South Florida who is currently completing her externship at the Tampa VA. Chelsea has worked with the Advocacy committee for two years and has had a blast helping to plan Student Fly-in Day as the committee’s chair. She is excited for everything SADA has on the horizon and is looking forward to supporting SADA’s goals as 2018-2019 President.
Leah Horn, Vice President
Leah is a 4th year student at the University of South Alabama. She has served as Membership Relations Chair for the past year and is excited to continue serving SADA as Vice President! She is currently completing her externship at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She loves getting to explore her new city with her fellow externs, hang out with her cat, and learn new things -- Whether it’s rock climbing or taking Krav Maga!
Kaley Babich, Advocacy Chair
Kaley is a third-year audiology doctoral student at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is passionate about advocating for the future of audiology as an autonomous, doctoring profession and is dedicated to enhancing her skills as a leader to help make this a reality for our field. She is confident she will bring forward a fresh and innovative mindset and is so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the SADA Board.
Holly Botzum, Education Chair
Holly is a third-year student as the University of Memphis. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and Ohio University, respectively. Her path to audiology included working for top tech companies Best Buy and Verizon. Holly’s interests include the geriatric population, hearing technology, musician’s hearing management, and balance disorders. Her goal as a future audiologist is to help better the lives of people facing hearing and balance difficulties, while also helping to impact the future landscape of audiology.
Kate Witham, Membership Relations Chair
Kate is a second year Au.D student at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Their undergraduate degree is in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. Their interests include Deafness, special populations, and diagnostics. They value access to language and they have a passion for progress. Their side passion is politics. They enjoy keeping up with current events and participating in activism opportunities.
Leah Sherwood, Communications Chair
Leah is a second-year student in the accelerated program at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. Her hometown is Portland, OR. Some of her favorite pastimes include hanging out with her husband, Tyler, and their dog Avery--especially at the beach or on the couch watching ER. She is active in the work that SADA has been doing to advocate for our professional and she is excited to join the 2018-2019 Board as Communications Chair!
Kayla Dub, Fundraising Chair
Kayla is currently a third-year student at the University of Florida. In her free time she loves to travel, bake, and play beach volleyball. ADA invests in their students and has given her numerous opportunities that she is grateful for. Thus, she would like to give back to this organization by serving as SADA Board Fundraising Chair for the 2018-2019 year!