Student Academy of Audiology

The Student Academy of Audiology, SAA, is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology that serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology.  The SAA introduces students to lifelong involvement in activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology, and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.


  • The promotion and advancement for the Doctor of Audiology degree.
  • Expanding the boundaries of our academic and clinical education to meet the professional challenges of the future.
  • Advancing awareness of audiology through professional and community service.


  • Establish a standard for SAA in the state of Illinois.
  • Maintain a financial responsibility to the programs and activities implemented.
  • Advance education through the incorporation of professional forums.
  • Promote the Doctor of Audiology degree at Rush University to professionals and students by displaying exemplary performance in the pursuit of excellence.
  • Attain recognition as the future leaders of audiology.


President: Maddie McNamee

Vice president: Kelly Casper

Treasurer:  Monica Thomas

Secretary: Haoliang Du

Fundraising: Nikki Friedman and Lindsey Dwenger

Humanitarian: Anna Benson

Philanthropy: Miranda Eubank and Kaley Babich

Social Chair: Lauren Yanouzas

Chapter Representatives: Paige Andrzejczak and Kalie Buchman

Professional Development: Alec Johnson

Historian: Gabrielle Rakidzich

Advisor: Keri Kwarta, AuD, College of Health Sciences