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Phonak Announces Winner of the 2012 Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award

Recipient Carrie Spangler, AuD., Ohio Educational Audiologist, Role Model and Mentor.

Warrenville, Illinois – (July 23, 2012) - Phonak LLC has awarded the 2012 Cheryl DeConde Johnson award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology to Carrie Spangler AuD., an educational audiologist in the Starke County Educational Service Center in Ohio since 1999.

Her leadership in organizing and chairing continuing education events in Ohio, facilitating preceptor programs for graduate students from local universities throughout her career, as well as her many presentations is evidence of her commitment to continuing education. In addition, Dr. Spangler has engaged in multiple sustained initiatives that have positively impacted children with hearing impairment at the local, state and national level.



(left to right): Cheryl DeConde Johnson, EdD, FAAA; 2012 CDJ Award Recipient Carrie Spangler, AuD; Patrick Henry,Director of Pediatrics, Government Services and Wireless, Phonak US.

Born with a bilateral hearing loss, Dr. Spangler brings a unique perspective to her work as an empathetic counselor and successful role model to children with hearing loss and their families as well as to her colleagues and peers. 

“Dr. Spangler’s work and commitment to advocate and improve the communication and academic outcomes of children is outstanding by all measures,” said Dr. Cheryl DeConde Johnson, honorary chairperson of the Award Selection Committee. “Dr. Spangler’s numerous accomplishments are impressive, but they do not fully express the impact she has had and no doubt will continue have on children with hearing impairment and the profession of educational audiology. Her vibrant personality together with her passion and vision makes her unstoppable, and she challenges her colleagues by example.” 

In addition to providing her full-time educational audiology services, Dr. Spangler displays unparalleled energy in pursuing her professional objective to “influence students and professionals locally and nationally who work with individuals who have hearing loss through research, teaching, leadership, and innovative development of programs.” 

Dr. Spangler graduated with a Master’s degree in Audiology in 1998 and a Doctoral degree in Audiology in 2005. 

About the Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award

In 2007, Phonak LLC introduced the award to honor US educational and pediatric audiologists for their outstanding work and commitment to advocate and improve communication as well as academic outcomes of children. 

The award is named for Cheryl DeConde Johnson, EdD., FAAA, the first hearing health professional to receive the award for her many years working as an educational audiologist and deaf educator, including 15 years successfully directing the audiology and deaf education programs for the state of Colorado.

Along with honorary chairperson Cheryl DeConde Johnson, the selection committee includes Evert Dijkstra, Managing Director, Phonak Communications and Lyric, Switzerland; Dr. Hans Mulder, Director of Marketing and Wireless Research of Murten, Switzerland; Eric Timm, Vice President of Marketing, National Sales and Customer Care, Phonak US and Pat Henry, Director of Pediatrics, Government Services and Wireless, Phonak US. 

About Phonak LLC

Headquartered in Warrenville, Illinois, Phonak LLC was founded in the United States in 1989 with the guiding mission to enrich the lives of the hearing impaired by providing the best products and services through the hearing health professional. Phonak LLC is a Group Company of Sonova Holding AG, the global leader in hearing healthcare solutions. For more information on Phonak, please visit www.phonak.com