American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Board of Directors

The Board of Directors exercises all corporate powers and manages the business and affairs of the Alliance. They establish program priorities central to its core mission of sponsoring research, increasing awareness and improving access to cochlear implants through advocacy while providing oversight of all activities carried out in support of its mission.


Colin Driscoll, MD *
Chair, Otorhinolaryngology
Mayo Clinic (MN)


*denotes Executive Committee member


SECRETARY -- Jan Larky, MA *
Stanford Ear Institute
Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Stanford Health Care



Vice Chair -- Holly Teagle, AuD *
Clinical Associate Professor, 
Co-Director of the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC, 
Department of Otolaryngology, 
University of North Carolina

TREASURER -- Jill B. Firszt, PhD *
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology,
Head-Neck Surgery
Director, Cochlear Implant and Hearing 
Loss Research Laboratory
Washington University School of Medicine 


Oliver Adunka, MD
Professor and Director
Otology, Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Meredith Holcomb, AuD, CCC-A
Clinical Director, 
Cochlear Implant Program
Clinical Assistant Professor,
Department of Otolaryngology, 
Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
Nikolas H. Blevins, MD
CI 2017 Pediatric Co-Chair
Malcolmson Professor
Chief, Division of Otology and Neurotology
Medical Director,
Cochlear Implant Center
Stanford University

Amy McConkey Robbins, MS,

Speech-Language Pathologist
Communication Consulting Services
Indianapolis, IN

Dan Choo, MD
Professor and Director, 
Department of Otolaryngology 
Head and Neck Surgery
Univ. of Cincinnati 
College of Medicine
Cincinnati Children's 
Hospital Medical Center

Steven R. Rech
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Houston, TX


John Dornhoffer, MD
Professor and Chairman
Samuel D. McGill Chair in Otolaryngology Research
Director of Otology and Neurotology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and
Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Andrew G. Shuman, MD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology 
Head and Neck Surgery 
University of Michigan Health System


David S. Haynes, MD, FACS
Chair, Membership Committee
Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery/Hearing & Speech Sciences
Cochlear Implant Program Director, 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Sally Tannenbaum Katsaggelos
M.Ed., DT/H, LSLS Cert. AVT
Co-Director, Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program
The University of Chicago Medicine,
Comer Children's Hospital




Donna L. Sorkin, M.A.

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance Foundation is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.