Leadership

ATA is governed by a Board of Directors, and advised by a Scientific Advisory Committee, each composed of leading patient advocates and stakeholders in the tinnitus and hearing health fields.

Support Tinnitus Research

ATA’s research program is wholly funded by our members — tinnitus patients just like you. Donate to ATA and help us find a cure.

The ATA offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. To reach any of the staff via email, use the email addresses below. To reach the staff by phone, or to leave a message for staff, please call us during office hours at (800) 634-8978. Click here to visit staff directory.

Board of Directors

LaGuinn Sherlock, Au.D. 
Chair
Severn, MD

Randy E. Phillips
Vice Chair
Chicago, IL

Scott C. Mitchell, J.D., C.P.A.
Secretary
Houston, TX

Gary P. Reul, Ed.D.
Treasurer
Issaquah, WA

Torryn P. Brazell, MS, CAE
Executive Director & COO (Ex-officio)
Washington, DC Metro

Col. John T. Dillard USA (Ret.) 
Carmel, CA

Daniel J. Fink, M.D. 
Beverly Hills, CA

Michael E. Hoffer, M.D.
Miami, FL

Jeannie Karlovitz, Au.D.
Downington, PA

Thomas J. Lobl, Ph.D.
Valenicia, CA

Bryan Pollard
Marlboro, MA

Joseph Trevisani, MBA
New York, NY

Ted Turesky, Ph.D.
Boston, MA

Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Detroit, MI

William Shatner
Honorary Director
Los Angeles, CA

Scientific Advisory Committee

Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., FACS
Chair
University of Miami Health System
Miami, FL

Shaowen Bao, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Susan M. Bowyer, Ph.D.
Henry Ford Health Systems
Detroit, MI

Dirk De Ridder, Ph.D.
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

Marc Fagelson, Ph.D.
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN

Fatima T. Husain, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Elisabeth Maria Knipper-Breer, Ph.D.
University of Tubingen
Tubingen, Germany

Mark S. Mennemeier, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

Larry E. Roberts, Ph.D.
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario; Canada

Maria Rubio, Ph.D., M.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Jeremy G. Turner, Ph.D.
Illinois College, OtoScience Labs
Jacksonville, IL

Roland Schaette, Ph.D.
UCL Ear Institute, University College London
London, England

Grant D. Searchfield, Ph.D.
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Athanasios Tzounopulos, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D.
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

Fan Gang-Zeng, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

ATA Office Headquarters

Jake ALFORD
Custom Design Specialist
www.TinnitusTees.com

Teia AMELL
Membership Coordinator
teia.amell@ata.org

  • Assists with membership department administration.

Jodi ASMUS
Communications & Compliance Specialist
jodi@ata.org

  • For assistance with ATA's state charity offices maintenance obligations, and answers to questions about supporting ATA through Amazon Smile.

Jennifer BORN
Scientific Research Coordinator & Programmatic Advisor
jennifer@ata.org 

  • For questions/assistance related to tinnitus research, ATA-funded research, applying for an ATA research grant; locating or starting a tinnitus support group in your area or any other programmatic-related questions.

Torryn BRAZELL, MS, CAE, CMP
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
Publisher,
Tinnitus Today Magazine
torryn.brazell@ata.org

  • For assistance with major planned giving, endowments, the Tinnitus Advisors program, and answers to questions regarding governance, committees, and fiscal management.

Maury BYRNE
Accounting Specialist
maury.byrne@ata.org

  • For assistance with accounts payable and accounts receiveable.

Trisha CARUSO
Manager, Member Services
trisha.caruso@ata.org

  • For assistance about your ATA membership and to provide contact information updates; answers about becoming an ATA member: Individual Membership, Gold and Silver Professional Provider Memberships.

Naomi COSSACK
Human Resources Specialist
naomi.cossack@ata.org

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates ATA’s various human resource management activities.

Donna GASSIE
Grants Specialist
donna.gassie@ata.org

  • First point of contact for Foundations and other funding organizations to alert ATA of grant opportunities to fund critical patient community initiatives.

Adam KRAMER
IT Specialist

  • Maintains IT computing, equipment and services that meet the needs of ATA's administrative, educational, and research programs.

Joy ONOZUKA
Communications & Research Specialist
joy.onozuka@ata.org

  • To offer stories from those living with tinnitus, from the first stages to habituation, which could be featured in ATA's magazine, Tinnitus Today.

Deborah OUTLAW
Health Policy Advisor

  • Directs and advises ATA on health policy initiatives, with an emphasis on increasing funding for tinnitus research. Works with allied stakeholder groups and federal agencies to garner support for ATA's broader advocacy and awareness mission and core purpose.

Kathleen TURNER
Donor Relations Specialist
kathleen.turner@ata.org

  • First point of contact for companies, sponsors and partners to brand and market their opportunities with the ATA, including advertising in Tinnitus Today magazine, and sponsoring a Conversations in Tinnitus Podcast.

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