Board Members

Richard G. Muench

Richard G. Muench serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation.

Mr. Muench is currently Founder and President of Campion Corporation, a venture capital provider. Previously, he was involved in investment banking, commercial bank operations, and the investment department at a major insurance group.

Mr. Muench has provided leadership and guidance to Chicago Associates, an investment club from Northwestern University Graduate School.


Alan G. Micco, M.D.

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Alan G. Micco, M.D., serves as President of the American Hearing Research Foundation, and is Chairman of the Foundation’s Research Committee. He is also a member of the Board of the Chicago Hearing Society.

Dr. Micco is currently Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern Medical School. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Chicago Medical Society, the Chicago Laryngology and Otological Society, and the American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow).

Dr. Micco holds an M.D. from Northwestern University. He has published many articles in scientific journals and has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Scientific Presentation from the International Politzer Society.


Mark R. Muench

Mark R. Muench serves as Vice President of the American Hearing Research Foundation. He has served on the board since 1996. He recently led the effort to implement a new web site for the Foundation that allows individuals to access clinical content on a variety of hearing and balance disorders.

Mr. Muench has worked actively in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. Currently, he is vice president in the professional services organization of Cerner Corporation, a leading provider of clinical and management software for healthcare providers.

Mr. Muench holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame.


Daniel J. Knight

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Daniel J. Knight serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. He is also the treasurer of the American Hearing Research Foundation.

Throughout his career Mr. Knight has held a variety of senior level finance positions. Currently Mr. Knight is Treasurer of The Chicago Sun-Times.

Mr. Knight holds a B.S. from Loyola University in Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.


Lawrence A. Hable

Lawrence A. Hable serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation.

Mr. Hable is currently General Manager and Certified Hearing Aid Dispenser for Sonus. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Marketing Department, Triton College, River Grove, Illinois; and Co-Supervisor for graduate students in Audiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Mr. Hable is a Certified Hearing Aid Dispenser, and is a member of the National Hearing Aid Society and the Illinois Hearing Aid Society. He is also a lecturer and consultant on hearing-related topics.


Marvin T. Keeling

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Marvin T. Keeling serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. He also serves on the Board of St. James Hospital Association.

Mr. Keeling is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of WGN Medical. He has a successful history of building businesses in the medical industry, telecommunications, software technology, and finance. Mr. Keeling founded a finance company that provided over $4 billion in financing for medical equipment to hospitals.

Mr. Keeling has been an initiator of capital and idea development through philanthropic activities and foundations, and has been active in community development and management for 30 years.


David A. Klodd, Ph.D.

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Dr. Klodd is a professor of Audiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Medical Center with 33 years experience. He sees a wide range of patients from neonate through geriatric. His areas of expertise involve audiological evaluation and management in patients with facial nerve disorders, vestibular/balance disorders, and other otoneulogic hearing disorders such as acoustic neuroma and NF2. He sees patients for hearing aid evaluation and fitting as well as auditory implants. Audiology implant interest is in the areas of cochlear implants, Baha implants and most recently auditory brainstem implants (ABI). He also serves on the AHRF’s Research Committee.

He teaches in the University of Florida’s Au.D distance learning program. He serves on the Audiology Advisory Board for the Chicago Hearing Society as well as the advisory board for the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science of Syracuse University. He has served on numerous departmental and medical school committees including being the past Chairman of the Committee on Admissions. He advises UIC medical students and has recently been elected to the faculty senate.

Dr. Klodd’s recent areas of investigation have been mentored with University of Illinois Audiology and Bioengineering doctoral students. Topics of some of these projects have involved: Post Operative Electrophysiologic Assessment in the ABI Recipient, and Assessment of Resting Middle Ear Muscle Tone by a New Measure of Energy Reflectance. He is also the principle investigator at UIC of the HARP study of Northwestern University.


William L. Lederer

William L. Lederer joined the Board of Directors in 2008 after spending more than 30 years as Executive Director of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Bill brings with him his decades of experience in fundraising for the American Hearing Research Foundation as well as Ada S. McKinley, Big Shoulders and other local Chicago non-profit organizations. Now in retirement, Bill devotes much of his time to writing poetry and plays and participates in a prison ministry program.


John D. Loucks, M.D

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John D. Loucks, M.D., serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. His primary responsibility is to develop AHRF membership in the Southeastern region of the United States.

Dr. Loucks is currently Chief of Staff at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cliff Hagen Boys Club in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Dr. Loucks holds an M.D. from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Council of Otolaryngology, the American Medical Association, the American Cleft Palate Association, and the Kentucky Medical Association.


Sam Marzo, MD, of Loyola University, Chicago, Joins AHRF Board

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MAY 2011 – The American Hearing Research Foundation has added Sam Marzo, MD, to its board of directors. Dr. Marzo is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola University Health System of Chicago. He is the Director of the Loyola Hearing & Balance Center, and the Residency Program Director. Dr. Marzo is also the Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute, a research center at Loyola dedicate to hearing research. The Institute is currently investigating cranial nerve injuries and auditory nerve tumors as well as the effect of Vicodin on hearing loss. In 2010, Dr. Marzo began offering the Envoy Esteem implantable hearing aid, the first implantable hearing available.

After attending medical school and completing an Otolarygology residency at Loyola, he went on to a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at the Otology Group in Nashville, Tennessee. His practice is limited to Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery. His interests include the medical and surgical management of diseases of the ear, facial nerve and base of skull. He is an expert in ear surgery, cochlear implants, BAHA hearing restoration, facial nerve disorders and acoustic neuromas. He has ongoing research projects in facial nerve injury and regeneration, as well as intratympanic therapy for sudden hearing loss.


Enrico J. Mirabelli

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Enrico J. Mirabelli has been serving on the Foundation’s Board since 1983. He also serves on the Foundation’s Audit Committee.

He is a founding principal of Nadler, Pritikin & Mirabelli LLC. He received is undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College, Magna Cum Laude, and his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois (1981).

Mr. Mirabelli is currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors and has served on the ISBA General Assembly and Family Law Section Council. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Mirabelli, Past President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers (1997), was twice a recipient of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Corporation Distinguished Service Award (1984 and 1993) and recipient of the John Marshall Law School Distinguished Service Award (1995) in 2000. He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court and currently serves as a 1st District Member of the Committee on Character and Fitness.


Dennis M. Moore, M.D.

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Dennis M. Moore M.D. serves on both the Board of Directors and the Research Committee of the American Hearing Research Foundation. He is affiliated with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Dr. Moore received his medical degree from Loyola University School of Medicine and continued with his residency in General Surgery there and in Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. He was a Fellow at the UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery where he merited an NIH National Research Service Award in Neurotology, as a Fellow in Neurotology. He was also a Fellow in Neurotology at the University of Iowa. He is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Medical School.

Dr. Moore’s medical society memberships include the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Medical Association, North American Skull Bank Society, Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Society of Neuroscience and the American Neurotology Society. He is the author of numerous articles that have focused on Head and Neck Surgery and Laryngology.


John W. Muldoon

John W. Muldoon serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Mr. Muldoon’s background has embraced most facets of the property and casualty, and the life and health insurance industries. He has been listed in Who’s Who in Insurance, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in America.

At the time of his retirement in late 1996, Mr. Muldoon was a Vice President of Swett and Crawford, a wholesale property and casualty insurance broker. Subsequent to his retirement, he served as a consultant to risk managers, retail insurance agents and brokers, and wholesale brokers.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Muldoon worked in a variety of underwriting, marketing and management positions with a number of insurance companies. In the early 1980s, he began to specialize increasingly in directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, professional liability, and malpractice insurance coverage.

Mr. Muldoon is a graduate of DePaul University and Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He also attended the U.S. Army War College.


Suzanne Himmel-Pollack

Suzanne Himmel-Pollack is president of the Kiwanis Club of Chicago and has been president for a total of seven years. She is the first woman president of the Chicago Kiwanis Club.

She has volunteered extensively at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at the reception desk, and greeting and directing visitors and patients, and has been volunteering in Chicago hospitals since she was 15.

Himmel-Pollack graduated from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has completed graduate work at Roosevelt University in the Lawyer’s Assistant Program, and at the University of Chicago in the Interaction Management Program.


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Kimberly LaBounty, CMM, MS

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Kimberly LaBounty is the president and founder of Apex Management & Special Events, Inc. She grew the company from managing meetings to her vision of a full-service management company. For five years during the company’s growth, Kimberly served as the Executive Director of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois. Apex now employs an outstanding team of eight, manages eight associations and provides meeting and marketing services on a project basis.

Kimberly is a founding board member for MAPs, a Rockford-area nonprofit organization that provides basic necessities to Rockford area children. She has served as program committee chair for the Chicago Association of Direct Marketers nonprofit marketing conference, Direct from the Heart. Kimberly is also on the Small Business Review Panel for Constant Contact, serves on her church board and is an adjunct professor at Lexington College.

Kimberly received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public relations and communications respectively from Illinois State University. She achieved her certification as a meetings manager and has been quoted in industry articles. Kimberly was also inducted into the Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine Hall of Fame as Best Meeting Professional, received the Mary Alexander award for outstanding meritorious service to the Midwest Publishing Association, and is a proud mom and wife.


National Honorary Board

George E. Shambaugh III, MD

George E. Shambaugh III, MD was born in the Baker Pavilion of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA in December, 1931.He is the son of AHRF founders Dr. and Mrs. George E. Shambaugh Jr.

Between 1948-50, he attended the Asheville School in North Carolina, then to Oberlin College.

He graduated from Oberlin in 1954 with a chemistry major, and went to Cornell University Medical College in New York City where he completed Medical school in 1958.  He interned at Denver General Hospital in Denver, Colorado. In the summer of 1959, he entered the army in the doctors draft, had basic training followed by training in Preventive Medicine, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and was assigned to Taiwan, China, as a member of the Military Advice and Assistance Group (MAAG).  He was the Preventive Medicine Advisor to the Chinese Surgeon General’s Staff.
Shambaugh returned to the United States in 1961 to expand his training with a residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed General Hospital. Following completion of my residency training in 1964, he joined the Research and Development Command at the Walter Reed facility at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.

In 1967 Shambaugh left the army and took a fellowship in Physiologic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and in 1969, was offered a faculty position at Northwestern University Medical School in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, in the department of Medicine where he remained for 30 years.

In 1974  Shambaugh was offered the position of chief of the Endocrine Section at the VA at Northwestern. He was elected to a professor emeritus status from Northwestern University and moved to Atlanta where he became a volunteer faculty member at Emory University and given the rank of full professor, and the amenities of an emeritus faculty member. He currently teaches the endocrinology fellows and the medical residents rotating through endocrinology.


David Shambaugh, Ph.D.

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (1996), founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (since 1998), and Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (since 1998). He previously served as Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in the Elliott School (1996-1998). He is the son of AHRF founders Dr. and Mrs. George E. Shambaugh, Jr.

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (1987-1996), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly (1991-96).  He also served as Acting Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1987-1988), and as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1976-77) and the U.S. National Security Council staff (1977-78).

Professor Shambaugh is recognized internationally as an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs, with particular expertise in Chinese domestic politics, China’s military, Chinese foreign relations (esp. U.S.-China Relations, China-Europe relations, China-Asia relations), and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region. He has authored six and edited fourteen books. His latest books are China’s Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation (2008), China-Europe Relations: Perceptions, Policies & Prospects (2007), China Watching: Perspectives from Europe, Japan, and the United States (2007); Power Shift: China & Asia’s New Dynamics (2005); The Odyssey of China’s Imperial Art Treasures (2005); Modernizing China’s Military (2003). He has also published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and editorials in edited books, scholarly and policy journals, and newspapers.  He is also a frequent commentator in international media.

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and B.A. cum laude in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been a visiting scholar at numerous institutions in China, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan.  He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-2003), and has been a recipient of research grants from numerous institutions including the German Marshall Fund, Smith Richardson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, W. Alton Jones Foundation, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.K. Economic & Social Research Council, The British Academy, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and the American Consortium on European Union Studies.

Professor Shambaugh has also held a number of consultancies including with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Intelligence Council, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rand Corporation, Library of Congress, Microsoft Corporation, Deutsche Bank, MacQuarie Securities, and American Express International. He has served on twelve editorial boards and does peer reviewing for a number of private sector and government grant-making bodies. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, National Committee on U.S. China Relations, World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, the Berlin Group on Transatlantic Security Policies in Asia, and Pacific Council on International Policy.

More information about Dr. Shambaugh including a listing of his most recent publications can be found on his George Washington University faculty webpage.


Dan B. Sedgwick

Dan B. Sedgwick serves on the National Advisory Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. He is also the AHRF representative for Washington state. Mr. Sedgwick previously served as AHRF’s Treasurer, and as its Representative for Texas.

Mr. Sedgwick retired as President of Detex Corporation of New Braunfels, Texas and continues to serve as Director. Mr. Sedgwick’s career includes positions in the office equipment and plywood industries, followed by management consulting and manufacturing company management positions.

Mr. Sedgwick holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was discharged with the rank of Major.


Kenneth L. Means

Kenneth L. Means serves on the Honorary Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation.

Mr. Means is currently head of his own business, Executive Planning Services. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Counselor. He has been an officer and Director of the Chicago Association of Life Underwriters, the Association of Advanced Underwriters, and the Chicago Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters. He is also a member of the American Society of Pension Actuaries, and the Chicago Estate Planning Council.

Mr. Means holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. He has received many civic awards, including the Silver Beaver award from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also recognized as a Baden-Powell Fellow for his support of World Scouting.


Barbara L. Chertok

Barbara L. Chertok serves on the National Advisory Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Ms. Chertok was suddenly deafened at age 21 due to Cogan’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease. She has been a successful cochlear implant user since 1998 and founded two cochlear implant support groups in Florida.
Ms. Chertok is a freelance writer for journals related to hearing loss. She was a lipreading teacher for ten years and is a longtime advocate for the rights of people with hearing loss through writing, consulting and lecturing. She has lectured at conferences and conventions both in the United States and abroad, taking her to Israel and Australia.
Ms. Chertok was certified in 1979 as a Reverse/Oral Interpreter (visual-to-spoken). In 1982 she was selected as the first person with a hearing loss to serve on a jury in Maryland. She was assisted in the courtroom by an Oral Interpreter who sat in the jury box with her and whose lips she read for the duration of the trial. Ms. Chertok is listed in 1995/96 Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women.


P. Ashley Wackym, M.D.

P. Ashley Wackym, M.D. has served on the Research Committee of the American Hearing Research Foundation in the past.

Dr. Wackym is currently Vice President of Research for Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. He has received many research awards, including the William H. Call Research Award from the Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society; the Vice President’s Research Award and the Shirley Baron Research Award from the Western Section of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.; the Nicholas Torok Vestibular Award of the American Neurotology Society; and the Edmund Prince Fowler Award of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.

Dr. Wackym’s clinical emphasis is on the surgical rehabilitation of hearing losses, including cochlear and auditory brainstem implantation, vestibular disorders, Gamma Knife radiosurgery of skull base tumors, and hearing preservation in acoustic neuroma surgery. Dr. Wackym has performed over 600 cochlear implants.

Dr. Wackym holds an M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville Tennessee. He has published more that 160 articles and books, primarily relating to otologic pathology and cochlear implantation.