Board Members

Richard G. Muench

FINAL I AHRF Board Member Richard Muench 2Richard 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.

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

FINAL AHRF Board Member Mark MuenchMark 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.

David J. Wuertz, CFA

David J. Wuertz, CFA, serves as Treasurer of the American Hearing Research Foundation. He currently is the Vice President and Investment Officer at Associated Bank. A philosophy undergraduate of the University of Notre Dame, Wuertz earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Chicago’s northwest side with his wife Karen and together they are the proud parents of two daughters, Christine and Lisa. Designated a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by the CFA Institute, Wuertz has created and managed investment portfolios for individuals, not-for-profits, trusts and corporate clients in Associated’s Wealth Management Group for 10 years. Prior professional engagements have been with Feldman Securities Group and Northern Trust Global Investments.

 Lawrence A. Hable

Lawrence A. Hable serves as Secretary for 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

FINAL AHRF Board Member Marvin Keeling 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 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Keeling Family Foundation, a 30-year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit. 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 50 years.

David A. Klodd, Ph.D.

FINAL AHRF Board Member David Klodd David A. Klodd serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation, and on its Research Committee. 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

FINAL AHRF Board Member Bill Lederer 3William L. Lederer joined the Board of Directors in 2008 after spending more than 40 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.

Anna Lysakowski, PhD


Anna Lysakowski, PhD, serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation and on its Research Committee.

Dr. Lysakowski is currently Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lysakowski has served as a regular member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) IFCN-6 Study Section and on NASA and National Science Foundation review panels. She received the R.R. Benseley Award for Outstanding Cell Biology Research, has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and is a NIH and NASA grant recipient.

Dr. Lysakowski belongs to several professional organizations, including Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), Society for Neuroscience (SFN), American Association of Anatomists (AAA), American Physiological Society, Bárány Society, and American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology. She has served on the ARO Program Committee, as an officer and board member for the Chicago Chapter of SFN, and on several committees for AAA, including Educational Affairs Committee, Educational Outreach Grant Awards Committee, and Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award Committee.

Dr. Lysakowski holds a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received additional training at University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Her research interests include vestibular and cochlear peripheral anatomy, physiology, development, and efferent innervation.

Kathryn L. Mertz, Esq.

Mayer KathrynKathryn L. Mertz  serves on the Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Katie Mertz is the Assistant Director of Pro Bono and Public Service for Marquette Law School. She works with law school students to advance pro bono initiatives in the legal profession and increase public service to the Milwaukee community. Prior to her work at Marquette, Katie practiced real estate and business bankruptcy at a law firm in Milwaukee and was a regular volunteer at the MVLC’s House of Peace location. Katie earned her J.D. at Marquette Law School, where she was inducted into the Posner Pro Bono Society for her work with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic and the Milwaukee Legal Initiative for Non-Profit Corporations. Katie earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin.

Katie works with Marquette law students on pro bono projects such as the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics, the Milwaukee Justice Center, and the Marquette Legal Initiative for Non-Profit Corporations. Katie is excited to work full time with dedicated Marquette law students on pro bono work for the betterment of the Milwaukee community. Katie founded the “Run Because” initiative to raise funds and awareness for scientific research into Meniere’s Disease through the American Hearing Research Foundation.

Enrico J. Mirabelli, Esq.

FINAL AHRF Board Member Enrico Mirabelli 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.

DennisMoore 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

FINAL AHRF Board Member Jack MuldoonJohn 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.


Joan Wincentsen

Apex Management & Special Events, Inc. Account Executive Joan Wincentsen joins the American Hearing Research Foundation with 10 years of experience in nonprofit management and administration, preceded by 20 years in communication project management. Her skills in fundraising, budget management, program development, and marketing have been honed as Executive Director for the patient advocacy organization Conquer Myasthenia Gravis, communication consultant with compensation and benefits consulting firm Hewitt Associates, and as a freelance writer. A lifelong Illinoisan, Joan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Francis, and her graduate degree from Northwestern University. Joan can be reached directly at and (630) 617-5079.

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.

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.