About the Washington State Academy of Audiology
Dear Washington Audiologist,
The Washington State Academy of Audiology is a statewide non-profit organization for audiologists from all specialty areas and backgrounds. Our objective is to educate, mentor, and network audiologists within the state of Washington. WSAA invites you to join for the first time, or renew membership, in your State Audiology organization.
Joining WSAA is a great way to network with other audiologists through annual meetings, sponsored events, email and newsletter updates. We offer opportunities for leadership positions on the board, volunteer committee positions, and the chance to make your voice heard by becoming involved in your Audiology organization.
WSAA Board of Directors
WSAA Board of Directors
Kevin Liebe, Au.D., President
Dr. Kevin Liebe received his Bachelor’s degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Washington State University and was awarded his clinical doctorate in audiology from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining Bernafon in 2014, he spent the previous 5 years as a diagnostic and dispensing audiologist at Columbia Basin Hearing & Balance Center in Kennewick.
Believing strongly in the importance of advocating for patients and the profession, he is a past Chair of the WSAA Government Relations Committee.
Dr. Liebe enjoys writing and has authored a number of articles on consumer hearing health issues for local and regional newspapers since 2009. He was Editor of Hearing Views, for Hearing Health & Technology Matters, from 2013-2014 and has since served the publication in a consulting role.
Deborah Roque, Au.D., President-Elect
Dr. Deborah Roque is a native to Washington and was born and raised in Edmonds. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Dr. Roque was awarded her clinical doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Roque is focused on improving the quality of life for her patients by giving them comprehensive care of the highest quality. She uses the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices to provide patients the appropriate care specific to their hearing health needs.
Dr. Roque enjoys working hard to find individualized care plans to meet the needs of each patient.
Ryan Bahl, Au.D., Secretary
Dr. Ryan Bahl received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Western Washington University and later received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Washington. Prior to beginning his graduate work at UW, Dr. Bahl was one of the first Audiology Assistants in Washington State working for The Hearing & Balance Lab, PC in Mill Creek. He continued as an Audiology Assistant throughout his graduate coursework and eventually transitioned into their Marketing Specialist.
Dr. Bahl is currently a full time Audiologist for Group Health Cooperative in their Bellevue location. His services include newborn hearing screenings, diagnostic hearing evaluations, electrophysiology, and hearing aid evaluations and fittings.
Ashley Evers, Au.D., Treasurer
Dr. Ashley Evers completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her Doctor of Audiology degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently works at the Virginia Mason Listen for Life Center in Seattle, WA. Her clinical services include cochlear implant evaluation and programming for children and adults, fitting and programming of osseointegrated hearing devices, pediatric and adult diagnostic evaluations, adult and pediatric hearing aid fitting and electrophysiologic assessment.
Dr. Evers is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Her passion is delivering hearing healthcare across the lifespan.
Nichole Kingham, Au.D., Past President
Dr. Nichole Kingham joined the Hearing & Balance Lab in Mill Creek, Washington in 2004. She has a passion for the Deaf community and an interest in neuro-otology. Dr. Kingham was awarded a master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Washington. She obtained her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University.
Dr. Kingham is known for her patience and persistence in obtaining the best possible outcome for those who come to the Hearing & Balance Lab for diagnosis or treatment of hearing loss. She loves working alongside her patients with a team approach for finding the best solutions for hearing loss and communication difficulties.
Dr. Kingham has recently been involved with EducatedPatients.com in developing an Audiology Assistant training program to teach private practice clinics how to successfully incorporate Audiology Assistants into a busy practice. She has spoken nationally on the subject and is excited about the opportunity to help her Audiology colleagues improve patient care and clinic efficiency. She also writes articles on the many aspects of hearing loss and obtaining the best benefit from hearing aids.
Dr. Kingham hails from Colorado and has three beautiful children. She enjoys watching movies and listening to great music. She is also an avid reader and it’s not uncommon to catch her reading three or four books at a time.