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

Nancy Bowen-Hicks, AuD, President

Dr. Nancy Bowen-Hicks attended Michigan State University, subsequently received her Master of Science degree in Audiology from Portland State University and completed her Doctor of Audiology degree through University of Florida.  Prior to joining the Adventist Health’s audiology team, Dr. Bowen-Hicks served as the director of the Pacific EarClinic, associated with Pacific University’s School of Audiology.  She co-founded and was both a clinician and clinic administrator for Audiology Clinic, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington from 1982 to 2012, one of the first independent, patient-centered private audiology practices in the state.  She also had the unique experience of providing audiology services to the visually impaired and special needs students at the Washington State School for the Blind for 26 years.  Dr. Bowen-Hicks served as a consulting audiologist for the Washington State Department of Health's Early Hearing Detection and Diagnosis Committee and instituted the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA.  Her career has also included providing clinical audiology for Portland Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente and ENT practices in the Portland area. 

Dr. Bowen-Hicks is a member of the Columbia Crest Lions Club and is a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest form of recognition from Lions International embodying humanitarian ideas.  She has volunteered as front gate manager for the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival since 1997, and as a member of the Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, she has performed in Italy, Croatia, New York and Washington DC, as well as various venues from Portland to Seattle.  Nancy looks for opportunities to go motorcycle touring with her husband and is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers!

Melanie Hecker, Au.D., Vice President

Melanie K. Hecker received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2010 from Towson University. Prior to moving to Maryland for her Doctorate, she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida. Dr. Hecker is currently a licensed clinician in Washington state. She has provided patient care in a multitude of clinical settings, varying from ENT and hospital; however, her preferred clinical setting is in private practice due to the closer relationship that can be developed by provider and patient as well as the individualized care that can be provided. Dr. Hecker’s areas of expertise are tinnitus and hearing loss diagnosis and treatment.

Outside of the professional setting, Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband of 6-years and young son. She loves running, cooking and the outdoors.

Mary Silva, Au.D., Treasurer

Dr. Mary Silva is board certified by the American Board of Audiology and is a fellow with the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Silva received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Western Washington University in 2003, her Masters degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University in 2006, and her Doctorate in Audiology from Salus Univerity in 2009. Dr. Silva has worked as a clinical audiologist for Puget Sound Hearing Aid & Audiology for 12 years and is passionate about helping her patients improve their lives through better hearing and better communication strategies. 
When she's not working, Dr. Silva is spending time working on her new home and enjoying her inquisitive and magical three year-old daughter and loving husband. She also loves to cook and is always up to doing anything creative.  

Jessica Maassen, Au.D., Secretary

Dr. Jessica Maassen received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University, with a minor in Audiology. She then received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Washington. Dr. Maassen was awarded the 2014 Carrell-Miner Clinical Achievement Award in Audiology from the Speech and Hearing Department of University of Washington.

Dr. Maassen divides her time working at Bellingham Ear Nose and Throat performing diagnostic testing, and the Hearing Health Clinic where she provides hearing aid and cochlear implant services. Her passion is finding a comprehensive hearing solution for her patient’s to improve quality of life.

Evan Grolley, Au.D., Member-At-Large

Dr. Evan Grolley is an audiologist and founding member of Link Audiology, LLC. Dr. Grolley was raised in Niskayuna, NY. He received his B.S. in Neurosciences from Lafayette College in 2005. After working as a research assistant in the surgical ICU at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NY for 2 years, he left to attend the Doctorate in Audiology program at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

While pursuing his degree, Dr. Grolley had the privilege of working on several research projects that examined behavioral and physiological responses to extremely high frequencies and may influence the way hearing is tested in the near future. He also occupied his free time playing guitar with a rock and roll cover band in the Chicago area.

Upon graduating, Dr. Grolley worked as an audiologist with Chicago ENT before he was recruited as Director of Professional Relations at Vocal Labs in Centralia, WA. He has presented his research on otoacoustic emissions at the Academy for Research in Otolaryngology annual meeting and has been published as a co-author in Ear and Hearing. Dr. Grolley brings his expertise in audiometric testing, diagnostics, and therapeutic treatments to Link Audiology, LLC.

Nichole Kingham, Au.D., Member-At-Large

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.


Shannon Butler, MA, Manufacturer Liaison