The Board


The Board of Hearing Aid Specialists consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Five members of the board must be hearing aid specialists who have been licensed and practicing in the state for at least the preceding 4 years. The remaining four members, none of whom shall derive economic benefit from the fitting or dispensing of hearing aids, shall be appointed from the resident lay public of this state. One of the lay members shall be a hearing aid user but may neither be nor have been a hearing aid specialists or a licensee of a closely related profession. One lay member shall be an individual age 65 or over. One lay member shall be an otolaryngologist licensed pursuant to chapter 458 or chapter 459.

Members of the Board

Leanne E. Polhill
H.A.S.
Chair
Port Orange
Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Randy Ellsworth
H.A.S.
Vice-Chair
Clermont, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Robert Pickard
M.D.
Miami, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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John Fischer
H.A.S.
Tallahassee, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Douglas Moore
H.A.S.
Delray Beach
Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Pamela Dechmerowski
Orlando
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Maria Hernandez
Consumer
Melbourne, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Thomas Hollern
Consumer
Tallahassee
Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the board. The board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. All board members serve four-year terms. Despite the expiration of their term, board members can continue to serve until they have been replaced. To learn more about becoming a member of the board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website or email appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Staff

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Jennifer Wenhold
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Administrative officer for the Board of Hearing Aid Specialists, oversees licensing. Responsibilities also include implementation of new legislation, budget, setting up Board meetings, training of new Board members.
Penny Johnson
Regulatory Supervisor/Consultant
Section: Board of Hearing Aid Specialists
Responsibilities: Manages and supervises the performance of support staff. Oversees the Initial Licensure and continuing education process. Manages the preparation of agendas and attends all board meetings.
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Stephanie Robison
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Board of Hearing Aid Specialists
Responsibilities: Responsible for processing the Hearing Aid Specialist Training Program and Initial License applications. Works with CEBroker and continuing education providers for course approval. Maintains knowledge of statutes and rules related to the profession.
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Legal Counsel

Marlene Stern
Assistant Attorney General
(850) 414-3300