The Georgia Academy of Audiology is a professional organization of audiologists and friends of the audiology community that promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.*



*We would like to acknowledge and thank the American Academy of Audiology for their inspiration in creating a mission statement that we have adapted for our state association.





Board Members




Deborah Woodward, Au.D

GAA  President 2018-19 

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  Kate Marr, Au.D.

   2018-19 GAA Past President

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   Dr. Kate Marr joined Starkey Hearing Technologies in November 2007 and     has held positions in education and training and sales for    Starkey Southeast.     She was most recently promoted to Senior Sales Executive.  She has been working the field of Audiology for over 15 years.Prior to joining Starkey, she worked in a variety of clinical audiology settings including several major medical centers across the Southeast.

   She earned her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus         University.   





 Rob Allen, Au.D.

 President Elect 




            Lacey Behn , Au.D   

          GAA Secretary         



  Andrea Webster

 Southern Representative

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 Dr. Andrea Webster obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Communication Disorders degrees from Auburn University before receiving her clinical doctorate from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology.  She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and she is licensed by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.  Dr. Webster joined Columbus Speech and Hearing Center in 2005.  Her area of special interest is in hearing aid evaluations and fittings.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. 



Lori Smith, Au.D.  Lori Smith, Au.D.

 Metro Representative

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Dr. Lori Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and a Master of Science from   the University of North Texas in 1994.  In 2001 she earned her Au.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Smith is a founding member of the GAA and has been an active member for many years, helping to coordinate continuing education (CEU) documentation for the GAA annual convention for ten years!  She was the Chair of the 2012 GAA Convention.  She also is a Board Member of the Georgia Adopt a Band Commission.

A member of the American Academy of Audiology(AAA), Dr. Smith is ABA Certified and was on the AAA PAC committee from 2012 to 2013.  Dr. Smith has served as a Board Member of the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Audiology Licensure since 2004.  Dr. Smith has been employed by Audiological Consultants of Atlanta (ACA) since 1999.  She worked for Orlando Ear, Nose and Throat from 1996-1998 and previously worked for ACA in 1994.




 Barbara Goer

 Metro Regional Representative





 Julia Fahrney, Au.D                                     

GAA Northern Regional Representative



 Sara Woolley, Au.D

 North Regional Representative

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  Dr. Sara Woolley received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and a Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the      University of Memphis in 1994.  She earned her Au.D. in 2005 from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology.   Dr. Woolley holds Georgia state licensure, is a fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and is a founding member of GAA.  She has served GAA as Secretary and was the 2006 Convention Chair.

 Dr. Woolley began her audiology career in Chattanooga, TN and moved to the Atlanta area in 1999, where she has worked in various ENT and private practice settings.  She currently works at Northeast Atlanta ENT in Lawrenceville and Johns Creek.  When she is not practicing audiology, she spends time with her husband, son and daughter and their various activities.



  Doug Lorber, Au.D.

 Southern Regional Representative

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 Dr. Lorber received his doctorate in Audiology at A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
 and his Bachelors of Arts Degree at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. Dr. Lorber has more than 27 years of professional experience.  He is a 

 Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology
and a member of the Academy Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Lorber is past president of the Southern Audiological Society.  Dr. Lorber has served in the past as a board member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology.





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