New Jersey Academy of Audiology (NJAA)


Michelle Neidleman Kennedy, Au.D.

Michelle Neidleman Kennedy received her doctorate of audiology from Montclair State University and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She currently works for Treble Health, treating individuals with tinnitus. She is also an adjunct professor in Montclair State University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and in William Paterson University's Department of Speech Language Pathology, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. She was previously an audiologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, where she completed her fourth year externship, and Hackensack University Medical Center providing audiological and vestibular services to pediatric and adult patients. Michelle was formerly the secretary of the New Jersey Academy of Audiology.



Donna Goione-Merchant, Au.D.

Donna Goione-Merchant received her Doctor of Audiology Degree from the University of Florida. She received her Masters Degree in Audiology and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree as a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired/Deaf from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Dr. Merchant is the owner of Educational Audiology Resources and New Jersey Hearing Health Center in Brick, NJ. She has been a practicing audiologist for over 25 years and works with both adult and pediatric populations. She specializes in pediatric auditory disorders and has extensive diagnostic experience in the areas of childhood hearing loss and central auditory processing disorders. Dr. Merchant consults to multiple school districts providing evaluations, consultative services on IEP teams for appropriate interventions, placements and accommodations for auditory disorders in the schools and on-site educational audiologic services. She lectures and provides workshops on topics relating to Hearing Loss, Educational Audiology, Auditory Disorders, and Aural Rehabilitation. Dr. Merchant also works as an Assistant Professor of Audiology in the Montclair State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Doctoral Audiology and Graduate Speech Pathology programs.


Continuing Education

Dee Berry, AuD

Dr. Deanene V. Berry is an Audiologist and the owner of Northeast Occupational Audiology Associates LLC in Hackensack, NJ. She was born and raised in Philadelphia. She earned degrees in Sign Language Interpreting (A.A.S) and Communication Disorders (B.A) prior to earning her doctorate in Audiology (Au.D).  Following her graduation, she has worked in multiple settings including hospitals, otolaryngology offices, private Audiology practices, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Dr. Berry has also worked as an occupational audiologist and has traveled around the United States calibrating audiometers, conducting sound level surveys, and teaching Council for the Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) courses to employees of companies under OSHA, MSHA, and FRA regulations. Dr. Berry has extensive experience making workplace determinations, reviewing audiometric data, and overseeing hearing conservation programs.  She continues to regularly teach CAOHC courses. She has practiced in Kansas, Rhode Island, Texas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Dr. Berry holds a Board Certification in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology and has been licensed in New Jersey since 2006.

Professional Issues


 It is with a very heavy heart that NJAA announces an opening on our Board of Directors. Bob Woods, our VP of Professional Issues passed away in 2021. Bob was an advocate for NJ audiologists and an integral part of passing the single licensure law.  His dedication to the field of audiology and NJAA is unmatched.  NJAA is looking to fulfill his legacy with an audiologist who is passionate about professional issues that need to be address in NJ.  Interested applicants can contact NJAA via email at:


 Brittany Ziarko, AuD

Brittany Ziarko received her Doctorate of Audiology Degree from St. John’s University and the Long Island Audiology Consortium. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Pace University. She currently works at Advanced Audiology Of NY providing audiological and hearing aid services to patients of all ages. 


Ann Marie Olson, Sc.D.

Ann Marie Olson received her Doctor of Science Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor s Degree in Business Management from Montclair State University. During her graduate studies she held externships at various hospitals in the NY and NJ area, as well as presented research findings at international conferences on auditory processing in young, middle-aged and older adults. Dr. Olson has been helping individuals with hearing loss since 2001. She opened a private practice in Bergen County in 2005. She is currently Vice President of the NJ State Chapter of The Hearing Loss Association of America. Dr. Olson is also an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University where she teaches graduate Audiology and Speech Language Pathology students.



Interested applicants can contact NJAA via email at:


image0.jpeg  Lisa Bell, Au.D., CCC-A

Lisa Bell is the Audiology Director, co-founder of the Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey and the Lead Clinical Audiologist at University Hospital. Dr. Bell received her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the Douglass College at Rutgers University and most recently her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Bell is licensed in Audiology through the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has been practicing at University Hospital for over 25 years. She specializes in cochlear implants and has over 20 years of experience in the evaluation for and management of cochlear implant patients. Additionally, she manages the daily clinical operations of the Department and supervises Audiology doctoral students. Dr. Bell evaluates patients of all ages and has extensive knowledge in all aspects of diagnostic audiology. Dr. Bell is also an adjunct professor at Montclair University, teaching and specializing in cochlear implantation and implantable device technology. 

Student Representative

The New Jersey Academy of Audiology (NJAA) is dedicated to promoting the public good by fostering the growth, development, recognition, and status of the profession of Audiology and its members. NJAA is a 501c(6) professional, non-profit organization.

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