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HCE Leadership

Col Lakeisha r. henry, mc, fs

Division Chief, Hearing Center of Excellence

Colonel LaKeisha Henry, MD, United States Air Force, serves as Division Chief, Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE), Defense Health Agency, a collaborative effort with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, she leads the HCE as it executes the Congressionally-directed mission to optimize operational effectiveness, heighten medical readiness, and enhance quality of life for Service members and Veterans through collaborative leadership and advocacy for hearing and balanced health initiatives. She also serves as the Otolaryngology Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General.

Colonel Henry is an otolaryngologist within the San Antonio Military Health System and is actively involved as teaching faculty member for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), ensuring a cooperative relationship with the Joint Service Graduate Medical Education program. She is an Advance Trauma Life Support Instructor and a Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. Colonel Henry most recently served as the 59th Medical Group’s Otolaryngology Master Clinician and has previously served as a Squadron Commander in addition to other leadership roles during her numerous clinical assignments both in the U.S. and overseas.

Colonel Henry earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1992 and a Medical Doctorate from USUHS in 1998.  She completed a residency in Otolaryngology in 2005 at SAUSHEC in San Antonio, Texas. Colonel Henry additionally serves on several advisory committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Lynn W. Henselman, PhD

Deputy Division Chief, Hearing Center of Excellence

Dr. Lynn Henselman is the Deputy Division Chief for the Hearing Center of Excellence. As a Department of Veterans Affairs senior audiologist, she also provides consultative support to the Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Service, VA Central Office, Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Henselman has more than 30 years of combined senior executive and staff experience as a Department of Veterans Affairs congressional and legislative affairs official, business leader in the private sector, 20-year U.S. Army officer, licensed clinical and research audiologist, and congressional committee Professional Staff Member. Dr. Henselman has experience and expertise in Veteran and military health care and personnel programs including providing organizational leadership, program oversight, performing and overseeing research, formulating policies, developing budgets, writing/coordinating legislation, conducting investigations, and developing and executing communications strategies.

Dr. Henselman earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York; Master of Science in Audiology from Vanderbilt University; and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, she received Master Certificates in Government Contract Management and Project Management from Villanova University.

Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Henselman held several senior executive leadership positions for two Washington DC-area government relations firms and served as a Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee (Personnel Subcommittee), U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Henselman is a retired U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer who served in positions such as the chief of several U.S. Army clinical and research audiology programs, a U.S. Army Congressional Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the Army, Congressional Liaison Officer for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and Senior Investigator and Team Leader for the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Past President, Military Audiology Association; and Past Chair, Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Industry Group.

LTC Martin B. Robinette, AuD, CCC-A, phd

ARMY LIAISON

LTC Martin Robinette currently serves as the Army Liaison to the Defense Hearing Center of Excellence, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Responsibilities include supporting and advising HCE staff in areas of prevention, research, clinical care, and informatics, and ensuring that HCE initiatives, programs, products, best practices, etc. are in the best interests of, and communicated to, the Army.

Dr Robinette joined the military in 1985 where he served as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic and an Aeroscout Observer in the Utah Army National Guard. Dr Robinette has served in the Active Army since 1996 as an Audiologist/Preventive Medicine Officer in the Medical Service Corps. He joined the DOD Hearing Center of Excellence in July 2018.

LTC Robinette received a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Utah, an M.S. in Audiology from Vanderbilt University, an Au.D. in  Audiology from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Dr Robinette is currently a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Military Audiology Association (MAA). Since 1997 he has held the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from ASHA and has been a Certified Course Director from CAOHC.

Maj malisha l. martukovich, AuD, CCC-A

Air Force Liaison

Maj Malisha Martukovich serves as the Air Force Audiology Liaison to the Defense Hearing Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas and as the military and audiology consultant to the Clinical Care, Rehabilitation, and Restoration Branch. She also works with other HCE branches on outreach activities and initiatives, and is a member of several DoD working groups dedicated to hearing-related issues.

Prior to her assignment to HCE, Maj Martukovich was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, where she was the Surgical Services Flight Commander.  Other past assignments include Hearing Conservation Instructor/Course Director, USAFSAM, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Audiology Flight Commander, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Group Executive Officer, Yokota Air Base, Japan; and Audiology Clinical Fellow, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Maj Martukovich earned her Doctoral degree in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, as well as a Master's and Bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A).  She is also certified as a Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program (PS/A) and Course Director (CD) with the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).


CDR paula johnston, aud, ccc-a

Navy Liaison

CDR Paula Johnston serves as the Navy Liaison to the Defense Hearing Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. She serves as the military and audiology consultant to the Informatics Branch, which is tasked with developing a hearing loss registry for service members. In addition, CDR Johnston is a member of the HCE Science and Technology Advisory Council, and serves as the HCE Continuing Education Administrator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She also works with the Prevention Directorate on outreach activities and initiatives, and is a member of several DoD working groups dedicated to hearing-related issues.

Prior to her assignment to HCE, CDR Johnston was stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she managed the Hearing Conservation Program for a population of over 50,000 personnel in the San Diego region.  Other past assignments include Naval Hospital Okinawa, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and Naval Hospital Sigonella.

CDR Johnston earned her Doctoral degree in Audiology from A.T. Still University, as well as a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University, and Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from Brigham Young University.

maj elizabeth a. mckenna, aud, cps/a

IMA TO THE DIRECTOR

Maj (Dr.) Elizabeth McKenna serves as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Division Chief of the Hearing Center of Excellence, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB, Texas.  Maj McKenna leads projects on behalf of the Division Chief, and supports the goals and mission of the each Branch, as needed.  She also provides direct on-call hearing conservation management and operational support to Air Reserve Components during select Unit Training Assemblies.

Maj McKenna previously served as the IMA to the Chief of the Epidemiology Consult Division at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  As an active duty member, she served as the Hearing Conservation Program Manager at USAFSAM and as the Flight Commander of Audiology Services at Sheppard AFB, Texas.  Maj McKenna started her career as a Staff Clinical Audiologist at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB, Texas. 

As a civilian, Dr. McKenna serves as a Public Health/Hearing Conservation Consultant at the Operations Support Branch, Epidemiology Consult Division, Preventive Medicine and Public Health Department, USAFSAM, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  Dr. McKenna conducts surveillance and research activities in occupational health/hearing conservation and audiology, serves as consultant for hearing conservation program management and operations, and is a faculty member for the Community College of the Air Force for various course and workshops at the schoolhouse.

Maj McKenna is an executive board member of the Military Audiology Association and the Ohio Academy of Audiology, and a fellow at the American Academy of Audiology.  She is certified by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) as a Course Director (CD) and as a Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program (CPS/A).  Maj McKenna holds a Doctorate in Audiology from the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium and a Bachelor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from Ohio University.

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