Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board

Name Position Profession Oath Term Dates
Gilda Dominguez Board Chair Speech-Language Pathologist 4/22/21 – 1/1/25
Amy White Board Vice Chair Audiologist 12/20/21 – 1/1/24
Tod Borges Board Member Hearing Aid Dispenser 12/4/19 Ė 1/1/27
Karen Chang Board Member Public Member 12/6/17 – 11/30/25
John Dandurand Board Member Hearing Aid Dispenser 7/28/23 – 7/28/27
Charles Sanders Board Member Audiologist 11/20/23 – 1/1/27
Tulio Valdez Board Member Public Member, Otolaryngologist 12/20/21 - 01/01/25
VACANT Board Member Speech-Language Pathologist
VACANT Board Member Public Member

Gilda Dominguez

Board Chair Gilda Dominguez, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Gilda is a native Californian. Gilda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Sciences degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge. She has been working in the field since 1996. Her clinical experience includes evaluation and treatment of communication disorders and dysphagia across the age span (pediatrics through geriatrics). She has worked in a variety of settings such as the hospital, outpatient, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehabilitation hospice, and home health settings. Gilda is currently working at Emanate Health, as a Corporate Director and is employed as a Surveyor at CARF International. In her leadership role at Emanate Health, she oversees the Speech Pathology, Acute Rehabilitation, Home Health, and Palliative Care Departments. Gilda is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association. Gilda has served on the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) Board of Directors. CSHA awarded Gilda an Outstanding Service Award in 2015 and an Outstanding Leadership Award for District 7 in 2020. Gilda has hosted and has been a speaker at CSHA events. Gilda previously earned her Six Sigma Greenbelt certification through the Joint Commission and Emanate Health and is now a Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt. In 2017, Emanate Health presented Gilda with the Robust Process Improvement Lean Six Sigma Leadership of the Year Award for her exemplary leadership and commitment in transforming their culture to one of high reliability. Gilda was appointed to the Board by Governor Gavin Newsom on April 22, 2021.

Amy White

Board Vice Chair Amy E. White, Au.D. of Sloughhouse, is a licensed Audiologist and was appointed to the Board by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 20, 2021. Dr. White has been Service Chief for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for the Veterans Health Administration, Northern California Region since 2021 and has been Chief Executive Officer and Audiologist at Elk Grove Hearing Care since 2015. She served as a Clinic Co-Coordinator and Instructor at California State University, Sacramento and as Clinic Director at the University of the Pacific's Hearing and Balance Center. She has been an Audiologist in California since 2008. Dr. White earned a Doctor of Audiology degree from Utah State University. She is a member of the California Academy of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Tod Borges

Tod Borges is a licensed hearing aid dispenser that has been serving the community since 1998. Working in a variety of different areas in the hearing aid industry, he began his career in the Bay Area as a hearing aid dispenser for Miracle Ear, then transitioned to American Hearing Aid Associates where he worked with both audiologists and hearing aid dispensers as a practice management consultant. He has been an owner of a hearing aid business and currently works as a hearing aid dispenser for HearingLife Hearing Aid Centers in Lodi, California. Tod has assisted as a subject matter expert for the State as a practical exam proctor for many years. It has been his pleasure working with everyone in the extended hearing healthcare community and he looks forward to continuing that positive relationship with the Board. Tod was reappointed by Governor Newsom in November 2023.

Karen Chang

Karen Chang is a native Californian. Active in her community, she was past-President of the Taiwanese American Citizens League, a board member for Plaza De La Raza Child Development Services, and currently serves on the Citizens Technical Advisory Council for the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority. Karen graduated from New York University Stern School of Business and received her Master's degree in Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She has worked for Congresswoman Hilda Solis and State Controller John Chiang. Karen is a public member of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispenser Board. Karen was appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon.

John Dandurand

John Dandurand, BC-HIS, is a licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser and was appointed to the Board by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 28, 2023. John has been a licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser since 1985 and worked in the hearing healthcare industry since 1983. After attending Cal State Northridge majoring in Business Administration, John was offered a position working for a hearing aid manufacturer. In 1984, he attended Cerritos College in pursuit of his Hearing Aid Dispenser license. John has worked with a variety of hearing aid manufacturers and businesses over the years, and since 2011 for Sonus Hearing Care Professionals in San Diego County and then Los Angeles and Orange counties starting in 2022. John is also the Vice President of Growth and Innovation for Serendipity Inc.

Charles Sanders

Charles Sanders Au.D. of Elk Grove, is a licensed Audiologist and was appointed to the Board by Governor Gavin Newsom on November 16, 2023. Dr. Sanders has been Supervisory Audiologist for the Veterans Health Administration, Northern California Region since 2022. He has been an instructor and in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Sacramento State since 2006. He worked at Gold Country Hearing from 2017 to 2022 and at Whisper Hearing Center from 2003-2017. He has been a Dispensing Audiologist in California since 2003. Dr. Sanders earned a Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University in Pennsylvania in 2007 and Masterís Degree in Audiology from Sacramento State in 2003. He is a member of the California Academy of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Dr. Tulio A. Valdez

Dr. Tulio A. Valdez is a licensed Otolaryngologist and public member that was appointed to the Board by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 20, 2021. Dr. Valdez is a surgeon scientist born and raised in Colombia with a subspecialty interest in Pediatric Otolaryngology. He attended medical school at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota Colombia before undertaking his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Tufts University in Boston. He completed his Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Texas Childrenís Hospital (2007), Houston and obtained his Masterís in Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Connecticut. Clinically, Dr. Valdez is the surgical director of the pediatric sleep program. He has a special interest in the management of sinus disease in cystic fibrosis. Dr. Valdez has co-authored one textbook and numerous book chapters and scientific manuscripts. Dr. Valdez continues his clinical research in these areas, particularly with a focus on aerodigestive disorders. Scientifically, Dr. Valdez has developed various imaging methods to diagnose otitis media and cholesteatoma a middle ear condition that can lead to hearing loss. He was part of the Laser Biomedical Research Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research includes novel imaging modalities to better diagnose ear infections one of the most common pediatric problems. His research has now expanded to include better intraoperative imaging modalities in pediatric patients to improve surgical outcomes without the need for radiation exposure. Dr. Valdez believes in the multi-disciplinary collaborations to tackle medical problems and has co-invented various medical devices and surgical simulation models.