Board of Directors


Zach Ward
Arkansas Otolaryngology Center

Dr. Zachary A. Ward is a clinical audiologist at the Arkansas Otolaryngology Clinic.

Dr. Ward is a native Arkansan, who grew up in North Little Rock. He graduated in 2010 with his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He then graduated from the UAMS Audiology program in May 2015 and took a position at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Little Rock. Dr. Ward's professional interests include medical audiology, noise-induced hearing loss and its prevention, research in ototoxicity and in retrocochlear lesions, and acoustics and psychoacoustics. When not at work, he can usually be found at his church, on his road bike, in a duck blind, or at the lake in front of his home with his wife, Jana, and their dogs, Molly and Milo.


Hope Gillison

Dr. R. Hope Gillison has been employed by The Department of Veterans' Affairs at the Veteran's Healthcare System of the Ozarks (VHSO) since 2004. She is currently the program manager for audiology. Dr. Gillison implemented the cochlear implant program and is currently working on a teleaudiology program for the facility.  

Dr. Gillison currently serves on the education committee for the Joint Defense Veterans Audiology Conference (JDVAC) and is the 2016 JDVAC Education Committee Chair.

She served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor for the University of Arkansas from 2007-2010. Prior to moving to Northwest Arkansas, Dr. Gillison worked for a neuro-otologist in Germantown, TN where she was primarily involved in cochlear implants and intraoperative monitoring.

Past President

Janean Woods
Mercy Clinic NWA ENT and Audiology

Janean Woods, Au.D., is currently employed as a clinical staff audiologist at Mercy Clinic-Ear, Nose, and Throat and Audiology in Rogers, AR. She was employed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences from 2007-2013 and also served as adjunct faculty for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences from 2011-2013 where she taught Medical Audiology. Dr. Woods is the current Arkansas Academy of Audiology Board of Directors Past-President for 2017-2018. She has also served as President from 2015-2017, Vice President of Education for 2011-2012 and the President-Elect for 2013-2014 . Dr. Woods was a founding member of ARAA in 2009. She resides in Bentonville, AR, with her husband, Jack, and daughter, Natalie.

Vice President for Education
Courtney Matyja
Connect Hearing

Vice President for Membership

Becky Del Rio
Pulaski County Special School District

Becky Del Rio has been employed by the Pulaski County Special School District for twenty-nine years as the District's Educational Audiologist.  


Samuel Atcherson
UA Little Rock/UAMS

Samuel R. Atcherson, Ph.D. is Professor (Full) and Director of Audiology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock / University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His research and clinical areas of interest include electrophysiology, rehabilitation, auditory processing disorders, hearing assistive technology, and health literacy. He has more than 100 publications including three books, and has presented or served on panels more than 200 times from local to international levels. In his spare time, he enjoys homebrewing and woodworking.


Wendy Evins

Wendy K. Evins, Au.D., worked as a clinical audiologist in northeastern Arkansas for 13 years.  She is currently taking time off to focus on her family but hopes to return to active practice.  Her email is