Leann Koch will be awarded the Maroon and Gold Excellence Award at the 2019 Alumni Awards Dinner on May 4, 2019. Dr. Koch received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2010 from BU and her doctorate of Audiology in 2017 from BU. The Maroon and Gold Excellence award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and have excelled in at least one of the following areas: significant accomplishments in his or her profession, outstanding service to Bloomsburg University and/or Alumni Association, and/or contributions to humanity.
Leeann M. Koch '10 / '17 Au.D. is currently a Clinical Audiologist and manager of the Audiology Department for the private practice of Dr. Samuel V. Rizzo where she conducts audiological testing, develops treatment plans, and provides counseling for infants and adults. She is a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and has presented at the annual ASHA Convention.
As part of her personal mission to “give the gift of hearing to as many people around the world as possible”, Koch has traveled to Guatemala with Entheos Cooperative and several Navajo Reservations in Utah with the Sound of Life Foundation to provide hearing health care to those without access. She also assisted in the creation of the non-profit A&E Hearing Connection, which aims to provide audiological assessments and hearing aids to those unable to afford those services.
Koch has volunteered as a guest speaker for the Bloomsburg University Graduate School in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is a 3rd-year Site Supervisor for audiology doctoral students and provides off-campus mentoring and practical field experience and clinical hours for doctoral students in the BU Audiology Doctoral Program. She also volunteers at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre and teaches martial arts at Emerald Dragon Karate.