2018 Elections: PRESIDENT-ELECT (3 year term)

The President-Elect will act as understudy to the President to become acquainted with the business and operation of the AVAA in preparation for assuming the duties of the presidency. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect will assume the duties of the President. If the President, for any reason, cannot serve out a full term of office, the President-Elect will become President for the remainder of that term and also his/her regular term. In the event that the President-Elect also cannot serve out the full presidential term for any reason, the remaining officers shall cause an election for that office to take place.


JR McCoy, Au.D. 

Dr. JR McCoy is an Advanced Practice Audiologist in the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System where he has worked since 2003. Prior to this he worked in private practices and state government in California. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Oklahoma, his master’s degree from the University of Kansas, and Au.D. from the University of Florida. Since 2004 he has taught classes in aural rehabilitation, professional issues and vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences/ University of Arkansas- Little Rock’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program. He has published in the area of vestibular evaluation which is his primary clinical interest. He is a native of St. Louis, MO but currently calls Hot Springs National Park, AR home.

Dr. McCoy has been a board member of both the California Academy of Audiology and the Arkansas Academy of Audiology as well as active in national organizations. He is eager to bring his experience and passion for advocacy of the profession to the AVAA board.

Alan Sias, Au.D. 

 Dr. Alan Sias is currently working as the audiologist in a CBOC, but he has worked in several situations. He had his own practice, worked in an ENT office, in other clinics, and as a fee provider to the VA. He also worked in manufacturing. Initially, in the VA, he worked as one of four audiologists, then became the supervisor as that clinic grew to include 12 audiologists and three health technicians. He eventually left that station so that he and his wife could move back to the Pacific Northwest. They love being outside and together. They have four children, and just welcomed their first grandchild.  Alan would like to serve on the AVAA board as he has thoroughly enjoyed working in the VA and treating the hearing health needs of veterans. He has volunteered in the Boy Scouts of America on several different levels, coached sports, and has been involved in other community groups throughout his adult life.

Alan would bring to the board his unique perspective of having worked in numerous practice settings. He would provide a well-rounded knowledge of the many sides of audiology. In his words “It would be a pleasure to serve my fellow audiologists within the VA.”