Hearing and Speech Examining Board

The Hearing and Speech Examining Board is created under Wis. Stat. § 15.405(6m) and has authority as outlined in Wis. Stat. ch. 459.

Contact: Valerie Payne, Executive Director



The members of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature to serve 4-year terms. The Board consists of three hearing instrument specialist members, one otolaryngologist member, two audiologist members, two speech-language pathologist members, and two public members one of which is required to be a hearing aid user.

MemberOfficerMember TypeTerm Expiration
​Johnson, Barbara J.​Chairperson​Audiologist Member​7/1/2021
Harris, Michael S.​Vice Chairperson​Otolaryngologist Member​7/1/2020
​Seligman, David H.​Secretary​Public Member (Hearing Aid User)​7/1/2023
​​Broeckert, Robert R.
​Audiologist Member​7/1/2020
​Klapperich, Steven J. 

​​Hearing Instrument Specialist Member​​7/1/2019*
​​Krier, Thomas J.
​​​Hearing Instrument Specialist Member​​7/1/2021
​​​Pazak, Kathleen A.
​​Speech-Language Pathologist Member​​​7/1/2023
​Sather, Thomas W.
Speech-Language Pathologist Member​​7/1/2015*
​Vacant​Hearing Instrument Specialist Member​
​Vacant​Public Member

*Board members whose terms have expired may continue to serve until their successor is confirmed by the Senate.


None at this time.

Last updated: 6/15/2020