Program Report: Dr. Becca Kane and Dr. Diane Catalano – Hearing Loss

Dr. Kane

While introducing Duke audiologists Dr. Becca Kane and Dr. Diane Catalano,  Meg Solera described a journey very familiar to me and I’m sure many others in an audience with its share of gray hair and old ears.  In fact, with a little practice I think I could have delivered the presentation, but without the charm and good humor or the weight of the degrees and experience these two possess.

But stories like Meg’s and my own make the list they presented of the signs of hearing loss look like a check list of symptoms that we’ve dealt with. Require frequent repetition? Yep. Have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people? Yep. Think other people are mumbling? Yep. Have difficulty in noisy situation? Yep? Answer inappropriately in conversations? Well, I’ve had some funny looks but usually a smile, frown or raised eyebrows will get you through, unless it’s a direct question. (Why is your zipper down?) Read lips or more intently and watch people’s faces when they speak with you? Yep, but I’m not giving that up even with hearing aids, because people give you more credit than you deserve for sincerity and focusing on what they are saying.

Have a family history of hearing loss? Yep, grandmother, mother and sister. All of them were a little vain about it. One of my grandmother’s bratty grandchildren would say totally inappropriate things to her just to watch her nod in agreement. Medications otherwise known as ototoxic drugs? Whew, missed that one…I think. Diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems? One out of four is still bad. Exposure to very loud sound? Yeah, but I’ve stopped begging my friends for an occasional Duke basketball ticket. The last time I went, I literally had to pull the hearing aids out of my ears and stick in my fingers. As our presenters pointed out, hearing loss makes it more difficult to tolerate loud sounds.

Dr. Catalano

If you find yourself nodding “yep” as you go through these signs, you might need to go for an ENT consultation. (In my case this saved me a few bucks because it also covered the cost of hearing aid test and consultation and was covered by insurance.  If you have ringing in your ears, you’re in the right place with an AuD.

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Program Report: Josh Vaughn of Mercedes-Benz of Durham

While growing up, my mother drove a squat, boxy Mercedes sedan that was a nice car, but fell far short of the sporty vehicle that a teenager aches to drive on Saturday nights (lucky for her). When I entered the dealership this past Monday for our weekly meeting and program, I joked to fellow Rotarians that I currently own the best car there is – the kind that is paid for. That didn’t stop me from oohing and aahing at the sleek and shiny new cars in the showroom, the kind that any teenager would give up a month’s allowance just to climb in behind the wheel.

After hearing from General Manager Josh Vaughn, however, it became clear to me that the stunning Mercedes-Benz cars are only the second most exciting thing at the Southpoint Auto Mall.  Since Performance Automotive moved their operations to the site last month, this location is now the second-largest, most premier auto mall destination in North Carolina – the biggest one being outside of Charlotte at the Concord auto mall. Both are owned and managed by the Hendrick Automotive Group, also well-known throughout the Carolinas and the country for their auto racing dynasty.

The real key to success? The people-centric culture that permeates all Team Hendrick operations.

Because it’s not the property, it’s not the products, it’s the people who make it exceptional. And that’s what gets Vaughn and his team excited about coming to work in the morning. The culture of continuous improvement, encouraging creativity, and creating exceptional customer experiences are closely mirrored by Team Hendrick’s Core Values. Vaughn explained, “We are students of the game. We are always listening and learning.”

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New Member: Jim Boyd

Please introduce yourself and welcome new member Jim Boyd. Below is his biographical information. Jim’s sponsor was Past President Dave Ross.

Jim is a Durham native with more than 40 years of real estate industry experience under his belt,  making him one of Real Estate Associates’ veteran brokers. Prior to joining REA, he served as vice president of commercial sales at Southland Associates and was a top sales performer at Anthony & Co.’s Durham office. His real estate experience includes sales and development of office, industrial, retail, land, subdivisions and multi-family residential properties. Jim is an active sportsman who enjoys fishing and mountain climbing, having tackled Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Whitney.

Jim’s community involvement has included the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, the Board of Directors for the Sales Marketing and Executives Club, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the March of Dimes and the YMCA Annual Fund Drive.

New Member: Joe McCaffrey

Please introduce yourself and welcome new Member Joe McCaffery. Below is his biographical information. Joe’s sponsor was President Seth Jernigan.

Joe currently serves as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Salem Investment Counselors, an investment management firm recently expanded to Durham (from Winston-Salem).  The firm has been providing portfolio management services to individuals, families, endowments and companies since 1979.  Prior to Salem, Joe served as Managing Director of Research and Insights at The Advisory Board Company, a consultancy based in Washington, DC, where he advised on strategic capital and technology investments.

Joe is a graduate of Harvard University and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.  He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joe has lived in Durham since 2014 with his Wife, Sally (also a Duke grad), and now his two children, William (almost 4) and Charlotte (almost 2) – as well as his two labradors, Red and Bengal.  A former college wrestler, Joe  now enjoys activities that do not involve cutting weight or cauliflower ear:  the outdoors, trail running and obstacle course racing, and staying active with F3, a local men’s fitness group dedicated to supporting male community leadership.

New Member: Lisa Callaghan

Please introduce yourself and welcome new member Lisa Callaghan. Her biographical information is below. Lisa’s sponsor was Past President and Assistant District Governor Susan Ross.

Lisa Callaghan was born and raised in Charlotte and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Economics and American Studies. After a stint with Gurlitz and Giles Architects in Chapel Hill, she made her way to New York City. By chance, Lisa met Sam Michaels; the owner of a small cookware company called All-Clad Metalcrafters and was hired as the first corporate trainer.

Over two decades with All-Clad, Lisa played a pivotal role in taking this small American cookware company from obscurity to a dominant position in the marketplace. She created a team of regional culinary professionals to personally train and teach retailers and their customers about cookware and cooking techniques. This was a winning strategy, successfully driving sales and brand awareness. Lisa had the privilege of working with her talented team to develop new products and marketing strategies to meet the exploding interest in food and cooking.

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New Member: Bill Greeley

Please introduce yourself and welcome Bill Greeley to the Club. Bill was inducted on May 14, 2018 and his sponsor was Peter Jacobi. Below is his biographical information.

Bill Greeley is the former President of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Practice Association (CHOPPA) and President of the Medical Staff at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  In these roles he was responsible for both the Physician Organization and Medical Staff Affairs for CHOP’s $2.5 billion dollar a year Health System. He led the development of CHOPPA from a 180 physician, $160 million physician organization to the current 750 physician, $650 million multispecialty group practice. During his tenure, Bill was the trusted physician leader of the Physician Organization who drove the strategic and operational integration of the Faculty and Medical Staff with the CHOP Health System and its Primary Care network.  He also directed the integration of the faculty with the Quality and Patient Safety programs, and with the Research Institute.

Prior to his appointment as President of CHOPPA and the Medical Staff, Bill served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at CHOP. He also held a faculty appointment as Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Bill is currently a president and consultant for Greeley, Hamilton & Associates, LLC, a Healthcare consulting group. He is also a Consultant for Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, a consulting firm for Nonprofits.  Bill is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Duke School of Medicine in Durham, NC.

Bill began his medical career at Duke University Medical Center where he started and led new programs in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Later, he served as Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Duke, where he also had a short tenure as the Chief Medical Officer for Pediatric Services.

Bill has a passion for physician leadership development and hospital system alignment.  His background, training and expertise in academic medicine and business have contributed to his success as a mission-driven leader who is recognized nationally for his innovation in organizational and business development. He is adept at strategic visioning, operational execution and driving change.

Bill has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at CHOP from 1998-2004 and again 2013 to 2016.  He has also served on several Board Sub-committees, which included the Executive, Audit, Research and Patient Safety Committees. He is a former President and Board of Director for the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology as well as a former Board Director for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. In addition to his national Board positions, Bill has served as an advisor to many children’s hospitals in areas such as physician and medical staff organization, health system governance and business development.

Bill is a native of Buffalo, New York.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional studies from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  He also has a MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Certificate of Director Education from Drexel University’s Lebow School of Business.  Bill is the author of numerous scholarly articles, editorials and reviews as well as an editor of several major textbooks in his area of medical expertise.