Board of Directors
Wayne A. Foster,
Chair, Audiology Advisory Council
Dr. Foster completed his master’s degree in both speech-language pathology and audiology at the University of South Carolina (Columbia) in 1979. Upon moving to North Carolina, he immediately joined the North Carolina Speech, Hearing & Language Association. Over the years, he has held nearly every position in the association, including president. In 2008 Dr. Foster was awarded Honors of the Association. At the national level, he was elected to the last ASHA Legislative Council and, after 1 year of service, transitioned to the Audiology Advisory Council, where he was subsequently re-elected and took the role of vice chair. Prior to being elected chair of the Audiology Advisory Council, Dr. Foster also served on the Government Relations and Public Policy Board, completing his term in 2011.
Dr. Foster and his wife Kathy have been married for more than 28 years. Kathy has been a nurse in the same health care system for almost 30 years. Over the years, they have traveled to a dozen foreign countries and truly enjoy learning about other cultures. In 1997, Dr. Foster enrolled in a doctoral program in child development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research interests are in the factors associated with school readiness, particularly in the areas of language and early literacy. He is presently employed with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system, where he is the director for a multimillion dollar grant project to turn around 16 high needs schools.