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AIU Educational Audiologist Named to Pittsburgh's 50 Finest List

AIU educational audiologist Natalie Panaia was at the Central Office for a meeting when her group was asked to relocate to a different conference room.  No problem. These kinds of things happen. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Wait, not so fast.

What Natalie did not see coming is that the room swap was all a ruse. When she strolled into the main lobby, a group of Natalie’s colleagues were waiting to surprise her with a big announcement: She was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

The shock on Natalie’s face said it all.

“I thought I was there for a meeting,” she said with a laugh. “I was honored, but surprised, for sure.”

One thing that didn’t shock Natalie was the support from the AIU.

“It felt good to know they took that much of an interest,” said Natalie. “I was thrilled by all of it.”

Natalie will be raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which supports research as well as those who have been afflicted with the disease.  Cystic fibrosis is a genetic ailment that affects the lungs and digestive system. Only a few decades ago, children with CF usually did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Thanks in part to foundation-supported research, the median survival age is much longer.

Charitable endeavors are second nature to Natalie. In the past, she has been involved with the Susan G. Koman Foundation, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, the National Kidney Foundation and the Hearing Center for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Natalie and other honorees will be recognized at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gala on August 17.  Congratulations, Natalie!