Announcing our 2020-2021 Emerging Leaders Interns!

August 27, 2020

Maureen Johnson
Program Specialist
[email protected]

We are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2020-2021 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.

Jessica Huddleston

Woman with blonde shoudler length hair sitting outside wearing a white coat over a blue louseJessica Huddleston is the Emerging Leaders, Communications and Engagement Intern for 2020-2021. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Audiology at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Jessica is a LEND fellow from the OKLEND program and is currently beginning her role as an advanced LEND trainee. Her passion includes working with individuals who have neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. She enjoys learning more about educational policy and advocacy so that she can empower self-advocates to advocate for themselves. As a person with hearing loss, Jessica enjoys working with families that have just received a diagnosis of hearing loss and are figuring out a path forward to success. Jessica hopes to work as a pediatric audiologist and serve on an interdisciplinary team. When she is not working she enjoys decorating cookies and drinking coffee with friends. This is Jessica's first year being a part of AUCD and she is very excited about what this year will bring!

Kiki Oyetunji, MD, MBA

Black woman with hair past shoulder length wearing a brown blazer and a light pink shirt underneathAderonke (Kiki) Oyetunji is a second-year LEND fellow at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the new Emerging Leaders, Events Intern. 

As a physician and an aspiring child psychiatrist with interest and experience in behavioral sciences and epigenetics research, Kiki is also serving within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Title V program as an intern in the Bureau of Family Health.

Following a diagnosis warranting an Individualized Educational Plan targeting behavior and attention in her son at the age of 3, Kiki has developed a passion for childhood mental health. She hopes to provide an all-inclusive healthcare model for children with this form of disability. Her focus is on better understanding social determinants and related factors that impact access to comprehensive and continuous care and the resources available in aiding access to affordable care and services for this population.

Kiki enjoys early morning runs, traveling to, and cooking meals from different countries.


AUCD is committed to providing leadership opportunities to help trainees advance their marketable skills, all while empowering the Emerging Leaders Community to make a positive impact on the local, state, and national level. 

Additional information on AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns can be found here. If you have any questions about this internship or AUCD trainee leadership opportunities, please contact Maureen Johnson at [email protected].