Spotlight of The Month for January 2021: Dr. Myrita Wilhite
“It’s never too late to pursue your dream. Stay focused and dream big!”
Dr. Myrita Wilhite is our first Spotlight of the Month for January 2021. She has been a part of the St. Agnes-Our Lady of Fatima Church since 2013 and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Education Commission on the Parish Council. She has enjoyed serving in this position over the past 6 years, and this year she hopes to get more young people involved in leadership roles within the commission.
She considers joining this church one of the best decisions of her life. “Joining Our Lady of Fatima helped me to connect the spiritual dots in my life. I felt that this was finally a church that I could call home, and the people within it are family. It’s really something special that’s hard to put into words.” Although she says it’s hard not being able to see her Fatima family every Sunday due to COVID, she streams Mass whenever she can and loves listening to Fr. Bob, who she says “gives the best homilies.”
Myrita’s passion for serving others has led to a long, fulfilling career as an audiologist, which has spanned for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of the Speech & Hearing Program at Cleveland State University. “I always wanted to be in a profession that helped people. I believe that I was led to the profession of communication sciences and disorders to help people improve their ability to communicate, which is a basic human need. Expressing yourself to the people you love is a powerful gift to give to people who have lost it due to brain trauma, brain injury, or birth defects.”
Myrita is also a firm believer in lifelong learning. In addition to earning an Audiology Doctorate (AuD) in 2009 from A.T. Still University, she recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Urban Education specializing in Learning and Development from Cleveland State University in Fall 2020. The main motivation for pursuing her doctorate degrees was to be able to participate in scholarly research to remain competitive with other audiologists and to further help people that are impacted by hearing loss. Her dissertation focused on the challenges that parents face with children who are born deaf and how audiologists, like herself, can help parents to make more informed decisions to help their children reach their full developmental potential.
Her words of encouragement to anyone who is thinking of going back to school, regardless of age, is this: “It’s never too late to pursue your dream. Stay focused and dream big!”