2015 AG Bell Symposium Presenter Bios

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Elise Alexander
Hear and Say
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Elise Alexander commenced work as an auditory-verbal therapist at Hear and Say in Brisbane, Australia, after graduating with honors in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Alexander works with families and their children both in Brisbane and through Hear and Say’s telepractice program for regional and remote families. She has a special interest in empowering children through social skills and in working with families whose children have additional needs.
Building Resilience and Social Skills in Children with Hearing Loss

Tamala S. Bradham, Ph.D., CCC-A
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Vanderbilt Option Schools
Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Tamala S. Bradham, Ph.D., CCC-A, is a quality consultant in the Center for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is at the forefront of health care reform, evidence-based practices, population health and practice management. She has taught numerous courses on the topics of aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, introduction to audiology, measurements of hearing, speech and hearing sciences, science of auditory processing, family-centered services, and quality improvement. Her research interests include auditory, speech and language outcomes in children with hearing loss, cochlear implants, discharge practices in speech-language pathology, and family-centered practices in health care. While at Vanderbilt, she was on faculty at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center where she coordinated the pediatric cochlear implant team and pediatric aural (re)habilitation services, managed all outpatient speech-language services for children with hearing loss, started the Mama Lere Hearing School for children birth through 6 years old as well as an outreach intervention program in rural schools that included both onsite and telepractice services. Bradham is a member of the Technical Assistance Network at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University.
Tracking Child Outcomes for Specialized Programs: The LSL Data Repository

Cheryl Broekelmann, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Salary/Employment/Management position
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Cheryl Broekelmann, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the director of internet therapy and early intervention at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She has an undergraduate degree in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a master’s of education in Early Childhood Administration. She currently teaches in the undergraduate program at Fontbonne University, Teaching Language in Deaf Education.  Broekelmann has over 25 years experience as an educator of the deaf and hard of hearing. She is co-author of a chapter in AG Bell’s acclaimed publication 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice, and has presented at numerous conferences.
Virtual or In-person Early Intervention and Quality of Life

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Moog Center for Deaf Education
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Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Moog Center for Deaf Education
Professional/Board Member

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the executive director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education. She has been has been in the field of deaf education for more than 30 years. She created the Toddler Curriculum and the Language Curriculum which are used in all Certified Moog Programs. Moog Brooks is the author of the book, My Baby and Me:  A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk. She has lectured throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. She continues to provide direct child services and parent support to families with children birth to 3 years. In addition, she is currently pursuing her educational doctorate with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners.
Teletherapy, It Really Works! Strategies and Outcomes

Jackie Brown, B.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
Hear and Say
Jackie Brown, B.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is a qualified teacher of the deaf and became a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in 1997. She has been working with young children with hearing losses and their families for over 35 years, with the past 20 years spent working in auditory-verbal programs. Brown worked for Education Queensland and for the Inner London Education Authority in the United Kingdom before taking on the role of auditory-verbal therapist and teacher in charge at St. Gabriel’s Auditory-Verbal Early Intervention Centre in Brisbane, Australia, from 1994 until its amalgamation with the Hear and Say Centre in 2005. She is one of the three editors of the St. Gabriel’s Curriculum and was instrumental in developing the software program IEP GOAL Writer (©2005), which has been designed for creating Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Brown served as clinical manager for auditory-verbal therapy at Hear and Say in Brisbane, Australia for six years until September 2012. Her current role at Hear and Say is as education and development manager, where her responsibilities include the implementation of the Hear and Say professional and parent training courses, the development of educational resources, mentoring of professionals in training, liaising with a number of government agencies, and contributing to presentations at national and international conferences.
Working with Children with Single-sided Deafness

Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Educational Endeavor, Oberkotter Foundation
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Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is founding CEO of the Educational Endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation, leading the effort to establish an innovative learning center using 21st century tools to support and connect professionals working with or on behalf of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families through online learning, collaboration, coaching and mentoring to advance child and family listening and spoken language outcomes. Previously, Caraway has served as the founder and CEO of Learning Innovation Associates; co-founder and former co-executive director of the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City; director of the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Auditory-Verbal International (AVI); founding president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language; and founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
Serve and Return: Auditory-Verbal Strategies to Maximize Child Engagement
AG Bell/LLC Panel Discussion

Sebastien Christian
Medical School of Nice - University of Paris III
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Otosense Inc.
Salary/Management Position/Board Membership/Ownership
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Sebastien Christian is the CEO and founder of OtoSense, and teaches linguistics and neuroscience at Paris III University. His research focuses on how the brain creates a coherent and partially sharable mental world using individual perception. He has advanced degrees in quantum physics, speech and language pathology, and semantics, and has been working for 15 years with children and adults with hearing loss. He also created the first independent research and development (R&D) laboratory in France dedicated to finding innovative solutions to hearing loss issues.
Destroy a Table: A Game for Professionals

Becky Clem, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Cook Children's Medical Center
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Cook Children's Medical Center
Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss
Volunteer/Employment/Consulting

Becky Clem, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, works with babies and young children with cochlear implants. She is passionate about family-centered care and health literacy for all families who have children with special needs.  Clem serves on the Cook Children’s Patient Family Education Council and Health Literacy Task Force. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Wichita State University.  She has extensive experience working with families of babies and children with hearing loss who are seeking a listening and spoken language outcome, mentoring and coaching professionals towards certification in auditory-verbal therapy, and teaching in state, national and international programs.  Her publications have appeared in the ASHA Perspectives, The Volta Review, and Pediatric Audiology Case Studies (Flexer and Madell, 2010).  Clem serves as a team member of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss for the summer teacher-training program in Vietnam.
Case Study in Unlocking the Brain: Hearing Technology + AVT + Augmentative Communication

Aleisha Davis, MPhil, MSLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
The Shepherd Centre
Aleisha Davis, MPhil, MSLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is director of clinical programs at The Shepherd Centre in Sydney, Australia. She is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and a practicing speech-language pathologist. She completed her master’s in Applied Linguistics at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where she researched the nature of pediatric language acquisition and child speech and language disorders before returning to Australia to complete her master’s in Speech Language Pathology at Macquarie University. She joined The Shepherd Centre in 2003 and now leads the Clinical Executive Team to implement the Centre’s programs. She lectures in aural habilitation, speech and language development and is currently undertaking her Ph.D. at Macquarie University.
Social Inclusion /Theory of Mind: More than Words and Sounds?
Tracking Listening Skills from 0-6 Years: Changing Progress, Changing Outcomes

Wendelyn (Wendy) DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Educational Endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation
Wendelyn (Wendy) DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the learning programs officer at Educational Endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation. She also founded DeMoss Consulting, LLC to advance listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss and their families through professional training, consulting and mentoring throughout the U.S. Previously at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, DeMoss provided listening and spoken language early intervention services by guiding and coaching families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing for over 15 years. In her current role at Educational Endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation, she brings her experiences to champion development and implementation of a wide variety of learning programs to be offered through the Oberkotter Foundation online center. 
Serve and Return: Auditory-Verbal Strategies to Maximize Child Engagement

Katie Eddins, M.S., CCC-SLP
NECHEAR
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Katie Eddins, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation (NECHEAR). She specializes in the development of speech and language through audition, providing therapy services to children, adolescents and adults with hearing loss. She earned her master’s of science in Speech-Language Pathology with an emphasis on pediatric hearing loss and aural habilitation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her areas of interests include early access to hearing technology, spoken language development through listening and caregiver involvement in language development.
A Child Is Not Just a Number: Expanding Beyond Standardized Score

Ellen L. Estes, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Cobb County School District
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Ellen L. Estes, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a teacher of the deaf. She has been a member of the AG Bell Association since 1978. Estes has taught children with hearing loss in listening and spoken language, simultaneous communication, and bilingual-bicultural programs. She has worked in private practice, public schools and independent schools, and has been a teacher, school administrator, university instructor and professional development specialist. Estes has provided auditory-verbal therapy to families and has mentored listening and spoken language professionals and school administrators. She currently lives in Georgia and is a preschool teacher in the deaf and hard of hearing program in Cobb County School District and a part-time instructor at Georgia State University. She serves on the board of directors of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. She is a contributor to many publications, including co-authoring Helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children to Use Spoken Language (2007).
Beyond Decoding: Foundations for Reading Comprehension

Jeanne Flowers, MSDE, M.S., CF-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Jeanne Flowers, MSDE, M.S., CF-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is an early intervention therapist and an ihear therapist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds master's degrees in Deaf Education from Washington University in St. Louis and Speech Language Pathology from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in education, and is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in Auditory-Verbal Education. Flowers has 6 years of experience working with children with hearing losses. Flowers's previous teaching experiences at St. Joseph Institute include teaching in a transition kindergarten classroom and individual speech and auditory sessions.
Virtual or In-person Early Intervention and Quality of Life

Anne Fulcher, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
The Shepherd Centre
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Anne Fulcher, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is the principal Listening and Spoken Language Specialist at The Shepherd Centre in Sydney, Australia. She has worked with children with hearing loss for 40 years. Her work experience includes establishing the first listening and spoken language Hearing Support Unit in Albury, Australia, and setting up itinerant support services for school-aged children with hearing loss for The Shepherd Centre. She has served as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom; a member of The Shepherd Centre’s cochlear implant program ; and a lecturer in Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University. She is the mother of four children and grandmother of Angus who was diagnosed with moderate/severe hearing loss at age 4 days.
Social Inclusion /Theory of Mind: More than Words and Sounds?
Tracking Listening Skills from 0-6 Years: Changing Progress, Changing Outcomes

Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT
College of Wooster and Cleveland Clinic 
Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT, is currently the co-director of the Hearing Implant Program (HIP) at the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute. Goldberg conducts communication evaluations and provides auditory-verbal and auditory-based intervention for children and adults. Clinical interests include cochlear implants, auditory-verbal therapy, pediatric and educational audiology, and communication assessment of children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. A frequent lecturer, he has presented throughout the United States and Canada as well as internationally. Goldberg is co-author of “Educational Audiology for the Limited Hearing Infant and Preschooler: An Auditory-Verbal Approach”. He is the immediate past president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and is past-president of AG Bell.
Cochlear Implant Cases: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 

Lindsay Hanna, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hearts for Hearing
Lindsay Hanna, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Hanna is director of community outreach, increasing community awareness of hearing loss, managing community and school-based hearing screenings, and developing contracts and resources for local school districts in addition to providing weekly listening and spoken language therapy services for infants and children.  She coordinates an annual summer camp for elementary-age graduates of the program with an emphasis on community involvement and maximizing conversational competency.  In addition, Hanna provides consultation for the team regarding oral motor evaluations and dysphagia.  Her previous experience includes adult outpatient services and providing curriculum-based language therapy for students.
Facilitating Optimal Family Engagement

Theresa Harp, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Mt. Lakes Sound Start Program
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Theresa Harp, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She is an experienced listening and spoken language therapist who has provided auditory-verbal therapy for children ages birth through 18 years.  Harp currently works full time with Mountain Lakes Early Intervention Sound Start Program in New Jersey. She provides center- and home-based services for children with hearing loss and their families. Harp is a State Champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, representing New Jersey by working to ensure that cochlear implants and related services are covered by insurance. She also serves as one of two New Jersey Hearing Consultants, providing guidance, information and resources to parents whose babies have just been diagnosed with hearing loss.
Application of LENA Data in Early Intervention: The COMPASS Project  

Jessica Hasbrouck, M.S., CCC-SLP
NECHEAR
Jessica Hasbrouck, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation (NECHEAR), where she provides aural (re)habilitation to individuals from birth through adulthood. She received her master’s of science in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with an emphasis in aural habilitation.  Her areas of interest include mainstreaming children with hearing loss, spoken language development through listening, and the role of rehabilitation in device programming.
A Child Is Not Just a Number: Expanding Beyond Standardized Score

Barbara F. Hecht, Ph.D.
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Boston Campus
Barbara F. Hecht, Ph.D., is director of the Boston Area Campus of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech and co-director of the Clarke-Soundbridge tVISIT Project, a pilot program providing tele-intervention services for families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss in southern New England. Hecht has worked with families of young children with hearing loss and has trained parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, pediatricians and other professionals in the field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Clarke Schools, she was president of John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles. Hecht is currently serving as president of the international OPTION Schools organization.
Tracking Child Outcomes for Specialized Programs: The LSL Data Repository

Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A
Medical University of South Carolina
Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A, is the clinical director for Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Cochlear Implant Program. She joined the MUSC faculty in 2006 as a pediatric audiologist. She is the current president for the AG Bell South Carolina chapter.
Cochlear Implant Cases: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Valeri V. Le Beau, M.S., CCC-SLP
Advanced Bionics
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Advanced Bionics
Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Valeri V. Le Beau, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the consumer education and rehab manager at Advanced Bionics.  Le Beau brings a lifetime of personal and professional expertise to the field of hearing loss.  She received her undergraduate degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Illinois State University.  She has taught in a variety of educational settings serving children with hearing losses and later received her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago.  She has practiced across the country in educational, private and hospital-based settings, with an intense focus on providing services to children with hearing losses. Throughout her career, Le Beau has lectured, trained and mentored on cochlear implantation and rehabilitation following implantation, both locally and internationally.
Where to Start with Deafness and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Michelle Leach, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Advanced Bionics
Michelle Leach, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an auditory-verbal therapist at Advanced Bionics serving families with hearing loss as a cochlear implant consumer specialist for many years. She was previously a member of a comprehensive cochlear implant team and provided evaluations and auditory-based therapy to both children and adults who utilized a variety of communication methodologies and hearing technology, including recipients of cochlear implant technology with additional special needs.
Where to Start with Deafness and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jane Ledingham, M.E.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS-Cert. AVT
Jane Ledingham, M.E.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS-Cert. AVT, is a Teacher of the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing, Speech/ Language Pathologist and certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and Auditory Verbal Therapist. She has over 30 years of experience working with students who are deaf/ hard of hearing as an early interventionist, classroom teacher, and itinerant.
Itinerants Maximizing Access for Brain Functioning in Inclusive Classrooms

Kayley Cassidy Mayer, M.A.T., TOD
Mt. Lakes Sound Start Program
Kayley Cassidy Mayer, M.A.T., TOD, is a teacher of the deaf at the Mountain Lakes Early Intervention Sound Start Program in New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s of science in Psychology and a master’s degree in Teaching from The College of New Jersey.  She holds New Jersey state teaching certifications in Deaf Education (signed and oral/aural communication), Early Childhood Education P-3, and Elementary Education K-5.  At Mountain Lakes Early Intervention Sound Start Program, she provides center-based services in the Ivy Nursery Program and home-based services for children with hearing loss and their families.  She is also a New Jersey State Champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and works to ensure that cochlear implants and related services are covered by insurance.
Application of LENA Data in Early Intervention: The COMPASS Project

Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Med-EL Corp
Grants/Membership on advisory comm/Independent contractor
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell/Professional
Board of Directors/Board membership

Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He directs the Cochlear Implant Program and the Otolaryngology Residency Program. His practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children. As director of the MUSC Cochlear Implant Program, Meyer oversees all clinical and research protocols involving patients with cochlear implants. Meyer is president-elect of the AG Bell board of directors.
Cochlear Implant Cases: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Virgi Mills, M.E.D.
MED-EL Corporation
Virgi Mills, M.E.D., is a consumer outreach manager for MED-EL in the southeast region and counsels families on the cochlear implant journey.  She is a Florida certified educator and a bilateral MED-EL cochlear implant user. She has taught listening and spoken language to pre-K children with hearing loss for two years in the Alachua County Public Schools in Gainesville, Florida, and for two and a half years in the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a volunteer board member of the AG Bell Florida chapter.  She has presented at the Florida Summit on Early Childhood Hearing Loss, national and local Hearing Loss Association of America conferences, and chapter meetings.
Using Auditory Strategies in Purposeful Play to Improve Communication

Jill Muhs, M.S.Ed.
John Tracy Clinic
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jill Muhs, M.S.Ed., is the vice president of programs at John Tracy Clinic (JTC). She has more than 25 years of experience at JTC including parent-infant, preschool classrooms, family education and graduate instruction. She supervises all direct service staff and is the lead collaborator for auditory brainstem implants and other service models.  In 2014, Muhs spoke at Hearing Across the Lifespan (HEAL) in Como, Italy, and at Family Centered Early Intervention (FCEI) in Bad Ischl, Austria.  She recently co-authored a paper, “Sensory Integration Considerations for Children with Cochlear Implants.” Currently, Muhs is also serving on boards of directors of the AG Bell California chapter and Training and Advocacy Group (TAG), and on the community guidance board of First Five Best Start Metro LA.
Children with ABIs in the Classroom:  What Can We Expect?

Rosemary Richardson, Cert MRCSLT, LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory VerbalUK
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Rosemary Richardson, Cert MRCSLT, LSLS Cert. AVT, trained at Auditory VerbalUK in Oxfordshire, England, the only dedicated center offering listening and spoken language services to families of children with hearing loss in the United Kingdom (UK). She was mentored by Jacqueline Stokes and Catherine White in obtaining her certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®). She has written for a number of UK publications and has a particular interest in finding the most effective ways of working in partnership with parents to make therapy fun and functional. She is the clinical lead at Auditory VerbalUK and has been involved in mentoring a number of UK therapists to certification. Richardson leads on programs in the UK to mentor students from local services through to certification and teaches a range of one-day courses to professionals from across the UK and Europe.
Back to basics: the ABCs of AVT

Sylvia Rotfleisch, M.Sc.A, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Private practice
Sylvia Rotfleisch, M.Sc.A, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist and an audiologist currently in private practice in Los Angeles. Trained at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with Dr. Daniel Ling, she has worked at the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf, House Ear Institute and Echo Horizon School, and has consulted for numerous school districts and programs. Rotfleisch has taught at the graduate programs of University of Southern California and California Lutheran University. She currently lectures and mentors for school districts to assist in updating their professional staff. She has lectured in North America and overseas. Rotfleisch has published several articles and book chapters. She has been nominated and served on the boards of professional groups including the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and LSLogic as well as the task force on Principles of Auditory Verbal Therapy. She serves on the board of directors of the AG Bell California chapter and is a past president.
Back to basics: the ABCs of AVT

Emma Rushbrooke B.A., DipAud., MAudSA., LSLS Cert AVT
Hear and Say
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Emma Rushbrooke B.A., DipAud., MAudSA., LSLS Cert AVT, is an audiologist, a LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist and a qualified nurse.  She is the clinical director of Hear and Say, based in Brisbane, Australia, one of the largest combined auditory-verbal early intervention and implantable hearing technologies programs in Australia.  She oversees and supervises the Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Audiology programs, including center-based and tele-intervention programs, as well as the Hear and Say Australian Microtia and Atresia Support Centre. In addition, Rushbrooke is also a key member of the Hear and Say leadership and strategy team, and is actively involved in mentoring, training and development, and research.  In 2012, Emma completed a master’s of philosophy in Audiology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia, researching the validity of remote programming of cochlear implants in children.
Working with Children with Single-sided Deafness

Lisa Stewart
Bergen County Special Services School District
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Lisa Stewart is supervisor at Sound Solutions. Sound Solutions is a division of Bergen County Services School District and has been providing educational consultant and itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing services for the past 15 years. The program has grown over the years to a team of 17 educators, three part-time educational audiologists and four part-time Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS®). Sound Solutions currently services 170 students in 55 school districts and 35 babies through the New Jersey Early Intervention system. The mission of the program is to support the fundamental concept that all children can grow up, learn and gain valuable educational opportunities together.
Itinerants Maximizing Access for Brain Functioning in Inclusive Classrooms

Darcy L. Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hearts for Hearing
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Darcy L. Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  For many years, she served as the lead preschool teacher where she facilitated a classroom founded on listening and spoken language principles and strategies. Stowe serves as the director of training and support services for Hearts for Hearing by guest lecturing annually at each of Oklahoma’s programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders to further future professionals’ knowledge of spoken language outcomes of children with hearing loss, by supervising graduate students who rotate through the clinic for a hands-on learning experience in working with children with hearing loss, and by exploring innovative opportunities for continuing education for providers on the team.
Facilitating Optimal Family Engagement

Sally Tannenbaum, M.Ed., CED, DTH, LSLS Cert. AVT
University of Chicago Medicine
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Sally Tannenbaum, M.Ed., CED, DTH, LSLS Cert. AVT, is co-director of the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago. She is a recipient of the Beebe Award for Outstanding Clinician and has been working with children with hearing loss for over 30 years. Her publications include chapters in Cochlear Implants by Bonnie Tucker, 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice and Cochlear Implants for Kids by Warren Estabrooks.  She has presented at numerous conferences in the U.S. and internationally, and also serves as a consultant for The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Vietnam. Tannenbaum is a member of Dana Suskind’s research team and helped develop Project ASPIRE, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Project ASPIRE focuses on how parent language can be harnessed to grow the listening and talking potentials of young children with hearing loss.
A Cross Cultural Approach: The Path to Addressing Health and Language Disparities in Pediatric Hearing Loss

MaryKay Therres, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
MED-EL Corporation
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: MED-EL Corporation
Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

MaryKay Therres, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and an auditory-verbal therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children who have a cochlear implant and/or hearing aid(s). She was a member of the cochlear implant team at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland for 15 years and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for seven years. Currently, she is the manager of education and therapy for MED-EL, USA. Therres co-authored AuSpLan (Auditory Speech Language):  A Manual for Professionals Working with Children who have a Cochlear Implant or Amplification. She co-developed and co-instructed the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants program. Therres has presented on the topic of cochlear implants nationally and internationally. She has provided short courses, online presentations, seminars, workshops and in-services along with guest lecturing and mentoring students at several state universities.
Using Auditory Strategies in Purposeful Play to Improve Communication

Alejandra Ullauri, Au.D.
University of Chicago Medicine
Alejandra Ullauri, Au.D., is the manager of audiology at the University of Chicago. She holds a doctoral degree in Audiology and a master’s degree in Public Health. She has a certification in cochlear implants from the American Board of Audiology, has published multiple papers, presented at numerous conferences, and serves on the board of directors of Illinois’s Hands & Voices.  Ullauri is a native Spanish speaker and has worked in audiology positions at hospitals in England, Ecuador and Australia.
A Cross Cultural Approach: The Path to Addressing Health and Language Disparities in Pediatric Hearing Loss