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Presenter Bios

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Susan G. Allen, M.E.D., CED, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech – Jacksonville
Susan G. Allen, M.E.D., CED, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the founder of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/Jacksonville. She is the author of the “Auditory Perception Test for the Hearing Impaired-Revised, 2008,” and co-author of an earlier version, APT/HI, 1999. Allen has 45 years of experience teaching children with hearing loss to listen for intelligible speech and spoken language, has presented over 100 papers, courses and workshops, and has been invited as a keynote speaker and lecturer at several conventions and Universities nationally. She has served on several committees and boards for children with special needs.

Corrine Altman
AG Bell Nevada Chapter, NV
Corrine Altman is a member of the AG Bell Board of Directors, chair of the AG Bell 2012 Convention Planning Committee and co-president of the AG Bell Nevada Chapter. She and her husband, Arnie, own Rainbow Media Productions, Inc., a video production, photography and event coordination company in Las Vegas, Nev. She is the mother of five children; her eldest two, now adults, were born profoundly deaf and learned to listen and talk. Altman founded "NCourageMint", a support/education group for parents of children with hearing loss. NCourageMint meets twice a month and receives live video feed from the John Tracy Clinic's Parent Education Classes.

Sophie E. Ambrose, Ph.D.
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Sophie E. Ambrose, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Language Development Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her research seeks to identify early parent and child behaviors that are predictive of later linguistic success for young children with hearing loss.

Sarah B. Ammerman, Ph.D.
UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Sarah B. Ammerman, Ph.D., is the J. David and Harriet Oppenheimer Endowed Professor in Deaf Education and Hearing Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Ammerman has an undergraduate degree in deaf education and elementary education, a master’s degree in auditory/oral deaf education, and a doctoral degree in special education (with a focus in deaf education and a minor in audiology). She has co-presented and co-authored on the topic of reciprocal peer coaching/mentoring.

Dale Atkins, MED, Ph.D.
Dale V. Atkins, Ph.D., Psychology, PC
Dale Atkins, MED, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, popular commentator for NBC’s Today Show, and a renowned lecturer known for her practical advice and warm personality. Atkins has more than 25 years experience helping individuals maintain a balanced lifestyle by focusing on relationships and managing stress. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life" and "I’m OK, You’re My Parents: How to Overcome Guilt, Let Go of Anger, and Create a Relationship that Works."

Carol S. Ban, B.A.
Carol S. Ban, B.A., is a long time member of AG Bell, serving as membership secretary for ODAS and OHIS for several years. She is currently retired after 41 years as a senior medical technologist in hematology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

James Barden, B.A.
James Barden, B.A., lost his hearing to meningitis when he was 13 months old and now uses bilateral cochlear implants. He attended the Northampton branch of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech until the third grade, when he mainstreamed into his local school district. At 20 years old, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Barden interned with his Congressman and is now active in Massachusetts politics. He has been attending AG Bell conventions since the age of 12 became a panelist at 18 and has been a volunteer mentor for Advanced Bionics since 2009.

Judi Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP
MED-EL Corporation
Judi Barnes is a speech-language pathologist who has worked for many years with children who listen with cochlear implants in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools, and clinics. She was the Programs Director at Presbyterian Ear Institute, where she was instrumental in beginning a private school for children with cochlear implants as well as providing direct services to children. More recently, she directed the pediatric cochlear implant program at Nemours Children's Clinic prior to coming to MED-EL, where she is currently the Manager of Education and Therapy Services. Judi has been involved with providing rehabilitation services to children and their families, as well as supporting other therapists and clinicians in their endeavors. At MED-EL, Judi is involved in the development of habilitation support materials and training therapists and teachers who work with those children.

Christine Barton, M.M., MT-BC
Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies
Christine Barton, M.M., MT-BC, is an award-winning composer and performer, and a board certified music therapist. In addition to her private practice, she is a music consultant to Advanced Bionics and provides music therapy services to the children of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis, Ind. Barton primarily works with children with hearing loss and those with autism spectrum disorders. She is the composer and performer of the songs on the Tune Ups CD, recipient of the 2009 Most Valuable Product (MVP) award by readers of TherapyTimes.com. She recently completed the University of North Carolina’s post graduate “Certificate in Auditory Learning in Young Children.” Barton is a recent addition to the Project ASPIRE team, headed by cochlear implant surgeon Dana Suskind at the University of Chicago.

Ann Baumann, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Willamette Education Service District
Ann Baumann, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a speech-language pathologist and certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) auditory-verbal educator and serves as the preschool teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing program at Salem Heights Elementary, Salem-Keizer Public School’s Center Site for children with hearing loss. Baumann received her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from the University of Northern Iowa and her master's degree in communication disorders from the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point. She is also a graduate of the First Years Program through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In Summer 2011, Baumann was part of the Teacher Training Program with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, providing auditory-verbal training for professionals, parents and children in Vietnam.

James Baumgartner, M.D.
Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital
James Baumgartner, M.D., is a board certified pediatric neurosurgeon. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, and completed his neurosurgical training at the University of California, San Francisco. Baumgartner completed a trial using autologous adult stem cells to successfully treat pediatric traumatic brain injury, and is a co-primary investigator on three ongoing, FDA-approved clinical trials using adult stem cells to treat pediatric spinal cord injury, perinatal stroke and acquired hearing loss in children.

Linda Baumgartner, M.S., CCC-SLP
Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital
Linda Baumgartner MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a certified speech-language pathologist and auditory-verbal therapist. She received her master's degree from the University of Michigan and continued her post master's training at the University of Houston. Baumgartner is a co-primary investigator on the first FDA approved trial using autologous umbilical cord blood to treat acquired hearing loss in children.

Diane Behl, M.Ed.
National Center for Hearing and Assessment Management, Logan, Utah
Diane Behl, M.Ed., is a senior researcher at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University and has been involved in the development and evaluation of numerous systems building efforts, with particular focus on ensuring access to community-based services and family partnerships. Past projects include Champions for Inclusive Communities, Measuring and Monitoring Community-based Systems of Care and Opening Doors, all of which emphasized Continuous Quality Improvement strategies. Her earlier work focused on child developmental assessments and family functioning measures, particularly for children ages birth to 5 years who have disabilities. Additionally, she has investigated the effectiveness of service coordination provided via Part C Early Intervention Systems, managed care and medical homes. Behl has first-hand knowledge of service system issues based on her experience as a parent of a child with special health needs and her past life as a special education teacher.

Maura Berndsen, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listen and Talk
Maura Berndsen, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, has worked in listening and spoken language programs since 1990. Currently she is the educational director at Listen and Talk in Seattle, Wash., where she provides program support, auditory-verbal therapy and educational consultations. Berndsen has presented and contributed to publications on the topics of auditory-verbal therapy and the development of listening and spoken language in children with all degrees of hearing loss. In Washington state, Berndsen is also involved in statewide efforts related to deaf education. She continues to serve as immediate past president of OPTION Schools, Inc.

Anita Bernstein, M.Sc.A, Spec. Ed. Dip., LSLS Cert. AVT
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children, Toronto, Ontario
Anita Bernstein, M.Sc.A, Spec. Ed. Dip., LSLS Cert. AVT, oversees the VOICE Auditory Verbal Program which provides direct intervention in the listening and spoken language approach as well as a professional training and mentoring program for listening and spoken language practitioners. She also lectures at York University and provides mentoring and training in auditory-verbal practice, preparing professionals to take the certification exam to become a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). An early childhood special educator and LSLS certified auditory-verbal therapist, Bernstein completed her Certificate in Special Education and a master's degree in Auditory Oral Habilitation at McGill University. She continues to present at North American conferences, provide in-services on the listening and spoken language approach, and publishes in the field of deafness. Bernstein is currently a board member of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Speaking.

Amy Birath, Au.D., CCC-SLP, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVEd
The Moog Center for Deaf Education
Amy Birath, Au.D., CCC-SLP, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a pediatric audiologist and speech-language pathologist at The Moog Center for Deaf Education where she provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to children from birth to 21 years of age. She is dually certified in speech-language pathology and audiology and holds certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. Her interests include audiologic (re)habilitation with children who have hearing loss, specifically those with cochlear implants, and therapeutic intervention for speech and language disorders in children who have hearing loss. In addition to her work at the Moog Center, Birath is an instructor in the Deaf Education Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. She has presented regionally and nationally at a variety of conferences and workshops for parents and professionals on topics related to pediatric audiology, most frequently on the speech and auditory skills development of children who have hearing loss. Birath has been providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to children for 10 years and has been at the Moog Center for five of those years.

Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Sounds Beginnings at Utah State University
Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is the director of Sound Beginnings and an assistant professor with the Listening and Spoken Language Emphasis at Utah State University. Blaiser's research interests include evaluation and development of educational program’s serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and assessment and intervention practices used with this population.

Luanna Bozzolo, Ph.D.
AG Bell, Tucson, AZ
Luanna Bozzolo, Ph.D., is a private practice psychologist in Tucson, Ariz. She provides assessment and therapeutic interventions for children, adults and families in English and Spanish. She also works in the forensic and school settings. Bozzolo has over 17 years of experience in clinical psychology, including education with children with special needs. She works at a school with a specialized population of children with hearing loss and also coordinates a district-wide team conducting bilingual evaluations. Among Bozzolo’s accomplishments are two publications, "One Family’s Journey into the Hearing World" and "Facilitating a Child Living with a Cochlear Implant." Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she and her husband, Dr. Peter Shibuya, live in Arizona with their three children, two of whom are cochlear implant recipients.

Diane Brackett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation, Hampton, CT
Diane Brackett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is director of the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation in Hampton, Conn. Her publications and presentations focus on mainstreaming children with hearing loss, bilateral cochlear implants in prelingual adults and children, early cochlear implant use and auditory-based language learning in children with hearing loss.

Tamala Bradham, Ph.D., CCC-A
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Nashville, TN
Tamala S. Bradham, Ph.D., CCC-A, is an assistant professor at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, Tenn., and the associate director of Quality, Protocols and Risk Management. She is the coordinator for the Steering Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, and the treasurer of OPTION Schools, Inc. Previously, Bradham served as the former director of the Medical University of South Carolina Cochlear Implant Center in Charleston, S.C., as well as the past president of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology and the South Carolina Chapter of AG Bell. Bradham also served as the vice chair of the First Sound Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program in South Carolina. She received her doctorate in speech and hearing sciences and her master's degree in audiology at the University of South Carolina.

Jackie Brown, B.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
Hear and Say Centre
Jackie Brown, B.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is a qualified teacher of the deaf and became a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) auditory-verbal therapist in 1997. She has been working with young children who have a hearing loss and their families for over 35 years, with the past 17 years spent working in an auditory-verbal program. Brown worked for Education Queensland and in London before taking on the role of auditory-verbal therapist and teacher in charge at St. Gabriel’s Auditory-Verbal Early Intervention Centre in Brisbane 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 Individual Education Programs (IEP) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (ages birth to 6 years). Brown's current role is the clinical manager for auditory-verbal therapy at the Hear and Say Centre, based in Brisbane, Australia.

Mary Browning, B.A., CED
The Moog Center for Deaf Education, St Louis, MO
Mary Browning, B.A., CED, is a teacher of the deaf and brings 15 years of experience to her classroom as well as 17 years of experience parenting a child with hearing loss. She has been a teacher of the deaf at the Moog Center in St. Louis, Mo., for 11 years, first working with the oldest children preparing them for the mainstream and now as lead teacher in the learning center. Browning combines her knowledge of hearing loss with her personal experience to provide an innovative and literacy-based curriculum to elementary-aged students. In addition, she works with the parents of students to help them enhance communication with their child outside of school.

Stephen M. Brusnighan, M.A.
Stephen M. Brusnighan, M.A. is a graduate research assistant in cognitive psychology at Kent State University, whose research focus is on reading. He is involved in studying how hearing loss affects the ability to read and spell, with a part of this research entailing tracking eye-movements during silent reading for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. He is conducting his doctoral research on the cognitive processes involved in skilled readers' acquisition of new vocabulary words during silent reading.

Velvet Buehler, M.A. CCC-SLP/A
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville, TN
Velvet Buehler, M.A., CCC-SLP/A, is a clinical professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She holds dual certification in audiology and speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Buehler has provided (re)habilitation services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families for 25 years in the UTHSC Child Hearing Services Program. She has supervised practicum for graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology in the areas of (re)habilitation, literacy, parent counseling and education, pediatric audiology, and auditory processing; teaches an aural (re)habilitation course; and presents clinical education seminars and lectures in classes on the previously mentioned topics. Buehler also provides in-services and consultations to professionals. Buehler is a certified trainer for the National Educators of Children with Cochlear Implants and an ASHA steering committee member for Special Interest Group 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood.

Jeff Campagna
MED-EL Corporation
Jeff Campagna is the Creative Director for MED-EL Corporation, with over 20 years experience in creative leadership for advertising/marketing agencies. As a cochlear implant user, he is very active with the hearing loss community -- providing counseling and support to adults, professionals, parents, and children with hearing loss. One of his major areas of support has been sharing information and experiences with various assistive listening devices -- for schools, home, and office environments. Jeff's personal journey with his progressive hearing loss (discovered at age 4) provided a great backdrop -- and impetus -- to garner knowledge for better listening tools and to share them with others.

Teresa Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Learning Innovation Associates, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Teresa H. Caraway, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the founder and president of Learning Innovation Associates, LLC, a global company dedicated to improving listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss and their families through consulting, mentoring and creative professional learning opportunities. She is the co-founder and a special advisor to Hearts for Hearing where she most recently served as the executive co-director. A certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Caraway served as the founding president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. She is a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and has previously served as a director of AG Bell and Auditory-Verbal International (AVI). She has been recognized by her peers for outstanding clinical skills. A former adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Caraway is an international consultant and sought after professional trainer on auditory-verbal practice.

Victoria Carlson-Casaregola, M.A., CCC-SLP
St. Jospeh Institute for the Deaf
Victoria Carlson-Casaregola, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist providing listening and spoken language services through the iHear program at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. At the AG Bell 2010 Convention, she presented on functional intervention strategies using student affinities and personal interests. She holds a M.A. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Louis University and a M.A. degree in English with an emphasis in expository writing from the University of Iowa. She won first place in the 2006 ASHA Student Ethics Award competition.

Shelley Carr, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Atlanta Speech School
Shelley Carr, M.Ed., LSLS Cert AVT, currently serves as the coordinator of the Katherine Hamm Center at the Atlanta Speech School. Carr earned her master’s degree from University of Georgia and taught for many years as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in the classroom before becoming coordinator of the program.

Helen Cartwright
Arizona Hearing & Balance Center, Chandler, Ariz.
Helen Cartwright lives in Chandler, Ariz., with her husband and three daughters. Her middle daughter, Emily, was born with a profound hearing loss and uses bilateral cochlear implants. Emily was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease. The family understands the unique challenges that come with raising a child with multiple health needs. Cartwright works professionally as an audiology coordinator for a local neurotologist as well as a research assistant at Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in speech-language pathology.

James Casey, B.Ed, LSLS Cert. AVT
Kelston Deaf Education Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
James Casey, B.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is a regional coordinator for the Resource Teachers of the Deaf and an adviser on educating children with hearing loss.

Michelle Christie-Adams, Ph.D.Cand
No Limits for Deaf Children
Michelle Christie-Adams, Ph.D.Cand., is the founder, director and playwright of No Limits. Christie-Adams is a highly qualified teacher who combines her love of teaching children with over 18 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work with the No Limits organization, including "Top 100 Heroes" award from Volvo for Life and The George Washington Medal of Honor from the Freedom Foundation. Currently, she is also Ph.D. candidate at UCLA.

Gail Padish Clarin, Au.D.
Banner Health Sciences, Mesa, Ariz.
Gail Padish Clarin, Au.D. is the (re)habilitation services manager at Banner Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz., and an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Lynda Close, B.Sp.Path, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hear and Say Centre 
Lynda Close, B.Sp.Path, LSLS Cert. AVT, commenced work at the Hear and Say Centre, Brisbane, Australia, in 2005 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Queensland. Close gained her certification as Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) auditory-verbal therapist in 2008. She is a senior auditory-verbal therapist at the Hear and Say Centre. Her role includes working with families and their children, lecturing and mentoring colleagues. She is currently supervising the mentoring program across all five Hear and Say Centre locations. Close's achievements include local and international lecturing, Quota South Pacific Scholarship (2005), Foundation for Young Australians Scholarship (2006) and Churchill Fellowship (2009).

Ivette Cruz, Ph.D.
University of Miami Ear Institute, Miami, Fla.
Ivette Cruz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and licensed psychologist at the University of Miami Ear Institute. Cruz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has conducted research in childhood deafness and other pediatric conditions. She has experience providing therapeutic services to children and families with chronic illnesses, behavior problems and developmental disabilities. She works in conjunction with the cochlear implant team in the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She is involved in pre-implantation evaluations, assessment of cognitive and academic functioning, and supportive therapy for children and families.

Myriam De La Asuncion, Au.D., CCC-A
University of Miami Ear Institute
Myriam De La Asuncion is an Assistant Professor, Cochlear Implant Audiologist at the Ear Institute in the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center (Center). At the Center, she works in conjunction with the CI Program with pediatric case management, pediatric evaluations, cochlear implant programming, educational support, and counseling. Her clinical interests are pediatric cochlear implants, habilitation, training, and research. She has an interest in therapy and eventually pursuing certification for Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is licensed to practice audiology in the state of Florida.

Cheryl DeConde-Johnson, Ed.D.
The Advantage Audiology
Cheryl DeConde Johnson provides audiology and deaf education consulting services through her practice The ADEvantage. Cheryl is the co-author of the Educational Audiology Handbook and has published numerous articles and book chapters. She presents nationally and internationally on various topics related to educational audiology and hearing assistance technology. Cheryl is a past president of EAA and has served on the board of AAA. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Hands & Voices. Cheryl spearheaded the development of Guide to Access Planning (GAP) concept.

Patrick deHahn
Pace University
Patrick deHahn is a 20-year-old college student with profound hearing loss who attends Pace University in New York. After 10 years of wearing hearing aids, deHahn received his first cochlear implant at age 11 and is now bimodal. He attributes his success in listening and spoken language to his school years at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Massachusetts, The MacDuffie School and his family. deHahn has attended AG Bell Conventions from a young age and was a panelist in Orlando in 2010. At school he works as a resident advisor and an usher at a local theater. He is currently studying business management and his passions include performing arts management, journalism and social media.

Alison Devey, M.A.
Sound Beginnings of Utah State University, Logan, UT
Alison Devey, M.A., recently moved to Logan, Utah, and joined the staff at Sound Beginnings as a teacher of the deaf in the birth-to-three program. Prior to Sound Beginnings, Devey was a teacher of the deaf for Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. There she taught a diversified group of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, ranging from preschool up to grade five. Devey also served as the toddler classroom teacher at Desert Voices Oral Learning Center in Phoenix, Ariz. She has a great passion for teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing how to speak and listen. Her daughter, Makenzie, was born deaf and through the experience on their journey to acquiring spoken language, Devey knew that her callingwas to help other families and their children as they began their path to acquiring spoken language. She received her master’s degree in deaf education from the University of Arizona.

Cheryl Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language
Cheryl L. Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is an international leader in auditory-verbal practice. A certified auditory-verbal therapist, Dickson has over 30 years of experience in the field of childhood hearing loss and teaching spoken language through listening. She is currently president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. A member of the first group to achieve auditory-verbal certification, Dickson continues to share her passion for children with hearing loss and their families learning to listen and talk by mentoring professionals around the world so that they too can become certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™). She previously dedicated five years to the Academy’s certification committee, shaping the guidelines and standards for the current LSLS certification. Additionally she has served as a consultant to listening and spoken language programs throughout the world and is the founder and past director of the CLASP Auditory-Verbal Centre in Manila, Philippines. Dickson is the author of the Cochlear Ltd. publication “Sound Foundation for Babies,” a practical resource of yearly lessons and activities for parents who are seeking a listening and spoken language outcome for their baby who may not have access to a spoken language specialist.

Dimity Dornan, AM, A/Prof UQ, PhD UQ, HonDUniv USQ, BSpThy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert AVT.
Hear and Say Centre
Dimity Dornan, A.M., Ph.D.(Hon), B.Sp.Thy., FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and the founder and managing director of Hear and Say, a not-for-profit auditory-verbal therapy program in Brisbane, Australia. Dornan is also the founder of Hear and Say Research and Innovation, the research and development unit of Hear and Say; Hear and Say WorldWide, a global professional training program; and initiator of the Ling Consortium, an international consortium of 10 university training courses engaged in similar professional training. She has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, and is a Member of the Order of Australia and a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia. Dornan earned her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Queensland. Her thesis reported a longitudinal controlled study on the outcomes for children with hearing loss educated in an auditory-verbal therapy program, and in the same year she also received an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) from the University of Southern Queensland.

Michael Douglas, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
The Center for Hearing and Speech
Michael Douglas, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and a certified auditory-verbal therapist. He has 16 years of experience teaching children to listen and speak in various settings, including early childhood programs, schools, hospitals, private practice and cochlear implant centers. Many of his current projects and publications focus on bilingual children with hearing loss and their families. Douglas received his B.A. in speech-language pathology in 1994, an M.A. in 1996 and his certification in auditory-verbal therapy in 2002. He is the recipient of the Cochlear Americas Clinical Fellow Award and the Helen Bebee Scholarship. Douglas lectures annually at Texas A&M University and The University of Texas Health Science Center. He is also an adjunct instructor for the communication sciences and disorders department at the University of Houston. As the director of the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic at The Center for Hearing and Speech, he is responsible for clinical practice, speech clinic program development, mentoring and supporting current and aspiring therapists in the Greater Houston Area, and serving as a member of The Center for Hearing and Speech Cochlear Implant Team.

Lorrie Dunkelberger
Lorrie Dunkelberger is the mother of Victoria, who received a cochlear implant at age 8 months. Victoria is now 9 and has participated in softball, basketball, tennis, swimming, ballet and tap.

Becky Durell, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
The Moog Center for Deaf Education
Becky Durell, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a classroom teacher with more than 10 years of experience. Her expertise in teaching reading has proven to be invaluable to the education of her students. Durell has been an active supervisor of numerous student teachers, sharing her knowledge and expertise in teaching children with hearing loss to talk. Her ability to analyze her student's skills and apply innovative teaching strategies allows her to accelerate the progress of her students.

Polly J. Earl, Ph.D.
Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Caribou, Maine
Polly J. Earl is a public school outreach consultant for the Maine Education Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist and teacher of the deaf in public schools in Maine and Hawaii for the past 30 years. Dr. Earl was also an active board member of the National Cued Speech Association for the last 25 years. She currently provides outreach support to children who are deaf and hard of hearing in grades K-12 in the public schools in northern Maine.

Marge Edwards, CCC-SLP
Sound Beginnings of Utah State University
Marge Edwards, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist for the Sound Beginnings birth-to-three program and has been providing services via teleintervention to families for three years. She received her bachelor’s and master's degrees at Utah State University in speech-language pathology. As part of her master’s degree, she received specialized training in facilitating auditory learning and spoken language. Her interest in speech-language pathology, hearing loss and auditory learning began when she had two sons with hearing loss.

Alice Eriks-Brophy, B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc.(A); MSc., Ph.D.
Department of SLP, University of Toronto
Alice Eriks-Brophy, B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc.(A); MSc., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, where she teaches courses in aural (re)habilitation and articulation, and phonological development and disorders. She completed her MSc. degree at McGill University in the Auditory Oral Rehabilitation and Education program developed by Dr. Agnes Phillips and Dr. Daniel Ling. Her current research examines the role of parental involvement in early intervention for children with hearing loss, and speech and language outcomes of early identification and intervention for children with hearing loss educated using listening and spoken language. Before embarking on an academic career, Eriks-Brophy worked as an itinerant teacher for the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf and as an elementary classroom teacher on several First Nations reserves in northern and southern Québec.

Ellen Estes, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Georgia State University
Ellen L. Estes M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a project manager and part-time instructor in the College of Education at Georgia State University. She serves on the faculty for Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) and the Board of Directors for the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, and is co-author of “Helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children to Use Spoken Language” (Corwin Press, 2007).

Beth Evans, M.A., CED
Central Institute for the Deaf
Beth Evans, M.A., CED, has been a teacher of the deaf since 1994 and is currently a parent educator in the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center at the Central Institute for the Deaf. She received her undergraduate degree in deaf education as well as a master’s degree in early intervention from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo. Evans holds teaching certification in the state of Missouri and is credentialed with the early intervention programs in Missouri and Illinois. She also holds professional certification from the Council on Education of the Deaf.

Sherri J. Fickenscher, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Byrn Mawr, PA
Sherri Fickenscher, MS, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, currently works as an educational support specialist at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Pennsylvania. In this position she is responsible for staff and parent coaching and training. She is part of the early intervention team at Clarke and works to educate families of children with hearing loss in both the home and center-based programs. She has mentored graduate students from a number of college and universities including Smith College, Vanderbilt University, Bloomsburg University, and The College of New Jersey. Fickenscher has acted as a mentor for the First Years Distance Education Program offered through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as for the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) program. She has presented at the local and state levels in an effort to improve listening and spoken language outcomes for professionals working with children and families in early intervention, preschool and elementary school programs in both private and public school systems.

Valerie Fisher, M.Ed.
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis
Valerie Fisher, M.Ed., is in her third year as the mainstream outreach coordinator for St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis, serving children across the state in their home school districts. She works collaboratively with students, school district personnel and families to ensure all partners' independence and success in the mainstream. Fisher also co-chairs the Parent Education Program (PEP) at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She has presented on various topics for Indiana Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA), PEP, and Hear Indiana conferences. She received her master’s degree in special education with a specialization in auditory-verbal practices for the deaf and hard of hearing through the partnership between the John Tracy Clinic and the University of San Diego. She taught K-2nd grade at Chattering Children, an auditory-oral school in Virginia, before moving to Indiana.

Carol Flexer, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
The University of Akron, Kent, OH
Carol Flexer, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, received her doctorate in audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She was at The University of Akron for 25 years as a distinguished professor of audiology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Special areas of expertise include pediatric and educational audiology. Flexer continues to lecture and consult extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric audiology issues and has authored more than 155 publications. She has also co-edited and authored 11 books. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.

Jocelyn R. Folk, Ph.D.
Kent State University
Jocelyn R. Folk, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University. Her research focuses on the cognitive processes underlying skilled reading and spelling and on acquired reading and spelling disorders. Additionally, she has expertise in eye movement methodology as a tool to understand moment-to-moment cognitive processing during reading.

Darla Franz, MA, CCC-A
MED-EL Corporation
Darla Franz is an audiologist who has specialized in cochlear implants. She coordinated cochlear implant programs at Presbyterian Ear Institute and at Denver Ear Institute before joining MED-EL Corporation, a cochlear implant manufacturer. At MED-EL, she has been involved in clinical trials, clinical support, training, and currently is the Director of Education. Darla has published a book and several articles on cochlear implant use and outcomes. She has lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to cochlear implants, such as outcomes, programming techniques, and both existing and new technology.

Jane Freutel, Ed.D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT
John Tracy Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
Jane Freutel, Ed.D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, assistant director of teacher education at the John Tracy Clinic, has taught children with hearing loss for 37 years. She has worked with children who ranged in age from 2 months to teenagers and adults to develop their listening and spoken language skills. She spent 30 years as a classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, supervisor, therapist and coordinator of an after-school clinic. Freutel has a B.A. in English, a M.A. in education and a doctorate in educational leadership. She holds a teaching credential in special education with lifetime certification and a Clear Administrative Services credential from the state of California. She has three national certifications (Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist; Council on Education of the Deaf: Parent-Infant and Elementary Education; NECCI Trainer). Presentations and publication topics include auditory skill development, cochlear implants in children, social studies/cognitive skill development, and social skill development for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Janet Fuller, M.Ed.
Sound Beginnings, Logan, UT
Janet Fuller, M.Ed., is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. She has over 20 years experience working with children with hearing loss in early intervention and educational settings. Fuller currently works for Sound Beginnings at Utah State University where she teaches in a self-contained preschool. She also supervises graduate students in the Listening and Spoken Language Emphasis Program.

Kathy Gallagher, B.A.
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Kathy Gallagher, B.A., has over 25 years experience in the field of deaf education, having taught children with hearing loss in the Dayton Public School District and St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. She holds a bachelor's degree in deaf education from Fontbonne University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in early intervention in deaf education from Fontbonne University.

Edie Gibson, AuD
Advanced Bionics
A frequent author and speaker, Dr. Edie Gibson is always honored to support AG Bell. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Audiology from Gallaudet University and a Doctorate in Audiology from University of Florida, Dr. Gibson supported families and children in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Audiology program. In 2004, she joined Advanced Bionics’ Bionic Ear Association. In this capacity, Dr. Gibson supports those considering a cochlear implant and utilizing cochlear implants.

Tina Gibson
Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Tina Gibson is the mother of a 5-year-old-girl who uses bilateral cochlear implants. During the first year after her daughter’s diagnosis, she spent a lot of time with professionals who did not specialize in hearing loss and spoken language. Due to struggles with accessing services, especially listening and spoken language education, she changed career paths and is currently seeking a speech-language pathology degree from Wichita State University and certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS).

Jill Gilkerson, Ph.D.
LENA Research Foundation
Jill Gilkerson, Ph.D., is the director of Child Language Research at LENA Research Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. For the past six years she has directed the LENA Research Foundation Natural Language Study, an ongoing data collection effort focusing on the natural language environment of over 500 children who are developing typically as well as children with language delays and children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Cleveland Clinic
Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, 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 president-elect of AG Bell.

Tamar Gomes, Au.D., CCC-A
Children's Hospital Boston
Tamar Gomes, Au.D., CCC-A, is an audiologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. She has been a guest lecturer at Boston University, the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium, and for the National Youth Leadership Forum as well as co-coordinated the College Transition Seminars for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students and presented a research poster at the international pediatric conference, A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification. Gomes obtained her bachelor's degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then attended Gallaudet University where she earned her doctorate in audiology. She completed her externship experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Gomes specializes in pediatric hearing loss and enjoys working with families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Magdalena Greger
MEDEL, Fort Worth, TX
Magdalena Greger is a physical therapist and works for MED-EL Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas. She has two children; her youngest was born deaf and received bilateral cochlear implants in 2007. Greger was born in Poland, immigrating to the United States in 1992. She has had an interest in bilingualism since her first child was born, but became highly involved when engaging in speech therapy for her daughter.

Michelle Gremp, Ph.D., CED
Central Institute for the Deaf
Michelle A. Gremp, Ph.D., CED, received her degree in speech and hearing sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Gremp has experience as a teacher of the deaf and is currently employed as the education coordinator at Central Institute for the Deaf. In addition, she serves as the practicum coordinator and member of the deaf education program committee for the Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences. Gremp is also collaborating with researchers at Saint Louis University to investigate cognitive factors affecting language development.

Meredith P. Gronski, OTD
Washington University in St. Louis/Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, Mo.
Meredith P. Gronski, OTD, is an occupational therapist in the Community Practice Group at the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy and at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). Dr. Gronski provides occupational therapy evaluation and intervention services for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and enrolled in CID's educational programs. She has clinical experience in school-based practice and home-based early intervention. Her research interests include sensory processing, audition and balance, vestibular development and participation of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Dr. Gronski earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2005 and bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

Laura Gruber, CSJ, M.S., CED
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Laura Gruber, CSJ, M.S., CED, has been a teacher at the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, Mo., for over 40 years. She has taught all the subjects in grades 5-8, specializing in science. For 15 years she was a senior lecturer at Fontbonne University, St. Louis, teaching the science methods course. She received her degree in deaf education from Fontbonne University and her master’s of science degree in science education from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind. Sr. Gruber has presented at various AG Bell and National Science Teachers Association conventions. She has implemented the Missouri Stream Team, Science Fun Nights and an outdoor classroom that requires interactions promoting speech, audition and language development.

Trisha Hagge, M.A., CCC-SLP
Little Rock, Arkansas
Trisha Hagge is a speech-language pathologist, working for a pediatric outpatient therapy clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated with her masters in speech and language pathology from the University of Tennessee in 2007. Following graduation, she worked for four years in Pennsylvania providing early intervention home-based therapy, before returning to work in her home state of Arkansas.

Allison Haggerty, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Allison Haggerty is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™) specializing in working with babies and young children with hearing loss. Haggerty earned an undergraduate degree in communication disorders from the University of Arkansas, and a masters’ degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. During her 14 years of experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, she has spent the last six years, almost exclusively, working with and learning from families whose children have hearing loss. Included in her experience is mentoring and coaching professionals towards LSLS certification. She is currently the Cochlear Implant/Aural Rehab Program Coordinator at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Barbara Halley, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Chesterfield, MO
For the past 15 years, Barbara Halley, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, has taught students with hearing loss in grades 5-8 at the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to coming to St. Joseph's, she received her master’s degree in deaf education from Washington University in St. Louis. Halley was one of the presenters at the AG Bell 2010 Biennial Convention on the benefits of involving students with a hearing loss in a theatrical production as a means of language learning. In 2008, Halley received a grant to develop and implement a student-run school store that she has been supervising for the past three years.

Kim Hamren, M.Ed, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listen and Talk, Education for Children with Hearing Loss, Seattle, Wash.
Kim Hamren began her career at Listen and Talk in 1997. She is the parent infant coordinator and also provides early intervention services. Over the years Hamren has also served as a preschool teacher, auditory-verbal therapist and preschool coordinator. She received her teacher of the deaf certification and her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1980, and her M.Ed. in early childhood special education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. She became a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™) in 2003. Hamren has presented at local and national conferences.

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, Okla. Hanna is the lead clinician in Hearts for Hearing's weekly parent-toddler class 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.

Jessica Hasbrouck, M.S., CCC-SLP
New England Center for Hearing Rehabiliation
Jessica Hasbrouck, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation. She received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the James Madison University with an emphasis in aural (re)habilitation. Hasbrouck's interest in the spoken language development of children with hearing loss has resulted in presentations on classroom modifications for mainstreamed students and implementing supports in school settings.

P. Lynn Hayes, Ed.D.
Vanderbilt University
P. Lynn Hayes, Ed.D., is director of the master's in education of the deaf degree program in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes has over 30 years experience working with children and adults with hearing loss. Past experience includes teacher trainer, vice principal of a residential school for the deaf, director of an early intervention program and interpreter.

Krista S. Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Krista S. Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an educational consultant for the deaf and hard of hearing exceptional children's division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heavner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in speech-language pathology and is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. In addition to public school experience, she was the speech-language pathologist on the cochlear implant team at the University of Michigan from 2001-2006 and was vice president of the AG Bell Michigan Chapter from 2003-2005.

Erin Hemme, MSDE, CED
Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO
Erin Hemme, MSDE, CED, is a teacher in the preschool/kindergarten department at Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). Hemme graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 2006 with a master’s degree in deaf education. She has since been a member of the teaching staff at CID. Hemme has taught in both the pre-K and primary departments at CID. Since 2008 she has presented workshops on listening and spoken language training for children with hearing loss. Currently, Hemme is the summer camp coordinator at CID. She holds teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, early childhood and elementary education certifications.

Joan Hewitt, Au.D.
Encinitas, CA
Joan Hewitt, Au.D., is a pediatric audiologist who for the past 20 years has specialized in diagnosing and treating infants and children with hearing loss. Board certified with a specialization in cochlear implants, Hewitt has advanced degrees in both audiology and listening and spoken language education of the deaf.

Meredith A. Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A
Coordinator, MUSC Cochlear Implant Program Instructor of Pediatric Audiology
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology-HNS

Meredith A. Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A, is a faculty member and pediatric audiologist at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Holcomb graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and communication studies. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. She currently serves as the clinical coordinator of the MUSC Cochlear Implant Program. Holcomb specializes in the assessment and management of infant hearing loss. She also evaluates and follows children and adults with cochlear implants. Holcomb is actively involved in clinical research within her department. As well, she participates in an annual medical mission trip with Project Ear to the Dominican Republic.

Judith Horvath, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd
University of Miami Ear Institute
Judith Horvath, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd, received a bachelor’s degree in deaf education and a master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University. She earned additional graduate credits in educational leadership. She holds a professional certificate in elementary education, special education-hearing impaired and educational leadership in the state of Florida. Horvath's experiences with children with hearing loss and their families include teaching, providing therapy in clinical settings as a special education administrator for a large public school district and as clinical director and educational services coordinator of the Bolesta Center in Tampa. She is an adjunct instructor in the Communication Sciences Department of the University of South Florida. Horvath is currently the director of the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center at the University of Miami Ear Institute.

K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
The University of Akron
K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an associate professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron where he teaches courses related to childhood language development/disorders, phonetics, professional practices and aural (re)habilitation/auditory-verbal therapy. His primary areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, strategies for enhancing parent engagement in the intervention process and telepractice as a service delivery model. Previously, Houston was an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University and is a former executive director and chief executive officer of AG Bell.

Michelle Hu, Au.D.
Rady Children's Hospital
Michelle Hu, Au.D., joined the team at Rady Children’s Hospital in 2009 following completion of her clinical doctorate degree in audiology. Hu fulfilled her clinical externship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked with patients of all ages, gaining experience in audiology, hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids, auditory-evoked potentials, tinnitus management, dizziness/balance issues and auditory-verbal therapy. Hu graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in sociology and chemistry. She received her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium at the University of Akron. She is a fellow of AAA and is ASHA-certified. Hu grew up with a progressive hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since the age of 3. She received her first cochlear implant in 2007 and her second in 2011. She is still excited when she discovers new sounds. Her goals are to provide patients and parents with comfort, confidence and resources to make the best decisions for them and their children.

Kathleen Hurler, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
Bergen County Special Services School District, Nanuet, NY
Kathleen Hurler, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in special education - hearing impaired and received her master's of education from Vanderbilt University. She has taught children with hearing loss in both public education and private education sectors in Utah, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. She received her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) auditory-verbal therapy certification in 1995. A majority of Hurler's years of teaching have been with preschoolers with hearing loss. She also serves families in early intervention and provides private auditory-verbal therapy after school.

Dana Kan, M.A., NBCT
Vanderbilt University
Dana Kan, M.A., NBCT, is an instructor in the master’s in education of the deaf degree program at Vanderbilt University. She is National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist and has over 10 years of experience in both special and elementary education. Kan previously taught in the deaf and hard of hearing program for Cobb County Schools near Atlanta, Ga., and is currently a doctoral student in hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University.

Shana Kielson
Montana State University-Bozeman, Business Management and Information Systems
Shana Kielson was born with a profound bilateral hearing loss. Currently, she wears one hearing aid and is an excellent proponent of FM systems, which she uses to succeed in her college classes. Kielson was mainstreamed in her hometown of Boulder, Colo., for the entirety of her education until she graduated high school and is now a student at Montana State University-Bozeman. She has always been passionate about athletics, especially cross-country skiing, and enjoys helping other kids and teens with hearing loss learn to advocate for themselves in sports.

Karen M. Kirby, B.S., M.Ed.
AG Bell, Tampa, Fla.
Karen M. Kirby, B.S., M.Ed., is a lifetime AG Bell member and former AG Bell board member as well as former chairp of the now-dissolved ODAS. She retired after 33 years in education, serving as a classroom teacher and guidance counselor in public school settings as well as a mainstream resource teacher of an OPTION school.

Andrea Kosko, Au.D.
Banner Health Sciences, Mesa, Ariz.
Andrea Kosko, Au.D., is a clinical audiologist at Banner Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz.

Lynette Kriedler, B.A. Psych
Kent State University
Lynette Kreidler, B.A. Psych., is the research program coordinator at Kent State University for a March of Dimes-funded study on reading skills of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is a certified master level reading interventionist in Processing and Cognitive Enhancement and Master the Code Specialist. She has over 15 years of professional and educational experience working with diverse student populations, which include individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, gifted, dyslexic, ADD/ADHD or learning disabled, and who have sensory integration disorders and autism spectrum disorders.

Krystyann Krywko, Ed.D.
Freelance Education Journalist and Researcher, New York, NY
Krystann Krywko, Ed.D., is a writer and education researcher who specializes in hearing loss and the impact it has on children and families. She writes from a parental, as well as a personal, perspective as both she and her young son were diagnosed with hearing loss one year apart. She holds a doctorate of education in international education development from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was a 2005 Spencer Fellow for the 2005 cohort. After 10 years of early childhood teaching experience, her current research interests include hearing loss, brain development and the impact on literacy; how hearing loss affects learning in the classroom and making schools hearing-accessible; raising public awareness of hearing loss detection and treatment; and community and parent involvement.

Jennifer Kyzer
Acworth, Ga.
Jennifer Kyzer is the mother of Zackery, who received a cochlear implant at age 12 months. Zackery is now 13 and plays soccer, baseball and football.

Tammy Lamb, M.S.
National Cued Speech Association, Washington, D.C.
Tammy Lamb has worked as a teacher of the deaf and a Cued Speech transliterator for the past 20 years in public school classrooms in Illinois and Arizona. She has served on the board of the National Cued Speech Association and is a nationally certified instructor of Cued Speech.

Susan Lenihan, Ph.D.
Fontbonne University
Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., is professor and director of deaf education at Fontbonne University. Her research interests include parent-child interaction, cochlear implants, and literacy development for children with hearing loss. She has served as the president of the Association of College Educators-Deaf/Hard of Hearing and currently serves on the mentoring taskforce for the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. She has worked collaboratively on early intervention initiatives with colleagues in Germany, Costa Rica and Spain.

Valerie Lew, M.S., CF-SLP
Valerie Lew is a speech-language pathologist and a clinical fellow working at a pediatric rehabilitation center in southern California. She has worked with children with hearing loss at the John Tracy Clinic, the Center for Hearing and Speech and under the mentorship of Dr. Helen Morrison. The current presentation was her graduate thesis project looking at adult/infant interactions in natural environments and the impact of home language and maternal education levels.

Stacey Lim, Au.D., CCC-A
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Stacey R. Lim, Au.D., CCC-A, received her doctorate in audiology from the University of Akron. Currently, she is a practicing audiologist and a Ph.D. candidate at Kent State University, where she is studying bilateral cochlear implants in adults. She has also taught audiology courses at Kent State University. As an individual who was born with a profound, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, she has a longstanding interest in cochlear implants and literacy.

Domitille Lochet
Domitille Lochet, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center at the University of Miami Ear Institute in Miami, Fla. She is working toward obtaining certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist.

Emily Lund, M.S., CCC-SLP
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Emily Lund, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a doctoral student in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She received a M.S. in speech-language pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and worked for several years providing therapy services to children with hearing loss who are bilingual language learners.

Jane Madell, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
Private Practice
Jane Madell. Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist and certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) in auditory-verbal therapy. Her clinical and research interests include managing severe-to-profound hearing loss in infants and children, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems and auditory processing disorders. Madell has published four books and numerous book chapters and articles. She is a frequent presenter at professional meetings.

Jennifer Manley, MS, CED
Central Institute for the Deaf
Jennifer Manley has been a member of the teaching staff at the CID - Central Institute for the Deaf school since 2003, working with children ages 3 to 12. She has been presenting workshops on auditory learning for children who are deaf and hard of hearing since 2007. She has also presented at AG Bell and ASHA conferences. She is co-author, with Julia West, of SPICE for Life, an auditory learning curriculum published in 2012 by CID.

Nicole Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sound Beginnings
Nicole Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and a classroom teacher for Sound Beginnings at Utah State University. Prior to her experiences Sound Beginnings, Martin worked in the public school system as a special education resource teacher and a speech-language pathology assistant. With four creative daughters, her home is always the scene for adventure and her family enjoys an active lifestyle.

Maura Martindale, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd.
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
Maura Martindale, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd, holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in deaf education from Smith College. She has over 30 years of experience in general and in deaf education as a credentialed teacher, auditory/oral educator, parent educator, university professor, administrator and leader in the field of spoken language for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Martindale developed and currently serves as the director of the California Lutheran University (CLU) Deaf Education Master’s and Credential program, as well as teaches courses in action research and educational measurement.

Kristin Matta
Kristin Matta is the mother of 13 year-old Garrett Pattee, a cochlear implant recipient who participates in soccer, baseball, track, tennis and downhill skiing.  She has been involved in sports and the Olympic movement for over 20 years having worked for both U.S. Figure Skating and the U.S. Olympic Committee.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree in educational counseling.

Melissa McCarthy, B.A., M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Melissa McCarthy, B.A., M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is originally from Boston and has worked in a variety of educational settings with children from birth to 18 who are deaf or hard of hearing. She moved to Sydney, Australia, in 2004 to work at The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. McCarthy has been developing her skills in using telepractice ever since. Her background in communication disorders, early childhood education, deaf education and distance learning make her well suited for her current role as the manager of RIDBC Teleschool. This program uses telepractice to support more than 160 students across Australia as well as students in Fiji, Samoa, India, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Amy McConkey-Robbins, M.S., CCC-SLP
Communication Consulting Services, Indianapolis, IN
Amy McConkey Robbins, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in Indianapolis, Ind. She is the author or co-author of several assessment procedures, including the MAIS, IT-MAIS, Common Phrases Task, Red Flags Procedure and the Bilingual Family Interview (or BIFI). An adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing at Vanderbilt University, Robbins has published over 70 articles or chapters in professional journals and textbooks along with an integrated speech and music therapy curriculum, TuneUps. She is the author of "Whirlwinds and Small Voices: Sustaining Commitment to work with Special-Needs Children." Robbins writes a cochlear implant clinical blog for professionals at www.TherapyTimes.com and serves on the editorial board of several professional journals. She grew up in Latin America, lived in Belgium and works often with bilingual children with hearing loss and their families. Robbins worked previously at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and as a consultant for 3M-International in Brussels, Belgium. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hollins College, Va., a Diploma in Phonetics and Linguistics at Leeds University, Yorkshire, England, and a Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University.

Mary D. McGinnis, Ph.D.cand, LSLS Cert. AVT
John Tracy Clinic
Mary McGinnis, Ph.D.cand, LSLS Cert. AVT, is director of the John Tracy Clinic/University of San Diego Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program. She has researched, published and presented on topics as diverse as auditory skills development (The Auditory Skills Curriculum), cochlear implants, speech, sex education, conversational breakdown and repair, interaction skills, and cognition. Recent publications include a chapter on support provider goals in “Auditory-Verbal Practice: A Family-Centered Approach” (Rhoades and Duncan, 2010) as well as co-authored of a teacher rating scale for auditory-verbal professionals to be published in The Journal of Rehabilitative Audiology. McGinnis has written and directs three federal grants to provide student support for the graduate program. She has taught the auditory-verbal courses in the John Tracy Clinic Graduate Program since 1995.

Catharine McNally
Keen Guides
Catharine McNally is the founder and president of Keen Guides, a provider of accessible mobile video guides to museums and places of interest. She is also a specialist in Section 508 compliance and accessibility strategies for mobile and web technology. McNally is currently a member of the AG Bell Board of Directors.

Alyson Mellish, Au.D.
Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Alyson Mellish, Au.D., has been an audiologist since 2001 and has worked at Rady Children's since 2004. She specializes in the areas of pediatric diagnostic audiology, hearing aid dispensing, neurophysiology, and cochlear implant evaluations and (re)habilitation. Mellish received her bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., and her master's degree in audiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She completed her doctorate of audiology through the PCO distance learning program. Mellish also serves as the Cochlear Implant Team lead as well as education liaison, collaborating between the clinic and the classroom. She holds certification through ASHA and is a fellow of AAA. She has participated in numerous poster presentations at various conferences including American Academy of Audiology, SENTAC, International Cochlear Implant Symposiums and American Academy of Otolaryngology.

Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a current member of the AG Bell board of directors. Meyer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where he majored in mathematics and was captain of the tennis team. He then receieved an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Meyer completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University, followed by a fellowship in Otology-Neurotology at the University of Iowa. Meyer has limited his practice to 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 has published 15 manuscripts and five book chapters. He has received three grants to study mechanisms of speech perception with cochlear implants, and he frequently presents his results at national and international research meetings. Meyer is a fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Barbara Meyers, MED, CED
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Barbara Meyers, MED, CED, is an early intervention therapist in the Molloy Family Center and therapist for the iHear online therapy program at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. She holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. Meyers has been teaching children with hearing loss for over 39 years, including the Litzsinger School in the St. Louis County Special School District and St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. Her previous experience working with children at St. Joseph's includes teaching in the preschool department and educating families. Meyers currently teaches a curriculum course in the early intervention in deaf education master’s degree program at Fontbonne University and is a supervising teacher for graduate students doing practicum work in that program. She has developed, written scripts and directed "Curtain Call," the theater-based summer school program at St. Joseph's.

Carissa Moeggenberg, MA, CCC-A
Advanced Bionics
Carissa Moeggenberg completed both a Bachelor’s of Science (1991) and a Master’s of Audiology (1992) from Central Michigan University. Upon completing these degrees she joined the University of Michigan’s Cochlear Implant team where she served as a pediatric audiologist for over 10 years. Following her passion for cochlear implants and rehabilitation of children and adults with a severe to profound hearing loss she joined Advanced Bionics in 2002. Presently she is the manager of Education, Training and Rehabilitation where she develops clinical, product and aural rehabilitative education programs and resources provided by Advanced Bionics. She is also working on her Doctorate of Audiology degree through Central Michigan University’s Distance Learning Program. Carissa has co-authored several publications on cochlear implantation and has presented nationally on cochlear implantation and aural rehabilitation. She lives in Michigan with her husband and 2 children.

Mary Pat Moeller, Ph.D.
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Mary Pat Moeller, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Childhood Deafness at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She currently conducts NIH-funded research on factors influencing word learning in infants and young children with hearing loss and co-directs a multi-center study on the outcomes of children with hearing loss.

Tammy Monts, B.A.
Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
Tammy Monts, B.A., is the mother of a 16-year-old son who is profoundly deaf. She works at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas, as a Library/Technology Assistant. Monts has extensive experience working with children who use hearing devices. Her background allows her to share personal experiences with families as well as give professionals a parent perspective on working with families.

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
The Moog Center for Deaf Education, St. Louis, Mo.
Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the executive director at the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her master's degree in speech and hearing from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and is certified in deaf education, behavior disorders, learning disabilities and early childhood education. She has been in the field of deaf education for over 25 years and has been working in the field of early intervention for more than 15 years. She created a toddler curriculum and a language curriculum, which are used in all Moog schools. Moogs Brooks is the author of "My Baby and Me: A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk." She works as a consultant to other Certified Moog Programs in the United States and South America, where she trains other teachers to teach children with hearing loss to talk. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States and South America and at international conferences.

Helen Morrison, Ph.D., CCC/A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
Helen Morrison is an Auditory-Verbal therapist and LSLS mentor in private practice in Fort Worth, TX. She has published research in the areas of early vocal development by children with hearing loss and Auditory-Verbal practice patterns.

Carianne Muse, M.Ph.
Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, Ga.
Carianne Muse is a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on health informatics, public health program evaluation and general management consulting to nonprofit and government agencies. Muse has over 11 years of experience in public health issues related to children. Since 2003, Muse has been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a program evaluator, strategic planner, public health analyst and project manager. With Booz Allen, she currently serves as the program manager for the Georgia Pathway to Language and Literacy project, a Community of Practice for educators of the deaf and hard of hearing facilitated through a web-based platform. Muse has a 2-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss following a failed newborn screening in 2009. She is honored to be the parent representative from AG Bell to the Joint Commission on Infant Hearing.

Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D.
Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI)
Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D., is the national director of Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) and an independent contractor to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an experienced teacher of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and a former professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University in New Jersey. Nevins is recognized as a national expert on the educational issues facing children with hearing loss, especially those using cochlear implants, and travels extensively to present continuing education workshops and in-services for school professionals. She has provided consultant services to Cochlear Americas regarding the development and implementation of outreach to school-based professionals through the innovative HOPE (Habilitation Outreach for Professionals in Education) program. Currently, Nevins is collaborating with The University of Chicago’s Cochlear Implant Center on the development and implementation of Project ASPIRE, a parent education program that supports excellent outcomes with implant technology. She and her colleague, Dr. Patricia Chute, have co-authored three texts on the subject of cochlear implants: “The Parents Guide to Cochlear Implants” (Gallaudet University Press), “Children with Cochlear Implants in Educational Settings” (Singular Publications), and most recently, “School Professionals working with Children with Cochlear Implants” (Plural Publishing).

Kevin J. Nolan, Jr., M.A.
Children's Hospital Boston, Waltham, MA
Kevin Nolan, Jr., M.A., is currently the outreach and support services coordinator for the deaf and hard of hearing program at Children’s Hospital Boston. Nolan obtained his bachelor's degree in justice from American University and followed up with graduating from Gallaudet University with a master's degree in deaf education. He was a one-on-one instructor at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and an educational specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Nolan co-coordinated the College Transition Seminars for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. He has presented at the biennial Next Steps Conference, the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium, and taught the Consumer, Family and Community Advocacy course, an intensive seminar through Gallaudet University’s Center for Continuing Studies.

Dorie Noll, MSDE, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO
Dorie Noll, MSDE, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, attended the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., receiving a masters’ degree in deaf education (MSDE). Currently, Noll is employed by the Central Institute for the Deaf as a parent educator in the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center. As the Nursery Class Administrator, she helps to facilitate the program for young toddlers and their families in addition to providing early intervention services to families in the home. Noll holds certification as a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing and is credentialed with the early intervention programs both in Missouri and Illinois. Noll is also certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist by the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.

Erik Nordlof
Arlington, VA
Erik Nordlof is a public sector consultant at IBM Global Business Services. He lost his hearing to bacterial meningitis when he was 2 years old and subsequently received a cochlear implant in his right ear. He attended Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo., and later attended a mainstream school in his local district. He attended Indiana University where he earned bachelor and master degrees in information systems. Erik has also been involved in numerous deaf-related camps and organizations while growing up, volunteering to work with youths from elementary school age to early high school age. He is a long-time member of AG Bell, having attended its conventions since being diagnosed with his hearing loss. He participated in AG Bell's Leadership Opportunity for Teens (LOFT) program in 2002 and has volunteered and presented at AG Bell conventions about his college and work experiences.

Kelly O'Connell, MED
CREC Soundbridge, Manchester, CT
Kelly O’Connell, M.Ed., is an educational consultant for listening and language at CREC Soundbridge in Wethersfield, Conn. Prior to working at Soundbridge, she worked at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech as a development associate and middle school teacher. She is a board member of the Hartford Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and is currently in an Educational Leadership program at the University of Connecticut.

Jackie Oddo, M.S.
Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta, Ga.
Jackie Oddo, M.S., is currently an occupational therapist at the Atlanta Speech School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and her master’s degree with a specialization in early intervention from Wheelock College in Boston, Mass. Oddo holds specialized training and is certified in NDT (neuro-developmental therapy), and the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). She has worked with children in hospital-based settings including neonatal intensive care and early intervention, serving infants and toddlers birth to age 3 before working at the Atlanta Speech School.

Judy Odendahl, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Chesterfield, Missouri
Judy Odendahl, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, has over 23 years of experience in the field of deaf education, having taught at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas, and Central Institute for the Deaf and St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. She holds a bachelor's degree in deaf education from Fontbonne University, a master's degree in early childhood education from University of Texas, San Antoni,o and is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in Auditory-Verbal Education. Judy is currently working as an early intervention therapist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf utilizing listening and spoken language and developmental models. She is a supervising teacher for graduate students doing practicum work in early intervention in deaf education.

Monika-Maria (Mona) Oster, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listen and Talk, Seattle, Wash.
Monika-Maria (Mona) Oster has worked at Listen and Talk since the summer of 2004. She currently works as an early intervention specialist with families in the Parent Infant Program and also provides consultation services for students in neighborhood schools. Oster has also been a teacher in Listen and Talk's Blended Preschool Classrooms. She earned her degree in special education/deaf education from the University of Education Heidelberg, Germany, in 2002, and her master's degree in early intervention in deaf education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo., in 2004. In 2010 she earned her certification as a LSLS Cert. AVT.

Teri Ouellette, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Teri Ouellette, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd., is the director of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf – Indianapolis. Ouellette has degrees in deaf education from Eastern Michigan University and in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Kentucky. She has taught auditory-based programming for infants through middle school students in home-based early intervention as well as private and public school settings. She serves on the executive board for OPTION Schools International and the advisory board for the Indiana State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program. Recently, she has served as an instructor for graduate programming through Ball State University and Professional Preparation for Cochlear Implants (PPCI).

Jessica Page Bergeron, MED
Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta, GA
Jessica Page Bergeron, MED, currently serves as the deaf and hard of hearing literacy specialist for the Atlanta Speech School. Bergeron earned her master’s degree from Smith College. She is a consultant for the development and measurement of the literacy curriculum for children who are deaf or hard of hearing at the Speech School as well as the outreach program, Georgia Pathway to Literacy and Language, an online community of practice with the mission to prepare children who are deaf or hard of hearing for on-grade level literacy by the age of 8 (www.georgiapathway.org). Previously, Bergeron served as the director of the deaf education teacher training program at Converse College in South Carolina, the only deaf education program in the state. She is currently in the final stages of her Ph.D. at Georgia State University and her research interests include investigation of literacy development in children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Danielle Paquin, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
Danielle Paquin, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a third grade teacher of the deaf at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Roger Williams University with a degree in elementary education and psychology and a minor in Biology, she went to Smith College for a master's degree in education of the deaf and hard of hearing. This is her 9th year teaching and she has taught PreKindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th. She joined AG Bell/DHHS in 1999 and since then has served on the 2010 Convention Planning Committee, Preschool-Age Financial Aid Scholarship Committee, LEAP Focus Group and the DHHS board as a member-at-large and advisor to the College Leadership Committee. She also serves as a co-facilitator in the AG Bell LOFT program. Paquin serves on the board of directors for the AG Bell Texas Chapter and serves as a regional representative for the National Cued Speech Association. She bilateral cochlear implants and learned Cued Speech while in college.

Marietta Paterson, Ed.D.
University of Southern Mississippi
Marietta Paterson, Ed.D., is a visiting associate professor and director of the Education of Hearing Impaired Program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi. Paterson had the privilege of studying and working with Professor Daniel Ling at McGill University. She has a career-long passion for teaching speech to children with hearing loss, has published on the topic and conducted more than 60 hands-on demonstration workshops, presentations and short courses in Canada, the United States, and Australia. As well as strategies for evoking phonemes, Paterson’s key areas of interest include an expanded phonologic analysis of the prosody of speech and language-based strategies for conversational improvement.

Melanie Paticoff, B.A.
Washington University: Graduate Student earning a Master's of Science in Deaf Education, Sophie's Tales, St Louis, MO
Melanie Paticoff, B.A., is a student at Washington University School of Medicine earning a master's degree in deaf education in the program in audiology and communication disorders. Paticoff is the author and publisher of Sophie’s Tales: Learning to Listen, an award-winning children’s picture book about a little dog with a cochlear implant. She is also the producer of the ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month first place winning YouTube music video, "That’s Just the Way We Hear." Paticoff was inspired to enter the field of listening and spoken language education at a young age by her aunt and cousin, who are both profoundly deaf and who use bilateral cochlear implants. She began attending AG Bell conventions at the age of 14 and became a presenter and exhibitor by the age of 20.

Christina Perigoe, Ph.D., CED, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
University of Southern Mississippi
Christina Perigoe, Ph.D., CED, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the coordinator of the Early Oral Intervention Graduate Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, which trains professionals to work with families in maximizing the listening and spoken language potential of infants and young children with hearing loss. She is a certified teacher of the deaf, speech-language pathologist and auditory-verbal therapist. Perigoe holds a Ph.D. in communication disorders from McGill University, master’s degrees in education, education of the deaf, and research in communication disorders as well as a post-graduate degree in educational administration and supervision. She has been a clinical supervisor, administrator and university professor, having taught in Montreal (Canada), Melbourne (Australia), Vermont, Florida, and New Jersey. She was the co-editor of The Volta Review monograph on the topic of children with hearing loss and additional special needs (2004), and of The Volta Review monograph “Professional Preparation for Listening and Spoken Language Practitioners” (2010).

Amy Peters Lalios, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Center for Communication, Hearing and Deafness, West Allis, WI
Amy Peters Lalios, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, joined the Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness, West Allis, Wisc., in 2005. Currently, she coordinates auditory-verbal services as well as ConnectHear, the center’s teleintervention program. In addition to therapy services, Lalios has experience mentoring professionals wishing to increase their knowledge and skills in providing a listening and spoken language option. She received her master’s degree in audiology from Indiana University and has experience practicing as an audiologist in various settings. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Lalios served as a regional audiology consultant for the Indiana State Department of Health’s EHDI Program and offered auditory-verbal services through her own private practice for 12 years. Amy has written for informational publications, served on Health Advisory Boards of various community organizations and has provided presentations at professional conferences.

Michael Pfeifer, MDEH, CED
Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
Michael D. Pfeifer, MDEH, CED, is a certified teacher of the deaf at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently the fifth grade teacher and is the grandfather and guardian of three children with disabilities; tw0 have a hearing loss and the third has multiple learning and physical disorders. He obtained his educational background while a member of the United States Air Force through Wayland Baptist University in Plain View, Texas. He completed a master's degree in deaf education and hearing science at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Pfeifer developed a bilateral hearing loss while serving in the Air Force. He is a native of Alaska but has spent the last 12 years in San Antonio, Texas. Michael has been advocating for his grandchildren for 12 years in both private and public educational institutions.

Renee Polanco, M.S.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Los Angeles Unified School District
Renee Polanco, M.S.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, graduated in 2000 from the John Tracy Clinic/University of Southern California Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program and began teaching in the field. She has experience as a preschool/kindergarten teacher, a parent-infant teacher and is currently an itinerant teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Having a hearing loss herself, and being a proud graduate of LAUSD DHH programs, Polanco is honored to have the opportunity to work with families and children with hearing loss in Los Angeles. She received her certification in auditory-verbal education in August 2008 and is in her fourth year of the UCLA/CSULA Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education. She has recently joined the faculty of the John Tracy Clinic/University of San Diego Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program.

Alan Raffauf, MA
Oticon Medical
Alan Raffauf, M.A. is an audiologist currently working with Oticon Medical, LLC as the Vice President of Marketing in the US. Alan also worked at the Oticon headquarters in Denmark as a Global Marketing Manager before returning to the US to work with Oticon Medical, LLC.

Susan Randich, Ph.D.
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Chesterfield, MO
Susan Randich, Ph.D., is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience in working with children and families. She has worked at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf for the last 16 years, where she provides psycho-educational evaluations as well as serving on the school leadership team and providing consultation to faculty and parents. She has also been an adjunct faculty member in special education at Fontbonne University. Randich holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and completed postgraduate training in marriage and family therapy at Menninger Institute, and in mission leadership at Aquinas Institute of Theology. She is the mother of an adult son who has a hearing loss.

Jennifer Raulie, MA, CCC-A
Advanced Bionics
Jennifer Raulie obtained her Master’s Degree in audiology in 1998 from the University of Northern Colorado. She worked as a clinical audiologist for 5 years before joining Advanced Bionics in 2003. She started with the company as a clinical specialist and served as a clinical specialist, then senior clinical specialist for 3 years before joining the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) in 2006. Currently Jennifer manages BEA activities for the Southwestern area of the US. Jennifer lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband Jeremy, two daughters Addisyn and Emersen, and her dog Bayley. She loves the outdoors, loves to ski, and loves spending time with her family.

Jennifer Regnery Reeder, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Speech Bananas
Jennifer Regnery Reeder, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the owner and director of Therapy and Mentoring at Speech Bananas. Speech Bananas provides professional speech, language, and auditory-verbal therapy services to families in the greater Los Angeles area. Her professional experience includes work at the John Tracy Clinic, House Research Institute (CARE Center) and the Moog Center for Deaf Education. Reeder completed the Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, with an emphasis in the development of spoken language skills in children with hearing loss at Fontbonne University. Following graduation, she focused on the attainment of her certification as an auditory-verbal therapist at the John Tracy Clinic. Reeder is fully committed to the principles of auditory-verbal therapy and mentors professionals in the attainment of this very important certification.

Cynthia S. Robinson, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Jacksonville, FL
Cynthia S. Robinson M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is co-director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech-Jacksonville. She is the author of the "Mainstream Assessment of Readiness for Children Over Five" and has presented both nationally and internationally. Robinson has over 30 years experience teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. She has been working with children with cochlear implants for more than 15 years in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms and in a mainstream setting.

Lindsay M. Rodriguez, M.Ed., CED
Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, San Antonio, TX
Lindsay M Rodriguez, M.Ed., CED, is the mother of two young adults and her son is profoundly deaf. She has both extensive personal and professional experience with cochlear implants. Lindsay is in her eleventh year as a Parent-Infant Advisor at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and previously worked for 16 years as an ESL teacher and textbook author/editor for Macmillan Publishers in Mexico City. She was also trained as a Parent Advocacy Training Facilitator for the AG Bell Association and has given presentations on advocacy both internationally and nationally.

Heather Rose, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA
Heather Rose, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, graduated in 1991 from the University of Akron with a master's degree in communicative disorders and completed her clinical fellowship year at Clarke School for the Deaf. Rose has worked for Rady Children’s Hospital since March 2011. She was most recently a clinical instructor at Utah State University providing supervision and course instruction for the Auditory Learning Program at Utah State University. She also worked in the Sound Beginnings Preschool at Utah State University, providing direct services to many children with hearing loss. Rose maintained a private practice for 20 years working exclusively with children with hearing loss, providing therapy and consultation services to listening and spoken language programs, implant centers, mainstreamed classrooms and teleintervention to international families. She has spoken at numerous conferences including AG Bell, the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Sylvia Rotfleisch, M.Sc.A.
Sylvia Rotfleisch, M.Sc.A., is an auditory-verbal therapist in private practice in Los Angeles, Calif. Trained at McGill University under Daniel Ling, she has worked at the Montreal Oral School and House Ear Institute. Rotfleisch has taught in graduate programs at the University of Southern California, California Lutheran University, and has published several articles and two book chapters.

Emma Rushbrooke, B.A., Dip.Aud., M.Aud.SA, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hear and Say Centre
Emma Rushbrooke, B.A., Dip.Aud., M.Aud.SA., LSLS Cert. AVT, is an audiologist, certified Listening and Spoken Languag Specialist (LSLS) auditory-verbal therapist, and qualified nurse. She worked as an audiologist from 1995-2001 at the Queensland Neuro-Otology Clinic in Brisbane, Australia, in both diagnostics and (re)habilitation. She had both paediatric and adult caseloads and coordinated the adult cochlear implant program at this clinic for a number of years. Rushbrooke now works in the areas of pediatric cochlear implants, auditory-verbal therapy, and education and training at the Hear and Say Centre in the role of clinical director. She is also currently enrolled at the University of Queensland as a master's degree student in the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences and is researching the reliability and validity of remote programming of cochlear implants.

Michelle Ryan, B.Sp,Path, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hear and Say Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Michelle Ryan, B.Sp.Path, LSLS Cert. AVT, graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology. She has a background of clinical experience in working with children and adults in the hospital and community health settings within Australia and the United Kingdom. Ryan has been working at the Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children since February 2007 and became a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) audiotory-verbal therapist in December 2010. Ryan's work as an auditory-verbal therapist has included a mixed face-to-face and auditory-verbal therapy outreach caseload. Her role as outreach coordinator at the Hear and Say Centre has included the coordination and ongoing development of telemedicine and Ootreach program services to families living in rural and remote families in Queensland.

Dan Salvucci, CCC-A, M.Ed., MED
Smith College
Dan Salvucci, CCC-A, M.Ed., MED, is a teacher and an audiologist. He is the interim director of the Smith College/Clarke Schools Master of Education of the Deaf program. Salvucci has master degrees in education of the deaf and early childhood education. He has taught and worked in listening and spoken language and Total Communication programs. Salvucci has lectured to families and professionals throughout the country on cochlear implants and educational options for children with a hearing loss.

Kathryn L. Schmitz, Ph.D.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Kathryn L. Schmitz, Ph.D., is the senior associate editor of The Volta Review, a two-time Elsie Bell Grosvenor scholarship recipient, former John Tracy Clinic student and current DHHS member. She is an associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Liberal Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University and was awarded her Ph.D. in English Education by the State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2008. Her dissertation topic focused on the academic English acquisition experiences of college students who are deaf.

Rebecca Schumer, M.Ed.
Listen and Talk, Seattle, Wash.
Rebecca Schumer, M.Ed., has worked at Listen and Talk since the summer of 2007 as a preschool teacher and a member of the parent-infant program. During the 2005-2006 school year, Schumer worked as an educational assistant at Listen and Talk and prior to that she completed a four month internship at Listen and Talk for her undergraduate degree. Schumer received her undergraduate degree in Christian education from Trinity Lutheran College in Issaquah, Wash. In the spring of 2007, she received her master’s degree in special education specializing in deaf and hard of hearing from the University of San Diego. While enrolled in that program, Schumer spent much of her time onsite at the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif.

Kaye Scott, M.Ed.
Victoria Deaf Education Institute-Departmentof Education and Early Childhood Development, East Melbourne, Vic
Kaye Scott, M.Ed., has a wealth of experience as an educator, having worked across a number of settings – rural, remote and metropolitan. She has held mainstream teaching positions at primary and secondary schools and has extensive experience in roles as a classroom teacher, acting assistant principal, head teacher of a rural school, visiting teacher of the deaf and, most recently, as the lead teacher coordinating the deaf facility at Brighton Primary School. Scott has a Master’s in Education (Deafness Studies); her research thesis was a longitudinal study of interaction behaviour pre- and post cochlear implantation. Scott is a passionate educator of the deaf who is committed to ensuring that students with hearing loss are provided with the appropriate support structures to achieve their full potential.

Bridget Scott-Weich, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
Los Angeles Unified School District
Bridget Scott-Weich, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, has been an educator for 32 years, working for 17 years with children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to 5th grade, and their families. She graduated from the John Tracy Clinic/University of Southern California Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program with a master’s in education of the deaf and hard of hearing as well as her teaching credential. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Southern California in language and literacy. Scott-Weich’s primary interest in education has been to prepare students with hearing loss, particularly those from culturally diverse backgrounds, to become successful communicators and achieve academic success in public schools. As a seasoned public school educator, she has provided leadership in implementing and improving the listening and spoken language services offered to students with hearing loss in the greater Los Angeles area.

Stephanie Shaeffer, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Stephanie Shaeffer, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, obtained her bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in West Chester, Penn., and received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She worked in a public elementary school for four years, then took a job as a speech-language pathologist at the Summit Speech School for preschoolers with hearing loss. Shaeffer secured an opportunity to work at the Helen Beebe Speech and Hearing Center and obtained her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) auditory-verbal therapy certification in 1994. Since 1989, she has maintained a small speech-language pathology private practice in New Jersey, which has grown into a full time auditory-verbal therapy practice.

Peter Shibuya, Ph.D. AG Bell
Peter Shibuya, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist living in Tucson, Ariz. He works in clinical, school and forensic settings. Shibuya has over 16 year of experience with assessment and treatment of children, adults and families. In the school setting, he successfully runs many school-wide behavior programs and supports staff to assist students in economically deficient neighborhoods. In the forensic setting, Shibuya conducts a variety of evaluation for the courts. He is the father to three children, two of whom are cochlear implants recipients.

Dave Sindrey, M.CI.Sc, LSLS Cert AVT
Dave Sindrey is the creator of many beloved materials for children with hearing loss, including Listening Games for Littles and the Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Guide. Dave is known for inventive and effective games that work on both listening and language, and his lighthearted illustrations are loved by both parents and children around the world. He established his own publishing company in 1990, Wordplay Publications, which he continues to operate from his home town. The Listening Room activities, provided for free from this site, are taken from or are based upon the ideas presented in the nine programs Dave has developed to date. Dave was trained as a Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Western Ontario and during his undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders, studied under Dr. Daniel Ling. Dave is certified as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist and has given more than one hundred lectures internationally on parent centered treatment, creating fun and effective lesson plans, strategies for developing listening skills and techniques for promoting active listening behaviors in children.

Nancy Smiley, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Jospeph Institute for the Deaf
Nancy Smiley, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a speech-language pathologist who has provided listening and spoken language services for over 14 year at the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She has presented at national conferences and has over 30 years of experience working with various populations of those with communication challenges. She holds a B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Fontbonne University.

Trudy Smith, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
Trudy Smith, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is a teacher of the deaf who has worked in a range of educational settings for the last 15 years. She completed certification as a LSLS Cert. AVT in 2008 and has worked as an state-wide advisor for the Queensland Education Department in Queensland, Australia. Currently, Smith is manager of continuing professional education for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's Renwick Centre. This role involves creating and implementing a continuing education program for teachers, therapists, audiologists, and associated para-professionals and parents in a range of settings around Australia and New Zealand.

Uma Soman, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Uma Soman, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is an instructor in the master’s in education of the deaf degree program at Vanderbilt University. She has taught in listening and spoken language programs and currently provides outreach services for children with hearing loss and their teachers in rural counties around Nashville, Tenn. Soman received a fellowship from National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities and is pursuing her Ph.D. in hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University.

Kim Sorenson
Kim Sorenson, is the co-president of the AG Bell Nevada Chapter and a mother of four children. Her 12 year old daughter is profoundly deaf and uses bi-lateral cochlear implants to listen and speak.

Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Vice President Consumer Affairs, Cochlear Americas
Donna Sorkin, M.A. is Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas where she leads public policy initiatives as well as activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant users including habilitation for children and adults. She conducts survey research and writes and presents for parent, recipient, and professional audiences. Ms. Sorkin was previously the executive director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (now called Hearing Loss Association of America) and the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board and the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Gallaudet University and Colorado Neurological Institute. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Carrie Spangler, Au.D
Stark County Educational Service Center (on behalf of Phonak)
Carrie Spangler, Au.D. is an educational audiologist for Stark County ESC. She has been an educational audiologist for 12 years. Carrie graduated from the University of Akron with a Masters in Audiology and Arizona School of Health Sciences with a Doctorate of Audiology. Carrie is one of the developers of the GAP program. She has presented nationally on this topic and recently had her first professional publication about counseling teens on self-advocacy. In addition to her professional expertise, she also brings a personal perspective to the profession. Carrie was born with a severe to profound hearing loss and has worn hearing aids from a young age. At Stark County she organizes a teen group of students who are deaf and hard of hearing to develop self-advocacy and personal responsibility skills regarding their hearing loss. As a consumer, she experiences communication access issues on a daily basis and lends authenticity to this presentation by incorporating these personal experiences.

Karen Stein, LSLS Cert. AVEd
The Moog Center for Deaf Education
Karen Stein, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the director of Professional Education and Outreach Programs at The Moog Center for Deaf Education. Her responsibilities include establishing and supporting listening and spoken language programs around the country, creating and implementing training for teachers using a listening and spoken language approach, and developing materials. She teaches at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and is on the board of the Association of College Educators-Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Pam Stemper, B.A.
Pam Stemper, B.A., and her husband have three children, ages 24 (Colin), 21 (Jordan) and 15 (Rachel). Jordan and Rachel were born deaf from auditory neuropathy and use unilateral cochlear implants – Rachel began use of a cochlear implant at age three and Jordan at age 10. In 2011, Stemper earned a bachelor's degree with academic honors from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisc., and is launching a career as a parenting educator. She created and conducts a parenting workshop designed to teach expectant and new parents how to help develop their child’s language to the fullest extent possible. Writing and giving presentations about raising her children with hearing loss is something Stemper has done throughout the years and is now doing more formally, presenting most recently at the 2011 Annual Statewide Professional and Family Conferences and at the 2010 and 2011 Center for Communication, Hearing and Deafness Statewide Family Learning Vacations. Her latest article, "We Finish Only to Begin," was published in the 2011 July/August issue of Hearing Loss Magazine.

Darcy Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hearts for Hearing
Darcy Stowe, 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, Okla. She is the lead teacher in the Hearts for Hearing preschool and provides weekly listening and spoken language therapy services for infants and children. Stowe also serves as Hearts for Hearing's clinical supervisor for speech-language pathology graduate students who are participating in short-term practicum experiences. In addition, she represents Hearts for Hearing as a guest lecturer at the university level to better educate future professionals regarding state-of-the-art intervention and management for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Blane Trautwein, Ed.D.
UT Health Science Center in San Antonio
Blane Trautwein, Ed.D., is the program director of the Deaf Education and Hearing Science (DEHS) program at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He was formerly a teacher and later principal at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. Trautwein has an undergraduate degree in deaf education and graduate/doctoral degrees in educational leadership. He has co-presented and co-authored on the topic of reciprocal peer coaching/mentoring to university programs at national conferences. The DEHS Program was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education/Office Special Education and Rehabilitative Services personnel preparation grant recognizing research in this area.

Patricia Trautwein, AuD., CCC
Cochlear Americas
Patricia Trautwein, Director Consumer and Professionals Marketing, Cochlear Americas

Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz, M.Sc., LSLS Cert. AVT
Midlands Hearing Implant Programme Children’s Service
Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz, M.Sc., LSLS Cert. AVT, has worked in schools, cochlear implant programs and a nonprofit auditory-verbal center for the past 25 years. Her current practice is as a member of the cochlear implant team in Birmingham, UK, where most of the caseload work with is children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages birth to 6 years. She is involved in a range of teaching and training activities in the UK and overseas, and has developed a strong interest in the mentoring and learning process.

Mark VanDam, Ph.D.
Boys Town National Research Hospital

Kristin Vasil-Dilaj, Ph.D., CCC-A
New England Center for Hearing Rehabiliation
Kristin Vasil-Dilaj, Ph.D., CCC-A, is currently a clinical and research audiologist at the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation and on the teaching faculty at the University of Connecticut. Her areas of interest include cochlear implants for infants/toddlers, innovative programming of cochlear implants and enhancing the listening environment through FM use.

Sherri Vernelson, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Sherri Vernelson, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, is co-president of the AG Bell North Carolina Chapter and has been teaching children with hearing loss since 1993, with a slight hiatus to have children of her own. She has been an itinerant and a classroom teacher through the years. Vernelson has worked with children and families in auditory-verbal, auditory-oral and Cued Speech approaches. She received her master's degree from the John Tracy Clinic/University of San Diego and is certified auditory-verbal educator. Vernelson is currently an educational consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Exceptional Children's Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Stacy Wentz, M.S.
Sound Beginnings at Utah State University, Logan, UT
Stacy Wentz, M.S., is the program coordinator and practicum supervisor at Sound Beginnings Preschool at Utah State University. Prior to joining the Sound Beginnings team, Wentz was a deaf educator at Carle Auditory Oral School where she taught toddler groups, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. In addition to teaching, she enjoys mentoring teachers in listening and spoken language education and participating in program development.

Krystal L. Werfel, M.S.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Krystal L. Werfel, M.A., is a doctoral student in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She obtained her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in interdisciplinary training to support children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Werfel's clinical, research and teaching interests focus on literacy development in children with hearing loss.

Julia West, MS, LSLS AVEd Cert CED
Central Institute for the Deaf
Julia West has been a member of the CID - Central Institute for the Deaf school teaching staff since 1995, working with children ages 5-15. She has presented workshops on auditory learning at CID and at ASHA conferences since 2004. Julia serves on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences. She is co-author, with Jennifer Manley, of SPICE for Life, an auditory learning curriculum published in 2012 by CID.

Jay Wyant
Remotocom, Minneapolis, MN
Jay Wyant is the CEO of Remotocom, a provider of high-quality, on-demand webcast and live webinar services. Wyant led the marketing teams of several technology firms including software development companies and a national captioning agency before starting Remotocom in 2009. A passionate accessibility advocate, Wyant frequently presents on accessibility technology and self-advocacy strategies. He devotes much of his private time to volunteering on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, most recently as president of AG Bell. Wyant was born deaf from unknown causes. He grew up wearing hearing aids, which have recently been replaced with cochlear implants.

Dongxin Xu, Ph.D.
LENA Research Foundation, Boulder, Colorado
Dongxin Xu, Ph.D., is the manager of software and language engineering at the LENA Research Foundation. He received his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida. For the past six years he has led the development of LENA software for language environment and child vocalization analysis.

Marcia Zegar, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Salem-Keizer School District, Salem, OR
Marcia Zegar, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cetr. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) auditory-verbal educator serving student with hearing loss at Salem Heights Elementary, Salem, Oregon. Zegar received her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and a master's degree speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. She has focused over 50 post-graduate hours on literacy development and listening andspoken language intervention with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Zegar is also a certified reading specialist and has an exceptional learner endorsement. She has received multiple grant opportunities to support parent training, technology integration, listening and spoken language and literacy development, and peer interaction with children with hearing loss.