AG Bell Appoints Appoints Susan Lenihan to its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 1, 2012 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announces the appointment of Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., CED, to its board of directors for the 2013-2016 term.

Lenihan is the director of Deaf Education and professor at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo., where she prepares and mentors future teachers in deaf education and speech-language pathologists and early interventionists. She is a long timeLenihanmember of AG Bell. Lenihan has served as a Volta Review panelist from 1999-2012, Associate Editor from 2006-2009, and was on the planning committee for the 2011 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium.

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve on the AG Bell board,” Lenihan said. “Our field is at a pivotal moment: state-of-the-art technology and advances in early hearing detection and intervention call upon professionals to be at the forefront of knowledge and to collaborate in order to advance listening and spoken language for all children and families that desire this outcome.” To that end, she serves on the AG Bell Academy Task Force on Mentoring.

Lenihan has served in a variety of roles over the years. Prior to joining Fontbonne University, her alma mater, in her current role in 1994, she was teacher of the deaf at the Sunshine Cottage School and the St. Joseph Institute, and has taught courses at Fontbonne University, Webster University, and Vanderbilt University. She also spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, which has sustained her interest in and dedication to advancing deaf education around the world. Lenihan is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Excellence in Teaching Award—Service to the University in 2010.

About the AG Bell Association

The Alexander GrahamBell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families,health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearingloss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy,education and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adultwith hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive. With chapterslocated in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bellsupports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking! Visit ListeningandSpokenLanguage.org.