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AG Bell Leadership Meets

AG Bell Academy Board Elects New Leaders

On November 2, the Board of Directors for the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language appointed Teri Ouellette, M.S.Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd, Director, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf – Indianapolis, Indianapolis to serve as President-elect of the board. In addition, the board also appointed Ellen L. Estes, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Curriculum & Instruction Specialist with Cobb County Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the board.

In other board action, the board thanked Steven W. Noyce, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Superintendent Utah School for the Deaf and Blind for his service as the secretary-treasurer of the board of directors since 2010.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults Address AG Bell’s Board of Directors

As a follow-up from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adult Town Hall meeting held during the 2012 AG Bell Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kristen Buehl Zlogar and David Davis presented a proposal to the board of directors. Ms. Zlogar presented in person at the Volta Bureau, while David Davis participated via Skype conference call from Los Angeles, California. The presentation was based on a proposal submitted by a working group including Ms. Zlogar and Mr. Davis as well as the following AG Bell members: Ms. Rachel Dubin, Ms. Lisa Goldstein, and Dr. Pauline Newton.

The presentation covered areas where there are opportunities for deaf adults to increase their involvement with AG Bell. Specific recommendations included:

  • Establishing a forum for adults to network and connect electronically
  • Leverage the experience of adults living with hearing loss to develop a mentor program to support families, children, adults with hearing loss and professionals.
  • Add more resources for adults with hearing loss to the Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center
  • Consider online courses and programs for adults with hearing loss.

As a follow up to the report, AG Bell’s board of directors approved a motion requesting that the working group continue to develop their proposals for inclusion in AG Bell’s program planning for 2013 and beyond.

Fall Open House at the Volta Bureau a Great Success

AG Bell hosted a Fall Open House at our historic headquarters building, the Volta Bureau, on the evening of November 2. The event was well-attended by close to 75 guests, and provided a wonderful opportunity for our volunteer leadership, who were in town for their respective board meetings, to gather with AG Bell members from the local Washington, DC area, as well as distinguished guests from the congressional, regulatory agencies, trade and professional associations, and from institutions of higher-education.

Musical entertainment was provided by the talented Wendy Cheng (violin) and Janice Faye Rosen (clarinet) who are members of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, which was founded by Ms. Cheng.

AG Bell would also like to recognize the generosity of the following corporations who helped support the evening’s reception: Delcor Technology Solutions, Inc., Kemco Alarm Company, Inc., Merrill  Lynch, Rogers & Company, PLLC, Tate & Tryon, and The Townsend Group, and the following generous individuals: Corrine Brennan, Kristin Buehl Zlogar, Holly Clark, Jana and Douglas Dawson, Annette Forseter, Dr. Kevin Franck, Barry and Sue Griebler, Sara Grosvenor, Dr. Donald McGee, Kelly Mankin Anderson, Erik Nordloff, Dr. Joseph Rosenstein, Deborah Shaffer, Dr. Jack and Debra Spear, John and Cindy Stanton, and Gary Yates.

Make Connections at ASHA’s Convention in Atlanta!

Join AG Bell’s President, Don Goldberg, PhD, for a dessert reception celebrating the student Speech-Language Pathologists and the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certification on November 15, 7-9 p.m. at the Omni CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia. RSVP Today!

Dr. Jack and Debrah Spear at the Volta Bureau Open House on November 2, 2012
Dr. Jack and Debrah Spear at the Volta Bureau Open House on November 2, 2012