Convention Presenter Bios and Disclosures


Marietta Paterson ED.D., CED

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Marietta Paterson, Ed.D., CED, is director of the education of the deaf program at The University of Southern Mississippi. An international presenter in listening and spoken language, she has taught at universities in Canada, the United States and Australia. She recently co-authored three book chapters: “Understanding Auditory Development and the Child with Hearing Loss,” “Training Personnel in Functional Auditory Assessment,” and “Speech Production Assessment.”

CHRISTINA PERIGOE PH.D., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS CERT. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Christina Perigoe, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, coordinates the deaf education graduate program at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is an international presenter and co-edited two The Volta Review monographs, “Multiple Challenges: Multiple Solutions” (2004), and “Professional Preparation for Listening and Spoken Language Practitioners” (2010). She recently co-authored three book chapters with Marietta Paterson: “Understanding Auditory Development and the Child with Hearing Loss,” “Training Personnel in Functional Auditory Assessment” and “Speech Production Assessment.”

ANITA BERNSTEIN, M.SC., DIP. SPEC. ED., ECE, LSLS CERT. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Anita Bernstein, M.Sc., Dip. Spec. Ed., ECE, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the director of Hear to Learn Associates, formerly of VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children in Ontario, Canada. An educator, mentor, speaker, author and consultant with over 30 years of experience working with children and families, she received the AG Bell Professional of the Year award in 2000.

Aziza Tyabji Hydari, PostGrad.Dip.

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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Aziza Tyabji Hydari, PostGrad.Dip., is director and co-founder of AURED-Aural Education for the Hearing Impaired, supported by the AURED Charitable Trust. Established in 1986, it is the first listening and spoken language center in India serving 790 students (650 of whom have cochlear implants) from 92 cities and 16 neighboring countries.

Louise Honck, Cert. MRCSLT, PG.Dip.AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships:  Auditory Verbal UK - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Louise Honck, Cert. MRCSLT, PG.Dip.AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the senior practitioner at Auditory Verbal United Kingdom (AVUK), the only dedicated organization offering auditory-verbal therapy in the United Kingdom. She is involved in outreach programs across the UK, Malta and the Republic of Ireland, combining clinical work and training. Louise advises on rehabilitation in joint audiology and cochlear implant clinics. She delivers training on AVUK programs and mentors practitioners. She regularly presents at conferences and has contributed to publications and book chapters.

Susannah Burden, Cert. MRCSLT, Pg.Dip.AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Susannah Burden, Cert. MRCSLT, Pg.Dip.AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an auditory-verbal practitioner at Auditory VerbalUK (AVUK), the only dedicated organization offering auditory-verbal therapy to families of children with hearing loss in the United Kingdom. She works with families across the United Kingdom, delivers training on AVUK programs and mentors practitioners towards the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification. She has presented at conferences in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Amanda Dunaway, M.S.D.E., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Amanda Dunaway, M.S.D.E., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, has worked in the Virginia J. Browning Primary School at Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) for over 10 years. In 2009, she became a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVEd). Her professional interests include elementary curriculum, executive function skills in students who are deaf and hard of hearing and educational technology. She has personal experience with hearing loss, having grown up with a brother who has hearing loss.

Velvet Buehler, M.A., CCC-SLP/A

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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Velvet Buehler, M.A., CCC-SLP/A, is a dually certified professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has provided aural habilitation services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing for 28 years. She has presented numerous presentations related to listening and developing spoken language skills nationally. Buehler has served as an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) steering committee member for six years.

Emily Noss, M.A., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Emily Noss, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and associate clinical professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is a clinical supervisor in child hearing services, supervising graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology for the past 12 years and providing aural habilitation services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Ronda Rufsvold, ABD, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Ronda Rufsvold, ABD, LSLS Cert. AVEd, has over eight years of experience working with deaf children who use listening and spoken language and their parents in a variety of settings. Her education includes a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and a master's degree in deaf education. She will receive her doctorate in May 2016 from Columbia University. She is an adjunct instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University and a full-time itinerant teacher of the deaf in the New York City Department of Education.

Ye Wang, Ph.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Ye Wang, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the coordinator for the education of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing (EDHH) program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received both of her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Her primary research interest is the language and literacy development of children and young adults who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing. She is currently the senior associate editor of American Annals of the Deaf.

Joanna Stith, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Joanna Stith, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, lives in Thornton, Colorado, and has a private practice, Listening for Life, where she provides auditory-verbal therapy for children and adults with hearing loss and their families. She serves as a Listen Foundation therapist, mentors professionals preparing to become certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, and facilitates Love and Logic parenting courses.

Jennifer Cox, Au.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jennifer Cox, Au.D., CCC-A, received her training at the University of Connecticut’s Childhood Hearing Impairment Program. She worked as a pediatric specialist audiologist for two years in Australia. Upon her move back to Connecticut, she reunited with her mentors, Dr. Toni Maxon and Dr. Diane Brackett at NECHEAR. After taking time off to be with her three young children, she now focuses on collaborating with families, therapists, educators and physicians to provide quality, individualized hearing health care to her clients. She has previously presented at a variety of conferences.

Jessica Hasbrouck, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jessica Hasbrouck, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation (NECHEAR), where she provides aural (re)habilitation to individuals from birth through adulthood. She received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with an emphasis on aural habilitation.  Her areas of interest include mainstreaming children with hearing loss, spoken language development through listening, and the role of rehabilitation in device programming.

Valeri V. Le Beau, M.S., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: Advanced Bionics - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Valeri V. Le Beau, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the consumer education and rehab manager at Advanced Bionics. She brings a lifetime of personal and professional expertise to the field of hearing loss. She received her undergraduate degree in education for the deaf and hard of hearing from Illinois State University. She has taught in a variety of educational settings serving children with hearing losses and later received her graduate degree in speech-language pathology from Rush University in Chicago. Le Beau has practiced across the country in educational, private and hospital based settings, with an intense focus on providing services to children with hearing loss. Throughout her career, she has lectured, trained, and mentored on cochlear implantation and rehabilitation following implantation both locally and internationally.

Catharine McNally

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell Board Member

Catharine McNally is a business analyst at Phase2 Technology and co-owner of a CrossFit gym. She is a dedicated advocate for using technology to bridge the accessibility divide. Her influential work has been recognized through national leadership awards, honors and national publications. In 2011, McNally was listed as "People to Watch" in the Washingtonian Magazine's Tech Titans feature, and was the recipient of the American Association of People with Disabilities national leadership award. She lost her hearing at 8 months old, has used Cued Speech since she was 18 months old and received her first cochlear implant at the age of 3. When in college, she completed a successful internship to increase accessibility and awareness at the Dali Universe gallery at the County Hall Gallery in London. After graduating from Wake Forest University, she began her career in accessibility at VSA Arts, the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She serves on the board of directors of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Caitlin Parton, J.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Caitlin Parton, J.D., is an attorney at the Disability Law Center, the protection and advocacy agency for the state of Massachusetts. She is deaf and uses a cochlear implant. She received her implant in 1988 when it was still in investigative status. She has been an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing from a young age, testifying before the U.S. Senate, Congress, and the Food and Drug Administration in support of funding for research on cochlear implants. She has spoken across the country and internationally on access issues for the deaf and hard of hearing. Parton received her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is active in multiple bar associations for attorneys with disabilities. Parton is a longtime member of AG Bell, attending her first convention in 1992 in Rochester, New York, and is a proud alumnus of AG Bell's Leadership Opportunities for Teens. She currently serves as the President of the Massachusetts chapter of AG Bell.

Mary-Kay Therres M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: MED-EL - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Presenter bio forthcoming

Melanie Ribich, M.S.

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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Melanie Ribich, M.S., is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old twin boys, one of whom has a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss. Ribich has a B.S.in secondary education and an M.S. in curriculum and instruction. After 14 years of teaching high school Spanish, she chose to focus solely on raising her children and learning as much as possible about hearing loss and helping her son to learn to listen and talk with his bilateral cochlear implants. It’s been five years since her son graduated from auditory-verbal therapy, and he attends the neighborhood school with his brother and sister. Ribich has been published in AG Bell's Volta Voices magazine and has written several pieces for Soundintuition.com.

Cheryl Johnson, Ed.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Professional/Board Member

Cheryl Johnson, Ed.D., is an educational audiology and deaf education specialist who provides consultation regarding systems improvement for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth and their families. She also holds adjunct faculty appointments at several universities. She is co-founder and former president of the Hands & Voices board of directors.

Carrie Spangler, Au.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Carrie Spangler, Au.D., is the educational audiologist for Summit County Educational Service Center. Her interests include educational audiology, hearing assistive technology and aural rehabilitation. She brings a personal perspective to the field by living successfully with hearing loss. She is the former chairperson of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association School Finance Committee. 

Sara Kennedy, M.S.

Sara Kennedy, M.S., is a mom of four and an occupational therapist by training. When one of her daughters was identified late with hearing loss, her career took a different path. Working with Hands & Voices since 2000, she currently serves as the Colorado chapter director and editor for the newspaper, The Hands & Voices Communicator. 

Shana Lucius, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Shana Lucius, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, has a master's degree in speech-language pathology from The Ohio State University. She is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT) and currently works at Nationwide Children's Hospital on the hearing team. She is committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of professionals practicing in the fields of deaf education, speech-language pathology, audiology and early intervention. 

Jennifer Wickesberg-Summers, Au.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jennifer Wickesberg-Summers, Au.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the director of audiology at The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, Texas. In addition to her clinical work, she conducts research with a cochlear implant focus, provides remote services at Lamar University for cochlear implant recipients, and trains fourth-year Au.D. externs. She mentors professionals aspiring to become Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS). Wickesberg is one of 14 core faculty on the LoneStar LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program, funded through a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It is the first program of its kind in Texas and one of only 43 LEND programs located at universities or major children’s hospitals across the United States. Its mission is to prepare future leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/ND), increase the rate of accurate diagnosis of ASD/NDs in Texas, empower families to be an active participant in their child’s treatment plan, and improve ASD/ND service delivery and systems. She also serves on the community advisory board for the University of Houston’s communication sciences and disorders department, and is an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Houston’s communication sciences and disorders department.

Marge Edwards, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Marge Edwards, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an early intervention specialist with the Sound Beginnings Program at Utah State University. She provides early intervention services to families of children with hearing loss in Utah and Idaho. She has been providing direct services to families via telepractice for seven years and has been involved in training of directors and providers of programs in Utah, Oregon and Idaho. 

K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron. His primary areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, strategies for enhancing parent engagement in the intervention process, auditory-verbal therapy, cochlear implantation, adult aural rehabilitation, and telepractice. He directs the Telepractice and eLearning Laboratory (TeLL), an initiative to evaluate clinical services delivered at a distance. Houston is the author/editor of numerous publications pertaining to telepractice and listening and spoken language. He is a popular speaker and sought-out presenter on a range of topics related to listening and spoken language development in children with hearing loss, adult aural rehabilitation and telepractice.

Cat Mathes, M.Spec.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Cat Mathes, M.Spec.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, has over 10 years of experience working with families and their young children with hearing loss. In 2003, she earned a master's degree in special education and a California credential as an education specialist for deaf and hard of hearing from the University of Southern California in partnership with the John Tracy Clinic (JTC). Since then, she has worked at JTC in a variety of positions (classroom teacher, assistant director of preschool services, online distance education for parents, graduate program, teletherapy, parent-infant teacher, and Listening Spoken Language Specialist). She has also worked privately as a Listening Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist supporting families in the development of speech and spoken language through audition. Currently at JTC, she works towards encouraging and guiding families to become  the primary facilitators of their child’s listening and spoken language development.

Kathy Sussman, M.S.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Kathy Sussman, M.S., is the executive director of the Foundation for Hearing Research in California that operates the Weingarten Children's Center and the CCHAT Center. She serves as faculty for the San Jose State University specialty track in speech pathology.  Sussman is a past president of the AG Bell Association.

Ahladhini Rao-Dugar, M.Ed.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Ahladhini Rao-Dugar, M.Ed., is a teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing at the Weingarten Children’s Center in California and a teletherapist with the Stanford-Weingarten Baby Talk program. Previously, she worked at Clarke School East in Canton, Massachusetts, and as a consultant with CERTAD in Bangalore, India. She has two bachelor degrees from Bangalore University and a master's in deaf education from Smith College, Massachusetts.

Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D., is a professor anddirector of auditory-based intervention at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Nevins is an experienced teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and the former director of PPCI, a continuing education program for speech and hearing professionals housed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Nevins is recognized as a national expert on the educational issues facing children who are deaf and hard of hearing especially those using listening technologies to learn to listen and talk.

Ashley Garber, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell Education Program Chair 2016

Ashley Garber, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, owns Listening and Language Connections, LLC, a Michigan-based private practice dedicated to providing auditory-verbal therapy and related services for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. As a speaker, mentor, and in her former role as educational consultant to the Cochlear Americas HOPE Program, she has had the opportunity to lead and learn from parents and professionals across the country and around the world.

Amanda Hopkins, M.S., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Amanda Hopkins, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Listening and Language Connections, LLC where she provides auditory-verbal therapy to children and adults with hearing loss and collaborates with school-based professionals working with families of children with hearing loss. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Auditory-Verbal Therapist.

Teresa Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: Hearing First - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Teresa Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, founding CEO of Hearing First, is leading the effort to establish an innovative learning center using 21st century tools to support and connect professionals working with or on behalf of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families through online learning, collaboration, coaching and mentoring to advance child and family listening and spoken language outcomes.

Alan Raffauf, M.A.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Oticon Medical - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Alan Raffauf, M.A., is an audiologist who has held various positions in clinical settings and dispensing hearing aids before joining Oticon, Inc. in 2001. While working for Oticon, Raffauf worked as a technical support audiologist, government services coordinator and product manager. He joined Oticon Medical in June 2009 and is the vice president of marketing for Oticon Medical, USA.

Emma Rushbrooke, M.Phil. (Audiology), Dip.Aud., M.Aud.SA., LSLS Cert. AVT, RNC

Relevant Financial Relationships: Hear and Say - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Emma Rushbrooke, M.Phil. (Audiology), Dip.Aud., M.Aud.SA., LSLS Cert. AVT, RNC, is the clinical director of Hear and Say, one of the largest combined auditory-verbal early intervention and hearing implant programs in Australia. In her role, she oversees the listening and spoken language therapy and audiology programs. In addition, she is involved in research, mentoring, training and development. Rushbrooke has also contributed to a number of publications. Her areas of interest include listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss, telepractice, implantable hearing technology, microtia and atresia, and unilateral hearing loss and single sided deafness.

Lindsay Zombek, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Lindsay Zombek, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a team lead and clinical specialist with the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cochlear Implant Program (Cleveland, Ohio), where she provides aural rehabilitation for infants, children and adults with hearing loss and their families. She serves on the state of Ohio Subcommittee for Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings and also on the board of directors of the Ohio Chapter of AG Bell.

Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: Grants/Independent Contractor Advanced Bionics
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: MED-EL

Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A, is the clinical director of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Cochlear Implant Program.  She joined MUSC’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery in 2006 as a faculty member and audiologist. She specializes in cochlear implants for children and adults, and is actively involved in clinical research within her department. Holcomb also participates in a biannual medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Project Ear. She currently serves on the board of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology and is the outgoing President of the South Carolina Chapter of AG Bell. Holcomb has served on MED-EL, Cochlear and Advanced Bionics audiology advisory boards, and she currently serves on the MUSC Faculty Senate.

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Moog Center for Deaf Education

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd., Deaf and Hearing Impaired K-12, Behavioral Disorder K-12, Learning Disabled K-12, Early Childhood Education B-3, is the executive director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She has been has been in the field of deaf education for more than 30 years, and has been working with parents and professionals for more than 15 years preparing them for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. She works diligently to help parents understand the IEP process so they may be engaged partners throughout.

Joanne Travers, M.S.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Joanne Travers, M.S., is a parent of two children born with hearing loss. She started Parent Connection in 1996 in Massachusetts and after 10 years incorporated this parent support group as an AG Bell Chapter, spearheading conferences, workshops and mentoring programs. She has served two terms as an AG Bell board member, facilitated parent advocacy training, and founded Partners for A Greater Voice, a non-profit that has orchestrated 30 training and education missions to promote listening and spoken language in developing countries. Travers has consulted over 1,000 parents. She worked for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf as case manager in 2014. She holds a master's degree in international management and certificate in positive psychology. 

Andrea Bell, M.A., CCC-SLP

Montgomery County ESC - Salary/Employment

Andrea Bell, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with preschool-age children with cochlear implants at the Montgomery County ESC Listening & Spoken Language Preschool. She is a graduate of The University of Akron where she received specialized training in auditory-verbal therapy and cochlear implant habilitation. Her publications have appeared in ASHA's SIG-9 Perspectives and the book Assessing Listening and Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss (Bradham & Houston, 2014).

Jill Stephens, Au.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jill Stephens, Au.D., CCC-A, is a pediatric audiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has worked with both adults and children with hearing aids, bone conduction devices and cochlear implants. Her primary area of interest is cochlear implantation in the pediatric population. Stephens received her clinical doctorate of audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 after completing her clinical fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Debbie Colson-McCarthy, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Debbie Colson-McCarthy, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She has been in the field of early childhood education specializing in early intervention for 30 years. She is the lead therapist at Auditory Oral Children's Center and a speech consultant/parent advisor for the Ohio’s Regional Infant Hearing Program. Her focus is language/literacy development for children with hearing loss and she has presented workshops throughout Ohio.

Jane Lignel Josvassen, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jane Lignel Josvassen, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, has extensive experience in the field of audiology covering the medical, technical and educational areas. She has worked within both the public and private sectors. Josvassen has held courses at Copenhagen University's Department of Linguistics and at the UCC (University College Capital, speech-Language therapists) for several years as external lecturer.

Paige Stringer, M.A.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss - Professional/Board Member

Paige Stringer, M.A., is the founder and executive director of the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss. She is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award by the American Academy of Audiology and is a member of the board of directors of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health.

Dorie Noll, M.S.D.E., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Dorie Noll, M.S.D.E., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a parent educator at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri. She is lecturer at Washington University’s School of Medicine program in audiology and communication sciences, national trainer with Parents as Teachers, and a volunteer with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.

Patricia Eckels, M.S.D.E, CED

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Patricia Eckels, M.S.D.E, CED, is a hearing resource teacher at Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and a volunteer with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.

Pam Yoshihara, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Pam Yoshihara, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is classroom coordinator and teacher at Listen and Talk in Seattle, Washington. She also volunteers for the Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss.

Jayne Simpson Allen, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jayne Simpson Allen, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, has been an educator of deaf and hard of hearing children for 29 years. She was the first professional to receive the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certification in New Zealand's south island. In 2000, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel throughout the USA and Canada, meeting inspirational LSLS professionals. She works full time as a cochlear implant habilitationist, and, in her spare time, enjoys mentoring professionals in Denmark and Cyprus towards their LSLS certification. She is originally from Australia. 

Amy Cantu, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Amy Cantu, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the director of speech therapy services and the cochlear implant speech coordinator at The Center for Hearing and Speech. She has lectured to both graduate students and professionals regarding the assessment and treatment of hearing loss. She has also participated in several research projects focusing on the treatment of children with hearing loss who come from Spanish-speaking households. 

Katie Eddins, M.S., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Katie Eddins, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the founder and sole speech-language pathologist of Small Talk CT, specializing in facilitating listening and spoken language development in children with hearing loss. She received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an emphasis on pediatric hearing loss and aural habilitation. She has special interests in early and consistent access to hearing technology, spoken language development through listening, and caregiver involvement in language development.

Bowen Tang, M.E.D., CAEDHH cert.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Bowen Tang, M.E.D., CAEDHH certified, is a hearing resource teacher from Vancouver, Canada. He has profound hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant. In 2012, he co-founded a peer support program which aims to support deaf and hard of hearing youth in their navigation of social relationships in secondary and post-secondary institutions. He is also a board member of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People.

Sarah Brault, M.E.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Sarah Brault, M.E.D., is an itinerant teacher of the deaf at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. She completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and child study and Spanish and her master's in education of the deaf at Smith College. Brault has worked with deaf and hard of hearing children as both a teacher and as a figure skating coach and seen how these children benefit from self-advocacy skills both within and outside of the classroom.

Meredith K. Sugar, Esq.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Board Member/President, AG Bell

Meredith K. Sugar, Esq., president of AG Bell, is an attorney with Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP in Columbus, Ohio. Her practice is focused in the areas of business and finance, sophisticated estate planning and administration, and probate and tax planning for individuals, corporations and partnerships. In addition to her business and estate planning practice, she also advises business owners regarding structuring complex transactions, entity formation, succession planning and other corporate needs. She has served on various nonprofit boards of directors. She is the mother of four children. Her son, Jonah, is 8 years old and uses bilateral cochlear implants that he received simultaneously at 11 months of age.

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Ph.D., CCC-A, CED

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Ph.D., CCC-A, CED, is a professor emerita and research professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She developed the Marion Downs Center in 1996. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories.

Dinah Beams, M.A.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Dinah Beams, M.A., has more than 30 years experience working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She is the program coordinator for the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. In this role, she coordinates services for families of children newly identified with hearing loss, trains providers, provides supervision as well as curriculum and program development, and spearheads system building.

Jessica Balfour-Ogilvy, BAAppSci (Speech Pathology), LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: Hear and Say - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Hear and Say - Professional

Jessica Balfour-Ogilvy, BAAppSci (Speech Pathology), LSLS Cert. AVT, graduated as a speech-language pathologist in 1989. She has spent all of her working life in the early intervention sector, working extensively with a multidisciplinary approach. She began working at Hear and Say 10 years ago and became a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT) in 2011. Balfour-Ogilvy is now clinical manager for listening and spoken language at Hear and Say. She truly believes that the best intervention for children is as early as possible, using evidence-based practice and developing a strong collaborative partnership with families and their communities.

Melissa McCarthy, M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Melissa McCarthy, M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is an early childhood educator and a Ph.D. student. Her research is focused on the use of telepractice to deliver early intervention services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. McCarthy has taught in a variety of programs over the last 20 years and was instrumental in developing RIDBC Teleschool (Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Australia), one of the first, and largest, telepractice programs in the world. 

Arlene Stredler-Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Arlene Stredler-Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, works with initiatives promoting evidence-based early intervention practices and the measurement of effective education and therapy programs. She has graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a doctoral degree in special education. Her current research focuses on innovative programming delivered through telepractice. She is the co-investigator for a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health studying services delivered to young children with cochlear implants via telepractice. 

Heather Carroll, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Heather Carroll, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and mother of a 2-year-old born with hearing loss. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Denver and specializes in working with youth with developmental disabilities and/or cognitive impairments. She runs a private practice in Denver and provides coverage at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her passion is helping families better understand ways of handling complex challenges. She also enjoys spending time outside and with her family.

Shea Denham

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Presenter bio forthcoming

Shelley Chesney

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell/Instutional/Member/Volunteer teaching and speaking

Presenter bio forthcoming

Elaine Smolen, MAT, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Elaine Smolen, MAT, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a head teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/New York, where she helps children with hearing loss develop the listening and language skills they need for kindergarten. She also serves as an early intervention evaluator and provides independent hearing education services. Smolen received her master’s degree in deaf education from The College of New Jersey. She holds teaching certifications in the areas of deaf education, childhood education and English.

Kimberly Rodriguez, M.A., M.Ed.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Kimberly Rodriguez, M.A., M.Ed., is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Clarke School for Hearing and Speech-New York. She teaches young children (3 years old) in an integrated classroom. Rodriguez received her undergraduate degree in American Sign Language and environmental science from the University of Rochester in New York. She then went on to Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received her master's early childhood education and deaf education.

Dan Salvucci, M.Ed., M.E.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Dan Salvucci, M.Ed., M.E.D., CCC-A, has an undergraduate degree in health science and two master’s degrees in deaf education and in early childhood education. He is an audiology fellow through the American Academy of Audiology. He is an instructor and Northeast collaborative project co-director at Fontbonne University. Salvucci supervises and supports graduate students in their practicum/field placements. He has served on the AG Bell board of directors and is former President of Option Schools.

Jenna Voss, Ph.D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jenna Voss, Ph.D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, completed her doctorate in speech and hearing sciences in the program in audiology and communication sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, as a fellow of the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities. Her background, as a teacher of the deaf and early intervention provider, has sparked diverse interests in topics, including the health disparity among children and families living in poverty, primary prevention of abuse and neglect for children with disabilities, and provider use of strategies and techniques implemented in family-centered practice. Recently, she has investigated how research findings in cognitive psychology might be applied to the field of deaf education to improve the efficiency of learning and instruction of pre-service teachers. Voss is also the co-author of Small Talk: Bringing Listening and Spoken Language to Your Young Child With Hearing Loss.

Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., is the editor of AG Bell's peer-reviewed journal The Volta Review, two-time Elsie Bell Grosvenor scholarship recipient, former John Tracy Clinic student, and lifetime member AG Bell. She is associate professor and associate dean for academic administration at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a degree in English from Duke University and received her doctorate in English education by the State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2008.

Maura Berndsen, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: Listen and Talk - Salary/Employee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Maura Berndsen, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, has a bachelor's degree in deaf education from Fontbonne University and a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is the educational director at Listen and Talk in Seattle, Washington. Berndsen provides mentoring and supervision at Listen and Talk. She is also a listening and spoken language consultant on the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss statewide outreach team.

Kim Hamren, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Kim Hamren, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the early intervention coordinator for Listen and Talk in Seattle. She leads a team of teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, providing services across a three-county area using virtual technology. Hamren received her teacher of the deaf certification and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, her master's in early childhood special education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is also a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Auditory-Verbal Therapist.

David Davis, B.A., MLIS

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

David Davis, B.A., MLIS, is a librarian with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. He was born with profound hearing loss and received listening and spoken language therapy from auditory-verbal pioneer Helen Beebe. A beneficiary of early mainstreaming, David received a B.A. from Harvard University before moving to Los Angeles, where he spent the next 20 years working in the closed captioning industry. Shifting from media access to information access, he received his MLIS degree in 2011. He has served on the AG Bell board of directors from 2001-2007 and was LOFT co-counselor in 1996, 1998 and 2001.

Lyn Robertson, Ph.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Lyn Robertson, Ph.D., is associate professor emerita of the department of Education of Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She began her career teaching seventh grade English, where her discovery of students achieving at low levels in reading and writing led her to extensive study and writing about literacy, particularly within linguistic, cognitive and social frameworks. Robertson has authored two books and numerous articles about literacy and deafness. She is the immediate past president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.

Wendelyn DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Wendelyn (Wendy) DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the programs officer of Hearing First. She also founded DeMoss Consulting, LLC to advance listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss and their families through professional training, consulting and mentoring throughout the United States. Previously at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, DeMoss provided listening and spoken language early intervention services by guiding and coaching families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing for over 15 years. In her current role at Hearing First, she brings her experiences to champion development and implementation of a wide variety of content and learning programs and content at Hearing First.

Carrie M. Tamminga, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Carrie M. Tamminga, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd, has degrees in deaf education and early intervention. She earned her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification (LSLS Cert. AVEd) in 2008. She is the lead for the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf’s (SJID) First Words program. She is also the chair of the Parent Education Committee at SJID, mentors professionals, and is the lead of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf Indiana Service Corporation, which provides listening and spoken language services for 0-3 year olds and their families statewide in Indiana.

Teri Ouellette, M.S.Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell Academy Board Member/Professional

Teri Ouellette, M.S.Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd, is the president of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri. She has degrees in deaf education and in early childhood special education. She has taught auditory-based programming in home-based early intervention as well as private and public school settings. She is the president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and adjunct faculty through Ball State University and Smith College/Professional Preparation for Cochlear Implants (PPCI).

Kelli Blankenship, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Kelli Blankenship, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd, holds degrees in deaf education and early intervention in deaf education from Fontbonne University. She began her career teaching preschool at the Mama Lere Hearing School. In 2012, she began working as an early intervention specialist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis. Blankenship works full time with families, helps mentor new providers, and leads families through the transition process. She serves on various committees within the Indiana First Steps organization.

Maribeth Lartz, Ph.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: US Department of Education - OSEP/Grant/Principal Investigator
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Maribeth Lartz, Ph.D., is professor and coordinator of the deaf and hard of hearing teacher preparation program at Illinois State University (ISU). She is also the principal investigator for two Department of Education grants that prepare deaf educators, speech-language pathologists and audiologists to work in early intervention. Prior to beginning her career at ISU, Lartz received her doctorate from The University of Illinois. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in deaf education from the University of Texas.

Tracy Meehan, M.A., DT-H

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Tracy Meehan, M.A., DT-H, is project coordinator for the federally funded AIM To Be Ahead early intervention grant at Illinois State University. She also works as a developmental therapist-hearing and an early intervention evaluator serving children with hearing loss ages birth-3 and their families in Illinois. She has been an itinerant teacher and administrator in K-12 programs for students with hearing loss.

Wendy Deters, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Wendy Deters, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a speech-language pathologist and auditory-verbal therapist serving children ages birth-3 with hearing loss and their families in the Illinois early intervention system. She is also an instructor for the federally funded AIM To Be Ahead early intervention grant at Illinois State University.

Stacey Lim, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Stacey Lim, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, is an assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University where she teaches graduate courses in audiology and supervises in the audiology clinic. Her areas of clinical and research specialty are pediatric and educational audiology, cochlear implants, and aural (re)habilitation. Lim was a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study the support for adults with hearing loss in Germany. She has profound, congenital, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.

Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a full professor in the department of communication at the College of Wooster in Ohio and a consultant, professional staff, for the Hearing Implant Program (HIP) at the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute. He is a past president of the AG Bell Association, has published a range of research-based and clinical publications, and has been an international presenter and a teacher of multi-generational learners.

Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, received her doctorate in audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She is a distinguished professor emeritus of audiology at The University of Akron. An international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications, including 14 books, she is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.

Louise Honck, Cert. MRCSLT, PG.Dip.AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Louise Honck, Cert. MRCSLT, PG.Dip.AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the senior practitioner at Auditory VerbalUK (AVUK), the only dedicated organization offering auditory-verbal therapy in the United Kingdom (UK). She is involved in outreach programs across the UK, Malta and the Republic of Ireland, combining clinical work and training. Louise advises on rehabilitation in joint audiology and cochlear implant clinics. She delivers training on AVUK programs and mentors practitioners. She regularly presents at conferences and has contributed to publications and book chapters.

Frances Clark, B.A., Cert. MRCSLT, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Frances Clark, B.A., Cert. MRCSLT, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist at Auditory VerbalUK (AVUK). She combines a full clinical caseload with outreach work across the United Kingdom (UK) and the Republic of Ireland. She has been instrumental in establishing the first AVUK training program for professionals in the Republic of Ireland. She delivers seminars and presentations across the UK and has established strong parent support networks in London. She is passionate about books and coaching parents to advance progress in the home.

Marilyn Flood

Relevant Financial Relationships: Cochlear Americas - Salary/Employee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Marilyn Flood has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing, product management, branding and strategic business initiatives development. She has led teams through innovative marketing initiatives and new product launches, the execution of annual acquisition and retention marketing plans, budget management processes, and brand awareness campaigns. She is passionate about establishing and cultivating positive team environments. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organizational management. At Cochlear, she is responsible for the implementation and growth of the Cochlear Family which includes bringing Cochlear Family to life for recipients, candidates, professionals and Cochlear staff.

Michael Noble, MBA

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Michael Noble, MBA, is a Nucleus® cochlear implant recipient and a marketing manager at Cochlear Americas. He was born with profound hearing loss and received his Nucleus 22 cochlear implant at the age of 2. He has been enjoying the sounds of life with his cochlear implant for over 25 years. Michael won the Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship as a business student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2008. As a result, he was invited to a summer internship program at Cochlear Americas in 2010. His internship landed him a full-time position with Cochlear Americas. In his marketing manager role, he enjoys helping Cochlear recipients hear the moments that matter most to them with their Cochlear™ technology by way of self-empowerment, easy access to tools and services and Cochlear programs.

Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics staff presenters to be announced.

Ken Levinson, BABA, MBA, C.P.A.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Ken Levinson, BABA, MBA, C.P.A., is past president of AG Bell and recipient of the Honors of the Association award. He started AG Bell’s Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program in 1996, which has grown from serving 20 teens every other year to serving 40 teens every year. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the California Society of CPAs and the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from Lakeside School. Profoundly deaf since the age of 21 months, he grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington and Columbia University. He worked for Price Waterhouse for six years and later became manager of the corporate audit department of Northrop Corporation. Subsequently, he has practiced as a partner in two smaller CPA firms and is now the president of Kornetsky, Levinson & Company CPAs in the San Francisco Bay area. He has served on numerousboards, including AG Bell, Gallaudet University, House Research Institute, Circus Center of San Francisco, and Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management. 

Mary Beth Goring, M.A., LMFT

Relevant Financial Relationships: John Tracy Clinic - Employee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Mary Beth Goring, M.A., LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist who has spent the last 28 years working with families of young deaf children at John Tracy Clinic (JTC). She directs the department of counseling and child development Services at JTC, facilitates support groups for English and Spanish-speaking parents as well as school-aged siblings, provides family counseling, conducts developmental screens and assessments on JTC’s preschool students, teaches parent and sibling workshops, and has trained parents and professionals throughout the United States, Latin America and Spain.

Maree Rennie, M.Ed., OAM

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Maree Rennie, M.Ed., OAM, has extensive experience and expertise working in the field of hearing loss. She has presented papers at conferences in Europe and the Asia Pacific. In the 1990s when working at the Sydney Cochlear Implant Center (SCIC), she and William Gibson pioneered cochlear implantation for children with hearing loss with complex needs. In 2001, a joint venture between the Carnegie Foundation and SCIC established the Matilda Rose Centre (MRC). MRC was incorporated into the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in 2011.

Becky Clem, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: Cook Children's Medical Center - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss - Professional/Volunteer Consulting

Becky Crow Clem, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the rehabilitation services education coordinator at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She is passionate about working with children with hearing loss and their families and providing family-centered care and health literacy. Her extensive experience includes mentoring and coaching professionals in auditory-verbal therapy, teaching and giving professional presentations in state, national and international programs. She has contributed to the literature in The Volta Review, ASHAsphere and ASHA Perspectives.

Carrie Norman, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Carrie Norman, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a speech-language pathologist and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. At Cook Children’s Medical Center, she directs Collaborative Communications, a small consulting firm dedicated to bridging the gap between clinical and educational services related to hearing loss. She is experienced in working with infants through high school aged children with hearing loss and travels throughout Texas helping professionals and families of children with hearing loss.

Rick Hauan, M.S.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Rick Hauan, M.S., is currently executive director of the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss (CDHL). CDHL is a state agency serving deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the state of Washington including all communication choices chosen by the child’s family. CDHL also oversees the Washington School for the Deaf (WSD). Hauan's past positions include superintendent at WSD, special education director in two local school districts and an itinerant teacher of the deaf.

Barbara Hecht, Ph.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Barbara Hecht, Ph.D., is president of OPTION Schools, Inc. and director of the Boston area campus of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. She co-directs the tVISIT project, a collaborative telepractice initiative in New England. Hecht received her undergraduate degree in linguistics and psychology from Harvard University. She has worked with families of young children with hearing loss and has trained parents, teachers, pediatricians and others professionals for more than 25 years.

Joe Finnegan, Jr., M.S.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Joe Finnegan, Jr., M.S., has been involved in the education of deaf children for over 40 years having served as dorm counselor, classroom teacher, supervisor, principal and CEO of two special schools for the deaf. He is a graduate of the Leadership Training Program (LTP) at California State University at Northridge and has had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the giants in the field.

Jane Mulholland, M.A., M.Ed.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

John Porteous, J.D., is the president of the board for CCHAT Center Sacramento, an OPTION school in California. Porteous was born with profound hearing loss in both ears and wears hearing aids. He received auditory oral education at a young age before being mainstreamed into his local grade school. Porteous is a law school graduate and briefly worked in the legal world before transitioning to business. He joined Common Ground in the fall of 2015.

Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., CED

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Presenter bio forthcoming

Jane Madell, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jane Madell, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and a certified auditory-verbal therapist. Her clinical and research interests include hearing in infants and children, management of severe/profound hearing loss, including hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems, and auditory processing disorders. She has published five books, numerous book chapters and articles. She writes the Hearing and Kids section of the HearingHealthMatters.com blog. Madell presents nationally and internationally on topics related to hearing loss in children.

Christine Erikson, M.E.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Christine Erikson, M.E.D., is a mainstream teacher of the deaf at the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Massachusetts. She has taught for 10 years in domestic and international settings and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Five years ago she developed an auditory-oral program imbedded in an urban, bilingual public elementary school in Worcester, Massachusetts. Currently, she teaches at Young Voices and provides early intervention to families and babies 0-3 years.

Sandra Ramos-Ibarra, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Sandra Ramos-Ibarra, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, has been a teacher of children with hearing loss for over 20 years. She co-presents across the nation training teachers on a diagnostic developmental language scale and also offers professional development webinars on listening and spoken language and hearing loss.

Rebecca Schmitt, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Rebecca Schmitt, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, has been a teacher of children with hearing loss for over 20 years at a listening and spoken language school in Texas. She co-presents across the nation training teachers on a diagnostic developmental language scale and also offers professional development webinars on listening and spoken language and hearing loss.

Liz Fales, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Liz Fales, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the coordinator of the preschool department at the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She has a master's degree in early intervention in deaf education from Fontbonne University and has worked in the field for 14 years. As a supervising teacher, she coaches families to develop the skills needed to advocate for their child with hearing loss and enhance communication with their child. She has presented at workshops at the Moog Center and at international conventions.

Christine Gustus, M.S., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Christine Gustus, M.S., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the director of admissions and evaluations at the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been a teacher of the deaf and a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years. She is a member of the educational evaluation team which provides evaluations for families and helps them make appropriate educational decisions for their child. Gustus is an instructor in deaf education in the Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University School of Medicine.

Jason Wigand, Au.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jason Wigand, Au.D., CCC-A, is an assistant professor, audiologist and clinical director of the cochlear implant program at the University of South Carolina's Speech and Hearing Research Center. He completed undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky and received his Au.D. from The Ohio State University. As a researcher, audiologist, late-deafened adult and bilateral cochlear implant recipient, Wigand is passionate about helping and educating both adult and pediatric patients with hearing loss and their families.

Jamy Claire Archer, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jamy Claire Archer, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, received her master’s degree from Purdue University, and is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and a clinical instructor at the University of South Carolina training speech-language pathology students. She enjoys co-advising the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, serving on the cochlear implant team, and co-advising the auditory-verbal emphasis track.

Gina Crosby-Quinatoa, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Gina Crosby-Quinatoa, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a certified bilingual speech-language pathologist. She serves as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) on the cochlear implant team and senior clinical instructor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Carolina. Her clinical and research interests include culturally responsive practices and literacy development in marginalized populations.

Nicole Herrod-Burrows, Au.D., CCC-A

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Nicole Herrod-Burrows, Au.D., CCC-A, has been employed by the University of South Carolina Speech and Hearing Research Center since 2004 and serves on the cochlear implant team. She earned both her bachelor of science and master of communication sciences and disorders degrees from Auburn University. Burrows received her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Florida in 2003.

Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist in private practice. She provides auditory-verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation and educational advocacy services to families around the world through telepractice. She also mentors aspiring listening and spoken language specialists and has worked to build the capacity of professionals in developing countries, especially in Latin America. She is active in research on hearing technology and speech, language and literacy outcomes for children with hearing loss. Her website is www.AuditoryVerbalTherapy.net, where she writes extensively on all topics related to hearing loss.

Jay Wyant

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Jay Wyant is chief information accessibility officer (CIAO) for the State of Minnesota. He is a past president of AG Bell and previously wrote a technology column for Volta Voices. He enjoys exploring urban trails with his wife and daughter.

Pnina Bravmann, Au.D., CCC-SLP/A, TSHH, SAS, LSLS Cert. AVT

Relevant Financial Relationships: Auditory Oral School of New York - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Pnina Bravmann, Au.D., CCC-SLP/A, TSHH, SAS, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the founder and director of the Auditory Oral School of New York, the largest preschool program in the world focused on listening, spoken language, literacy and social skills for children with hearing loss, and the StriVright to Succeed early intervention program. She provides evaluations, support services and school consultations to assist children with hearing loss and their families with mainstreaming.

Jacqueline DeGroat, M.S.Ed., Psy.D.

Relevant Financial Relationships: No
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Jacqueline DeGroat, M.S.Ed., Psy.D., is the psychologist at the Auditory Oral School of New York/Strivright. She has worked with children and families for 30 years in educational and therapeutic settings. She is part of a comprehensive evaluation team for children birth-5, consults with teachers and parents, and provides play therapy to preschool-aged children, as well as social skills training groups focused on development of social and play skills, emotional awareness and coping skills.

Joni Alberg, Ph.D.

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Joni Alberg, Ph.D., has more than 35 years experience working in the field of special education with the past 17 years focused on children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. She has a passion for supporting parents and providing them with the information and tools needed to advocate on behalf of their children as well as for helping professionals understand the perspectives and needs of parents.

Juliana Scott

Relevant Financial Relationships: No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children - Salary/Employment
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Juliana Scott is the Director of Operations and Development at No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

 

Andrew Kendrick MSE, LSL Cert. AVT

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 Andrew Kendrick has worked extensively in the field of Auditory-Verbal Therapy over the past 24 years. Andrew’s work as therapist, consultant, lecturer, and publisher has given him the opportunity to live and work in Australia, Singapore, and China. During this time Andrew has gained significant experience in working with children, parents, teachers, therapists, audiologists and other related professionals across cultures. In Singapore he was director of a Cochlear Implant Program. As Program Development Manager for The Shepherd Centre, a large non government auditory-verbal intervention centre in Australia, he established an internal training and mentoring program and external professional development courses as well as accountability across the organisation for children’s outcomes. Andrew has presented and lectured extensively at national and international conferences across Asia Pacific. Andrew currently supports Cochlear Ltd’s Re/Habilitation initiative and strategy across Cochlear’s Global outreach as the Global Rehabilitation Manager.

Bobbi Scheinin Au.D.

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Bobbi is the Senior Product Manager for Software and Clinical Care. Bobbi joined Cochlear Americas in August of 2007. In her current role, Bobbi is responsible for fitting software for both CI and Baha products, the Clinical Care Innovations, and management of the HOPE program. Prior to this position, Bobbi served as the Senior Product Manager of Baha Sound Processors and a subject matter expert for the Baha product line, interfacing with internal and external partners and customers. With twenty years of audiological experience in audiometric equipment manufacturing as well as in clinical settings, Bobbi’s experience includes working in product management for manufacturers of hearing implants, hearing aids, diagnostic and screening audiometric equipment. Her Clinical Audiology work includes diagnostic evaluations, hearing aids, rehabilitation therapy, school screenings, community education, and newborn hearing screenings. Bobbi obtained her doctorate at A.T. Stills University in Mesa, AZ and her Masters at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. 

Sarah Hargest M.S., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: Advanced Bionics - Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

Sarah Hargest, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Senior Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist, West Region for Advanced Bionics.  Sarah has experience working with children with hearing loss as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist in school, clinic, and home-based settings.  Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University and her graduate degree at Arizona State University with an emphasis in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology.  She also completed the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants training program for professionals providing early intervention services to children with cochlear implants with an emphasis on listening and spoken language.  

 

David Sousa, PH.D.

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Enid Wolf-Schein Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Relevant Financial Relationships: AG Bell /Royalty/Publication of "SMILE"
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No

American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 1957.  Positions -speech-language pathologist, Philadelphia School System, Prince Georges County, MD, the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, Center for Autistic Children, University of Pennsylvania Special Education administrator in the District of Columbia Public Schools, faculty of the Special Education program in Educational Psychology at New York University, Research Scientist - Psycholinguist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. From 1989 to 1992 she taught in the Severe Disabilities Program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Chief Researcher for the Alberta Education Response Center. Author of several assessment tools for students with severe disabilities including the BRIAAC: Behavior Rating Instrument for Autistic and other Atypical Children and the author of Structured Methods in Language Education: SMILE and SMILE Plus. Currently consultant in programming for special populations with severe disorders in spoken language and literacy including among others New York City Department of Education District/75, Exceptional Student Education Broward County FL Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Autism Community Training in Vancouver, BC.

 

Kim Hamren

Financial disclosure: Listen and Talk/Salary/Employment
Non-Financial disclosure: WA Hands and Voices/Professional/Board membership

Presenter bio forthcoming