Presenter Bios

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Jayne Simpson Allen, Dip.T., B.Ed., M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
Northern Cochlear Implant Programme
Jayne Simpson Allen, Dip.T., B.Ed., M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, is a cochlear implant (re)habilitationist for the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme at Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. She works with school-age students in greater Auckland and Northland. Originally from Australia, she has worked as an educator of children who are deaf and hard of hearing since 1986. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, and was the first certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Auditory-Verbal Therapist in New Zealand.
Home Supporting: Leaving the toys in the car

Lyndsey Allen, LSLS Cert. AVT
The Ear Foundation
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Lyndsey Allen, LSLS Cert. AVT, practices in Nottingham, United Kingdom, where she coordinates the professional education program for The Ear Foundation. She also presents internationally on a range of topics. As founder of the Auditory Verbal Lounge, an independent practice offering Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Auditory Enrichment Therapy, she has a particular interest in the use of daily routines to develop spoken language through listening, a topic on which she contributed to AG Bell's 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice edited by Warren Estabrooks. She is a mentor for developing Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) professionals in Europe and is currently researching theory of mind and pragmatic language development for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in collaboration with Tiffany Hutchins, assistant professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont.
Home Supporting: Leaving the Toys in the Car
Theory of Mind and Pragmatics: Think About It!

Corinne Altman
AG Bell Nevada
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Corrine Altman is the co-president of the Nevada chapter of AG Bell and is the mother of five children, the first two of whom were born profoundly deaf. The choice for listening and spoken language communication for her children led Altman and her family on a journey with many opportunities to be a voice for hearing loss. Altman served a three-year term as president for SOUND Foundation (Seeking Out Unlimited Normal Development for the Hearing Impaired Child). In 2001, Altman helped with Assembly Bill 250 and also testified before the Nevada Assembly on behalf of early hearing detection. The Newborn Hearing Screening Bill was mandated in the State of Nevada on January 1, 2002. She is a Co-Founder of "forHIM" ministry at Central Christian Church in Henderson, Nev., providing CART and ASL for individuals with hearing loss attending Sunday services. In 2006, Altman helped revive the Nevada chapter of AG Bell. Following the 2008 AG Bell convention in Milwaukee, she founded N*Courage*Mint and in collaboration with John Tracy Clinic provides live-web-fed parent education and interactive group support in Southern Nevada to parents of children with hearing loss 0-5 years old. Altman served as the chair of the 2012 AG Bell Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is currently serving her second term on the AG Bell board of directors.
Honey, Read My Lips: Joys and Challenges in Romantic Relationships

Karen L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss Information and resources
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Karen L. Anderson, Ph.D., has been an audiologist for over 30 years, specializing in educational audiology, identification and intervention of infants with hearing loss and serving students who are hard of hearing. She is lead author of Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom: Optimizing Achievement for Students with Hearing Loss. Anderson is the author or co-author of test instruments, articles and materials for school staff or parents and has presented widely on these topics. Commonly requested materials can be found on her website successforkidswithhearingloss.com. She is a highly sought-after speaker, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to early intervention and school-age services for children with hearing loss.
Determining Eligibility: Considerations for the "Good Student"

Rachel Arfa, J.D.
Equip for Equality
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Rachel Arfa, J.D., is a staff attorney at Equip for Equality, a legal advocacy organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in the State of Illinois. Arfa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. A Chicago resident, she is involved with several community activities, including as communications co-chair for the New Leaders Council, chair of the Steppenwolf Theatre Outreach Committee, and chair of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf. She also serves on the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation board of directors and the Metra Train ADA Advisory Committee. Arfa was born with a profound hearing loss and now wears bilateral cochlear implants. She has been a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since attending her first convention at age 6 in Toronto, Canada. She is currently serving in her second term on the AG Bell board of directors.
Navigating Sticky Issues: Jobs and People with Hearing Loss
Living the Life: Deaf Adult Social

Shelly Ash, M.S.
All Children's Hospital
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Shelly Ash, M.S., is the lead cochlear implant team audiologist at All Children's Hospital in Florida and has been involved in the field of cochlear implants since 1990. She has been involved in multiple clinical trials with Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics and MED-EL Corporation devices. Ash has authored/co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has presented research at the national and international levels. She has been with All Children's Hospital since 2000; at that time, the center supported a total of 20 patients. The program has grown to over 250 patients currently. All Children's Hospital Cochlear Implant Program is the only facility in central and western Florida serving only pediatric patients. The program's mission is to consider the 'whole child' through a multidisciplinary approach from candidacy to after implantation and beyond.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Children with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)

Christine Barton, MM, MT-BC
Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Advanced Bionics Consulting Fee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Christine Barton, MM, MT-BC, is an award-winning composer and performer and a board certified music therapist. In addition to her private practice, she provides music therapy services to the children of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis and is a music consultant to Advanced Bionics, LLC. 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, which is the recipient of the 2009 Most Valuable Product (MVP) award by readers of TherapyTimes.com. In 2011, Barton completed the University of North Carolina's post-graduate "Certificate in Auditory Learning in Young Children."
The Magic of Music: Children with Hearing Loss

Jonathan Berger, J.D.
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Jonathan Berger, J.D., has severe to profound bilateral hearing loss that was diagnosed at age 2. He received bilateral cochlear implants in his late 30s. His wife, Meredith Berger, is the director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in New York City. They have two girls, Noa, age 5, and Eila, age 2, who has bilateral microtia/atresia. Berger received his B.A. in Rhetoric and Philosophy from the Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1999. After law school, Berger was an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He served for approximately seven years in the Special Prosecutions Bureau and in the Money Laundering and Tax Crimes Unit. Berger was responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of financial crimes, including white collar, computer and tax related crimes. He is currently an associate at Levisohn Berger LLP where he engages in a broad-based intellectual property practice. Berger currently serves on the AG Bell board of directors and was a board member of the New York chapter of AG Bell from approximately 2007 until 2013.
Lessons from the Battlefield: Deaf Adults Share Their Tips to Success

Lori L. Bobsin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
University of Virginia Health System
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Lori Bobsin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the coordinator of the Aural Habilitation Program for the University of Virginia Cochlear Implant Team in Charlottesville, Va. Bobsin has 13 years of experience providing listening and spoken language services as well as consultation and training to individuals, schools and families on a variety of topics related to auditory-verbal practice. She has supervised practicum experiences for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology students at the graduate level. Bobsin has presented at national and state conferences, has taught graduate-level classes in aural habilitation, and has presented at informational cochlear implant forums. Her research interests include the cognitive and linguistic development of children with significant hearing loss.
Speech Acoustics for Parents

Pnina Bravmann, Au.D., CCC-SLP/A, TSHH, SAS, LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory/Oral School of NY / Strivright
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
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 and spoken language 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.
Holler If You Hear Me

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S.,CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
The Moog Center for Deaf Education
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: The Moog Center Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Professional/Board member
Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S.,CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the executive director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her Master's degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood Education and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She has been in the field of early intervention for more than 25 years. She created a Toddler Curriculum and a Language Curriculum which are used in all Certified Moog Programs. Moog Brooks is the author of the book, My Baby and Me:  A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk. She has lectured throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. Moog Brooks continues to provide direct child services and parent support to families with children ages birth to 3. In addition, she is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners.
Real-Time Embedded Coaching, It Really Works!
Hands-On: Apps and the iPad
Tele-Intervention: Strategies for an Effective Session

Stephen Brushighan, M.A.
Kent State University
Stephen M. Brusnighan, M.A., is a graduate research assistant in Cognitive Psychology at Kent State University, with a focus on research in word processing during silent reading. He studies a number of factors that influence word recognition and word learning.
Skills Underlying Reading Comprehension Ability in Auditory-Verbal Readers

Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Oberkotter Foundation
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Oberkotter Foundation - Consulting fee Plural Publishers -
Royalty/Author
American Cochlear Implant Alliance - Board member
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: American Cochlear Implant Alliance/Board membership
Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, founder and president of Learning Innovation Associates, LLC, is dedicated to excellence in early intervention through professional learning and mentorship. She is currently the chief learning officer of a new educational endeavor at the Oberkotter Foundation in establishing an innovative learning center to support and connect professionals working with or on behalf of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Her areas of expertise include strategies to teach spoken language through listening, guiding and coaching parents, adult learning, theory of mind development, team building, and program development. She is the co-editor of "Auditory-Verbal Practice: Teaching Spoken Language through Listening" scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2014. She has authored or co-authored a number of journal articles and chapters and has delivered keynotes and workshops in nearly all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, throughout South America, the Northern Marianna Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Caraway is the co-founder and former co-executive director of the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City, Okla. She served as the founding president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. She has previously served as a director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and Auditory-Verbal International (AVI). In addition, she is a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Caraway has taught at the university level and has been recognized for outstanding clinical skills by her peers. She skillfully blends research into clinical practice in her workshops and presentations.
Bridging the Gaps: A Continuous Learning Model for the 21st Century LSL Professional

Becky Clem, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Cook Children's Medical Center
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: LSLS Mentoring Consulting Fee
Ed. Coor. For Rehab Services 
Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell Academy Appeals Committee/ Volunteer membership on advisory committee
Becky Clem, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist specializing in working with babies and young children with cochlear implants. Clem earned an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and an additional certification in Special Education from Texas Christian University, and a Masters' degree in Communication Disorders from Wichita State University. She is the education coordinator for rehab services at Cook Children's Medical Center. Over the years, she has provided listening and spoken language services to families of babies and children with hearing loss, mentored and coached professionals towards their Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification, and mentored for the First Years distance learning program for professionals working in pediatric hearing loss. She has also been involved in health literacy initiatives for improving outcomes for newborn hearing screening follow-up and has taught pediatric aural rehabilitation to graduate students at the University of North Texas. Clem presents and teaches on the regional, state and national levels. She currently serves on the Appeals Committee for the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. She is the author of published articles on pediatric hearing loss and intervention. She is currently working with the Oberkotter Foundation's learning center domain work group. Her passion for children with hearing loss and their families extends to working with the Global Foundation For Children with Hearing Loss in Vietnam, where she participates in their teacher training and mentoring program.
The "What, Why, What" of Health Literacy

Tina Childress, M.A., CCC-A
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Advanced Bionics
Professional/Volunteering teaching and speaking
Tina Childress, M.A., CCC-A, has worked in the field of audiology since 1998. Her experience includes working in the mainstream and residential school settings as well as for a cochlear implant manufacturer. She is also a sought-after lecturer and presenter on cochlear implants, assistive technology, aural rehabilitation and social/emotional impacts of hearing loss. Most recently, she has become known for her expertise on social media as well as choosing and using apps for children and adults with hearing loss. With her dual perspective as an audiologist and late-deafened adult with bilateral cochlear implants, her passion is to bring information to the consumers and professionals in a way that is understandable and current.
Travel Tips and Emergency Preparedness

David Davis, B.A, MLIS
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
David Davis is a reference/instruction librarian and adjunct instructor at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. He was born profoundly deaf and received listening and spoken language services from the pioneer in the field Helen Beebe. A beneficiary of early mainstreaming, Davis 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 Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in 2011 and enjoys teaching and providing reference services. He has served on the AG Bell board of directors from 2001-2007 and was co-counselor for the AG Bell Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program in 1996, 1998 and 2001. He is currently the 2014 AG Bell Convention chair and hopes you are enjoying the convention!
deaf with a Small "d": What Does It Mean?

Alisa Demico, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Alisa Demico, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is co-director at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. She has enjoyed providing services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families at Clarke Jacksonville for 16 years. Demico works primarily with children and their families in the early intervention and preschool program. She is the co-author of the Picture Perfect Preschool. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from West Virginia University.
A Sound Change: Educating Related-Service Professionals

Wendy DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Oberkotter Foundation Professional Learning Initiative
Wendelyn DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, provides a formal mentoring program for professionals nationally and internationally who are interested in meeting the criteria for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) through the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. DeMoss also provides speech-language assessment and intervention services for children, preschool through later elementary in the Oklahoma City, Okla., area or through tele-intervention.
Bridging the Gaps: A Continuous Learning Model for the 21st Century LSL Professional

Lydia Denworth
Author
Lydia Denworth is a science writer and the author of I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. She is a former Newsweek reporter, London bureau chief at People magazine and professor of journalism at Fordham University. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American Mind, Parents and many other publications.
Sounds to Words: How the Brain Hears  

Cheryl L. Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory-Verbal Consultancy
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Cheryl L. Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, mentors professionals throughout the world and has established training programs in clinics in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and the Philippines. She served as the president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language from 2010-2012 and served as co-chair of the Certification Committee for four years. She was the founder and past director of the CLASP Auditory-Verbal Centre in Manila, Philippines. She authored the Cochlear Ltd. publications Sound Foundation for Babies and co-authored Track a Listening Child.
Real Magic: Transforming the Future Through Mentoring

Michelle Disbery, B.Teach (EC), Grad.Cert.Ed.Stud., M.Spec.Ed.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Brittany Dorn, M.E.D
Clarke Mainstream Services
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Salary/Employee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Brittany Dorn, M.E.D, is a teacher of the deaf at Clarke Mainstream Services. She has worked with students from pre-school all the way to grade 12. Dorn earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Connecticut and her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Smith College. Before becoming an itinerant teacher, Dorn taught second grade in Hartford, Conn. She enjoys reading, running and spending time with her family.
Can you SPEAK UP: Self-advocacy for Students

Dimity Dornan, Ph.D. UQ, Hon.D.Univ. USQ, B.Sp.Thy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hear and Say
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Dimity Dornan, Ph.D. UQ, Hon.D.Univ. USQ, B.Sp.Thy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist with over 45 years of experience, and the founder and executive director of Hear and Say, which has enabled thousands of deaf children to listen and speak. Today Hear and Say provides services for nearly 600 children and families. Dornan has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship (1992), a Member of the Order of Australia (1998) and a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia (1999). She has also received the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Award of Distinction for Services to Medicine (1999), Australian of the Year for Queensland (2003), Ernst & Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2005), Suncorp Queenslander of the Year (2010), University of Queensland Alumni of the Year (2011), the Telstra Business Women's Awards Business Woman of the Year for Queensland and White Pages Community and Government Award (2011). She was recently invested into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller (June 2013) and was also named a 'Queensland Great' (June 2013) for a significant contribution to Queensland. Dornan also gained her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Queensland. In the same year she received an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from the University of Southern Queensland and was appointed adjunct associate professor of the University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has also initiated and developed the Ling Consortium, an international consortium of professionals developing and delivering globally recognized university-based courses on listening and spoken language for children with hearing loss. Dornan is the immediate past chair of First Voice, the national voice for member organizations whose primary focus is the provision of listening and spoken language services in Australia, and is chair of the Professional Education and Training Committee of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health. She is on the Advisory Board of Leichardt Training, on the Board of the Ken Fletcher Foundation as well as on the board of Hear and Say.
Application of Ling's Strategies: A Global Perspective

Jill Duncan, M.Ed., M.Ed.Man., Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Jill Duncan, M.Ed., M.Ed.Man., Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, studied Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Deaf Education with Richard and Laura Kretschmer, and Roberta Truax at the University of Cincinnati. She has been a practicing auditory-verbal therapist since 1987 when she worked at the Helen Beebe Speech and Hearing Center with the esteemed Helen Beebe in Pennsylvania. Duncan has been a senior administrator in well-known programs for children and students with hearing loss in both Australia and the United States. She held an academic position at the Deafness Studies Unit, University of Melbourne, and is currently head of graduate studies at the RIDBC Renwick Centre/University of Newcastle in Sydney, Australia. In addition to authoring many articles and chapters, she co-edited the book, Auditory-Verbal Practice: Toward a Family-Centered Approach (2010) with Ellen Rhoades and co-authored the book, Auditory (Re)habilitation for Adolescent with Hearing Loss: Theory and Practice (in press) with Ellen Rhoades and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick.
Social Capital and Students with Hearing Loss

Alli Emge
High School Student
Alli Emge is 17 years old and will be a senior at a small private school in San Diego, where she was mainstreamed since the age of 3. Emge was diagnosed at the age of 2 with a profound hearing loss in one ear and severe to profound in the other ear. She was 3 years old when she received her first cochlear implant, and wore a hearing aid in the other ear. Emge was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss in both ears at 12 years of age and received a cochlear implant for her second ear.  She loves challenges: a heavy academic course load, participating in several varsity and junior varsity sports each year as well as positions as vice president for her school's Community Service Board and chair of logistics for San Diego's Walk for Water (a student-run nonprofit). In addition, Emge loves languages. Her favorite class at school is Spanish, she started learning sign language two years ago, and this year she began learning Vietnamese. In 2013, she participated in AG Bell's Leadership Opportunities for Teens program, where she met her roommate and co-presenter, Anna Rech.
Now You Hear Us: Definitely Awesome Teens!

Michael Eskenazi, M.A.
Kent State University
Michael A. Eskenazi, M.A., is a graduate researcher in Cognitive Psychology at Kent State University. He studies word processing during silent reading using eye movement monitoring. He is currently studying the role of word order during silent reading to
Skills Underlying Reading Comprehension Ability in Auditory-Verbal Readers

Hannah Eskridge, MSP, LSLS Cert. AVT
CASTLE, University of North Carolina
Hannah Eskridge, MSP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the director of the Center for Acquisition of Spoken Language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE) at the University of North Carolina. She serves as the state champion for North Carolina for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
Affordable Care Act and Hearing Health Care

Susan Fingerle
Hands and Voices
Susan Fingerle is an attorney and the parent of a young son with a moderate hearing loss.
Preparing for and Participating in Your Child's IEP Meeting

Carol Flexer, Ph.D.
University of Akron
Carol Flexer, Ph.D., 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 co-edited and authored twelve books. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, a past president of the American Academy of Audiology and a past president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
Reviewing Audiologic Test Results to Improve Management

Jocelyn 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.
Skills Underlying Reading Comprehension Ability in Auditory-Verbal Readers

Dianne Ganguly-Hammes, M.S., CCC-SLP
Keck School of Medicine: USC Center for Childhood Communicaiton
Balanced Literacy: A Model for Early Intervention

Kate Gfeller, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Kate Gfeller, Ph.D., is the Russell and Florence Day Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Music and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. Gfeller is a member of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinic
Research Symposium

Mary Beth Goring, M.A., MFT
John Tracy Clinic
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Cochlear Corp. Speaking fee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: John Tracy Clinic Salary/Employment
Mary Beth Goring, M.A., MFT, is the director of the Department of Counseling and Child Development Services at John Tracy Clinic (JTC). She received her B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas in 1979, and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1984, and has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1988. She has spent the last 26 years working with families of young children with hearing loss at John Tracy Clinic in the role of marriage and family counselor. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she facilitates support groups for English- and Spanish-speaking parents and school-aged siblings, and provides individual and family counseling to families who attend JTC services. Goring also provides child development screenings for preschoolers at JTC. She is adjunct faculty for JTC's master's level teacher training program. During JTC's international summer sessions, Goring directs the Sibling and Spanish Professional programs for families and professionals from around the world. She trains parents in the areas of relationships in families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, dealing with difficult feelings, behavior management, stress management and related topics. She has written several articles in English and Spanish about families with children with hearing loss and the parent-professional partnership.  Goring regularly travels throughout the United States, Latin America and Spain presenting trainings for parents and professionals.
Feeling, Dealing, and Healing: The Family's Journey

Christine Gustus, M.S., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
The Moog Center for Deaf Education
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: The Moog Center Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Christine Gustus, M.S., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, has been a speech-language pathologist and a teacher of the deaf for over 30 years. As the director of admissions and evaluations, she is a member of the Moog Center for Deaf Education educational evaluation team which provides evaluations for families who wish to assess their child's skills and want help in making appropriate decisions regarding their child's educational placement. Gustus is able to connect with each and every child in the school program and is adept in counseling families of young children with hearing loss regarding their child's skills and potential. She works with parents to help them understand their child's strengths and weakness and help families prepare the most advantageous education for their child. Her approach is to work closely with each family to help them plan an educational path that is appropriate to meet the needs of their child. Gustus is an instructor in the Master's of Science in Deaf Education Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. She is part of the Moog Center for Deaf Education app team and helped to create the First 100 Words app. In addition, she is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate with an emphasis in Andragogy.
Hands-On: Apps and the iPad

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 a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT) with Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hanna is outreach coordinator, increasing community awareness of hearing loss, managing community and school-based hearing screenings, and establishing contracts with local school districts in addition to providing weekly listening and spoken language services for infants and children with hearing loss. 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.
The Interrupting Chicken: Developing Higher-Level Language through Literature
Facilitating Change through Motivational Interviewing

Krista S. Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Exceptional Children
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Krista Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an educational consultant for the deaf and hard of hearing at the 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 in speech-language pathology and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. In addition to her public school experience, she was the speech-language pathologist on the cochlear implant team at the University of Michigan from 2001-2006 and worked as an auditory education consultant for Advanced Bionics Corporation from 2006-2009.
It's not Fine. It's not OK.

Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A
Medical University of South Carolina
Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A, is the clinical coordinator for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) cochlear implant program. She joined the MUSC faculty in 2006 as a pediatric audiologist. She is on the board of directors for the South Carolina chapter of AG Bell.
Complicated Cochlear Implant Cases

Louise Honck, Cert. MRCSLT, PGDip. AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory VerbalUK
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Louise Honck, Cert. MRCSLT, PGDip. AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist currently working at Auditory VerbalUK (AVUK), where she is involved in clinical work with families and co-presents on the training course run by AVUK for professionals working with children with hearing loss. She is dually trained as a Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist and obtained her Master's degree at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2004, and has delivered  audiology and speech-language services across a range of different settings to various client groups. She completed her postgraduate diploma in Auditory-Verbal Therapy with distinction at Aston University in 2011. She was mentored towards her LSLS certification by Jacqueline Stokes, Catherine White and Rosie Richardson whilst working at Auditory VerbalUK.
The Magic of Purposeful Play

Michael Hood
Michael Hood is a technology evangelist at Hill-Rom. Outside of work, he can usually be found plunging down waterfalls in his kayak or taking beautiful photos.
Accessible Media in the Post-TV World

Elaine Devora Jacobs, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Auditory/Oral School of NY / Strivright
Elaine Devora Jacobs, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, is an educational and clinical audiologist, servicing patients from birth through adulthood, and providing consultations to assist with acoustics and accommodations in the mainstream at the Auditory Oral School of New York, the largest preschool program in the world focused on listening and spoken language for children with hearing loss, and the StriVright to Succeed Early Intervention Program.
Holler If You Hear Me

Mary Boucher Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Mary Boucher Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, has been an auditory-verbal therapist since training with Doreen Pollack and Nancy Caleffe-Schenck in Colorado in the early 1980s. She is the president of Listen and Learn Auditory-Verbal Communication
Real Magic: Transforming the Future Through Mentoring

Ashley Kachelmeyer, M.E.D.
Clarke Mainstream Services
Ashley Kachelmeyer, M.E.D., is a teacher of the deaf for Clarke Mainstream Services and currently teaches high school students. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and also holds a Master's degree in Deaf Education. Kachelmeyer has directed Clarke's summer program for students with hearing loss for the past two summers and is inspired by the students and families she works with daily. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and exercising.
Can you SPEAK UP: Self-advocacy for Students

Lynette Kreidler, B.A. Psych.
Kent State University
Lynette Kreidler, B.A. Psych., is the research program coordinator for the March of Dimes-funded study on reading in individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing at Kent State University. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Co
Skills Underlying Reading Comprehension Ability in Auditory-Verbal Readers

Jennifer Kyzer, B.A.
Jennifer Kyzer resides in Atlanta, Ga., where she is an independent business owner. She is the mother of Zachary, 16 , who was born with a severe-profound hearing loss and received cochlear implantation at 12 months of age.
Game On! Sports and Cochlear Implants

Amy Peters Lalios, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness
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Amy Peters Lalios, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the current director of therapy services, including the ConnectHear Teleintervention Program, at the Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness in West Allis, Wisc. In addition to direct therapy services, Peters Lalios has experience mentoring professionals wishing to increase their knowledge and skills in providing a listening and spoken language outcome for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Prior to her move to Wisconsin in 2005, she practiced as an audiologist and therapist in various settings, including serving as a regional audiology consultant for a State Department of Health's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program and offered auditory-verbal services through her own private practice for 12 years. Peters Lalios has written for informational publications, served on health advisory boards of various community organizations and presented at professional conferences.
Tomorrow's Magic Made Real Through Today's Learning

Valeri Le Beau
Advanced Bionics
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Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Valeri Le Beau is the consumer education and rehab manager at Advanced Bionics. Le Beau brings a lifetime of personal and professional expertise to the field of hearing loss. She received her undergraduate degree in Education 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. She has practiced across the country in educational, private and hospital based settings, with an intense focus on providing services to children with hearing losses. Throughout her career, Le Beau has lectured, trained and mentored on cochlear implantation and rehabilitation following implantation.
Developing the Musical Brain to Boost Early Communication and Listening (learning lab)

Ken Levinson, CPA
AGBELL Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT)
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Profoundly deaf since the age of 21 months, Ken Levinson grew up in Seattle. He attended the University of Washington and Columbia University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master's of Business Administration degrees, respectively. Levinson 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 firms. Levinson has served as executive director of the Children's Hearing Institute in New York, N.Y. He has served on numerous boards, including AG Bell, Gallaudet University, House Research Institute, Circus Center of San Francisco and Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management. He is a past president of AG Bell. Levinson has received numerous honors for his service, including the AG Bell Honors of the Association award, the Distinguished Service Award from the California Society of CPAs and the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from Lakeside School. Levinson 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.
I AM GREAT - Building Self Esteem

Stacey Lim, CCC-A, Au.D., Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: March of Dimes
Grants/Research
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Stacey Lim, CCC-A, Au.D., Ph.D., received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Akron and her Ph.D. from Kent State University. Currently, she is an assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University. Her past honors include receiving a Fulbright grant to study the support systems available to adults with hearing loss in Germany. As an individual who was born with profound, bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss, she has had a longstanding interest in cochlear implants and literacy.
Skills Underlying Reading Comprehension Ability in Auditory-Verbal Readers

Jane R. Madell, Ph.D.
Pediatric Audiology Consulting
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Jane R. Madell, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®). 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. Until December 2009, she was director of the Hearing and Learning Center and co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center at Beth Israel - New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Madell presents nationally and internationally on topics related to hearing loss in children.
Reviewing Audiologic Test Results to Improve Management

Kristin Matta, B.A., M.A.
Parent of a teenager with a cochlear implant
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Med-El/Consulting fee
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Kristin Matta, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is the mother of 15-year-old Garrett who received cochlear implantation at age 3 ½. Her sports experience includes 20 years working in the U.S. Olympic movement.
Game On! Sports and Cochlear Implants

Melissa McCarthy, B.A., M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
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Melissa McCarthy, B.A., M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is the director of educational services at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in Sydney, Australia. As a teacher of the deaf and a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®), she has worked in a variety of educational settings with children from birth to 18 years of age in both the United States and Australia. She was instrumental in developing the RIDBC Teleschool program, a unique service that uses telepractice to provide specialist hearing support to families living in rural Australia. McCarthy is a strong advocate for the benefits of telepractice and is currently focusing on the implementation of telepractice in early intervention and school-based services in metropolitan areas.
Telepractice Training Protocol-The RIDBC Model

Catharine McNally
Catharine McNally is a quality and accessibility analyst at Phase2 Technology. She is member of the AG Bell board of directors. When not at work, look for her at a nearby Cross-Fit gym or on the golf course.
Accessible Media in the Post-TV World

Ted Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
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Grant/Independent Contractor
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Ted Meyer, M.D., Ph.D., is the medical director of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Cochlear Implant Program. He is an associate professor and is fellowship-trained in Neuro-Otology. Meyer currently serves as treasurer on the AG Bell board of directors.
Complicated Cochlear Implant Cases

Carissa Moeggenberg, B.S., M.A.
Advanced Bionics
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Carissa Moeggenberg, B.S., M.A., completed both a Bachelor's of Science (1991) and a Master's of Audiology (1992) degrees from Central Michigan University. Upon completing these studies, 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 senior manager of education, training and rehabilitation for North and South America. She is the co-developer of the Listening Room, an online rehabilitation website. She has co-authored several publications on cochlear implantation and has presented nationally and internationally on cochlear implantation and aural rehabilitation. Moeggenberg lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.
Innovations in Sound Processor Technology for Improved Quality of Life (learning lab)

Helen M. Morrison, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listening and Spoken Language Coaching and Mentoring
Helen M. Morrison, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, mentors professionals working toward their Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification. She was a past director at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas, and retired from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas as an associate professor. She has published research in the areas of speech development in children with hearing loss, auditory-verbal practice and auditory-verbal mentoring. She is a past member of the Certification Committee for the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
Real Magic: Transforming the Future Through Mentoring

Carianne T. Muse, MPH
Oberkotter Foundation
Carianne Muse, MPH, is a public health professional from Atlanta, Ga., with over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, research, project management and technology consulting. She currently serves as the director of family engagement and outreach for the Oberkotter Foundation where she is developing national awareness and support efforts for families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.  She also has three young children ages 7, 5, and 1; the youngest two have been diagnosed with hearing loss from birth. Muse is president of the board of directors of Georgia Hands & Voices and the AG Bell parent representative on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.
Assessing Family Needs, Strengths and Successes

Pauline Newton, Ph.D.
Southern Methodist University
Pauline Newton, Ph.D., teaches Discernment and Discourse at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Her field of specialty is 20th century American Literature. At SMU, she serves on the President's Advisory Committee on the Needs of Persons with Disabilities. She wears two cochlear implants.
Navigating Sticky Issues: Jobs and People with Hearing Loss

Erik Nordlof
2014 AG Bell Convention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Networking Commitee
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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's and master's degrees in information systems. Nordlof 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 Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program in 2002 and has volunteered and presented at AG Bell conventions about his college and work experiences.
We The People

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Israel, Norway and China to re-envision their learning.
Bridging the Gaps: A Continuous Learning Model for the 21st Century LSL Professional

Anne Oliver, M.A.
All Children's Hospital
Anne Oliver, M.A., is the clinical coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology at All Children's Hospital in Florida. She has also been the lead speech-language pathologist on All Children's Cochlear Implant Team since its inception in 1996, and the lead speech-language pathologist for All Children's Hospital's Auditory Neuropathy Program. Her passion has always been to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and speak. A few years ago she wrote and received a grant for financial support to start the Auditory Based Care program (known as ABC for short) at All Children's Hospital. Its mission is to provide the needed services for families who have chosen a listening and spoken language approach. This was previously a service that was not readily available in the community, as there were very few professionals with the expertise in this area. As a result of the ABC Program's training component, there are now speech-language pathologists specially trained in all 12 outreach sites to serve children with hearing loss.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Children with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)

Teri Ouellette, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis
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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).
Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) at the Edges: A Professional Conversation

Lynne H. Price, B.A.
Lynne H. Price is a National Board-certified teacher with 37 years of teaching experience. She is certified in the areas of Deaf & Hard of Hearing, k-12 Regular Education and Reading. She has worked in both residential and public school settings from preschool through high school, and in all professional settings from center-based through itinerant. She is fluent in American Sign Language and cued speech. She is also trained in listening and spoken language approaches. In addition to teaching, Price has served as an administrator of services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing in the 16th largest public school system in the nation. She has mentored staff and developed programming and curriculum. She is the author of Steps to Success: A Scope and Sequence of Skills for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Price has presented regional and national workshops on topics related to students who are hard of hearing or deaf. She also is a member of the North Carolina Task Force for the National Agenda for Achieving Educational Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
Determining Eligibility: Considerations for the "Good Student"

Alan Raffauf, M.S.
Oticon Medical
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Salary/Employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Alan Raffauf, M.S., is vice president for marketing at Oticon Medical, USA. Before joining the company in 2001, Raffauf practiced as an audiologist in clinical settings dispensing hearing aids. At Oticon, Raffauf served as a technical support audiologist, government services coordinator and product manager. He joined Oticon Medical in June of 2009.
Introduction to Ponto Plus: The Latest Advances in Wireless Technology and Bone Conduction Sound Processing

Anna Claire Rech
High School Student
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Anna Claire Rech is 17 years old and will be a senior at a large public high school. She was diagnosed with a bilateral, profound hearing loss at 6 months of age and received her first cochlear implant at 19 months, and her second when she was 6 years old. She started receiving auditory-verbal services upon diagnosis and continued through elementary school. She has been mainstreamed since preschool. She takes advanced and honors classes, and was named Rotary Club International's Sophomore Student of the Year. She participates in her school's Model UN and HOSA (future health professionals) clubs, and also serves as vice president of the Literary Club as well as a journalist for her school's newspaper. Rech is active in her community through volunteer work for blood drives and literacy programs; additionally, she has twice co-emceed the annual Gala for Houston's Center for Hearing and Speech and has been a camp counselor for Project T.A.L.K. Rech is a longtime member of AG Bell, having attended her first convention when she was 15 months old. She has participated in presentations with her parents at past AG Bell and Auditory-Verbal International conventions. She attended AG Bell's Leadership Opportunities for Teens in 2013, where she met her roommate and co-presenter, Alli Emge.
Now You Hear Us: Definitely Awesome Teens!

Vicki Reynolds, M.S.Ed., Certified Reading Recovery Specialist
Allen Independent School District
Vicki Reynolds, M.S.Ed., Certified Reading Recovery Specialist, has 28 years of experience in the field of deaf education. She began her career teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Richardson Independent School District, Texas. She then e
Balanced Literacy: A Model for Early Intervention

Rosemary Richardson, Cert. MCRSLT, PGDip. AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory VerbalUK
Rosemary Richardson, Cert. MCRSLT, PGDip. AVT, LSLS Cert. AVT, trained at Auditory VerbalUK in Oxfordshire, England, the only dedicated center offering auditory-verbal services to families in the United Kingdom. She was mentored by Jacqueline Stokes and Catherine White for her Listening and Spoken Language certification. Since qualification, Richardson has had a particular interest in, and has coordinated Auditory VerbalUK's "School Transition Programme." She is clinical lead at Auditory VerbalUK and has been involved in mentoring and training a number of therapists in the United Kingdom and Europe to certification.
The Magic of Purposeful Play

Cynthia S. Robinson, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
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Cynthia S. Robinson, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is co-director for Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Jacksonville, Fla. She is the author of The Mainstream Assessment of Readiness for Children Over Five. She has presented on mainstreaming, literacy and language development for children with hearing loss both nationally and internationally. Robinson has over 30 years experience in three states teaching children who are deaf to listen and talk. She has been working with children with cochlear implants and their families for more than 15 years in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms and in the mainstream. Since becoming co-director, she has been involved in building new partnerships in the community to support access to listening and spoken language services.
A Sound Change: Educating Related-Service Professionals

Susan Sehgal, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis
Susan Sehgal, Susan Sehgal, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, received her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University. She is the lead speech-language pathologist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She has been involved in working with children with hearing loss since 1989. Prior to working at St. Joseph Institute, Susan served as clinical supervisor of the DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory at Indiana University School of Medicine, gathering data for National Institutes of Health-funded research investigations of the benefits of cochlear implantation within the pediatric population. She was president of Hear Indiana from 1999-2001 and a member of the ad hoc committee that worked with legislatures to mandate universal newborn hearing screening in the state.
Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) at the Edges: A Professional Conversation

Debbie Schrader, B.S.
Keck School of Medicine: USC Center for Childhood Communication
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Debbie Schrader is a certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing with more than 30 years of experience in the classroom. Her teaching experience includes working as an early interventionist and as a classroom teacher for preschool, middle and high school students with hearing loss in public and private schools in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. Schrader served as a program support specialist and coordinating teacher in the School District of Waukesha's Statewide Auditory Oral Demonstration Project, working with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Medical College of Wisconsin Koss Cochlear Implant Team, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As the educational specialist in the Keck School of Medicine: USC Center for Childhood Communication she provides educational counseling, staff development and teacher training, aural rehabilitation, and listening and spoken language intervention to children with hearing loss, while working toward her certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®). She previously developed and coordinated a summer literacy intervention program supporting the development of emergent literacy skills for children with hearing loss from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at the House Research Institute.
Balanced Literacy: A Model for Early Intervention

Melissa Seal Shaner, B.S.
Hamilton Southeastern School System
Melissa Seal Shaner currently serves as the lead teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing in Hamilton Southeastern School System in Fishers, Ind. Shaner provides direct teaching services within the local district as well as support services and case management.
Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) at the Edges: A Professional Conversation

Dave Sindrey, M.Cl.Sc., LSLS Cert. AVT
Wordplay Publications & OIGO Clinic
Dave Sindrey, M.Cl.Sc., LSLS Cert. AVT, is known for his many workbooks and resources which he has both authored and illustrated, including Listening Games for Littles and the Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Guide. Sindrey has also developed several iPad apps as well as extensive online resources including the Listening Room through Advanced Bionics, Speechtree, Listeningtree, and Actividades de Audición for Programa Infantil Phonak in Spain. Sindrey was trained as a speech-language pathologist at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and is certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®). He owns and operates the clinic OIGO in Querétaro, México.
Explode the App!
Parent as Partner

Trudy Smith
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre
Trudy has been a Teacher of the Deaf since 1998. She spent several years working in inclusive classroom settings before becoming the Advisory Visiting Teacher: Hearing Impairment for the Mount Isa and Longreach Districts in Queensland. She worked as an Auditory Verbal Therapist, supporting children and families in rural and remote settings and became a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Cert. AVT in 2007. Trudy then took on the role of State-wide Education Advisor: Hearing Impairment for the Department of Education in Queensland which she held for three years.
Social Capital and Students with Hearing Loss

Donna L. Sorkin, M.A.
American Cochlear Implant Alliance
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Donna L. Sorkin, M.A., is the executive director of the newly formed American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance), an organization whose mission is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Prior to joining ACI Alliance, she was vice president for consumer affairs at Cochlear Americas where she led public policy initiatives and activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant recipients, including insurance practices, habilitation and educational needs of children with cochlear implants. Sorkin was previously the executive director of the 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, the National Institute on Deafness, National Institutes of Health and Gallaudet University. She holds a Master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Affordable Care Act and Hearing Health Care

Pamela Souza, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Pamela Souza, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Hearing Aid Laboratory at Northwestern University. She received her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Audiology from Syracuse University. Throughout her career she has combined research and teaching with clinical practice, and has worked with patients ranging from infants to older adults. Her research interests include factors which improve or degrade speech understanding; how different types of signal processing used in hearing aids interact with the listener's age and cognitive status; and how research in these areas can improve communication and direct clinical practice. Souza is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Deafness and Communication Disorders.
Research Symposium

Pam Stemper, B.A.
Know and Grow Institute, LLC
Pam Stemper and her husband, Joe, have three children; two of them were born deaf from auditory neuropathy and use unilateral cochlear implants. Jordan, age 23, is bilingual with spoken English and ASL, and Rachel, age 17, is an auditory-verbal communicator. In 2011, Stemper earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisc. Subsequently, she launched a parenting facilitation business, Know and Grow Institute, LLC. She creates and conducts parenting Learn-Shops. Topics include increasing parenting effectiveness and maximizing children's language development. In addition, she gives presentations related to raising children with hearing loss. Most recently, she presented at the 2013 WSHA Convention, 2011 and 2013 Annual Statewide Professional and Family Conferences, 2012 AG Bell Convention, and the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Center for Communication, Hearing and Deafness Statewide Family Learning Vacations. She can be contacted through www.knowandgrowinstitute.com and www.facebook.com/knowandgrowinstitute/info.
Tomorrow's Magic Made Real Through Today's Learning

Darcy L. Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Hearts for Hearing

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Darcy Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT) at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Okla. For many years, she served as the lead preschool teacher where she facilitated a classroom founded on listening and spoken language principles and strategies. Stowe serves as the continuing education coordinator for Hearts for Hearing by guest lecturing annually at each of Oklahoma's programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders to further future professionals' knowledge of spoken language outcomes of children with hearing loss, supervising graduate students who rotate through the clinic for a hands-on learning experience in working with children with hearing loss, and exploring innovative opportunities for continuing education for providers on the team.
The Interrupting Chicken: Developing Higher-Level Language through Literature
Facilitating Change through Motivational Interviewing

Meredith Knueve Sugar, Esq.
AG Bell Board of Directors
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Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: AG Bell president-elect
Meredith Knueve Sugar, Esq., incoming 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, Knueve Sugar 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.
Assessing Family Needs, Strengths and Successes

Carrie Tamminga, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf - Indianapolis
Carrie Tamminga, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, received her master's in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne. She became lead early interventionist for St. Joseph Institute in Indianapolis in 2005 and has been instrumental in the development
Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) at the Edges: A Professional Conversation

MaryKay Therres, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
MED-EL
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MaryKay Therres, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, has over 20 years of experience working with children who have hearing loss. She was a member of the cochlear implant team at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland for 15 years and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for seven years. Currently, she is the manager of education and therapy for MED-EL. She co-authored AuSpLan and co-developed and co-instructed the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) program. She has presented nationally and internationally.
An Innovative Rehabilitation Model for Working with Bilingual Families (Learning Lab)
Goals and Activities for Infants and Toddlers (Learning lab)

Ellen Thomas, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program
Ellen Thomas, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a senior speech-language pathologist and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) at the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program. In addition to supervising other speech-language pathologists, Thomas provides direct intervention to children with all degrees of hearing loss focusing on listening and spoken language. Thomas is a mentor and course facilitator for professionals enrolled in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill First Years: Professional Development through Distance Learning. In Michigan, she serves on the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) advisory board and, since its initiation in 2004, has worked on the outreach grant "Sound Support" throughout the State of Michigan to bridge the medical and educational needs of children with hearing loss. Thomas received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has been a LSLS since 2000.
Evidence-based Data to Support Early Implantation

Emily Tobey, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
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Emily A. Tobey, Ph.D., is the Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Communication Disorders in Children in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Tobey received her undergraduate and masters degree in speech-language pathology from New Mexico State University and Louisiana State University Medical Center. Her doctorate in speech science was obtained at the City University of New York in 1981. She has been employed as teacher of the deaf in the Orleans Parish School System in New Orleans in addition to her previous employment at the Louisiana State University Medical Center as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the Departments of Communication Disorders, Removable Prosthodontics, and Otorhinolaryngology. She has served as a researcher at Haskins Laboratories and Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory of the South. Tobey's current interests lie in the role of auditory feedback on the development and maintenance of speech and language in individuals with profound hearing losses who receive a cochlear implant.
Maximizing Brain Adaptability: Enhancing Listening for Language Development, Speech Perception and Music Appreciation

Sherri Vernelson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Exceptional Children
Sherri Vernelson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, 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 the Auditory-Verbal, Auditory-Oral and Cued Speech approaches. She received her Master's degree from the John Tracy Clinic/University of San Diego program. Vernelson works for the Exceptional Children Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an education consultant and is also an instructor for the FirstYEARS program.
It's not Fine. It's not OK.

Lisa Weiss
Hands and Voices
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Lisa Weiss is an attorney, formerly as a defense litigator in New York City. Among her clients within the agencies and offices of the City of New York, she represented the New York City Board of Education in Special Education appeals cases. Weiss has been primarily a stay-at-home mom to three young boys for the last twelve years, including Max, one of her 11-year-old twins, who has auditory neuropathy/dyssynchrony. Max is a bilateral cochlear implant user and utilizes Cued Speech for full access to spoken language, and is now beginning to sign and cue expressively in social situations. Weiss hopes that he will consider himself to be a "flexible communicator." She has been actively involved in groups related to hearing loss, serving on numerous boards, commissions, and advisory groups, and helping friends advocate with their school districts for services. She is known for her work with the National Cued Speech Association.
Preparing for and Participating in Your Child's IEP Meeting

Steven Wells, Ph.D.
Steven P. Wells, Ph.D., has been involved with family and children services since 1976 as a child welfare worker, family mediator, foster parent trainer, group counselor and university professor. For his doctorate, he specialized in early childhood education.
Facilitating Change through Motivational Interviewing

Kathryn Wilson
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Director, First YEARS at UNC-Chapel Hill Location Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Bridging the Gaps: A Continuous Learning Model for the 21st Century LSL Professional

Lynn A. Wood, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory Verbal Center of Wheaton
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Lynn A. Wood, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an audiologist and auditory-verbal therapist with the last 25 in private practice at the Auditory Verbal Center of Wheaton in Illinois. Wood specializes in pediatric auditory-verbal therapy, post-cochlear implant rehabilitation for children and adults, and therapy for individuals with auditory processing needs. She serves as a listening and spoken language consultant to schools as well as programs that are transitioning from visual to auditory-based centers. She also mentors professionals towards Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification. The Auditory Verbal Center of Wheaton is also a site for graduate student observations. Wood is a co-founder of Hearing Connections, a group for families of children with hearing loss and friends in the Chicago suburbs. She is a past member of the Certification Council of Auditory-Verbal International where she served two four-year terms. Wood presents at conferences, provides workshops and is active in social media. She is a frequent guest blogger on topics relating to listening and spoken language for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Explode the App!

Beverly Wright, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Beverly A. Wright, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and director of the Knowles Hearing Center at Northwestern University. She has a B.A. in English and linguistics from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in expe
Research Symposium

Jay Wyant
State of Minnesota
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: No
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Jay Wyant is the chief information accessibility officer for the State of Minnesota. When not talking about accessibility, Wyant is either with his adorable family or running around one of Minnesota's many lakes.
Accessible Media in the Post-TV World

Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
University of Michigan
Disclosure: Relevant Financial Relationships: Cochlear Americas Consulting fee/Board member, Audiology Advisory Board and honoraria from MED-EL/Audiology Advisory Board
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No
Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is associate professor and director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Audiology from Northwestern University in 1989 and has worked at the University of Michigan since 1990. She is actively involved in patient care, research and administrative needs of the program. To date, more than 1,500 patients have received a cochlear implant at the University of Michigan. Zwolan has authored several papers on cochlear implants that focus on clinical management of children and adults, and has authored several book chapters dealing with various topics related to cochlear implants.
Evidence-based Data to Support Early Implantation