Pennsylvania Chapter


Mission Statement

The PA Chapter of AG Bell is dedicated to promoting the education and welfare of individuals with hearing loss. We strive to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.


Pennsylvania Chapter Board of Directors

President:

Susan Dillmuth-Miller, Au.D. professional

Dr. Susan Dillmuth-Miller has been an audiologist for over 20 years specializing in educational audiology, classroom acoustics, cochlear implants, and identification and intervention for infants and children with auditory-based disorders.   Currently, she serves as an assistant professor and clinical audiologist at East Stroudsburg University in the speech-pathology program and continues to consult in the educational setting.  She heads the audiology clinic at the university and runs a support group for deaf and hard of hearing students on campus.  She has served as president of the Educational Audiology Association in 2014 and remains a board member.  She has been a PA AG Board member since 2009.

 

President Elect:

Kristina Cole – parent

Kristina Cole is the parent of a 5-year-old boy, Morgun, who has severe, bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss diagnosed at birth.  Morgun wears two hearing aids all waking hours of the day and his parents are committed to a listening and spoken language outcome.

Kristina has immersed herself in every opportunity to educate herself and advocate on behalf of her son in front of the local education agency, school district and anyone that may question Morgun’s hearing loss.  She is head of the steering committee that runs DePaul School for Hearing and Speech’s Parent Group and is a member of several school fundraising event committees. She has spoken at charity events sharing her family’s story to raise funds for the listening and spoken language programs at DePaul.  She is truly honored to have the opportunity to give back to AG Bell.

 

Treasurer:

Deborrah Johnston, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA- professional

Deborrah Johnston. Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, is the Audiology Coordinator at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnston received her Master’s Degree in audiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and her clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Central Michigan University in 2007. Her areas of interest include early identification and intervention for infants with hearing loss, assistive auditory technology (hearing aids, cochlear implants, hearing assistive technology), electrophysiology, educational audiology, and successful mainstreaming of children with hearing impairment. In her work at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, she sees firsthand the positive impact of early identification of hearing loss and the importance of educating families about their critical role in maximizing listening, spoken language, and literacy. She serves on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association, as the Vice President of Professional Practice:Audiology and Education of Individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. 

 

Secretary:

Sasha Dyuysekina-parent

Sasha Dyuysekina is a research scientist with a background in biophysics.  She came to the United States 15 years ago as a postdoctoral student to continue a project at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.  Sasha is a mother of two who has been an enthusiastic homemaker for the last 11 years.  Sasha and her husband Eberhard Durr met in California and moved to Quakertown, Pennsylvania with Merck Research Laboratories.  They gained firsthand experience with raising a deaf bilateral cochlear implant user when their second child, Viktor, failed Newborn Hearing Screening shortly after birth and was sequentially implanted at age 1.  The Durr family speaks English in their home; however, Sasha converses with the children in Russian and Eberhard uses his native German.  Both children are comfortably trilingual. The Durrs have participated in panel discussions for families hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Viktor cut the ribbon at the opening of the CHOP Bucks County Specialty Care Center. 

 

Communications Director:

Lisa Goldstein- deaf adult

Lisa A. Goldstein was born profoundly deaf and diagnosed at 14 months of age. She was raised to lipread and speak, and has a digital hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant (which she got in 2006) in the other. Lisa has a Masters of Journalism from UC Berkeley and works as a freelance journalist. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children (all hearing). AG Bell has been a part of Lisa’s life since she was a child; she hasn’t missed a convention since 1982 and has served in many leadership positions.

 

Membership Director

Lexi Logan- parent

Lexi Logan was born and raised in Quaker schools in Bucks County, Pa. She followed her passion for art at New York University, majoring in Fine Art and Art Education. Lexi and her husband, Andrew moved to New Hope Pa. to start a family and open their business Canal Street Studios, a full service sculpture and fine art facility. They had their first child in 2001, Phoenix, and they soon found out that he was profoundly deaf. At this point, Lexi made it her top priority to get her son access to sound. He was fit with his first cochlear implant at age 2 and his second, at 5 years old. Lexi made a video for You Tube about her sons’ journey, and it now has over 110,000 hits. Throughout the years, because of the video, she has guided and supported other deaf families around the world dealing with similar circumstances. In 2013, Lexi wrote an article for Volta Voices about how to parent a creative deaf child, describing her journey with Phoenix, and what techniques she used to help him speak, and thrive. They are all extremely grateful for the continued support they’re received, and “giving back” is a high priority for the Logan family.

 

Board Members:

 

Terry Cohen-Johnson- M.S., C.E.D. LSLS CertAVEd- professional

Terri has been a teacher of deaf/hard of hearing children for over forty years. Terri has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in deaf education and certification in the supervision of special education. Terri received her cochlear implant educational specialist certification and she is a certified LSLS Auditory/Verbal Educator. Terri’s career includes supporting students with hearing loss in the mainstream setting while working for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. This has included direct service to students, kindergarten through high school; presenting in-service training to regular education staff and evaluating students to determine their hearing related needs. The majority of Terri’s career has been in Early Intervention, supporting families with young children who have hearing loss. Terri continues this work on a part-time basis as she is now semi-retired. She is delighted to have observed, first-hand, the positive impact that newborn hearing screening, advances in amplification technology and early intervention has had on the lives of children with hearing loss and their families.    

 

Judy Sexton M.S., C.E.D. LSLS CertAVEd- professional

 Judy Sexton is the Director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.  She holds a Master's Degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired and a Bachelor's  Degree in Regular Education.  In addition she holds certification as a Director of Special Education in the state of Pennsylvania.  Judy has spent her career of 35 years working in the field of general and special education. Her work experiences include teaching in the public school system, intermediate units and the private sector in preschool, elementary, middle and high schools. She is an advisory board member of the Department of Health EHDI committee and a member of the state ERCHL committee (Educational Resources for Children with Hearing Loss).  Judy is a member of the LaSalle University Speech and Language Advisory Committee.  She has presented at a variety of local and national conferences and conventions related to hearing loss and early intervention.  Most recently she has had an article published in Hearing Health 2015 on Early Intervention/education.

 

Michele Flower, M.A., Ed., C.E.D.- professional

Deafness in her own extended family is why Michele Dunne Flower chose to become a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing.  Michele graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Marymount Manhattan College.  An internship at the Center for Hearing and Communication, formerly known as the New York League for the Hard of Hearing, cemented Michele’s belief in the development of spoken language and literacy through listening.  She received her MA in Deaf Education with an emphasis on Parent-Infant Education.  Michele has worked as both a teacher and a speech therapist in various positions in NY, NC, and VA.  Most recently, Michele taught at the Archbishop Ryan School for Deaf Children in Philadelphia and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.  Michele has also been an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey where she taught “Teaching Speech for Teachers of the Deaf” as well as supervised student teachers.  Michele was thrilled to return to the BCIU and her roots in infant and family education where she believes that families are the key to learning to listen …. so that children can then listen to learn!

 

Beth Kellenberger- professional, deaf adult

 

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