Mary Clark has had a lifelong hearing loss and began wearing a hearing aid when she was five years old. One of her sisters, who also has a hearing loss, was the one who introduced her to HLAA (then SHHH) when she became a member in 1990. Ms. Clark has a degree in medical technology and she has worked in hospital labs and academic research labs, but most of her career was in the medical device industry. She retired in 2010 and moved from California to New Mexico. She has volunteered extensively for HLAA at the local, state and national levels. An experienced trainer and facilitator, Ms. Clark has given workshops related to hearing loss since 2000.
Since her retirement, Ms. Clark has been teaching classes through the OSHER program under the University of New Mexico Continuing Education curriculum. Her courses on Living with Hearing Loss and Hearing Loss 102 (or I Have a Hearing Aid – Now What?), have been well received and continue to be popular with students. She has served as an officer at the chapter and state level in California and currently serves on the board of the HLAA-Albuquerque Chapter. As a result of the leadership development classes offered through HLAA in California and Bethesda, Maryland, she has become an advocate for chapter and state organizations.
Ms. Clark was elected to the HLAA Board of Trustees in December 2015.