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Anna Gilmore Hall

Anna Gilmore Hall, RN, MS, CAE brings more than 20 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations, helping them achieve strategic and growth objectives. Her resume includes executive planning, administration, and communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a master’s degree in leadership and organizational management from Capella University, a bachelor’s degree in university studies from the University of Maine, and a diploma in nursing from Eastern Maine Medical Center. She also earned a certification in association management from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Prior to coming to HLAA in July 2013, Anna was the executive director of Practice Greenhealth.

Bobbi Scheinin

Bobbi Scheinin has her doctorate of audiology and has worked with diagnostics, rehabilitation, hearing solutions, and newborn hearing screening for over 20 years. Dr. Scheinin is the Group Product Manager for Cochlear Americas and leads the Marketing department for Baha® and Vistafix product lines. Bobbi is married, has two beautiful daughters and resides in the Denver area.

Brad Dodson

Born and raised in South Africa, Brad Dodson came to the United States from Australia. He directed sales and marketing for a health services company focused in Long Term Care and joined ClearSounds in 2008. Brad brings a wealth of experience in developing new and existing markets. He is responsible for managing distribution along with the sales and marketing teams that make up ClearSounds’ Hearing Health Care, Advocacy and Commercial Groups. Brad also leads the product and strategy training team to deliver an extensive range of assistive device and Bluetooth technology training sessions across the country.

Brad Ingrao

Brad Ingrao has been using enabling technologies since the mid-1980s. As an early adopter of computer technology in audiology, Dr. Ingrao is recognized, and has served as a subject matter expert for several multinational hearing aid, audiology diagnostic equipment and hearing industry software companies.

Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP

Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP, is the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). She has worked at HLAA for 20 years in a variety of positions including acting executive director, deputy executive director, and director of public policy and state development. 

Ms Battat’s vision for HLAA is to eradicate the stigma and increase the general public’s awareness about hearing loss; have hearing loss recognized as a health issue and continue HLAA’s work of helping people face the everyday challenges of living and working with hearing loss.

Ms. Battat has a profound hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant and hearing aid for better hearing. She has a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy with fifteen years of experience working in that field. She has lived and worked in four different countries and taught English in China.

Ms Battat has served on government, professional and business advisory boards including the U.S. Access Board’s Telecommunications Access Advisory Committee, the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer/Disability Advisory Committee, AT&T Advisory Panel on Access and Aging, American and Northwest Airlines Consumer Advisory Committees. Her term on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders Advisory Council starts in June 2009.

For her work in advocacy she received the Robert H. Weitbrecht Telecommunications Access Award 2007, Oticon Focus on People Advocacy Award 2005, and Self Help for Hard of Hearing People National Access Award 2002.

Brenda Ingham Williams

Brenda Ingham Williams is the founder of Your Coaching Solution and a board certified professional coach. As a master practitioner in energy leadership she specializes in a process that develops an effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but those with whom you work and interact.

Cara James

Cara James, Executive Director, American Tinnitus Association

Carissa Moeggenberg

Carissa Moeggenberg completed both a Bachelor’s of Science (1991) and a Master’s of Audiology (1992) from Central Michigan University. Upon completing these degrees 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 Manager of Rehab Programs and in that role develops the aural rehabilitative education programs and resources provided by Advanced Bionics. She is also working on her Doctorate of Audiology degree through Central Michigan University’s Distance Learning Program. Carissa has co-authored several publications on cochlear implantation and has presented nationally on cochlear implantation and aural rehabilitation. She lives in Michigan with her husband and 2 children.

Dave Dougall

Dave Dougall is the Accessibility Program Manager at Research In Motion (RIM), a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative wireless data solutions, including the BlackBerry® family of products and services. In his role which he has held at RIM for the last five years, Dave is responsible for BlackBerry accessibility and all other aspects of RIM’s Accessibility Program. Dave has been involved in the Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions Incubator on Hearing Aid Compatibility, as well as TEITAC Subcommittees providing recommendations for updates on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and guidelines under Section 255 of the US Telecommunications Act. Dave participates in industry trade association Accessibility Working Groups for ITI, TIA, and CTIA. 

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kettering University (GMI) in Flint, MI and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. 

Deanna Baker, RMR, FAPR

Deanna Baker graduated from the American Institute of Commerce, Bettendorf, Iowa, in 1981.   She reported as an official and freelance reporter in the Quad City area until 1983 when she moved to Seattle.  While in Washington state, she was an official for four years, owned her own freelance agency and worked with Larsen & Smith Court Reporters, as well as held offices within the Washington Shorthand Reporters Association, including President from 1992-1993.

In 1992 Deanna founded Captioning Northwest, Inc., which provided realtime and captioning services, working with large corporations and universities providing captioning services as well as realtime in the classroom.

In 1994 Deanna moved to Tucson and began providing CART services at the University of Arizona working with deaf and hard of hearing students, as well as continuing her freelance captioning work.

In January of 1996 to March 2007, Deanna provided captioning services for the Tucson City Council Meetings.

In addition Deanna captions national and international programming for a variety of news, sports, educational and corporate  programming across the country.

In 1999 Deanna was appointed to the Tucson Commission on Disability Issues.

In June of 2000 Deanna was elected to the Board of Trustees of Self Help for Hard of Hearing, Inc. (now Hearing Loss Association of America) and Secretary of the Board 2003-2004.  For 2001-2003, Deanna was chair of the NCRA Captioning Task Force and in 2004 was appointed to the NCRA Captioning Community of Interest and in 2005 was appointed Chair.  At the NCRA convention in 2005, Deanna was honored with being named a Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters.

Currently, Deanna is a freelance realtime captioner/consultant residing in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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