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, was the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). She 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 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, Executive Director, American Tinnitus Association
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.
A pioneering woman in healthcare, Dr. Cassel is President and CEO of National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization working to improve health and healthcare for all Americans through quality measurements. She was the first woman chair at the American Board of Internal Medicine, first woman president of the American College of Physicians, and the first woman dean of Oregon Health and Science University. She is also one of 20 scientists chosen by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and is co-chair and physician leader of a PCAST report to the President on future directions of health information technology.
Chuck Conaty joined ODEP in December 2002 and currently oversees contracts that support ODEP’s communications and outreach activities as well as coordinates key ODEP alliances. Chuck also manages ODEP’s online clearinghouse to fulfill customer requests for disability-related materials and gathers and analyzes ODEP outreach data. Before joining ODEP in December 2002, Chuck held executive and senior positions with large public and small private and public companies both domestically and internationally, in stable, startup and turn-around firms. A University of Southern California Electrical Engineering graduate, Chuck began his career in the entertainment industry. He founded a sound systems company that he sold to Paramount Pictures. Following Paramount, where he was engaged with both film and television production, managed various studio departments, and implemented a massive sound stage renovation project, Chuck moved to the telecommunications industry. He was on the executive team that turned around the satellite industry’s largest independent telecommunications service provider. Chuck then led and contributed to the growth and success of established and emerging telecommunications companies providing transmission, value-added, and mobile telephone services domestically and internationally.
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.
Dr. David C. Baldridge is a deafened, bilateral cochlear implant user who has had hearing loss since early childhood. As a professor at Oregon State University, NTID research associate and Rochester Institute for Technology, he has studied the workplace experiences of people with hearing loss. David has accumulated nearly 20 years of research experience in this domain. He presented this body of work around the world including presentations in Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States. David’s research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Business Communication and other leading management publications. His work on hearing loss has also been published by Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Press and the Oxford University Press.
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.