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Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D.

Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

Karen Peltz Strauss

Karen Peltz Strauss is Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Kate Scherr-Adams

Kate Scherr-Adams’s company KS Solutions has provided event management support, professional development workshops, outreach and marketing, and project management for non-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses working for the improvement of our communities. Ms. Scherr-Adams has worked in the nonprofit sector for 19 years. For more information visit www.kssolution.com.

Ken Hollands

Ken Hollands is a graduate engineer with over 25 years experience in the communications industry. Currently the Commercial Director of a manufacturer of induction loop systems, he is responsible for the management of all technical and commercial training programs. He is a regular speaker at international events and has trained many hearing loop advocates how to evaluate the performance of loop systems in accordance with the international standard 

He is passionate about audio induction loop technology, knowing that where it is correctly specified and installed, it will make a real and positive difference to the lives of the hearing aid user.

Linda Kozma-Spytek

Linda Kozma-Spytek has been a research audiologist in the Technology Access Program of Gallaudet University for the last 12 years. She is the lead investigator on projects within the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telecommunications Accessibility related to voice communication. She is also an investigator for the RERC on Hearing Enhancement on their projects related to hearing aid compatibility. She actively participates in standards development for hearing aid compatibility in digital wireless and cordless phones, and has published and presented extensively to consumer and professional groups alike on these and related topics. She has been recognized for her work in these areas with awards from the Hearing Loss Association of America, Inc. and the Telecommunications Industry Association.

Lise Hamlin

Lise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy and state development in April 2008. Her former employers include the League for the Hard of Hearing in New York City (LHH) and the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC). 

Ms. Hamlin is HLAA’s representative on the FCC’s re-chartered Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) and the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). She also represents HLAA on the ATIS Incubator Solutions Program 4 on Hearing Aid Compatibility with cell phones and on several coalitions working on issues impacting people with hearing loss, including the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA), the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Action Network (DHHCAN), the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) and the Hearing Aid Tax Credit Coalition. She has also served on the Access Board’s Passenger Vessel Emergency Alarms Advisory Committee, Montgomery County (MD) Senior Citizen Fire Safety Task Force, the E9-1-1 Stakeholders Council. She is an instructor for TDI’s Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) and was a member of CEPIN’s team that drafted and delivered the course, “Emergency Responders and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Taking the First Steps to Disaster Preparedness.” She has presented that course and emergency preparedness talks around the country alerting consumers and professionals alike to the needs of people with hearing loss in an emergency. In addition, Ms. Hamlin has presented numerous presentations and workshops on issues related to access for people with hearing loss. She has authored several articles for HLAA and TDI on both emergency preparedness and on access issues for people with hearing loss. 

Ms. Hamlin has been recognized with a national Oticon Focus on People award, a Spirit of SHHH award and the F. Michael Taff award from the Human Rights Commission of Rockville, MD.

Marcia Dugan

Marcia Dugan is the author of Living with Hearing Loss released by Gallaudet University Press in 2003. The easy-to-read guide provides helpful advice on a wide range of subjects from living alone with a hearing loss to going to the hospital to legal advice. The information in the compilation of 41 short chapters reflects Dugan’s own experience with hearing loss and the knowledge she acquired while finding out what to do about it in order to remain in the mainstream. 

Marcia Dugan is president of the Rochester chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and past president of the HLAA National Board of Trustees of HLAA. Dugan has a binaural hearing loss and uses an eclectic approach to enhance communication including, hearing aids, speech, assistive technology, and sign language. 

A graduate of Antioch College in Ohio, she has worked as a research biochemist, a teacher of Spanish, and for 25 years in public relations area, most recently as director of public affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Pataki to the New York State Hearing Aid Dispenser Advisory Committee, and currently serves as president of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Inc. Dugan is the 1998 winner of the Oticon “Focus on People Award” that recognizes “remarkable people making a difference in their families, communities, and the world...people who contribute, succeed, teach, create, improve, and inspire....and who happen to be hard of hearing.” 

Marcia B. Dugan, 78, died February 7, 2010 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Dugan was a long-time community volunteer, writer, speaker, and advocate for issues related to hearing loss.

Michael D. Seidman, MD

Michael D. Seidman, MD attained both his B.S. in Human Nutrition and M.D. from the University of Michigan. After a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) he completed a fellowship in Otologic/Neurotologic and Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Research Foundation in Florida. 

Seidman is the Director-Division of Otologic/Neurotologic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for HFHS, Past Director of Otolaryngology Research Laboratory, the Co-Director of the Tinnitus Center, the Chair of the Center for Integrative Medicine for HFHS, Director of Product Development (nutritional science/projects) for ViSalus Sciences, a past President of the Michigan Otolaryngology Society, and was elected in 2009 to be the next Chair of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 

Seidman is an active scientist and has extramural funding from the National Institute of Health and other major institutions. He is considered an expert on the molecular basis of aging, noise induced hearing loss, otologic/neurotologic-skull base surgery, all aspects of ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery, tinnitus, herbal therapies, nutrition/antioxidants and their relationship to health, sports and aging and complementary/integrative medicine. 

Seidman lectures internationally on such topics; has more than 80 major publications; a book published by Time Warner “Save Your Hearing Now” numerous awards including being honored as one of the top Doctors in the USA. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, CNN and other national news venues and has been quoted nationally and internationally in such magazines as “O”, “Shape”, Women’s World, Men’s Health, The Wall Street Journal, New York and the London Times 

He has been recognized by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, when he was honored with the Clinical Practitioner Excellence Award (given to one Otolaryngologist each year) and has been awarded two patents, one on a supplement that positively effects age-related hearing loss and a second one that is able to determine an individuals “molecular age”. Additionally, he has multiple patents pending on, aging, mitochondrial function endurance enhancement, Alzheimer’s disease, and surgical tools and techniques. 

Seidman is also a Co-Editor for the International Tinnitus Journal, the Associate Editor for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery journal and is on the Editorial Review Board for seven major Otolaryngology Journals and the American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 

He has been appointed to the State Medical Board of Audiology (appointment by Gov. Granholm), the Scientific or Medical Advisory Board of the Hearing Loss Association, the Life Extension Foundation, IntraEar, the Ear Research Foundation, Arches Company, Auris Medical, the American Tinnitus Association, Gel Tech (producers of homeopathic remedies), BASF (specifically on the work for SAMe) and WebMD (work related to analysis of weight loss/nutrition software). 

In 1997 he founded Body Language Vitamin Co, whose emphasis is to promote health and enhance the lives of everyone through responsible vitamin, mineral, herbal and phytonutrient supplementation as well as dietary modifications, exercise and stress reduction. 

He has also served as a consultant to professional athletes, and has been an advisor to teams in the NHL, NFL and the ABA .

Nanci Linke-Ellis

Nanci Linke-Ellis has been a lifelong advocate for captions since forming Tripod Captioned Films in 1993, and later, InSight Cinema, a non-profit organization that forged alliances with the major film studios and theatre chains to distribute and promote captioned versions of first-run films to deaf and hard of hearing audiences nationwide. Nanci’s outreach and advocacy efforts have grown to include in two new projects: Captions West, an entity to bring live theatre, opera and all forms of captioned entertainment to the DHH communities. She has also formed a new company, known as SightLine Media; along with a group of partners to bring an innovative wireless captioning technology designed for deaf and hard of hearing and deaf-blind audiences to market. 

In 1994, Linke-Ellis received her first Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant, and her second in 2006. She has been a Bionic Ear Association Volunteer since its inception and continues to mentor new and prospective CI users. 

Nanci is a member of the HLA-CA Board of Trustees. She founded the Santa Monica chapter of HLAA and is presently part of the HLAA-LA and HLAA-Carlsbad steering committees. 

Before her entry into the world of film captioning and advocacy, Linke-Ellis began her career in television with diverse production credits and is a member of the Director's Guild of America. She was given the 1982 Silver Award by the International Film and TV Festival in New York for her short on the Fashion Institute of Technology. She served on the Educational Programs Committee for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) Foundation for 15 years. Linke-Ellis is a member of the Motion Picture Industry’s Digital Cinema Initiative’s Committee created to establish captioning standards and a universal file for digital transmission. 

Ms. Linke-Ellis is a member of the Entertainment Industry Council and the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and Women In Film. Linke-Ellis has also served on the FCC Consumer Disability Telecommunications Advisory Committee. 

Ms. Linke-Ellis also serves on the advisory boards of VITAC and RAPIDTEXT captioning companies. She has been honored for her efforts in media access and as a captioning advocate 1982 Outstanding Young Women in America, the 1998 Who's Who of Media, the 2001 Academy of American Audiologists with the “Oticon Focus on People” Award. Additionally she was honored by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) in 2001, Tripod in 2002, and the SHHH-CA State Association in 2005 for her work in Media Access. 

Ms. Linke-Ellis received 2007 James C. Marsters Promotion Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to improving the accessibility of telecommunications or media for people in the United through efforts in promotion, marketing, or public relations and in recognition of her past efforts in raising public awareness by consumers, as well as Hollywood film industry through the promotion of movie captioning and the development of a grassroots network of local theaters committed to making the magic of movies accessible to everyone. This award was given at TDI International’s Biennial Conference in San Mateo, CA. In February of this year, she was honored at the Creative Access PAH Festival in Philadelphia for her work in movie captioning access. 

Ms. Linke-Ellis lives with her husband in Santa Monica, CA.

Nancy Macklin

You might recognize Nancy Macklin from the 1990s when she worked for the organization (then Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.) as the business manager and liaison to the board of trustees. As the director of events and marketing, Nancy enjoys planning HLAA Conventions – after all, Nancy’s philosophy is to work hard, think outside the box, strive to make HLAA a household name, and to have fun. She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and three boys.

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