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Judy Sexton

Judy Sexton is the Director of Clarke Pennsylvania Auditory Oral Center. Judy holds a Masters Degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Bloomsburg University. She also held a license as a hearing aid specialist in the state of Pennsylvania awarded 1987. She has spent her entire career of 31 years working in the field of auditory oral education. Her work experiences include ten years in the public school system intermediate units as an itinerant hearing therapist and resource room teacher in preschool, elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, Judy taught at Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf from 1983 until 1997 in the capacity of classroom teacher in preschool, elementary and middle schools. Judy’s last five years at “Ryan School” were as principal.

Some of Judy’s other accomplishments include:

  • Newly appointed to the Infant Newborn Screening Committee in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Former President/Quota Club-women’s professional organization dedicated to hearing and speech needs of children and adults
  • Former President of the St. Bernadette Home and School Association
  • Presenter at a variety of conferences and conventions related to hearing loss
  • Committee chair at the A.G. Bell conference 1997
  • Officer of the PA Chapter of the A.G. Bell Association
  • Recipient of the Curriculum Quill Award for outstanding contribution to curriculum and instruction.

Judy’s interests include reading, quilting, walking, traveling with her family, gardening and refinishing furniture. She lives in Havertown with her husband, Tim, and three children Kevin, Patrick, and Julianne.

Julie Olson

Julie Olson, HLAA Board of Trustees Past President, Fox Valley, Wisconsin Chapter Founder
Having been involved with HLAA for more than 25 years, Ms. Olson brings a strong passion for people with hearing loss and the organization that she feels saved her life when she lost her hearing. She has also served as the newsletter editor for the HLAA Wisconsin State Association and the Fox Valley Chapter.

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

Kathleen Cienkowski, Ph.D.

Kathleen M. Cienkowski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cienkowski studies speech perception for listeners with hearing loss with an emphasis on aging adults and their use of hearing aids to improve speech understanding. She currently is investigating the benefits of aural rehabilitation (AR) among adults with acquired hearing loss. Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration. She is the Past-President of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, Coordinator for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 7: Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, and Associate Editor for Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (JSLHR) Hearing Section.

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.

Lauren E. Storck, Ph.D.

Lauren E. Storck is the founder and president of the CCAC (, a non-profit organization of volunteer captioning advocates. As a clinician, teacher and consultant her publications span a variety of issues, including group, social, and international dynamics, leadership and online behavior, aging, women’s issues, captioning studies and hearing loss. She has been deafened for 15 years.

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.