About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of up to 21 elected members (excluding ex officio members). Board seats are filled by HLAA members who shall be elected by two-thirds of the members of the Board at any official meeting of the Board. At least two-thirds of the trustees shall be people with hearing loss.

Ex officio members of the Board of Trustees include the executive director, one member of the founding family, the immediate past president (for one year), and others appointed by the Board.

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound ethical and legal governance, setting policy, as well as making sure HLAA has adequate resources to advance its mission. A not-for-profit board helps to establish the mission and purpose of the organization; ensures effective planning; monitors and supports major programs/activities; builds and maintains a competent Board in support of the mission; ensures that management acts in a prudent and ethical manner; and, enhances the organizations public standing.

There are five standing committees that are responsible for the regular operations for the organization: Executive Committee, Development Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee and the Audit Committee. Other committees include the Member Engagement and the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award Committees.

The Board shall endeavor to meet in the months of October or November (the fall meeting); the months of March or April (the spring meeting) and at the HLAA Convention in June of each year. Annual Board meetings, with the exception of executive sessions, are open to members of the organization or any interested individuals.

For further details, please see the  HLAA Bylaws.


Become a Board Member

From: James C. Saunders, Ph.D.
Chair, Nominating Committee

Maintaining the strength of our governing Board is a never-ending process. In that connection, I am asking your help in identifying good prospects for service as future HLAA board members.

Members of the HLAA Board of Trustees are responsible for policy development and oversight, for establishing long-range plans, and for assuring that the organization has the financial resources to carry out its mission.

The hallmark of strong not-for-profit organizations is that they have an effective, dedicated governing board. For an organization like the HLAA to survive and thrive, it is critical that a strong Board presence be developed and sustained.

We seek a diverse Board in terms of race, age, gender, and constituency representation. Constituencies include people with hearing loss, family members of people with hearing loss, parents of children with hearing loss, hearing loss service providers, and HLAA Chapter leaders. Hearing loss is not a requirement for membership, but members with hearing loss must represent two-thirds the Board.

Qualities sought in candidates include experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Know-how in finance and accounting, media technology, advocacy, fundraising, senior level corporate experience, human resources, government relations, legal, management, marketing, development, public relations, medical, and strategic planning are desirable skills.

Here is how you can help. Please forward information concerning prospects for HLAA Board service to me at saunderj@mail.med.upenn.edu. Alternatively, send information by mail to: 417 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

The candidate must be someone you personally know and vouch-for in terms of integrity. An inquiry of the candidate should be undertaken to assure an interest in serving on the Board of Trustees. Prepare a brief statement about why you think the candidate would be a good Board member for HLAA. Provide the name, address, phone number, and email address. It would be helpful if you include your own contact information so that, if we have questions, we can be in touch.

Interested individuals may also self-nominate. Please forward the form and additional material (electronically or via mail) to the Nominating Committee Chair.

Application Form

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Board Members

Don Doherty – Chairperson

Don Doherty is a retired Marine Corps combat veteran (1965-1987) who lost his hearing during his 1965-1966 tour in Vietnam. He has worn hearing aids since June 1970. Mr. Doherty is retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after 25 years of service. He was the education specialist for the National Chaplain Training Center which served more than 1,000 Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains at over 153 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers nationwide. His specialties included education, curriculum development, instruction, technology and hearing loss.

Mr. Doherty has many years of experience working with different boards and organizations in Virginia. He is the former American Academy of Medical Administrators state director for the states of Virginia and West Virginia; two term Commandant, Senior State Vice Commandant, and State Judge Advocate for the Marine Corps League; former Chair of the Virginia State Standards of Practice Committee; former member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Council on Alcoholism; and former member of the Virginia Attorney General’s Task Force to Combat Illegal Drug Use in Virginia. Don received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award in 1997 in recognition of his record of community service. He also is a recipient of the Hearing Loss Association of America Keystone Award in 2016 for his work with hearing loss.

Mr. Doherty is a member of Hamilton CapTel’s “Heroes with Hearing Loss” program; he serves as president of the HLAA-Virginia Beach Chapter and as the HLAA-Virginia State Coordinator. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Alvernia College in Reading, PA. He also holds a master’s degree in education and human development and an education specialist degree in higher education, both from George Washington University. He also completed the two-year Peer Mentorship Program at Gallaudet University and is a Certified Peer Mentor.

He resides with his wife Melanie in Moyock, NC.

Mr. Doherty began his term as Chairperson of the HLAA Board of Trustees in June 2017.

Richard Einhorn – Vice Chairperson

Richard Einhorn is a composer whose unique music has been described as “hauntingly beautiful,” “sensational,” and “overwhelming in its emotional power.” Richard Einhorn graduated summa cum laude in music and has written opera, orchestral and chamber music, song cycles, multimedia events, film music, and dance scores. Voices of Light, described as an “opera with silent film” has been hailed as “a great masterpiece of contemporary music” and “a work of meticulous genius.” The piece has been performed more than 200 times, selling out such venues as Avery Fisher Hall; Kennedy Center (with the National Symphony); National Cathedral of Washington; and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his music.

Mr. Einhorn brings an extensive background in all aspects of audio technology to the Board of HLAA. During the course of his career, Mr. Einhorn has produced 30 classical recordings with artists such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Murray Perahia. His recording of the Bach Cello Suites with Yo-Yo Ma was awarded a Grammy.

Since losing much of his hearing overnight in 2010, Mr. Einhorn has also become a passionate advocate for people with hearing loss and been the subject and/or author of numerous articles and other media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and international medical and audiology journals. A compelling public speaker, Mr. Einhorn has given dozens of presentations on hearing loss to conferences in both the United States and England, including the keynote at the Hearing Loss Association of America Convention 2014 in Austin, Texas. He is also active as a consultant on hearing loss issues for both individuals and companies.

Mr. Einhorn was appointed to the HLAA Board of Trustees in May 2014.

Katherine Bouton – Secretary

Katherine Bouton is the author of “Shouting Won’t Help,” a memoir of adult-onset hearing loss, published in 2013 by Sarah Crichton/Farrar Straus & Giroux, and “Living Better with Hearing Loss” (2015). She is a former editor at The New York Times, where she was deputy editor of the Sunday Magazine for ten years. She also held senior editing positions on Science Times, the Sunday Book Review, and Culture. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Ms. Bouton has had progressive bilateral hearing loss since 1978, and in September 2009 received a cochlear implant. Her writing and speaking engagements focus on hearing loss and other disability issues. She is the president of the HLAA-New York City Chapter, and writes the popular blog “Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Hearing Help,” at katherinebouton.com (https://katherinebouton.com/).

She has been a member of HLAA since 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October 2013.

Michael H. Stone, Esq. – Treasurer and Stone Family Representative

Michael Stone is employed by Donatelli Development. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit, a master’s degree in International and Strategic Affairs from Georgetown University, a law degree from Antioch, and an L.L.M. in securities regulation from Georgetown University. He started his career on Capitol Hill as the legislative director to Representative James L. Oberstar (D-MN). He later became a Washington lobbyist representing Fortune 500 companies. He has worked as deputy counsel for the Federal Asset Disposition Association (renamed the Resolution Trust Corporation) which is a part of the administrative branch of government. In 1990 he entered private practice and co-founded Mobile Communications Holdings, Inc., which received a license to provide satellite-based telecommunications service. In 1995 he co-founded Eagle Eye, Inc., a company which provides satellite-based tracking services. He has also taught history at a private school and served as an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Mr. Stone has written numerous book reviews for Best Sellers magazine, has been an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University and has served on numerous corporate boards of directors. As the Rocky Stone Family representative to the Board he brings a unique historical perspective of the organization’s history and a passion for people with hearing loss to the Board. In addition he also brings legal experience and problem-solving skills.

Mr. Stone served on the first Board of the organization, then known as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH). He has served his current term since 2005.

Committees:  As treasurer, Mr. Stone serves as chair of the Finance Committee, and serves on the Executive, Membership, and the Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Fund Committees.

Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chairperson

Margaret Wallhagen is a professor of gerontological nursing and a geriatric nurse practitioner at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. She received her initial nursing degree from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCSF, and her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since joining the faculty at UCSF in 1988, she has taught gerontological nursing at both the master’s and doctoral levels, and works as a geriatric nurse practitioner.

Dr. Wallhagen has conducted a number of research projects in gerontology and chronic care management. Her research and publications focus on studies of: the experience of control in caregivers and in persons with diabetes; successful aging for persons with chronic conditions; self-care and symptom management; cross-cultural interventions to support family caregivers with dementia; and the impact of hearing impairment on older adults. She recently completed a four-year longitudinal study of the experience of hearing impairment in older adults and their partners. In January 2006, Dr. Wallhagen became the director of the UCSF/John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence as it entered its second five years of funding.

Dr. Wallhagen was appointed to the HLAA Board of Trustees in June 2010.

Committees:  Dr. Wallhagen serves as the Chair of the Development Committee and also serves on the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees.