About the Board of Directors

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

Ex officio members of the HLAA Board of Directors 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, and making sure HLAA has adequate resources to advance its mission. A nonprofit board helps to establish the mission and purpose of the organization; ensures effective planning; monitors 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 of the Board: Executive Committee, Development Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee and Audit Committee. Other committees include the Governance Committee and ad-hoc committees as needed.

The Board shall endeavor to meet at least three times a year which include 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.

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Become a Board Member

From: Don Doherty and Pete Fackler, co-chairs of the Nominating Committee

Maintaining the strength of our governing Board is a continual process. In that light, we are asking your help in identifying prospects for service as future HLAA Board members.

Members of the HLAA Board of Directors 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 a strong nonprofit organization is that it has 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, people in the hearing health care community, and HLAA Chapter leaders. Hearing loss is not a requirement for membership, but members with hearing loss must represent two-thirds of the Board.

HLAA’s Board of Directors recognizes the need and value of diversity, including racial/ethnic diversity, in executing the mission of HLAA. We would like your help in identifying exceptional individuals in our community who might be interested in serving on the Board. We seek to ensure our board reflects the diversity of individuals with hearing loss in its broadest definition.  In particular, we seek nominations of interested individuals who identify as a person of color, including individuals who identify as Black or African American.

Qualities sought in candidates include experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Knowledge in fundraising and willingness to fundraise is imperative. Other skills that add to a well-rounded board include finance, public policy, senior level corporate experience, government relations, legal, management, marketing, development, public relations, medical, and strategic planning.

Please forward information concerning prospects for HLAA Board service to us at board@hearingloss.org. Attn: Board Nominations

The candidate must be someone you personally know and can talk about in terms of integrity. An inquiry of the candidate should be undertaken to assure an interest in serving on the Board of Directors. Prepare a brief statement about why you think the candidate would be a desirable HLAA Board member. 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 chairs at the email listed above.

Application Form

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Board Members

Kevin H. Franck, Ph.D. – Chair

Concord, Massachusetts

Photo of Kevin FranckKevin H. Franck is the senior vice president of Strategic Marketing and New Product Planning at Frequency Therapeutics. Frequency Therapeutics is developing medicines designed to activate progenitor cells in the cochlea to improve hearing function, as well as other therapeutic areas.

A licensed audiologist, Dr. Franck joined Frequency from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where he served as director of audiology and Harvard Medical School Faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Prior to Mass Eye and Ear, he was head of marketing for Bose Hear, a division of Bose Corporation, where he led new product management and channel marketing of an emerging category of business focused on hearing loss. Dr. Franck co-founded Ear Machine, a startup funded by the National Institutes of Health before it was acquired by Bose in 2014. He has held senior roles at Cochlear Ltd., Artisan Healthcare Consulting and BiOM and worked as a clinician at the University of Michigan and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Franck holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in hearing science from the University of Washington, an MSE in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in engineering from Dartmouth College. He has previously lived on three continents.

Dr. Franck was elected to the HLAA Board of Directors in April 2015.

Michael Meyer – Secretary


Head shot of Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer is the vice president of Information Systems at McMaster-Carr Supply Company in Elmhurst, Illinois. McMaster-Carr is a leading e-commerce distributor of more than 560,000 maintenance, repair and operations products for industrial companies around the world. He has held senior roles in sales, marketing, logistics and finance during his two decades at the company. He is a 1996 graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and a 2001 graduate with an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Meyer was diagnosed with hereditary hearing loss when he was a toddler. He has benefited greatly from the coping strategies he’s learned over the years from his family and friends at HLAA. He interned in the HLAA national office while in high school and has attended HLAA Conventions since he was a child.

Mr. Meyer was elected to the HLAA Board of Directors in June 2018 and currently is chair of the development committee.

Shari Eberts – Treasurer

New York City

Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, and avid Bikram yogi. She is the founder of livingwithhearingloss.com where she blogs about her experiences living with hearing loss and tinnitus. She has served on the board of Hearing Loss Association of America since October 2015 and is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation (2012-2015).

Ms. Eberts has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues. Her bylines include The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Healthy Living Magazine, Psychology Today, Audiology Practices and The Hearing Journal.

Prior to her advocacy work, Ms. Eberts had a 20-year career on Wall Street, serving as associate director of U.S. Equity Research for JPMorgan and as a ranked equity research senior analyst covering retail companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University and master’s from Harvard Business School. She is also on the Board of Lincoln Center Theater.

Ms. Eberts currently is chair of the audit committee.

Don Doherty – Immediate Past Chair

Moyock, North Carolina

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 (VA) after 25 years of service. He was the education specialist for the National Chaplain Training Center which served more than 1,000 Veterans Affairs Chaplains at more than 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 on 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 one of the leaders and founder of the HLAA Virtual Veterans Across America Chapter. He 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, Pennsylvania. 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.

Mr. Doherty was elected to the HLAA Board of Directors in June 2014; served as chair from 2017 to 2019 and currently serves as chair of the governance committee and is a co-chair of the nominating committee.