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

Richard Einhorn – 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.

Shari Eberts – Vice Chairperson

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).

Shari 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, Shari 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 BS in Psychology from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She is also on the board of Lincoln Center Theater. Shari lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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.

Kevin Franck – Treasurer

Photo of Kevin FranckKevin H. Franck has worked in the clinical, academic, corporate, entrepreneurial and nonprofit environments pertaining to bionic and hearing medical devices. As a clinician, Dr. Franck worked for patients who use cochlear implants at the University of Michigan and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As an academic, he did his post-doc at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, was Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and regularly lectures at Dartmouth College and Wharton. In the corporate environment, Dr. Franck was the Head of Clinical Products and Strategy at bionic ear maker Cochlear Ltd., worked with pharmaceutical and diagnostic medical products at Artisan Healthcare Consulting, was the Director of Clinical and Health Economic Research at bionic ankle maker BiOM. As an entrepreneur, he was co-owner of Ear Machine LLC, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-funded pre-commercial start-up. He worked as the head of marketing at Bose Corporation and in October 2017 joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School Department of Otolaryngology and is the Director of Audiology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston.

Dr. Franck received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College. He has two master’s degrees in biomedical engineering and business administration from Johns Hopkins University and Wharton, respectively, and his doctorate in hearing sciences and clinical certification in audiology from the University of Washington. He has lived on three continents and now resides Concord, Massachusetts.

Michael H. Stone, Esq. – 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:  Mr. Stone serves as chair of the finance committee.

Don Doherty – Immediate Past Chair

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.