Barbara Kelley, Executive Director
Barbara Kelley became executive director in March 2016. As HLAA’s chief executive officer, she is the primary spokesperson for the organization. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, advocacy, marketing/media relations, and national and international outreach.
Hired by Founder Rocky Stone in 1988, Barbara has been a part of the organization’s growth for 30 years, serving as editor for the award-winning magazine for 28 years. Her position as editor allowed her to influence attitudes, establish lexicon, and give people credible, reliable and timely information, and support, through the printed word. She has also helped manage the office team, served as deputy executive director from 2008-2016, and worked on many of the HLAA programs.
Barbara said, “It has been my life’s work to contribute to the mission of the organization. It’s been exciting to be part of an organization that has had so much influence on public policy and people’s lives.”
Barbara serves on various boards and coalitions, among them: member of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health; the Federal Communications Commission Disability Advisory Committee; member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Consumer Nominating Organizations; the U.S. co-chair of the Consumer and Professional Advocacy Committee supporting the Delphi Cochlear Consensus Process; member of the Ida Institute Advisory Board and the Ida Institute Person-Centered Hearing Network; Consumer Technology Association Hearing Accessibility leader; and, the External Advisory Committee of the National Center for Deaf Health Research, University of Rochester Medical Center.
In addition to making her life’s work HLAA, her hobbies once included publishing her own digital magazine, Celebrate Home, blogging about food and hospitality and a video series on how to be the best host. Barbara enjoys reading, Washington Nationals baseball, yoga, and, most of all, preparing tasty food and welcoming people to their home (especially when she and her husband get to cook for their son and his friends when they return from college and eat them out of house and home!).
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Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy
Lise Hamlin joined the HLAA national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Lise, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked as an advocate for people with hearing loss for more than 25 years. She currently represents HLAA on federal advisory committees, industry advisory groups, and consumer coalitions, including her current positions as the co-chair of the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance. She has also taken part in developing, maintaining and presenting training programs on hearing assistive technology and on emergency preparedness.
Lise fields emails and calls daily from people with hearing loss who experience barriers to employment, technology, access to public places and telecommunications and works directly with them to help them understand their rights, the law and how to educate others. In 2019 she received TDI’s Karen Peltz Strauss Award Public Policy Award. She 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, Maryland. [ Contact me ]
Carla Beyer-Smolin, National Chapter and Membership Coordinator
Carla Beyer-Smolin was part of our staff in the 1990s working in both the chapter and membership departments. During Carla’s time with our organization in previous years, she also coordinated the Children’s Workshops for our conventions. She developed and managed "Heroes for Hearing Loss," a mentoring program for children with hearing loss. Carla also helped created some key publications. She wrote the “ADA Begins with You” column in our then hard-copy publication, "SHHH News," that went to chapters. She also created and published the "SHHH Ventures" newsletter that went to young adults with hearing loss. Carla left to raise her family and is now back with the HLAA family. She looks forward to connecting and working with our membership and strengthening our chapter network to help make a difference for people living with hearing loss and their families. Carla met her husband, Mark, through the SHHH Young Adults Group. They live in Maryland and have two children, a son in college and a teen-age daughter. [ Contact me ]
Ronnie Adler, National Walk4Hearing Manager
Ronnie Adler joined the staff of HLAA in 2006 working to develop the new Walk4Hearing program, now in its 12th year with 18 Walk4Hearing sites across the country. She has also been an HLAA member since 1988 involved in her local HLAA Chapter. Ronnie works from her home in Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, son and a lovable dog named Macey. Ronnie loves to travel, cook and bake for social events, volunteer for the Hebrew Association for the Deaf, and relax with family and friends. [ Contact me ]
Ann Rancourt, National Walk4Hearing Manager
Ann Rancourt comes from Cleveland, Ohio, where she obtained her MBA at Cleveland State University. Prior to joining HLAA in May 2016, she was involved with the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (CHSC) as an intern and later joined its associate board, New Partners of CHSC. Through New Partners, Ann managed and experienced her first peer-to-peer fundraising event, Cleveland Big Wheel Relay. From there, Ann was hooked. It allowed her to give back to the community and she knows firsthand how important services and programs are for people with hearing loss. She is thrilled to continue that passion with the Walk4Hearing. In January 2017, Ann founded a social group, HLAA Young Professionals in Washington, D.C., to allow young professionals with hearing loss to connect. She is an avid hockey fan and having played at the college level, she enjoys being a referee in a local youth hockey league.
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Alissa Peruzzini, National Walk4Hearing Manager
Alissa Peruzzini joined the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) staff in January 2019 as a National Walk4Hearing Manager. Prior to joining HLAA, Alissa worked in operations and investor relations for a financial institution in New York City where she also earned her MBA from Fordham University. After relocating to Washington, D.C., she graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine and owned a dessert catering business. Alissa became a member of her local HLAA Chapter after experiencing single-sided profound hearing loss from a sudden idiopathic cause in 2014. She found it helpful to connect with other people who have hearing loss and was eager to become involved with the annual Walk4Hearing. Alissa looks forward to seeing you at your local Walk4Hearing and raising awareness about hearing health and the available resources for the hearing impaired community. [ Contact me ]
Amanda Watson, Meeting Planner
Amanda Watson joined HLAA as the meeting planner in November of 2018. She comes from Chicago and graduated from Miami University of Ohio. Amanda came to HLAA with a background in planning conventions for associations and was drawn to HLAA because of its impact on people’s lives. Amanda is excited to plan annual HLAA Conventions that bring people with hearing loss together to meet, learn, and have fun in a communication accessible environment. Amanda lives in Kensington, Maryland. with her husband and two dogs. [ Contact me ]
Susan Parras, Director of Web Technologies
Susan Parras joined the HLAA staff in 2008 and as the director of web technologies she is responsible for the maintenance of HLAA’s websites, online communication/presence and overall technical lead. Prior to HLAA she worked in the corporate sector as a Quality Assurance Analyst and freelance web developer.
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Rini Indrawati, Controller
Rini Indrawati, CPA, is the controller and has been with HLAA since April 2016. She has more than 10 years of auditing, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis experience. Rini started her career as an auditor with KPMG in Indonesia. Since then, she has been providing services to entrepreneurial businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Washington D.C. area. Rini earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Tarumanagara University in Indonesia. She enjoys exploring new places, baking and trying new recipes, watching her children play sports, volunteering and relaxing with her family.
Alexander Wilson, Database Coordinator
Alexander Wilson is the database coordinator. You can reach out to Alex if you have a question about your membership status, payment/refunds, digital magazine, donations, matching gifts, or if you need to update your contact information.
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