HLAA Virtual Meetings
January 9, 2021
Speakers: Lisa Yuan and Ken Cluskey
Topic: Employment Strategies for People with Hearing Loss
Presented by: HLAA District of Columbia Chapter
Finding and maintaining a job with hearing loss can be challenging, and for many, those challenges have likely been magnified during the pandemic. In this program, Ken Cluskey and Lisa Yuan share experiences and strategies they have developed over 30 years in both the public and private sectors on searching for a job, obtaining employment and achieving success once employed. The program includes tips and resources related to the specific challenges that people with hearing loss may face as they navigate their careers.
Lisa Yuan and Ken Cluskey are recent newlyweds and live in Washington, D.C. Both Lisa and Ken began losing their hearing as young adults. They each wear one cochlear implant and one hearing aid. Lisa and Ken are active members of HLAA and have served as HLAA Chapter leaders and currently serve in other supportive roles for several chapters.
Lisa Yuan is a public health analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining the federal workforce in 2015, she spent more than 25 years in the private sector, working at entertainment advertising agencies in Los Angeles as a computer production specialist. She also recently completed the Presidential Management Fellows Program, a two-year training and leadership development program of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Ken Cluskey is an economist in the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2018, Ken has worked to develop and maintain procedures for the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) and National Compensation Survey (NCS). From 2012 to 2018, he worked in the Office of Hearing Operations supporting the adjudication of disability claims. This included extensive work with disability claimants, administrative law judges and vocational experts. Prior to joining the federal workforce, Ken worked in both the nonprofit and private industry primarily in banking and real estate.
July 11, 2020
Speaker: Richard Einhorn, HLAA Board of Directors Chair
Topic: A Few Tech Things That You Need to Know NOW
Special Guest: Gael Hannan – The Funny Side of Hearing Technology
Holly Cohen, HLAA member and hearing health advocate
Shari Eberts, HLAA Board Treasurer
Roxana Rotundo, HLAA Board Member
June 6, 2020
Toni Iacolucci, MSW
Elaine McCaffrey, Patient Advocate & Member, HLAA Board of Directors
Topic: Advocacy & Impact: Effective Communication in Health Care Settings
May 9, 2020
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, MPH, PLLC
Topic: Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Fear: Candid Conversation during COVID with Rebecca Alexander
April 25, 2020
Guest Speaker: Gael Hannan
Topic: A humorous look at the highs and lows of physically distancing with hearing loss.