Be Part of Honoring HLAA’s Finest!

HLAA will honor outstanding individuals, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations, companies, and corporations at the HLAA2019 Convention (June 20-23). The HLAA2019 Awards Nomination Packet is NOW AVAILABLE! The deadline has been extended, and submissions are now due by Monday, December 31, 2018. You may nominate someone you believe is worthy of an award or you can even nominate yourself. If you have any questions about the submission process, please send them to


HLAA Honors Its Finest

HLAA hosted two events this year at HLAA2018 to present HLAA’s highest awards.

There was a State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony sponsored in part by Hearing Help Express held on Wednesday evening, June 19. The next morning, June 21, CapTel Captioned Telephone sponsored the National Awards Breakfast & Ceremony. Join us in congratulating all the award recipients! 


Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award           

Patricia A. Clickener, Illinois                             

National Access

James Bress, Florida                                         

Marcia Dugan Advocacy                       

Diana Thompson, Washington    

Get in the Hearing Loop

Joseph & Erlene Little, Washington                  
Jerry & Joanna Olmstead, Washington

Community Service                       

Bill Best, Pennsylvania   
Michael Giardino, Virginia
Cynthia Stewart, Washington                              

Spirit of HLAA 

Robert Hall, California   
Bruce Rafford, Washington
Ron Tallman, Arizona
Lisa Yuan, Washington, DC

Walk4Hearing Acheivement  

Buffalo Walk4Hearing
Kentucky Walk4Hearing
New England Walk4Hearing                                      


State Newsletter 

Pennsylvania State Office
Donald Groff, Editor

State Website

Michigan State Association
Janet G. Haines, Webmaster

State Office

Georgia State Office
Jeff Bonnell, State Office Director


Professional Advisor

Nichole Kovel, Au.D., Colorado

Chapter Advocacy

Montgomery County, MD Chapter

Outstanding Chapter on a Mission

Metro Milwaukee Chapter, Wisconsin
Rochester Chapter, New York

Chapter Newsletter

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Vickie Pacheco, Editor

Chapter Website

Los Angeles Chapter, California
Tim Browning, Webmaster

Chester County Chapter, Pennsylvania
Carolyn Best, Webmaster

Up & Coming Chapter

Orrville-Wooster Chapter, Ohio
Deborah Schaaf

Founder’s Day

Central Oklahoma Chapter


Rocky and Ahme Stone  Endowment

Pamela Martin, Wisconsin

Bob Branigin Scholarship

Donor / Recipient

Bob Branigin / Verna Dow, California 
                        Trudy Ross, Kentucky

Kimberly August  / Michelle Triplett, Ohio
Deanna Baker

Bob Branigin  / Helen Droitsch, Utah
Diane Humphrey
Lisa Johnston
Lori Yeager

Hollace Goodman / June Ruth, Arizona

HLAA-Greater St. Louis / Jean Draths, Illinois

HLAA-Montgomery County, Maryland / Elizabeth Ermenc, Wisconsin
                                                                Faye, Jones, Wisconsin

HLAA-Sun Lakes / Minerva Gutierrez, Arizona

HLAA-Washington, DC / Jennifer Nelson, California
                                       Malinda Leeds, Indiana


Donor / Recipient

AT&T / Mark Knecht, Oregon

Starkey Hearing Technologies / David Schible, Georgia

Verizon / Martin Collinsworth, Arizona

Previous Award Recipients

Senator Tom Harkin received the Advocacy Hall of Fame Award in 2015.
Senator Tom Harkin received the Advocacy Hall of Fame Award in 2015.

The awards we presented at the HLAA2018 Convention in Minneapolis recognize the highest caliber of leadership, a commitment and dedication to people with hearing loss, and love of HLAA. Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director