Be Part of Honoring HLAA’s Finest!

Nominations are now CLOSED. Award recipients were notified by mail in February 2019. If a recipient has not yet registered at the time of notification and would like to attend the HLAA2019 Convention, please contact Of those who submitted nominations and their nominee is not selected, they will receive a letter stating so. If your candidate was not selected, please consider submitting nominations in subsequent years.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please send them to


HLAA Honors Its Finest

HLAA will be hosting two Awards Ceremonies at the HLAA2019 Convention in Rochester, this coming June.

There will be a State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 19, sponsored by Starkey Hearing Technologies. On Saturday evening, June 22, CapTel Captioned Telephone is the sponsor of the Cheers to 40 Years! HLAA Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala. We hope you will 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 Achievement  

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