HLAA Welcomes New Chapter in South Carolina!
HLAA is thrilled to announce its newest chapter, the HLAA Midlands Chapter, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Chapter founder and president Dave Bitters saw a need and answered the call!
The HLAA Midlands Chapter held their inaugural meeting on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Still Hopes Retirement Community. The meeting was a resounding success, primarily due to Dave’s tireless efforts, along with the help and support of Peter Balsamo of the Lexington, South Carolina Sertoma Club. Assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families were provided at the meeting. The information, education, support, and advocacy will help members and their families learn more about living with hearing loss.
Dave is planning on attending Convention this year and is looking forward to all the people he will meet and the exciting things he will learn in the State/Chapter Development Program.
If you have ideas and suggestions on how to better educate the community about hearing health issues – or just want to send a warm HLAA welcome – Dave would love to hear from you. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Welcome HLAA Midlands Chapter!
New Chapter Coordinators
New State Chapter Coordinators for Florida and Southern California
It is with great pleasure that we welcome HLAA’s newest State Chapter Coordinators, Toni Barrient for the southern California chapters and Tanya Williams for the Florida chapters.
Toni Barrient, New Southern California Chapter Coordinator
Please join me in extending a warm HLAA welcome to Toni Barrient, the new Chapter Coordinator for the southern California chapters.
Toni is no stranger to HLAA. She worked in the national office for 10 years in chapter coordination, membership, and office management. She understands our chapters and is uniquely positioned to serve them. Toni has deep professional experience in hearing assistive technology with CaptionCall, Harris Communications, and MED-EL. She has assisted the City of Orange and the Mission Viejo Chapters, as well as a hearing and vision club that serves her retirement community.
Toni will be building upon the foundation laid by Nanci Linke-Ellis, who recently announced her intent to step down from the position after Convention. HLAA thanks Nanci for her many years of dedicated service to the southern California chapters, where she has made a great difference.
We are looking forward to some exciting things to come in the southern California chapters. You can contact Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Williams, New Florida State Association Chapter Coordinator
Please join in extending a warm welcome to Tanya Williams, the new Florida State Association Chapter Coordinator.
Tanya has severe-to-profound bilateral hearing loss and uses a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. She overcame many obstacles during her primary school years and with her mother worked very hard to lay the educational foundation that would allow her to eventually earn a master’s degree in Business Administration and Health Care Administration.
Tanya is a hearing specialist and family service coordination supervisor of Florida’s Early Steps Program. She currently serves on the HLAA Florida State Association’s Board of Trustees as the vice president and co-chair of the Nominating Committee, and will remain as a member of the Board in her new role. Tanya is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, where she was recently asked to elevate hearing loss awareness at the national, regional, and local level of the sorority.
Tanya has earned many accolades and awards: Iota Delta Zeta’s Zeta of the Year Award, March of Dimes’ Outstanding Community Service Award, Hometown Hero of the Year, AmeriGroup Corporation’s Innovative Community Service of Florida, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Community Service of the Year, and Epsilon Zeta Blue Indigo Community Service awards.
There is no doubt Tanya will distinguish herself in her work with Florida’s chapters. You can reach out to her by email at email@example.com. .
Chapter coordinators assist the chapters in partnership with the director of chapter development, other chapter coordinators in the state, chapter leaders, and state associations. They are the key representatives of HLAA’s staff and Board of Trustees. We need to have at least one State Chapter Coordinator in every state where there are chapters. This is an awesome way for individuals to grow and develop and to have a lot of fun in the process. If this sounds like something that would interest you, please visit the Chapter Coordinators page for more information.
June 23 - 26, 2016
HLAA Convention 2016
Congress of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH)
Special Sessions for Leaders will take place on Wednesday, June 22, starting in the afternoon. Also, the HLAA Board of Trustees meeting has been moved from Thursday morning to Wednesday evening in order to make way for two plenary sessions on Thursday morning. Stay tuned for more information.
State/Chapter Leader Registration
Each state and chapter is afforded five discounted registrations to be used by four leaders plus one delegate (think of using the delegate registration for someone being groomed for a leader position).
The March 31st early registration has ended. State/Chapter Leader still wanting to register for the convention, please use the standard Registration form. More information can be found on the Registration page.
When possible, it is advised that you include both the first logo below that includes the Convention and IFHOH logos along with the wording. To use a particular image, right-click and "Save as" to save it to your computer, or simply to right lick on the logo, click on "copy" and then paste it into whatever communication is being drafted. We are working to create a higher resolution logo for the combination of the Convention and IFHOH logos (the first one below) and will post ASAP.
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