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Joan Haber

Joan Haber, former HLAA Board of Trustee; secretary of HLAA Sarasota Chapter; 2010 Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award recipient; attending her 18th consecutive HLAA Convention in 2016.

John Kinstler

John Kinstler was born profoundly deaf in both ears with 80/90dB hearing loss in both of ears and he has bilateral cochlear implants. John was raised orally using hearing aids and learned American Sign Language at the age of 18. After college, John worked as a professional deaf actor/director with three different deaf theatre companies including Sunshine Too, National Theatre of the Deaf and Cleveland Signstage Theatre. He enjoys doing stand-up comedy whenever he can.

John has worked in the telecommunication industry for more than 20 years and is currently the CapTel Outreach Marketing Manager for Ultratec, Inc.

John has been a long-time advocate for people with hearing loss. He is the president of the HLAA-Madison Chapter. He is passionate in educating people with hearing loss about products and services that are available for them.

Judy Sexton

Judy Sexton is the Director of Clarke Pennsylvania Auditory Oral Center. Judy holds a Masters Degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Bloomsburg University. She also held a license as a hearing aid specialist in the state of Pennsylvania awarded 1987. She has spent her entire career of 31 years working in the field of auditory oral education. Her work experiences include ten years in the public school system intermediate units as an itinerant hearing therapist and resource room teacher in preschool, elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, Judy taught at Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf from 1983 until 1997 in the capacity of classroom teacher in preschool, elementary and middle schools. Judy’s last five years at “Ryan School” were as principal.

Some of Judy’s other accomplishments include:

  • Newly appointed to the Infant Newborn Screening Committee in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Former President/Quota Club-women’s professional organization dedicated to hearing and speech needs of children and adults
  • Former President of the St. Bernadette Home and School Association
  • Presenter at a variety of conferences and conventions related to hearing loss
  • Committee chair at the A.G. Bell conference 1997
  • Officer of the PA Chapter of the A.G. Bell Association
  • Recipient of the Curriculum Quill Award for outstanding contribution to curriculum and instruction.

Judy’s interests include reading, quilting, walking, traveling with her family, gardening and refinishing furniture. She lives in Havertown with her husband, Tim, and three children Kevin, Patrick, and Julianne.

Julie Olson

Julie Olson, HLAA Board of Trustees Past President, Fox Valley, Wisconsin Chapter Founder
Having been involved with HLAA for more than 25 years, Ms. Olson brings a strong passion for people with hearing loss and the organization that she feels saved her life when she lost her hearing. She has also served as the newsletter editor for the HLAA Wisconsin State Association and the Fox Valley Chapter.

Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D.

Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

Karen Peltz Strauss

Karen Peltz Strauss is Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Kate Scherr-Adams

Kate Scherr-Adams’s company KS Solutions has provided event management support, professional development workshops, outreach and marketing, and project management for non-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses working for the improvement of our communities. Ms. Scherr-Adams has worked in the nonprofit sector for 19 years. For more information visit

Kathleen Cienkowski, Ph.D.

Kathleen M. Cienkowski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cienkowski studies speech perception for listeners with hearing loss with an emphasis on aging adults and their use of hearing aids to improve speech understanding. She currently is investigating the benefits of aural rehabilitation (AR) among adults with acquired hearing loss. Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration. She is the Past-President of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, Coordinator for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 7: Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, and Associate Editor for Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (JSLHR) Hearing Section.

Ken Hollands

Ken Hollands is a graduate engineer with over 25 years experience in the communications industry. Currently the Commercial Director of a manufacturer of induction loop systems, he is responsible for the management of all technical and commercial training programs. He is a regular speaker at international events and has trained many hearing loop advocates how to evaluate the performance of loop systems in accordance with the international standard 

He is passionate about audio induction loop technology, knowing that where it is correctly specified and installed, it will make a real and positive difference to the lives of the hearing aid user.

Kym Meyer, M.S., CCC-A

Kym Meyer is an educational audiologist and certified teacher. She is also a Ph.D. student in Special Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has worked in a variety of environments, including teaching at the Helen Keller National Center, and providing audiology services on the cochlear implant team at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has been at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts since 1994, in a variety of capacities, including the educational audiologist for the students, supervising the spoken English/Communication Department, and, for the past 18 years, as Director of Public School Partnerships (originally known as TOPP). She created TOPP as the first educational audiology consultation program in Massachusetts. This program provides consultation from educational audiologists and teachers of the deaf to nearly 50 school districts throughout the state.