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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.

Laurel Rodewald

Laurel Rodewald serves as the Foundation Programs Manager for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s external relationships, including the National Coalition, the Impact Councils, the Innovation Grants Program, and the Dole Caregiver Fellows. Laurel interned for the Foundation during the summer of 2014, where she assisted in writing and compiling a grant proposal for the Foundation. She has since interned for a political consulting firm, her university’s study abroad programs department, and a public relations agency.

Laurel came to the Washington DC area from Southern California, where she graduated cum laude in 2015 from Pepperdine University, with a degree in International Studies.

Lauren E. Storck, Ph.D.

Lauren E. Storck is the founder and president of the CCAC (, a non-profit organization of volunteer captioning advocates. As a clinician, teacher and consultant her publications span a variety of issues, including group, social, and international dynamics, leadership and online behavior, aging, women’s issues, captioning studies and hearing loss. She has been deafened for 15 years.

Linda Kozma-Spytek

Linda Kozma-Spytek has been a research audiologist in the Technology Access Program of Gallaudet University for the last 12 years. She is the lead investigator on projects within the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telecommunications Accessibility related to voice communication. She is also an investigator for the RERC on Hearing Enhancement on their projects related to hearing aid compatibility. She actively participates in standards development for hearing aid compatibility in digital wireless and cordless phones, and has published and presented extensively to consumer and professional groups alike on these and related topics. She has been recognized for her work in these areas with awards from the Hearing Loss Association of America, Inc. and the Telecommunications Industry Association.

Lise Hamlin

Lise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Lise, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked as an advocate for people with hearing loss for over 20 years. She currently represents HLAA on federal advisory committees, industry advisory groups, and consumer coalitions. She has also taken part in developing, maintaining and presenting training programs on hearing assistive technology and on emergency preparedness. Lise receives emails and calls daily from consumers with hearing loss who experience barriers to hearing health care, employment, technology, access to public places and telecommunications access. She works directly with consumers to help overcome those barriers.

Lyndsey Nalu, Au.D., CCC-A

A Michigan native, Dr. Lyndsey Nalu, Au.D., CCC-A  received her bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University and her doctor of audiology degree from ACAE accredited Central Michigan University. She completed her clinical residency at Michigan Ear Institute where she trained alongside leading neurotologists and audiologists. Licensed by the Florida Board of Audiology, Dr. Nalu is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy). She also serves on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota/Manatee Chapter.

Dr. Nalu is the owner of Adept Audiology, LLC, a private practice located in Sarasota, FL.  She specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations; detection of outer, middle, and inner ear pathologies; and advanced digital hearing aid fittings. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of audiologic counseling, aural rehabilitation, and assessment of bone anchored hearing devices.

Marcia Dugan

Marcia Dugan is the author of Living with Hearing Loss released by Gallaudet University Press in 2003. The easy-to-read guide provides helpful advice on a wide range of subjects from living alone with a hearing loss to going to the hospital to legal advice. The information in the compilation of 41 short chapters reflects Dugan’s own experience with hearing loss and the knowledge she acquired while finding out what to do about it in order to remain in the mainstream. 

Marcia Dugan is president of the Rochester chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and past president of the HLAA National Board of Trustees of HLAA. Dugan has a binaural hearing loss and uses an eclectic approach to enhance communication including, hearing aids, speech, assistive technology, and sign language. 

A graduate of Antioch College in Ohio, she has worked as a research biochemist, a teacher of Spanish, and for 25 years in public relations area, most recently as director of public affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Pataki to the New York State Hearing Aid Dispenser Advisory Committee, and currently serves as president of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Inc. Dugan is the 1998 winner of the Oticon “Focus on People Award” that recognizes “remarkable people making a difference in their families, communities, and the world...people who contribute, succeed, teach, create, improve, and inspire....and who happen to be hard of hearing.” 

Marcia B. Dugan, 78, died February 7, 2010 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Dugan was a long-time community volunteer, writer, speaker, and advocate for issues related to hearing loss.