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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.

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.

Lukas Landegger, M.D., Ph.D.

Lukas Landegger joined the Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (PI Konstantina Stankovic) in October 2013. After gaining clinical as well as research experience in various countries (US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Australia), he received his medical degree from the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. He then served as a military doctor in the Austrian Armed Forces and soon thereafter started his residency in addition to conducting translational hearing research in Vienna, Austria. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Medical University of Vienna in 2018 and is taking a break from his clinical training to focus on basic research. Apart from clinical projects, he uses a variety of methodological approaches to advance inner ear gene therapy and elucidate the mechanisms that underlie noise-induced hearing loss and vestibular schwannoma growth. He will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon and is currently raising money to support hearing research.