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Teresa Goddard, M.S.

Teresa Goddard joined the JAN staff as a program assistant in March 2008 and joined the Motor Team as a consultant in August 2008. As she has now transitioned to JAN’s sensory team, Teresa fields questions from employees and employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assists in identifying accommodation solutions for employees with sensory impairments.

Teresa’s professional experience includes work as an educational speech-language pathologist and as an EFL instructor in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, where in addition to classroom teaching she led continuing education workshops on collaborative instructional techniques and cross-cultural understanding.

Teresa holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from West Virginia University’s College of Human Resources and Education. She has earned 45 hours above the master’s level with elective course work in augmentative and alternative communication, behavior disorders and reading. Teresa’s research interests include assistive technology and cross-cultural perspectives on disability services.

Tina Childress

Tina Childress is an educational audiologist, technology and social media aficionado, late-deafened adult and bilateral cochlear implant recipient who is also fluent in ASL.

Valerie Stafford-Mallis

Valerie Stafford-Mallis has served as HLAA's Director of Chapter Development since January 2016.  She assists with starting new chapters and growing existing chapters. She also educates and informs chapter leaders about the many tools HLAA makes available to support chapters and how to use them. She does this by telephone, email, in-person Chapter Building Workshops, and webinars. Valerie contributes to a number of HLAA communication vehicles: Hearing Loss Magazine, the Official Leaders List Yahoo Group, the Chapter State and Development Blog, Spotlight on Chapters, and e-News. She developed and managed the Chapter/State educational track at Convention. and presented a couple of workshops.

Valerie is an oral, late-deafened adult who earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University, after losing most of her hearing. In 2009 she underwent bi-lateral cochlear implantation, and utilizes many types of assistive technology in her activities of daily living. As a person who lost her hearing over thirty-five years of age, Valerie has experienced first-hand the struggles faced by all persons with disabilities to maintain employment, independence and full-participation in life. Prior to joining HLAA, Valerie was the Business Development Manager for Alternative Communication Services (ACS) LLC. Prior to that she was Training and Educational Programs Manager for 3.5 years for the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

In addition to assisting HLAA chapters, Valerie conducts educational trainings that advise and educate public and private entities on methods that improve communication access for persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind. Valerie’s presentations have been widely accepted by healthcare, education, business and industry, social services, law enforcement, governmental and non-nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profits, foundations, and associations. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently paid Valerie's expenses to present at its annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD)  Conference in Pittsburgh PA. While in Pittsburgh she met with Pittsburgh chapter leaders.

Valerie is active in the deaf and hard of hearing community. Prior to accepting the director of Chapter Development position she served on HLAA's Board of Trustees. She also served.on the Board of Trustees for the HLAA Sarasota-Manatee FL Chapter. She has actively participated and raised funds for Florida's Walk4Hearing since 2008.

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