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Kaleigh Calisto, MA, CCC-SLP

Kaleigh Calisto, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kaleigh earned her Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology, and Early Intervention of Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and her Masters in Speech and Hearing Science from Indiana University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is a credentialed First Steps provider. She is currently in the process of getting credentialed as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). Kaleigh has been very proactive in advocating for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and utilize listening and spoken language. Through the Speech and Hearing Resource Center, she wants to ensure that all children have equal access to resources and services and is looking forward to empowering parents to be their baby's first teacher and strongest supporter.

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Abbi DeFord

Abbi DeFord

Abbi joined our team in April 2018. Abbi received her bachelors of Science degree from Ball State University with specialties in Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Education. She comes to our office with multiple years of medical background. Abbi is excited to connect with each individual child and family. She is very thrilled to be a part of the Hear Indiana team and hopes to provide a welcoming environment for all who enter the office!

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Emily Heaton Miller, CFRE

Emily Heaton Miller, CFRE

Development Director

Emily joined the Hear Indiana team as Development Director in August 2015 with experience in fundraising, recruitment, events, and communications. Emily is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her Bachelor's degree before moving to Boston, Massachusetts to work with an organization serving young people in foster care through mentoring and life skills development. Emily then moved back to the midwest to work for Teach For America - Indianapolis before joining Hear Indiana's team. In 2016, Emily received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in June 2018. Emily's mother taught and coached athletics at the Illinois School for the Deaf throughout her childhood, making Hear Indiana's mission especially meaningful to her. Emily brings joy and passion to her work and loves to recruit others to join her in empowering Hoosier families with hearing loss. 

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Melissa Aldana Hermann, AuD, CCC-A

Melissa Aldana Hermann, AuD, CCC-A

Audiologist

Dr. Melissa Aldana Hermann joined our team in August of 2017. She received her clinical Doctorate of Audiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During her graduate training at UNC-CH she was a US Department of Education pediatric audiology trainee, a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow and a US Maternal and Child Health Bureau pediatric audiology fellow. She earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and government from Claremont McKenna College and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Hermann moved to Indiana in 2015 from North Carolina where she previously started a pediatric audiology clinic at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. She has extensive pediatric experience working with hearing aids, bone-anchored devices, as well as cochlear implants. She is committed to helping all children with hearing loss obtain educational, social, and communicative success. 

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Naomi Horton, MS, CCC-SLP

Naomi Horton, MS, CCC-SLP

Executive Director

Naomi earned her Bachelor's Degree from Duke University, and her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently in the process of getting credentialed as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). In 2003, she opened her own business, Horton Hears LLC, to provide listening and spoken language therapy in West Central Indiana. Naomi has served as Executive Director for Hear Indiana since February 2008. During this time, Hear Indiana has grown from a small parent-led advocacy/support group to a robust nonprofit organization providing direct services to countless deaf and hard of hearing children in Indiana. Naomi is passionate about making sure that families from all walks of life receive comprehensive information and appropriate services for children with hearing loss.

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Ellyn McCall, MA

Ellyn McCall, MA

Family and Community Liaison

Auditory Based Deaf Educator

Ellyn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Western Governors University and her Master’s Degree in Language and Learning Development and Deaf Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is licensed in deaf education, special education, and reading intervention. Ellyn is a First Steps provider and is currently in the process of getting credentialed as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS).  Her desire to work with families and children affected by hearing loss began when her son Seth was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at birth. Ellyn is passionate about helping families navigate the journey that follows the diagnosis of hearing loss to help children reach their full potential through school services, direct therapy, and family education. 

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Hanna Messmer, AuD, CCC-A

Hanna Messmer, AuD, CCC-A

Audiologist

Dr. Hanna Messmer is a native of Illinois and moved to Indianapolis from Houston, TX where she practiced audiology with Houston Ear, Nose and Throat for two years. Dr. Messmer earned her bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her doctoral degree in Audiology from Indiana University. She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Messmer is thrilled to be moving back to the Midwest and to continue providing audiological services, education, and support to children with hearing loss and their families. She is committed to helping all children with hearing loss obtain educational, social, and communicative success. 
 

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Kris Morrisey

Kris Morrisey

Development Associate

Kris graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia as an occupational therapist, and specialized in outpatient neuro rehab for many years. Since her oldest daughter's diagnosis of hearing loss, Kris has made advocating for Anna a priority. She shares Hear Indiana's focus in helping children with hearing loss reach their highest potential. Kris also enjoys walks with her family, cooking, reading, watching Anna's volleyball games, going to church activities, and volunteering in her daughter's school.

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Karen Sowder

Karen Sowder

Business Manager

Karen joined our team in April 2016. She comes with four years of office experience in the pediatric field. She studied art at Ball State University. There, she lived in a housing facility helping handicap students have a successful college experience. She hopes to bring a light and joy to our front door as she gets to know and work with the families of Hear Indiana.

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