ABOUT

Hear Indiana

WHAT WE DO

We believe kids with hearing loss can do anything. That’s why we partner with parents to make that dream a reality. For nearly fifty years, Hear Indiana has empowered and supported families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing through listening and spoken language services. Walking alongside Hoosier parents and children, we provide the information, education, advocacy, and hope you need to move your child from striving to thriving.

  • MISSION

  • VISION

  • HISTORY

To create equal opportunities for children with hearing loss through Listening and Spoken Language.

Deaf and hard of hearing children will achieve their aspirations and thrive in their communities.

During the Rubella epidemic that quadrupled the number of children born with hearing loss in the 1960s, ten families gathered together in Muncie, Indiana to lay the foundation that would become Hear Indiana. At that time, it was common practice that all children with hearing loss over 80dB were institutionalized. But, the founding members of Hear Indiana disagreed with that tenet and decided their children could—and would—benefit from mainstream education.

Since then, Hear Indiana has worked tirelessly to educate parents, lobby at the Statehouse, provide equal access to the latest and greatest therapies, advocate, and give thousands of children the opportunity to hear.

Hear Indiana
NAOMI HORTON

NAOMI HORTON

MS, CCC-SLP
CEO
KAREN SOWDER

KAREN SOWDER

CPPM
COO, HAAPI Administrator
SALLI BETZ

SALLI BETZ

Finance Director
KARYL DAVIS

KARYL DAVIS

Development Director
KRIS MORRISEY

KRIS MORRISEY

Development Associate
ABBI DEFORD

ABBI DEFORD

Patient Care Coordinator & HAAPI Administrator
KALEIGH CALISTO

KALEIGH CALISTO

MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Camp Co-Director
LAUREN GOWDY

LAUREN GOWDY

AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
Pediatric Audiologist
MELISSA ALDANA HERMANN

MELISSA ALDANA HERMANN

AuD, CCC-A
Pediatric Audiologist, HAAPI Administrator
KELLY HULTMAN

KELLY HULTMAN

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
ELLYN MCCALL

ELLYN MCCALL

MA
Auditory Based Deaf Educator & Family Community Liaison, HAAPI Administrator, Camp Co-Director, Conference Director
EMILY GILHOOLY

EMILY GILHOOLY

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
JENNIFER VANCE

JENNIFER VANCE

Audiology Assistant
JUSTIN ALLEN

JUSTIN ALLEN

Board Chair
Ogletree Deakins
MARK DROESE

MARK DROESE

Board Member
Eight Eleven Group
JONATHAN EHLKE

JONATHAN EHLKE

Board Member
Gratus Development, LLC
ZUBIN FERZANDI

ZUBIN FERZANDI

Board Member
TODD HARGREAVES

TODD HARGREAVES

Treasurer
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
GRANT KREVDA

GRANT KREVDA

Board Member
Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP
Heidi Neuburger

Heidi Neuburger

Board Member
Retired
Laura Sogard

Laura Sogard

Board Member
Kevin Stitle

Kevin Stitle

Board Member
SKK Investments, LLC
Damon Strickland

Damon Strickland

Vice Chair
Eli Lilly & Company
Kyle Tierney

Kyle Tierney

Secretary
ACES Power Marketing, LLC
Charles Yates

Charles Yates

Past Chair
IU Health Riley Hospital
Hear Indiana

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Hear Indiana is committed to handling all donations with the utmost integrity. A complete copy of our annual report is available for review.

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