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
Lisa Thornton

Lisa Thornton

CFRM
CEO
Naomi Horton

Naomi Horton

MS, CCC-SLP
Special Consultant to the CEO
KAREN SOWDER

KAREN SOWDER

CPPM
COO
SALLI BETZ

SALLI BETZ

Finance Director
ARIKA WEIL

ARIKA WEIL

Development Coordinator
EMILY GILHOOLY

EMILY GILHOOLY

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
KRIS MORRISEY

KRIS MORRISEY

Development Associate
ABBI DEFORD

ABBI DEFORD

Family & Community Liaison and HAAPI Administrator
Maribeth Cavanaugh

Maribeth Cavanaugh

Receptionist
LAUREN GOWDY

LAUREN GOWDY

AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
Pediatric Audiologist, Student Coordinator
GABRIELLA SKORUPSKI

GABRIELLA SKORUPSKI

AuD, CCC-A
Pediatric Audiologist, HAAPI Administrator
KALEIGH CALISTO

KALEIGH CALISTO

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

ELLYN MCCALL

MA, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Auditory Based Deaf Educator & Family Community Liaison, Camp Co-Director, Conference Director
KELLY HULTMAN

KELLY HULTMAN

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Brianna Rider

Brianna Rider

Audiology Assistant
JOANNA SICHTS

JOANNA SICHTS

Family Support + Advocacy Associate
Damon Strickland

Damon Strickland

Board Chair
Eli Lilly & Company
Kyle Tierney

Kyle Tierney

Vice Chair
ACES Power Marketing, LLC
Tonya Bergeson

Tonya Bergeson

Secretary
Butler University
TODD HARGREAVES

TODD HARGREAVES

Treasurer
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
JUSTIN ALLEN

JUSTIN ALLEN

Board Member
Ogletree Deakins
MARK DROESE

MARK DROESE

Board Member
Eight Eleven Group
JONATHAN EHLKE

JONATHAN EHLKE

Board Member
Gratus Development, LLC
GRANT KREVDA

GRANT KREVDA

Board Member
Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP
Heidi Neuburger

Heidi Neuburger

Board Member
Retired
Kevin Stitle

Kevin Stitle

Board Member
SKK Investments, LLC
Victoria Wright

Victoria Wright

Board Member
Indiana Hands & Voices Parent Guide
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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