Facebook Feed Facebook

Presenter Bios

Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A; LSLS Cert. AVT​

Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology, The University of Akron. She is an international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications including 14 books. She is a past president of the American Academy of Audiology and the AG Bell Academy.

Financial Disclosure: Carol Flexer is receiving an honorarium from Hear Indiana for her presentation. Nonfinancial Disclosure: Dr. Flexer has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 


Uma Soman, PhD, LSLS Cert AVEd

Uma Soman, PhD, LSLS Cert AVEd is a teacher of the deaf, listening and spoken language specialist, mentor to pre-service and in-service professionals, and a deaf-education researcher. She received her doctoral degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University in 2017, through the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Fellowship (2010-2014). Currently Dr. Soman is the Outreach Coordinator at Carle Auditory Oral School in Urbana, IL, and works with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families, and their educational teams in mainstream school environments. She also trains and mentors professionals in India and Sri Lanka who are pursuing listening and spoken language specialist certification. Dr. Soman’s research explores the long-term academic and social outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is also interested in examining the impact of hearing loss on development of neurocognitive processes that underlie language development in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is an active member of Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and OPTION Schools.

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Soman has no financial relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial Disclosure: Uma Soman is employed by Carle Auditory Oral School and is a co-founder of  Listening Together, an organization that provides professional development workshops for individuals around the world, particularly in India.


Lillian Henderson, MSP, CCC-SLP,  LSLS Cert AVT

Lillian Henderson, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, earned a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Speech Pathology and is a LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist.  She is the Speech Clinic Manager for the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC where she provides therapy and assessments to children developing spoken language through listening.  Lillian coaches professionals seeking their Listening and Spoken Language certification and has presented at state, national, and international levels.

Financial Disclosure: Lillian Henderson receives consulting fees from the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. Nonfinancial Disclosure: Lillian has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 


​Rachel Chaikof

Rachel Chaikoff was born profoundly deaf and  first received a cochlear implant at the age of two in 1989 as part of a clinical trial. Rachel recently completed a Peace Corps service in Cameroon where she worked as a Community Health Educator. Rachel is featured on The Listening Project Film. 

Financial Disclosure: Rachel Chaikoff worked for Cochlear Americas as a Social Media Consultant from 2010-2014. Nonfinancial Disclosure: Rachel has performed volunteer work for Cochlear Americas and the Usher 1F Collaborative, which was founded by her family.


Allison Winiger, AuD, CCC-A

Allison Winiger, AuD, CCC-A is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University.  She is contracted out to Indianapolis Public Schools and serves as one of the district's Educational Audiologists.  Dr. Winiger’s professional interests include pediatric diagnostics and rehabilitation, with a soft spot for the preschool population. 

Financial Disclosure: Allison Winiger is employed by Indiana University. She is receiving an in-kind donation for her presentation. Nonfinancial Disclosure: Dr. Winiger has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Naomi Horton, MS, CCC-SLP

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.

Financial Disclosure: Naomi Horton is employed as the Executive Director of Hear Indiana. Nonfinancial Disclosure: Naomi does not have any financial relationships to disclose.


Charles Yates, MD, MS, FACS

Charles Yates, MD is a Neurotologist working at the Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians.  Dr. Yates graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis in 2003 and has been in practice for 18 years. He is a doctor taking care of children and adults with hearing loss and loves the work that he does. He has a passion for helping kids with hearing loss be kids first. 

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Yates does not have any financial relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial disclosure: Dr. Yates does not have any nonfinancial relationships to disclose.