Announcing the Departure of Hear Indiana CEO, Naomi Horton

March 2, 2021

For Immediate Release

When Naomi Horton joined Hear Indiana as its Chief Executive in 2008 (after serving on the Board of Directors in 2006 and 2007), she intended to return to clinical practice at some point. Naomi has determined that this is the right time for her to resume providing direct services to those individuals who need her skills and expertise as a Speech-Language Pathologist and as a specialist in Listening and Spoken Language. She believes this change will also afford her more time with her family.

Hear Indiana has benefited greatly from Naomi’s highly respected, effective, and energetic leadership over the past 13 years. The organization’s work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing has expanded significantly during this time. “I want to personally thank Naomi for her incredible commitment and passion in driving Hear Indiana’s progress over these last 15 years.  Hers are big and important shoes to fill,” says Damon Strickland, Hear Indiana’s Board Chair. Naomi anticipates leaving Hear Indiana following the 50th Anniversary Gala on October 9, 2021.

To help the Hear Indiana organization in recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors has retained The Moran Company, an executive search firm dedicated entirely to performing critical leadership searches for nonprofit organizations. In particular, the firm specializes in the recruitment of Chief Executive Officers. The Hear Indiana Search Committee, chaired by the Hear Indiana Board Vice-Chair Kyle Tierney, will be working closely with Don Harkins, Senior Search Consultant at The Moran Company, to find the best possible candidates for the position of CEO.

Over the next few weeks, Don Harkins will be interviewing a number of key constituents for Hear Indiana. After this work is completed, a Position Profile will be finalized and broadly distributed. For additional information, including the process to submit applications, please visit The Moran Company’s website, after April 8, 2021.

More about Hear Indiana:

Hear Indiana is a well-regarded and financially sound nonprofit organization, principally serving Central Indiana but also touching other areas in the state. Hear Indiana is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. With a mission of creating equal opportunities for children with hearing loss through listening and spoken language, Hear Indiana provides services annually to over 1,000 families. The organization reaches children and their families through the provision of audiology services, speech therapy, summer camp, educational conferences, and other support services. Therapists, educators, legislators, and the broader community see Hear Indiana as the expert for children with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language. Plans for the future include expanding outreach and services into additional areas of the state, especially areas that are underserved in terms of access to critically important interventions for children with hearing loss and their families. For more information, visit

More about The Moran Company and Don Harkins:

The Moran Company, LLC was established more than 25 years ago as a consulting firm to nonprofits that were seeking assistance with recruiting and fundraising. Today, the Moran Company is one of the nation’s premiere nonprofit executive search firms with a team of three senior search advisors and eleven senior search consultants, including Don Harkins. For more than 37 years, Don served as a leader in nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining The Moran Company, he spent 15 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. He is known for his understanding of the critical skills required in today’s not-for-profit leaders, recognizing the financial realities facing nonprofits in the current economic environment, understanding the importance of maintaining communications with key constituents, and effectively utilizing data in managing a nonprofit organization.