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March 21, 2016

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Kelley as the new executive director of HLAA. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., chairperson of the Board, commented, “Barbara’s commitment to HLAA is unquestionable. Her 28 years of dedicated service to the organization in various roles is exemplary. She has not only shown great leadership and fortitude in stepping into the acting executive director role this past January but also expresses a vision for the future that exemplifies an understanding of the needs of persons with hearing loss. We have every confidence she will transition smoothly into the official executive director role.”

A search committee was appointed in February and chaired by HLAA Board member Jan Blustein, M.D., Ph.D. Blustein commented, “In her years rising through the ranks and culminating in serving as the deputy executive director for the past eight years, Barbara has won the admiration of the HLAA community. We found deep support for her candidacy within HLAA and among our outside stakeholders. Her blend of abilities, talents, and familiarity with HLAA’s environment is just what we were looking for in our next executive director.”

Hired by Founder Rocky Stone in 1988, Barbara has been a part of the organization’s growth, beginning with editing the first issues of the SHHH Journal until most recently the award-winning Hearing Loss Magazine. She has also helped manage the office team and worked on many of the HLAA programs.

Barbara said, “It has been my life’s work to contribute to the mission of the organization through a range of activities. I look forward to using my history and knowledge of the organization to ensure that HLAA remains the valued consumer voice for people with hearing loss in both shaping public policy and helping people live well with hearing loss. I’m energized by our members and supporters whose dedication to HLAA is unwavering. I look forward to working with our members, board, supporters and staff in my role as executive director.”

About the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979 as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA produces the Walk4Hearing® in 22 cities across the country, publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions (Convention 2016 is June 23 -26 in Washington, DC), advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, conducts educational webinars, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. For more information, visit


Hearing Loss Association of America
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., 301-657-2248
Chairperson, HLAA Board of Trustees



The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is seeking an experienced, mission- and results-driven, proactive individual to serve as Executive Director. ECNV is the Center for Independent Living serving Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church in Northern Virginia. The candidate must be able to provide leadership on service provision, education on issues of concern to people with disabilities, and meet organization’s financial goals. A commitment to consumer-directed services and understanding of Independent Living philosophy is required.

Please see the attached document for a complete job description.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, with salary requirement, to by COB Monday, August 24, 2015. Qualified candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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July 1, 2015

After nearly 25 years of exemplary service as the Executive Director of Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, Cheryl Heppner has announced her retirement, effective July 10, 2015.

Cheryl took the helm of NVRC when it was a fledgling organization in 1991 and has successfully led it to become the premier organization in Northern Virginia, with national recognition, providing services to deaf and hard of hearing persons and families.

During Cheryl’s long tenure with NVRC, there were many presentations, rallies, protests and fund raising walks. She joined forces to advocate for TV & movie captions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and emergency text to 911. She is known for her constant companions, her service dogs, Dana and Galaxy. Her accomplishments and legacy will continue to live on through the lives she has touched and friends she has made during her tenure.

She is greatly appreciated as a person, friend, and advocate. Cheryl’s work is recognized and appreciated by all in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

   More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Vacancy Announcement: Executive Director, National Council on Disability

Vacancy Announcement: Executive Director, National Council on Disability Series & Grade: AD-0301-00 Open Period: January 17, 2013 until Filled Position Information: Full-Time Excepted Service Duty Location: Washington, DC Key Requirements: You must be a US Citizen or National

The National Council on Disability (NCD) invites qualified individuals to submit applications for consideration to be appointed as the NCD Executive Director. NCD remains committed to actively recruiting and retaining qualified people with disabilities and encourages qualified people with disabilities to apply for the Executive Director position.

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