Advisory Board

Commitments Year-to-Date:

Melissa McNamer, Co-Chair; parent of a child who is hard of hearing

Vacant, Parent/Co-Chair;

Anna Grace Donatucci, Parent/Director, MSAD

Deanna Rothbauer, Advocate, Minnesota DeafBlind Project, Parent

Susan Lane-Outlaw, Executive Director, MDS

Taylor Thomas, D/HH Teacher, District 917

Deanne Curran, Parent Advocate at PACER Center; parent of two children who are deafblind

Janet Figueroa, Board Member, Cued Speech Association of Minnesota; parent

Mary Cashman-Bakken, Statewide Specialist for Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Minnesota Department of Education

Kathy Anderson, D/HH Teacher/Statewide EHDI Specialist under the Minnesota Low Incidence Projects, Minnesota Department of Education Special Education Division

Jessica Spratt, Audiologist, Lions Children's Hearing and ENT Clinic

Sarah Kreiling, Deafblind Service Specialist, DHHS

Anna Paulson, Coordinator of Educational Advancement & Partnerships, Minnesota Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing

Mignon Miller, Speech Language Pathologist at Children's Hospital

Sheila Ritter, Program Coordinator, MEC

Mary Ellen Bondhus, Parent of two children – Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf and Mainstream

Danelle Gournaris, Supervisor, Deaf Mentor Family Program, Lifetrack

Chelsea Paulson, DHH Role Model Program, Lifetrack


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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the practice of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Infants not passing the screening receive diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) laws or voluntary compliance programs that screen hearing.

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