Dr. Beverly Trezek
Dr. Beverly Trezekis an Associate Professor of Literacy and Specialized Instruction, co-director of the Reading Specialist program, and Chair of the Department of Counseling …
Michael Argenyi, MD
Michael Argenyi, MDis a physician from Seattle, Washington. He was three years old when his family began using Cued Speech. He accessed his educational environments using Cued …
Continued…Language Transliterators (CLTs) during his elementary school years.
He received his cochlear implants in his late teens and was provided with CART services in middle and high school. During most of his college years at Seattle University, he had CLTs provided for him in his classes.
In 2009, Michael followed his dream of becoming a physician and began medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In order to access what was being said in his classes and during medical rounds, he requested Cued Language Transliterators and CART services. Dr. Argenyi will share with us what transpired as a result of this request for equal access to his educational setting, the lawsuit he filed in federal court, and the final decision of that lawsuit.
We congratulate Dr. Argenyi on his recent graduation from Creighton University School of Medicine. He now is a first year resident in Family Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Lisa Weissis a special education attorney and the parent of three sons, one of whom was late identified as having auditory neuropathy. Shortly thereafter, Lisa chose to begin learning to cue with …
Continued…her three year old son and has been cueing for over ten years.
Lisa formerly worked for the New York City Office of Corporation Counsel where she represented the city’s Department of Education and currently works as a dispute resolution and policy specialist with the Colorado Department of Education.
She currently serves on the board of the Colorado chapter of Hands and Voices and the Colorado Department of Education’s Interpreter Advisory Board. Additionally she served as a Commissioner representing parents on the Colorado governor’s Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is a former NCSA board member.
These days Lisa educates and advises the use of Cued Speech and often attends annual events including Hands and Voices and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) conferences.
Feta Fernsleris a native cuer from the Washington, DC area. He has been fascinated with computers since he was 5 years old. His interest in technology became a hobby that …
Continued…eventually led to web and application programming where he got his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
During part of his formative years, he learned about assistive technologies as a way of gaining independence, especially since he had an early bus ride that came by around 6 a.m. As the years grew, the need for other assistive technologies grew as did the Internet that enabled him to search online for ideas (pre-Google days). The opportunity to expand his knowledge came when a job opening as an Outreach Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHSC) opened up, which is under the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH). Feta worked for seven years before he and his wife moved to Delaware. As an Outreach Specialist, Feta fielded a wide variety of questions and calls/emails from around the world. Whenever a quick answer was not readily available, he would turn to the Internet or co-workers for the answer. He never liked not having a solution or idea to a problem regardless of where they lived as he disliked limiting people’s independence.
He also was a regular visitor of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind’s museum where an idea or two was applicable to some people who lived in remote places without electricity like Kenya and Jamaica. Technology presentations were a common theme including the explosion of smart phone applications, which meant it was only natural to find tools of interest for a wide variety of consumers that may have speech, hearing, vision and/or other challenges.
Feta also served as a member of the Virginia Relay Advisory Council (VRAC) that explored new ideas or ways for people to communicate as a way to evolve with the growing tele-communication options. Currently, Feta is a house dad and a part time job coach for the Delaware Vocational Rehabilitation Services. His three kids and one senior dog keep him occupied as he continues looking for a full-time job. As of this printing, Feta and his wife Erin will have celebrated 15 years of marriage and they look forward to many more.
Christina Armfield, SLP, completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Western Carolina University in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She currently provides …
Continued…Auditory‐Verbal Therapy for students in the Alamance-Burlington School System in North Carolina and is the Lead Program Specialist for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
Pamela Beckis an Educator of the Deaf and NCSA certified Instructor of Cued Speech. She created the Discovering Cued Speech approach to assist/engage learners of all ages in schools, colleges, …
Continued…agencies and private practice. She is a past-president of NCSA and has been using Cued Speech for 48 years.
Brigitte Charlieris the Director of the Center for Comprehension and Speech in Brussels, Belgium which is a program for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and use cued and signed …
Continued…languages. She is also a professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Laboratoire Cognition, Langage et Développement [Laboratory of Cognition, Language, and Development]. She has a degree in Integrative Body Psychotherapy and became a practioner in that specialty at IPCI Institut de Psychologie Corporelle Intégrative.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Charlier’s professional and life experiences have allowed her to develop skills in management, therapist-patient relationships, coaching, and guiding. She is a licensed speech/language pathologist and has a doctorate in psychology. In her words, “I am fascinated by everything related to human communication and therapist-patient relationships, as well as personal development.”
Deafness, research, neurosciences, the relationship between body and mind, and photography are also areas which intrigue Dr. Charlier. These are several important facets of the therapist-patient relationship, in that they inspire our own humanity and connect us to one another. Dr. Charlier cues fluently in LPC, Langue Française Parlée Complétée and is fluent in langue des signe francaise or LSF and Flemish.
Kelly Crainholds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University, where he learned Cued Speech in 2001. In addition to co-editing Cued Speech and Cued Language …
Continued…for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, his published works appear in the American Annals of the Deaf, the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, and the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
Amy Crumrine, a native cuer, has taught both cued American English for 12 years and ASL for 5 years. She is also an itinerant high school teacher for the Deaf and an ASL teacher …
Continued…for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Her passions lie in providing quality education and support to youth who are deaf, hard-of- hearing, and hearing and their allies.
Nicole Dobsonis an SLP, Teacher of the Deaf, Special education Consultant and CS instructor. She is past-president and director of programs for the CS Association of Maine. She has …
Continued…been cueing professionally for 10 years.
Note: Nicole is the camp director for Pine Tree Camp Discover, a cue camp that will be held in Maine this summer (August 21 – 24). For more information, check cuedspeech.org/cue-camps.
Karen S. Doenges, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist. Karen has a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Speech Pathology and has spent her 31 year career working …
Continued…with learners who have hearing loss, ranging in age from 2 to 21 years. For the last 18 years, she has been working at Intermediate School District 917’s Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students at the preschool and elementary levels.
Karen has been involved in a variety of professional committees at the state level, including Minnesota Department of Education’s Foundations of Literacy, Minnesota Department of Health’s Advisory Committee on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, and currently serves on the Southeast Metro (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Team.
She has presented frequently to universities, parent organizations, and professional conferences about early identification of hearing loss, listening and language development, and the role of Cued Speech/Cued Language in raising language and literacy levels in children who have hearing loss.
Hilary Franklinattended Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and received cued language services throughout her educational career, including the University …
Continued…of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York.
Cathy Glover, has an undergraduate degree in Deaf Education from the University of North Carolina, and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Boston University. She has …
Continued…worked for the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for over 10 years with Deaf and hard of hearing children birth through age 5.
Rebecca Jonesis an alumni of Wellesley College and a writer / editor. She is the mother of seven children, including her daughter, Gabrielle (Stasie), who is profoundly deaf …
Continued…Rebecca began using Cued Speech with Gabrielle in English and French in 1976 while her family was living in France. With René Dissoubray and the Spinetta family, they began a French national Cued Speech association. Rebecca taught many Cued Speech seminars in France to both parents and professionals, helped integrate children into a private school with the use of Cued Speech, taught a Cued Speech class at the University of Marseille, spoke at a conference of Speech Pathologists sponsored by Madame Borel-Maisonny, and shepherded her profoundly deaf daughter through private French schools. She currently lives in Escondito, California.
Sarah Katzwrites poetry, essays, and book reviews. Her work appears in Deaf Lit Extravaganza, MiPOesias, RHINO Poetry, and The Rumpus, and she is Poetry Editor of The
Continued…Deaf Poets Society, an online literary journal that showcases work by artists and writers with disabilities (www.deafpoetssociety.com). She earned an MFA in poetry from American University, where she received the Myra Sklarew Award for her thesis, and a BA in English from the University of Maryland. She has also been awarded the 2015 District Lit Prize and a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry manuscript, Country of Glass, was named a finalist by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky for Tupelo Press’s 2016 Dorset Prize. Sarah lives with her husband, Jonathan, in Fairfax, Virginia, where she works as the Publications Assistant at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Before her current job, she worked with deaf and hard of hearing children for three years as a paraeducator in Montgomery County Public Schools.
Kitri Larson Kyllo
Kitri Larson Kyllo, Assistant Director, Intermediate School District 917 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program, Minnesota. Publications: Phonemic Awareness Through Cued American …
Continued…English (Odyssey, fall, 2003); chapter, A Bilingual (ASL and Cued American English) Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Theory to Practice (in Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, LaSasso, Crain, & Leybaert, 2010). The ISD 917 D/HH Program was also featured in a 2007 PBS Reading Rockets episode on literacy.
Hannah Mannis a deaf native cuer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who attended Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School in Chicago, Illinois until 4th grade. She graduated …
Continued…from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a BA in English and minors in American Sign Language and Mandarin Chinese. Hannah now works as a freelance writer and editor in Fort Worth, Texas, and blogs on Deaf/Hard of Hearing topics at www.acroakingdalek.com.
William McKendreelost his hearing due to meningitis and received a cochlear implant in 1988 at age 4. Graduating from high school with honors and a mainstream education accessible through …
Continued…Cued Speech, McKendree attended various colleges before receiving an associates in Business Administration and founding his own company, McKendree Services which provides grounds maintenance, financial management, and cued language transliterating services.
Jennifer Montgomeryis a teacher of the deaf and hard-of- hearing and a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked in the field of Cued Speech for more than …
Continued…20 years, where she started as a curious child in adult education classes, offered in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Guita Movallalihas many roles at the University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences (USWR), Tehran, Iran. She is the Director of Academic Press, the Director of Central …
Continued…Library, a Researcher at the Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children.
Guita is also a Board member of the Iranian Audiology Association. She has written 12 books for children and adults on topics such as deafness, Cued Persian, lipreading and special education. Guita has been a co-author on more than 60 articles and has presented more than 25 papers at a variety of conferences.
Ms. Movalli is known for her development of the Faranak Program (Parent-Child Mother Goose with Persian Cued Speech), the development of educational Cued Speech software and the evaluation of its effect on learning of Cued Speech in preschool deaf children, and the development of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple -P) to help relieve the stress of parents of children with Hearing Impairment.
Guita’s interests include: Cued Speech, Parent-Child Mother Goose, hearing impaired children and their families, storytelling methods, early intervention programs, lip reading, and hearing screening.