Hearing Speech + Deaf Center (HSDC) employs approximately 30 professionals and an additional 32 contract interpreters. Clinical staff are licensed by the State of Ohio. Interpreters have certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and/or National Association of the Deaf. Staff is given financial support and is encouraged to attend continuing education to keep their skills current and to develop new areas of expertise. In addition, staff have presented at state and national meetings on various topics in their area of practice. In-house training takes place routinely at staff meetings on a multitude of topics, from legal interpreting to customer service. HSDC provides training in current technology and best practices as well.
Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists also serve as supervisors for graduate students in the field who are obtaining externship experiences and supervised clinical hours, a requirement for certification. Seasoned interpreters are paired with newer staff to provide mentorship and guidance. As a premier training facility we offer positions for both Au.D. Externships and Speech-Language Pathology Fellows. Interested candidates should contact the Program Managers.
Chief Executive Officer
J.B. Boothe has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. She is an experienced healthcare executive offering over twenty-four years of leadership success. JB has history of achievement in bringing companies to financial stability through strong customer service, team building, creative problem solving, strategic planning and fiscal responsibility. She enjoys spending time with her family, leading the music team at her church and playing tennis with her son.
Director of Audiology and Clinical Services
Nancy Mills received her audiology doctorate from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and has been practicing audiology in Cincinnati for more than 20 years. She joined the organization in 2017. There are many reasons why Dr. Mills loves her work, but most importantly because she sees lives changed each day. Every person served receives the best care possible, regardless of their background or socio-economic status. Outside of the office, Nancy enjoys Zumba, crocheting, dates with her husband and quality time with her four children.
Kerry Havens earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Sciences at The Ohio State University. She earned a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) at the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Havens currently sees patients at the West Chester location and enjoy helping hearing impaired adults with varying degrees of physical and/or mental abilities. When not at the office, Kerry most enjoy time outdoors with her husband and two children.
Anne Rolfert obtained her master’s degree in Audiology from Miami University in December 1997. She provides audiological services to adults, including hearing assessments, hearing aid consultations, hearing aid fittings and service, and assistive listening devices. When Anne is not busy at work, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and enjoying time with her family.
Licensed Audiology Assistant
Sally Stroud is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communicative disorders. She is a licensed hearing instrument specialist and a licensed audiology aide. In her spare time, Sally enjoys exploring Cincinnati, spending time with family and friends, and watching Alabama football.
Jan Warner has a master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh and her certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She works mainly with adults, but has experience working with school aged children. Her expertise is in hearing aid fitting, assistive listening devices and classroom amplification devices. Jan has worked in the field for more than 30 years and continues to learn new things every day. She enjoys enabling others to improve their communication with family and friends.
Speech and Occupational Therapy Department
Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Fellow
Andrea “Onnie” Middendorf completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2017 and her Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019 from the University of Cincinnati. Onnie became interested in the field because a loved one attended speech therapy for years, and she wanted to work with individuals and their families to help them communicate. In her free time, Onnie enjoys walking her dog Fritz, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with her family and friends.
Haley Waizmann completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 and her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University in 2019. Haley has a specific interest in treatment and assessment of pragmatic skills, childhood apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders. She is passionate about Speech-Language Pathology because the field requires a life-long learner mentality and critical thinking skills; but above all, she values helping individuals communicate effectively. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, exploring outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Megan Walsh is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist at Hearing Speech and Deaf Center. Megan has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Cincinnati. She has experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a public school district, coordination experience in pre-literacy research, and mentoring roles in her field. Megan works with families and patients ranging from age 18 months to 85+ years to overcome challenges with speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders. In her free time, Megan enjoys playing trivia and board games, singing karaoke, and spending time with her kitten, Ash. Megan was selected the 2019 Hearing Speech + Deaf Center Employee of the Year.
Alison Yeggy has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. Her Master of Arts is in Occupational Therapy from Shawnee State University. Alison’s areas of expertise include occupational therapy for children and adults. In her free time, Alison enjoys outdoor adventures, eating ice cream, and snuggling with her Chihuahua, Peaches.
Community Services for the Deaf (CSD)
Director of Community Services for the Deaf
Frances Robinson has a bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Wright State University, is a Certified Interpreter, a member of RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), is trained in Mental Health Interpreting, and is an adjunct professor in the Interpreting Training Program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She previosly worked at HSDC as an interpreter and, more recently, as a consultant with the Interpreting Services
Jack Baker has a bachelor’s degree in English from The Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati. He holds National Association of the Deaf level III interpreter certification and is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He has many years of experience in educational interpreting and has interpreted in medical, vocational, legal, mental health, platform, and religious settings. Jack enjoys reading comics and working puzzles on the “educational pages” of the newspaper and loves to laugh.
Caraline Browning has separate bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and ASL-English Interpretation from Eastern Kentucky University. She has experience in the freelance field, post-secondary education and community interpreting. Caraline loves making people smile and brightening their day. She also enjoys crafts, drawing, painting, playing with her two boys and her little Yorkie, Reilly.
Deaf Advocate/Program Coordinator
Deanna Herbers is originally from St. Francisville, Louisiana outside of Baton Rouge. She is a 1996 graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington DC where she earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration. She is married and has two teenage children, Kyanna and Brandon. She and her family relocated to Cincinnati from DC in 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys being her children’s biggest fan, spending time with her friends and family, and watching Hallmark movies.
CSD Program Manager
Elizabeth Whelpdale has bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University. She has 12 years of rehabilitation counseling experience and 18 years of community advocacy experience. Beth has worked with many people in the medical, educational, and vocational fields. In her spare time, she loves to do anything DIY (Do It Yourself).
Cara Wilson became involved with the Deaf community 20+ years ago when her son was diagnosed at birth with severe-profound hearing loss. She has volunteered at St. Rita School for the Deaf and is fluent in ASL. Family is at the center of Cara’s world, and she and husband Chris are so proud their 21 year old son, Brandon, will graduate from NTID in May, 2020. Cara’s hobbies include walking 5K Marathons, watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, enjoying dinners with family and friends, and traveling. Cara loves to see everyone smile and is excited by the new adventures that life brings her way!
West Chester Office Manager
Tarri Baker Fisher has worked for the Hearing Speech + Deaf Center for more than 30 years. She enjoys her role of Office Manager at the West Chester location, bringing together patients and clinicians. In her spare time, Tarri enjoys being with her extended family.
Eastgate Office Manager
Jennifer Brown has worked in the medical field for the past 11 years specializing in medical billing, coding, and insurance collections. She and her husband are proud parents to their 2 year old son Joseph, who was diagnosed with bilateral moderate/severe hearing loss at birth. As a family, they are learning to utilize American Sign Language in their everyday life with their son who also utilizes hearing aids. Jen also enjoys being creative in all facets of her life. Her hobbies include crafting costume made American Sign Language fine jewelry.
Main Office Manager
Roxanna Howard has worked at the organization for six years as the Office Manager at our main location in Clifton.
Director of Finance &
Heather Lambert is a Northern Kentucky University Alumni with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, as well as human resources. She loves learning new things and taking on challenging tasks. She enjoys relaxing with a book, entertaining friends and playing with her animals.
Director of Development and Marketing
Steve Wesselkamper holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (B.S.) and Xavier University (MBA) and comes to Hearing Speech + Deaf Center from the financial services industry. Steve’s nonprofit volunteer activities cultivated a passion to empower individuals to reach their potential. Steve has five adult children, including a son with hearing loss. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in the Anderson-area.