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.

J.B. Boothe
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.

Audiology Department



Director of Clinical Services

Marlo Lawrence, Au.D. attended the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature as well as a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She holds a Doctorate of Audiology degree (Au.D.) from the University of Florida. Marlo has more than 20 years of experience as an audiologist and is very passionate about serving her community. She served on the Ethical Practices Committee for the American Academy of Audiology for three years, teaches Practice Management to doctoral students at the University of Cincinnati, and has volunteered on various committees throughout her career. Marlo spends her free time with her husband and two sons. She loves college basketball, football, painting, reading, and writing.

Clinical Audiologist

Audrey Frederick received her Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Science from Purdue University and her Doctor of Audiology from University of Cincinnati.

Audrey will be providing Audiology services at our Burnet location and at our Eastgate office. Her clinical experience includes treatment in a wide variety of adult and pediatric settings.

Clinical Audiologist

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.

Licensed Audiology Aide

Ian Martin received his bachelor of arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Iona College in New York.

Clinical Audiologist

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.

Clinical Audiologist

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

Sydney Ciganik completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2019 and her Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cincinnati in 2021. Sydney has a specific interest in pediatric language and incorporating literacy skills into treatment. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks, attending sporting events, and going to the movies (for the popcorn). 

Speech-Language Pathologist 

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.

Speech-Language Pathologist 

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.

Occupational Therapist

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)





Interpreting Coordinator




Staff interpreter 

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.





Interpreting Coordinator

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).

Staff Interpreter

Liz Zinnecker is our newest staff interpreter, and we’re so glad she has joined us.


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.

Katie’s House Office Manager

Ericka Darling has extensive experience in medical billing, customer service and has also worked with children in the recent past. Her work experience will be an asset to our programs in Katie’s House.

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 & Human Resources 

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.

Executive Coordinator 

Melanie Nipper is the Executive Coordinator at Hearing Speech + Deaf Center. Melanie has two master’s degrees, one in communications and new media marketing from Southern New Hampshire University and one in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. She has a diverse background of experience in industry fields from real estate, restaurant management, and university instruction, and the majority of her academic research and specialty lies in digital media creation and communication analysis. In her free time, Melanie adores traveling to visit her family and friends in Europe, reading fiction books, and discussing film and TV shows with her partner, Spence.

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.