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Our people and partners

Meet the brilliant minds and passionate professionals driving AG Bell’s mission around the world.​

Our Staff Members

Emilio Alonso-Mendoza

Chief Executive Officer

Gayla H. Guignard

Chief Strategy Officer

Trenita Dickey

Manager of Membership & Donor Relations

Joni Alberg

Chapters Relations

Farrah Matlock

Youth Programs Coordinator

Ari Chutjian

Communications Director

Gary Yates

Manager of Association Relations

Hartley Best

Programs Assistant

Erin Klokker-Mangwiro

Program Coordinator, Young Leaders Board

Alisha Rosa

Social Media Coordinator

Julie Swaim

Parent Consultant

Melody Bertrand

Programs and Communications Consultant

Cynthia Geisel

Program Assistant

Robin Bailey

Certification Specialist

Our Board of Directors

Ken Levinson

Howard W. Francis

M.D., M.B.A

Susan Lenihan


Ulrika Lofkvist

Ph.D., M.Sc., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd.

Ivette Cejas


Emilio Alonso-Mendoza


Robert J. Bush

Mark Cronk

Maria Fernanda Hinojosa Valencia

LSLS Cert. AVEd.

Carol Flexer

Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

Sara Grosvenor

Lilian Flores-Beltran

Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT

Karen MacIver-Lux

M.A., Reg. CASLPO, Aud ( C) , LSLS Cert. AVT

Jane Madell

Ph.D., LSL Cert. AVT

Maria Emilia de Melo

S-LP, Aud (C), CASLPO Reg., LSLS Cert. AVT

John Stanton


Mike Stanton


Karen Stein

MAEd., LSLS Cert. AVEd.

Arlene Stredler Brown


Meredith Sugar


Our Partners

Our Cradle to Career Partners

AG Bell celebrates its corporate partners who are working with us to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. The Cradle to Career Initiative supports a child’s journey with Listening and Spoken Language through four phases:

  • Offering support to parents at diagnosis with the AG Bell Hotline and early childhood webinars.
  • Raising awareness that children with hearing loss can speak and hear through local expositions in collaboration with AG Bell Chapters.
  • Providing internships at partner headquarters to prepare young people for the workforce.
  • Placing college students with hearing loss research internships at universities to inspire careers in science and contribute to relevant research.

Global Matters Committees

The Global Matters committee is responsible for identifying issues and providing guidance to the Academy related to Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) certification in the global community. 


Maria Fernanda Hinojosa Valencia

Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT


Maria Emilia (Mila) de Melo

Reg. CASLPO, S-LP, Aud (C), LSLS Cert. AVT

Son-A Chang

Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, K-SLP (1st Grade), Certified K-Audiologist, Cert. BT

Frances Clark


Hilda Furmanski

Fga., LSLS Cert. AVT

Gayla Guignard


Beauty Hariz


Susan Lenihan


Ken H. Levinson


Jane Madell

Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT

Dorie Noll

Ph.D, LSLS Cert. AVEd.

Dani Schlesinger-Michelow


Trudy Smith

BSpe Ed., Ph.D. candidate, LSLS Cert. AVT

AG Bell membership for families is always free!

Family membership benefits:

  • Financial Support

    Scholarships for technology, therapy, and education

  • Professional Guidance

    Speak to a parent who's been there or search for a certified therapist.

  • State Chapters

    Connect with and get support from local families like yours!

  • Resource Library

    Get answers with access to our information library

  • Volta Voices

    A bilingual magazine with in-depth stories about growing up with hearing loss

  • Loft & Leap

    Access to unique leadership & educational programs for teens

Seeking an AG Bell professional membership?

Get listed on our searchable professional directory, find educational and research resources, scholarships and mentorship.

Professional Membership Has Its Benefits

Join today to connect with fellow members, exchange insights, get listed in our global directory, and celebrate the journey of listening & spoken language.

Professional benefits include:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    Earn CEUs through the AG Bell Academy, at our yearly Symposium, or through events held throughout the year for members

  • $100 off Exam Fees

    Take your Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification exam for less!

  • Event Discounts

    Discounted registration to AG Bell’s symposium and other events, plus special discounts on travel, restaurants, retail shops and more

  • LSL Professional Directory

    Get listed and found by families that need your services and students that want your mentorship

  • LSL Leading Edge

    An exclusive e-newsletter for AG Bell professional members packed with the latest news and developments in hearing health and the listening & spoken language field

  • Volta Voices 

    AG Bell’s award-winning, quarterly digital magazine in English and Spanish

  • Access to AG Bell’s Network

    Connect with 40+ state chapters located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico

  • Professional Opportunities

    Get involved in AG Bell through committees, task forces, councils and other venues for members to interact and contribute meaningfully

  • The Volta Review 

    Stay current with the latest research through our peer-reviewed, online professional research journal

Seeking membership as a friend or family member?

Membership is always free for family & friends of people who are deaf or hard of hearing and helps connect individuals to our professional community!