Share any accomplishments: She was recently promoted. She has traveled all over to educate herself to help those in need.
Share any instances where they may have had the opportunity to mentor others: That's what she does every day! Mentors other parents and guide them through learning everything they need to know for their child with hearing loss. She works as a parent guide, sharing experiences with other families.
Share any memories you have when they demonstrated leadership qualities: Every time I'm by her, she always makes time to answer her phone if a parent calls with any question or concern. She's available 24/7, even making time during her day job to assist those in need. I have seen first hand how much she accomplished with her own 2 hard of hearing boys. The excel in school and do many activities that amaze me.
Nominated by: Taylor Habina and Lucille Bobbitt
Share any accomplishments: She is very proactive. Always exploring new opportunities for her children to participate in.
Share any instances where they may have had the opportunity to mentor others: She is always willing to connect with other families of my students.
Share any memories you have when they demonstrated leadership qualities: She is always sharing activities and events geared towards children with hearing loss. She will share them with me, or other families.
Nominated by Beth Gioiosa
Share any accomplishments: Andrea advocates on social media, helps fundraise and helps other parents of kids with hearing loss. Event planning And taking awesome control of events as well as being a terrific mother. She’s such an advocate for her baby Axel who was born with CMV.
Share any instances where they may have had the opportunity to mentor others: Andrea educated others every chance she gets by reaching out publicly. She helps me daily with any concerns or problems I have.
Share any memories you have when they demonstrated leadership qualities: Every day on social media. Always empowering me, always in contact always professional and always encouraging. She held a fundraiser for CMV, is having a 5K, and works very hard!
Nominated by Jeanette Stambaugh, Miriah martin, Adam Johnson, and Alexia Orosco
Share any accomplishments: Worked alongside a Senator to create and organize a SB to be presented to the senate insurance comittee.
Share any instances where they may have had the opportunity to mentor others: She is a school social worker within the Springfield school district.
Share any memories you have when they demonstrated leadership qualities: I sat with her and her family at the senate committee hearing last spring to hear her and her son's testimony.
Nominated by Deb Gossrow
Share any accomplishments: Christen is a very active and involved Parent Guide for IL H&V/GBYS (Guide By Your Side) Program. She has taken on many additional responsibilities and leadership roles. She has a passion to serve and provide resources for the families she works with in the GBYS Program. She has organized many Family Education Outreach events. She is recognized as a Senior Guide and has earned an astonishing number of Activity Points in the Level Recognition Program. Christen has also presented at the National H&V Conference.
Share any instances where they may have had the opportunity to mentor others: Christen has taken on the responsibility to assist in overseeing Outreach within the GBYS Program, She is active in the National H&V "OUR" Committee and helped start the "VOOK" Program. She is always willing to Chair a Committee for the Gala/Silent Auction and 5K SuperHEARo Dash. She is a Board Member for IL H&V and Chairs the Membership Committee and helps with Mom's Night Inn. She shares her knowledge in the articles she writes for the IL EARS newsletters. She is on the Planning Committee for the Conferences for Parent of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Share any memories you have when they demonstrated leadership qualities: Christen is an amazing Mom and person who is always willing to go beyond to help other families on their hearing loss journey.
Nominated by Jaclyn Urbanski