Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D., is a former consultant with the Colorado Department of Education where she was responsible for deaf and hard of hearing disabilities and audiology services from 1998-2006. In this position she provided technical assistance and leadership for deaf education, educational interpreting, and educational audiology services statewide. Prior to employment at the Department of Education, Cheryl was an educational audiologist and program coordinator for the deaf and hard of hearing program for 22 years in the Greeley-Evans School District in Greeley, Colorado, and also a regional coordinator for the Colorado Home Intervention Program. At this time, Cheryl maintains an active consulting practice focusing on program evaluation and development, while continuing to pursue various research and writing projects. She conducts trainings in deaf education for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) as well as individual work with various state education agencies across the US and internationally. She maintains adjunct faculty positions with the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Arizona. Cheryl is a co-founder of Hands & Voices and serves as President of the Board of Directors. Her achievements have been recognized by the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the University of Northern Colorado, and Phonak (who has established an award in her name). Cheryl has also raised a deaf daughter, now grown, who has provided the joy of two engaging grandsons.
Jane Seaton, M.S., is a private consultant in audiology and communication disorders and has spent more than 40 years working in a variety of settings with families and children who have experienced hearing loss. She developed and administered a model regional educational program for students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and currently serves as parent advisor, mentor, and consultant for early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with sensory disabilities. An invited faculty member for the ASHA Audiology 2010 Virtual Conference, Jane is presently a stakeholder in the Georgia EHDI program and is working with a project targeting literacy for Georgia students who are deaf and hard of hearing. A recipient of Honors from the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, she has served on the Georgia Licensure Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is a former board member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Educational Audiology Association.