MEET THE TEAM
   
Alexandra Warren is the President and Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Alex and her family moved to Tampa in 2013.  Her daughter, Lucy, was born in Tampa in 2013 and was diagnosed with profound hearing loss when she was one month old.  Lucy was fitted with hearing aids at two months old.  After medical confirmation that she was a candidate for cochlear implants, Lucy received her first implant when she was seven months old and her second when she was ten months old.  Lucy began receiving auditory verbal therapy (AVT) when she was two months old and graduated from the Bolesta Center's AVT program under the care of Kelly Teegardin when she turned three.  Lucy attends a mainstream preschool program and is thriving.
 
Kelly Teegardin, MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert AVT, is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Kelly has been working with children and adults with hearing loss for well over 20 years. She worked with children with hearing loss in the public schools in Indiana and in Pasco County, Florida using both Total Communication and Auditory Oral strategies. She went to work for the Bolesta Center, Inc. in August of 2008 where she provided auditory verbal therapy for children age 2-17. In August of 2010, the Bolesta Center became a part of the University of South Florida (USF). Kelly then moved to the Bolesta Center at USF and not only works with a number of families in the Tampa Bay area, but is also a clinical and course instructor specializing in pediatric aural habilitation. She received her Listening and Spoken Language Certification as an Auditory Verbal Therapist in August of 2011. She is also a member of the USF Cochlear Implant team.
    
Chelsea McNee, Au.D., is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Dr. McNee received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University in 2009. She attended graduate school at the University of South Florida, where she received her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2013.  Dr. McNee is an audiologist at Nemours Children's Hospital (NCH) in Orlando, Florida, and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology.  

Denyse Sierra, M.S. CCC-SLP,  Bilingual SLP/Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Candidate, is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Denyse is a direct service provider of AVT services at NCH, where she is a member of the Cochlear Implant Team.  Denyse completed her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) at USF where she had the unique opportunity to be part of a grant scholarship to train SLP graduate students in listening and spoken language for culturally and linguistically diverse children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (Project LSL-CLD). Denyse holds a Hearing Specialist: Early Intervention Graduate Certificate. She received extensive training and worked at the Bolesta Center providing AVT services.  

Htwe Htwe Naing (Nicki) is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters. Her daughter Miley was born in 2012 in New York and was diagnosed with profound sensorineural hearing  loss in both ears at one month old.  Miley was fitted with hearing aids at 5 months old and implanted with bilateral cochlear Implants one day after her first birthday at NYU. Nicki and her family moved to Tampa before Miley’s second birthday in 2014.  Miley received AVT at the Bolesta Center at USF from Kelly Teegardin, and graduated from the program in 2017.   Miley has made incredible progress and is now a very verbal little girl who is able to sound letters and blend words together.

Lauren Beatty, MS CED, LSLS Cert AVEd, is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Lauren graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012 with a Masters in Deaf Education, Early Oral Intervention. While in graduate school, she interned at Magnolia Speech School and the Auditory Oral School of New York. Lauren has worked in both Hillsborough and Pasco Counties as a classroom, itinerant and parent-infant Teacher of the Deaf.  Lauren is currently pursuing LSLS Certification.

Melanie Judge is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Melanie and her family moved to Tampa in 2011.  Her son Andrew was born in Tampa in 2015 and was diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss at 6 months old, when Melanie noticed that he was consistently not responding to her voice.  Andrew was fitted with bone anchored hearing aids at 14 months old and immediately began receiving AVT at the Bolesta Center. He graduated from that program when he turned three years old.  Andrew is currently spending his days at home with Melanie, but is predicted to attend a mainstream school.

Alison Barney is a Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Alison has been a certified deaf & hard of hearing teacher since 1994 (more than 20 years!) and specializes in early intervention with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children in Tampa. She works one-on-one with families and caregivers in the home using the natural environment as a springboard for learning.  Her career objective has always been to educate and empower families on their journey as they learn, choose, and grow. She also loves to travel this beautiful world to consult professionals! Education:  Kent State University, Bachelor of Science in Education, Deaf Education (Kdg-12grade); University of Central Florida, Prekindergarten Disabilities Endorsement (ages 3-5 years); University of Central Florida, Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ages birth-2 years); Signing Time Academy, Master Instructor; SKI-HI Certified Parent Advisor of the Early Home Intervention Mode .
    
Karin S. Hotchkiss, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Physician Liaison Member of the Board of Directors of Listening Matters.  Dr. Hotchkiss is a board certified pediatric otolaryngologist.  She graduated with honors from The Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree, and the University of Florida, College of Medicine with her medical degree.  She completed her surgical internship and ENT residency at the University of South Florida.  With a passion for pediatric otolaryngology care, she pursued and completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at The John’s Hopkins University.  After graduation she returned to the Tampa Bay area to begin practice in 2005.  She founded Tampa Children’s ENT in 2009.  Dr. Hotchkiss serves as a member of the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital craniofacial team and is an active member of the America Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
    
    

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