Lindsay Klarman MNPL, NIC-A
Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center (HSDC) recently appointed Lindsay Klarman as its new Executive Director after an extensive search. An Outreach & Education Specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences for the last two years, Lindsay was a researcher at UW for 13 years in developmental cognitive science and speech and hearing sciences. She is also a certified sign language interpreter, has a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, and serves on numerous nonprofit boards.
Lindsay is excited to take the next step in leading HSDC to a new era and looks forward to connecting with the community in this new leadership role.
David Webster, MBA
Director of Finance
David currently serves as head of finance for Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center. Previously, he served as a forensic accountant for law firms, as a management consultant for biotech firms such as Corixa and Xcyte Therapies, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Response Biomedical Corp. He has also served as the Director of Business Development for Geneva Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as the Far East Regional Controller and in other accounting roles for CIBA in Switzerland and in the USA. David holds a BA in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Washington, and received his MBA from the University of Puget Sound.
Renee Look MNPL
Director of Development
Renee has been involved in the nonprofit world for more than 18 years, and has honed her skills in development over the last 12 years. She earned a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Wright State University. Although she loves producing art, Renee says, “What I excel at is providing strategic leadership, implementing management techniques that enable staff, board, and volunteers to thrive, and creating fundraising opportunities that inform and engage donors and prospective donors to participate more fully.”
In her previous position, Director of Individual Giving at SIFF, she was responsible for fundraising, managing over 1,500 individual donors and over 6,400 members while overseeing nearly 60 special events year-round to support SIFF’s mission. During her time at SIFF she tripled membership and quintupled non-membership donations. She was also key in assisting the Board in completing the $2.8 million goal for a capital campaign, served as the development staff liaison to the Board of Directors, and led the Development Committee. Under her leadership SIFF’s annual fundraiser, SIP for SIFF, grew 42% in five years.
Clinic Manager – Audiology & Speech Clinics
Levecke is originally from Vancouver, Canada but after 28 years in Seattle, maybe it is time to start calling Seattle home. During the past 20 years, Levecke has employed and honed a love of organizational and management skills while working in a busy Physical Therapy clinic and serving on the board of two nonprofit groups. Levecke joined her previous employer when the clinic was still small, during her time there the clinic more than doubled in size. This required creating and documenting systems and then expanding, recreating and discovering new systems-all of that is considered a fun and challenging adventure in her world. Levecke is looking forward to bringing those skills and many other skills to The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center. In her free time, Levecke loves cycling, training with Russian Kettlebells, and reading nonfiction and lingering over the NY Times Sunday crossword. Levecke has two adult daughters who are in college on the West Coast. Enjoying the beauty of the Pacific NW with her partner and of course, with the dogs, is a favorite activity.
Michelle started out as a volunteer for the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center and worked in the Development Department for over 13 years. As Development Officer, Michelle took HSDC’s grant writing efforts from 2-6 applications a year to 2-4 per month, and helped to establish several annual events. Now she is excited to move into her new role as Operations Manager, overseeing the day to day operations of the building and offering administrative support to HSDC’s three non-clinical departments – Education, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, and SignOn ASL Interpreting. Michelle chairs a committee for the Humane Society’s annual auction, is a member of United Way of King County SpeakerSource, and has completed the Bridge Program at Seattle Works, designed to prepare prospective board members for their new roles. She earned BAs in both Business Management and Spanish from Western Washington University.
During her time at HSDC, Michelle has come to view communication as a basic need, and enjoys watching clients’ lives change for the better. She also enjoys swimming, reading, just about anything crafty (particularly scrapbooking,) and spending time with her friends and family, including her husband, Patrick, and two-year-old son, Max.
Billing Specialist & Facilities Manager
Don grew up in the Seattle area and earned a BA from the University of Washington, and has worked in finance for several local companies including Nordstrom, where he spent time as an internal auditor and administered the online vendor compliance program. Upon completion of his CPA exams, Don worked with small business clients on accounting and tax issues, one of whom introduced him to HSDC.
Outside of work, Don spends time with his wife and two young children and enjoys movies, food (both favorite restaurants and cooking), and the rare moments of quiet that let him read a good book. He is looking forward to learning ASL, learning how better to support Seattle’s Deaf community, and finishing his CPA credentialing while working at HSDC.
Corporate Sponsorship & Event Manager
Sapana moved to Seattle 4 years ago to pursue her passion of the outdoors and explore her career path. With a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University, she always found herself happiest in jobs surrounded by people, and in volunteer positions at various nonprofits. She has worked as an EMT, and most currently was the Assistant General Manager and Assistant Event Manager at Seattle’s Rhein Haus.…Read More
Sapana moved to Seattle 4 years ago to pursue her passion of the outdoors and explore her career path. With a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University, she always found herself happiest in jobs surrounded by people, and in volunteer positions at various nonprofits. She has worked as an EMT, and most currently was the Assistant General Manager and Assistant Event Manager at Seattle’s Rhein Haus.
At HSDC, she looks forward to learning ASL, and helping to expand the reach and awareness of the great work done here. Outside of working, she tries get away as much as possible into the outdoors and restart her rock-climbing career, much to her mother’s chagrin. Compared to New Jersey, Washington is an oasis of mountains, oceans and rivers, and she means to make the most of it!
Kelly recently joined HSDC as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She is excited about this new role and is confident her 20+ years of administrative experience will benefit HSDC on many levels. In 2011 she graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She has spent the last 3 years at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences as a Program Coordinator and Research Study Assistant. During that time she also earned her certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Kelly has a love for seeing different parts of the world and learning about different cultures. Her travels have taken her to Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Belgium, France, India, Greece and Thailand. The trips have included activities such as yoga retreats, bicycle tours, back packing, and cooking classes.
While she is settled here in the NW she enjoys her time with her son and daughter-in-law as well as getting familiar with different parts of Seattle she hasn’t explored yet.
Mario Zelaya Jr.
Medical Billing & Collections Specialist
Mario recently relocated to Seattle after spending over 10 years in the Portland, OR area and Raise in Pasadena California . He recently joined HSDC as the Medical Billing and Collection specialist. Mario attended Modern Technology School of Medical Assistance / X-Ray in North Hollywood, CA and went on to attend Colleges in Glendale and Pasadena, CA where he received his ICD 10 Certification in addition to becoming a certified Coder and Medical Biller.
He brings over 17 years of expertise in medical billing, coding and collection management to HSDC. Mario quickly gained a fundamental understanding when he spearheaded the establishment and organization of a brand new billing department by implementing guidelines and policies to follow correct coding requirements that would avoid any potential billing errors. In addition to training and developing a new billing staff, Mario was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and ensuring timely payments were received to ensure maximum financial profitability. Since then, Mario has streamlined processes and procedures in the billing departments for small family practices as well as large medical facilities. He compares himself to a “billing department detective” as he is always looking for ways to eliminate errors to ensure the future financial security and success of not only the organization, but for his fellow co-workers as well. He is an excellent resource and has an open-door policy for anyone with billing or collection questions.
Outside of work, Mario and his partner Matt enjoy exploring the beauty of Seattle and the Puget Sound region with their son Rexi, a 5 year old Chihuahua. Finally, after a year of taking weekend road-trips around the region, they are proud to announce that since they’ve stopped using GPS to navigate the city, they’ve only been lost once! They are convinced that Seattle is now home and would like to save enough to eventually purchase a home in the area. Mario’s future plans include taking advantage of some of his partner’s perks and benefits to travel international. In addition to a few places he’s wanted to visit around the world, he would like to return to where he grew up and spent most of his childhood in El Salvador.