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.
Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Ariele is a native of Seattle and alumna of the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center’s Parent-Infant Program (a birth to three program for Deaf & Hard of Hearing children and their families). She received her Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies and Recreation from California Sate University and a Contract Management Certificate from the University of Washington.
Since joining HSDC, she has graduated from Project LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness and Diversity), a United Way of King County program which “aims to increase the representation of people of color on nonprofit boards and in other positions of community leadership in King County.”
Ariele has held the position of Director of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services at HSDC for since 2002. She supervises staff within the program in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham.
Co-Director of Interpreting Services
Laura joined HSDC as Co-Director of Interpreting Services in 2017. Prior to joining HSDC Laura served as the Grant Programs Manager with Washington Women’s Foundation and as a Program Manager with 501 Commons, helping to grow the capacity of local nonprofits. Laura earned her Master of Public Administration degree with a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon, and previously worked for a variety of classical music and arts organizations in Oregon, Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado, and New Zealand. When Laura isn’t working or volunteering as a board member for the Nonprofit Assistance Center, you can find her cooking up a new recipe, running around Green Lake, or exploring the Northwest with her husband and daughter.
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.
Deanna DeBye, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Speech Services, Speech-Language Pathologist
Deanna earned both her Bachelor of Sciences in Communication Disorders (2008) as well as her Master of Sciences in Speech Language Pathology (2010) from Minot State University in Minot, ND. During her graduate studies, she gained experience with aphasia, swallowing, voice, language, and articulation. Her clinical interests include motor speech disorders and phonology.
Deanna started out at HSDC as a Behnke preschool Co-Teacher, providing a language-rich preschool environment to children with communication delays. As of September 2014, she has completed training in both Introduction to PROMPT: Technique, as well as PROMPT: Bridging Technique to Intervention. She uses Cued Speech in individual therapy as a visual aid and auditory discrimination tool and knows American Sign Language.
Mihwa Kim Au.D.
Interim Director of Audiology
Mihwa is a Midwesterner at heart who has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest. Her career has been driven by a fascination about how people communicate. This led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics at Northwestern University and a Doctor of Audiology at University of Washington. She believes in taking an individual approach to hearing healthcare, supporting each patient’s needs and lifestyle and working together to reach success. In her free time, Mihwa can be found planning quilts, buried in a book, or out swing dancing.
Andrea brings with her a breadth and depth of administrative and project management experience that will benefit HSDC on many levels.
She has worked in various industries, including recruiting, real estate and technology, and loves working to streamline processes and procedures in order to help organizations meet their goals. Most recently, she worked on a 4 person team to create a robust new Enrichment program for Thornton Creek School, the Seattle Public School her daughters attend. She also volunteers at Thornton Creek School’s Developmental Preschool.
She enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting and metalsmithing, and following various nerdy pursuits. Ask her for a random bit of useless information today!
Co-Director of Interpreting Services, Staff Interpreter
In 1998, after acting as an impromptu interpreter at a friend’s college course, Cameron’s Deaf and interpreter friends encouraged him to pursue a career in ASL interpreting. He joined the first group of students to attend the Interpreter Training Program at North Harris Community College (now known as Lone Star College) in Houston and quickly became certified through the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (Texas BEI) at level 4 out of 5. A few years after receiving Texas certification, he passed the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Interpreter Certification (RID-NIC) test.
Cameron has been involved in facilitating, assisting, and conducting several research studies related to interpreting and signed languages at the University of Texas at Austin, where in 2013 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics, with a minor in American Sign Language. Shortly after, he moved to Seattle and found a home at HSDC as a staff interpreter. Wanting to have more of a role in advancing the interpreting field, along with the opportunity to work with some of the best interpreters in the Northwest, Cameron took on the role of Program Director of SignOn Interpreting Services. He hopes to continue to build on the amazing legacy of SignOn at HSDC for many years to come.
Gina Lebedeva PhD, CCC-SLP
Interim Director of Education
Dr. Gina Lebedeva uses a transdisciplinary approach to support families and professionals in early learning. A practicing speech and language pathologist, she uses lenses of infant mental health and family coaching, specializing in children’s first 5 years. At the University of Washington College of Education, she has developed courses on resilience in infants and toddlers, family engagement in early childhood, and cognitive foundations of early learning. As a WA state-approved trainer, Gina supports continuing professional development on ways to integrate neuroscience and early intervention principles into everyday practice and to strengthen families. She is a mother of twin preschoolers and a first grader, loves online escape-the-room games, and cheering for the Steelers.
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 & HR Onsite Representative
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Pamela Anderson, Immediate Past President
Ken Block, Vice President
Block and Company
Marisa Behnke, Vice President
Adventure Kids Playcare, Bellevue
Rob Donovan, Treasurer
Environmental Marketing & Remediation,
Tesoro Companies, Inc
Director and Senior Lecturer,
ASL Studies Minor Program
Department of Linguistics
University of Washington
SAHM, Deaf Advocate, PIP Parent
Melissa “echo” Greenlee
Founder & Fighter for Change
Colleen LaBelle, Vice President
Stay-at-Home Mom, PIP Parent
Adrian KC Lee
Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences,
University of Washington
Independent Accounting Professional
Special Olympics Washington
Roger Mauldin, Past President
The Boeing Company
Molly M McCarthy
Managing Director of Marketing & Communications
College of the Environment
University of Washington
Laurie Rosen-Ritt, Secretary
Warren Weissman, President
Banking Executive, Retired