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.
Beth Van Hollebeke, Au.D., CCC-A
Beth was born and raised in the Seattle area. After achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Washington State University, she went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to earn her Doctorate of Audiology. Beth enjoys working with patients of all ages and loves helping people find solutions to help them hear and communicate to the best of their abilities. In her free time, Beth enjoys baking, reading and hiking.
ALD Specialist and Technician
Starting life as a Canadian army brat, Steve has now lived in almost every corner of Canada and the US. He made his way to Seattle in 1989 and landed a job at the WA State TDD Relay Service providing phone access for the Deaf and Deaf/Blind. This led to studying American Sign Language at Seattle Central Community College and eventually to graduating from their Interpreter Training Program in 1995. In 2011, he became a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.
Steve came to a hearing health fair at HSDC in 1996 for a free hearing test. He was approached to help with interpreting during the fair, missed his test appointment, but left with a job in HSDC’s assistive technology program instead.
Since 1996, he has worked closely with Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocates, audiology professionals, and assistive technology manufacturers to guide our clients to the most effective solutions for their communication needs at home, at work, and in the community. In recent years, Steve has trained to become an audiology tech in order to work more closely with the advances in hearing aid technology.
As a graduate of the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, Steve can often be found in cafes around Seattle debating the finer points of philosophy and literature with fellow alumni.
A recent graduate from the University of Washington, Keito Omokawa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Linguistics and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, as well as a minor in Music. She has been a part of the HSDC team for the last two years as a volunteer and is thrilled to be starting a new adventure as part of staff. Keito believes this new position will be vastly different from her former position as a hospital newborn hearing screener and bring about new and valuable experiences for all. During her free time, Keito enjoys making crafts, baking, performing with various marching bands, and spending time with family and friends.
Audiology Program Assistant
Stephanie Rusk is an Alaskan at heart, but Seattle is her big-city love. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2012 with her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is happy to have found a home at HSDC where she can work in a multi-modal communication environment supporting client’s hearing and speech needs. Stephanie is slowly learning ASL, and is excited to be in an immersive environment to help her become more confident in her skills. At HSDC Stephanie enjoys learning about the “behind the scenes” work that it takes to operate an audiology clinic. Outside of the office Stephanie appreciates outdoor adventures, and big-city culinary digs.
Center Support Specialist
A native Portlander who came to Seattle to be with his family, Markus is a student at Portland State University finishing up his Bachelors of Science in Psychology online and enjoys studying how communities form around nonprofits. After taking classes in ASL and spending time in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer coordination intern to better understand how those communities form, he wanted to apply his knowledge and feels HSDC’s mission of providing accessibility and building channels for communication goes hand-in-hand with his desire to bring people together. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, writing science fiction stories, cooking, reading, and learning web development.