What We Do

History | Leadership | Board of Directors | Admin Staff

The mission of Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) is to foster inclusive and accessible communities through communication, advocacy, and education. We envision an inclusive, accessible world where everyone is understood and respected.

We offer a comprehensive array of programs that foster effective communication for individuals and families with hearing loss or speech challenges. Our services include: audiology, speech and language therapy, sign language interpreting, advocacy for the deaf and hard of hearing, and early childhood education.

History

A historical picture of HSDC, with a woman and small child signing to each other.

HSDC has been serving the Puget Sound area for 80 years, and family and community have been fundamental parts of the agency since the very beginning. Originally a partnership between mothers of children with hearing loss and a social club for hard of hearing women, HSDC was incorporated in 1937 as the Seattle Chapter for the Hard of Hearing. In the 1950s, our name changed to the Seattle Hearing and Speech Center, which remained the only independent nonprofit west of the Mississippi for children and adults with communication challenges until the mid-1960s.

Over the years, the HSDC began to incorporate more programs for the local Deaf community, who favored sign language over spoken language. During the 1960s and 70s, HSDC introduced what was, at the time, a controversial program that taught children with hearing loss American Sign Language (ASL).

By the 1980s, the Deaf community had become such an essential part of the agency’s programming that our name was changed to Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center. In February 2016, we dropped the “ness” and became Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center to reaffirm our commitment to the local Deaf community.

Today, HSDC has a main office in Seattle and satellite offices in Bellingham and Tacoma. The majority of our clients are in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties, but we serve thirteen counties in total across Western Washington. Many of our services are offered for free or at reduced costs, allowing local individuals and families in need to receive high-quality communication access and care.

Leadership

  • Lindsay Klarman

    Lindsay Klarman

    Executive Director

  • Ariele Belo

    Ariele Belo

    Director of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

  • Laura Ciotti

    Laura Ciotti

    Director of Interpreting Services

  • Michelle Coleman-Papineau

    Michelle Coleman-Papineau

    Operations Manager

  • Deanna DeBye

    Deanna DeBye

    Director of Speech Services

  • Mihwa Kim

    Mihwa Kim

    Director of Audiology

  • Renee Look

    Renee Look

    Director of Development

  • Guthrie Nutter

    Guthrie Nutter, MASL

    Director of Education

  • David Webster

    David Webster

    Director of Finance

Board of Directors

Matthew Aprecio
Ken Block, Vice President
Marisa Behnke, Vice President
Lyn Cameron
Rob Donovan, Treasurer
Laura Gramer
Melissa “echo” Greenlee
Colleen LaBelle, Vice President
Robert Leingang

Adrian KC Lee
Dave Lenox
Hannah Lidman
Roger Mauldin, Past President
Molly M. McCarthy
Michael Nesmith
Laurie Rosen-Ritt, Secretary
Miranda Rusler
Warren Weissman, President

Admin Staff

  • Lindsay Klarman

    Lindsay Klarman

    Executive Director

  • Bryan Bullock

    Bryan Bullock

    Facilities Manager

  • Michelle Coleman-Papineau

    Michelle Coleman-Papineau

    Operations Manager

  • Jason Eastman

    Jason Eastman

    Grants & Communications Manager

  • Buddy Elledge

    Buddy Elledge

    Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator

  • Andrea Klarman

    Andrea Klarman

    Executive Assistant

  • Don Lawrence

    Don Lawrence

    Accountant

  • Renee Look

    Renee Look

    Director of Development

  • Sapana Patel

    Sapana Patel

    Corporate Relations & Events Manager

  • David Webster

    David Webster

    Director of Finance

  • Mario Zelaya

    Mario Zelaya

    Billing & Collections Specialist Lead