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Our Board Members

The 2014-2016 Board of Directors was elected by ballot at our General Membership meeting held in conjunction with our 2013 Fall Conference at Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan.

2014 AGBell Board

Back Row (Left to Right):

Chris Dorais, Samantha Kesteloot, Teresa Sundberg, Melissa Behnan, Dan Seraphinoff

Front Row (Left to Right):

Heather VanDeSteene, Diane Hodgin, Angela Lawfieldd

Not pictured:

Liz McCourt, Samantha Wilson, Katie McHugh

I am a teacher in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in Trenton. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and am currently pursuing my Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification. I’ve been involved with the Lions Bear Lake Camp D/HH program for the past 7 years and am currently the program coordinator. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Christopher Dorais, 44, has a bilateral, conductive hearing loss since birth and currently uses behind-the-ears (BTE) hearing aids. He graduated from the University of Memphis with his Bachelor’s of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology & Biomedical Engineering and currently works for a medical device company in Ann Arbor, MI. He is active in the hearing loss community, including serving as an AG Bell co-founding board member in Tennessee. He enjoys spending a lot of time with his son Sawyer, hiking and photography.
I am married with two wonderful children; Lila (9) and Jenna (7). Lila was diagnosed with LVAS which has lead to bilateral hearing loss. She wears hearing aids and uses an FM system at school. I am also a nurse and I currently work part-time at Troy Beaumont hospital. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
I am currently a certified audiologist’s assistant for Lapeer County Intermediate School District (LCISD). Recently, I have begun post-bachelor classes at Wayne State University so I will be able to apply to Doctoral Audiology programs soon. In 2012, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, along with a certificate in disability studies. I was diagnosed with a moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss at age 3 and have worn bilateral hearing aids since that time. I joined the executive board of MI-AGBell to help the families and students in my county develop connections with other people like them across the state.
I am a parent of a high school senior that has hearing loss. My son’s hearing loss was identified when he was 4 years old and he has been wearing hearing aids bilaterally since that time. I am an audiologist, currently working at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. I enjoy reading and am a fan of watching professional sports.
I have always loved to work with children and sought a career that would allow me to do so. I graduated from Wayne State University with a Master of Arts degree in speech language pathology in 2010. I currently work for the Beaumont Health System as a speech-language pathologist at the Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders.
I earned my bachelors degree and teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University with endorsements in special education for the deaf and hard of hearing and early childhood education. I student taught with the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf program and also spent a semester teaching English in South Korea. I taught Kindergarten-2nd grade at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis for the 2011-2012 school year. Then I returned home to Michigan where I am currently the early childhood special education teacher for Parchment School District. I am also the director for the MI AG Bell summer camp and have worked previously at Bear Lake Camp. I currently live in Kalamazoo and am looking forward to being directly involved with MI AG Bell!
I was diagnosed at the age of 4 years with a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears. I attended the auditory aural program in elementary school, and later was mainstreamed. I am currently working as an electronics engineering laboratory technician at Continental Tire Company. I hold a private pilot’s license. My hobbies are Ham radio, snowmobiling and off road go-carting. I’m married to Christine and we have 2 children. My best experience was getting my hearing restored in 2009 and 2010 with a pair of Advanced Bionics cochlear implants!
I am a Teacher Consultant for Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the Macomb Intermediate School District. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and Early Childhood Endorsement from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from Mary Grove College. My youngest son was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss in both ears and has a cochlear implant. I also have a hearing loss in one ear. I enjoy getting outside and playing sports with my husband and two sons.
I’m a graduate of the K-12 HI program at EMU, MA in Early Childhood Education at EMU, 2012. I have served as the AG Bell Summer Camp Director, and Camp Co-Chair since 2009. I taught for several years in a Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in Oakland County. I own a wedding photography business with my husband. I have a brother who is Deaf, who inspired me to teach D/HH students. In my free time I enjoy playing softball, volunteering, playing the ukulele, hiking, camping, photography, running marathons, sewing, bee keeping, organic gardening and spending time with my husband and daughter.
I am a student at Aquinas College and profoundly deaf in both ears. I was born deaf and first implanted at age 2 ½; a bilateral implantation followed in my late teens. At Aquinas, I am pursuing a communications degree with a business minor with hopes to help other hard of hearing individuals in the future. Along with volunteering and classes, I like to keep busy by playing tennis, golfing, and hunting.
I’m the immediate past-president and now a non-voting member. I served as president from May 2010 through Dec. 2013. I’m the parent of three adult children with hearing losses ranging from severe to profound. I also serve on the Board of Trustees of New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, and serve as a Guide in the Guide By Your Side Program under the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. When I find free time, I enjoy sewing, reading, gardening and genealogy.
I’m a non-voting member of the Michigan Chapter. I was one of the original founders and did all the legal work to obtain our status as a Michigan non-profit corporation. Along with Mark, I was instrumental in developing the Newborn Hearing Screening Program in the State of Michigan. I have an adult daughter with hearing loss. I have been actively involved since 1982 and have been instrumental in running our summer camp program for 25 years. I’m an attorney and have served as a Michigan special education hearing officer.
I’m a non-voting member of the Michigan Chapter. I have an adult daughter with hearing loss and was the audiologist at the Lutheran School for the Deaf. I have been continually active with the Michigan Chapter since the 1980’s and was instrumental in developing the Newborn Hearing Screening Program in the State of Michigan. I have been an integral part of our summer camp program for 25 years.