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National Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Carla Beyer-Smolin as been a part of HLAA since 1990s working in both the chapter and membership departments. During Carla’s time with HLAA in previous years she coordinated the Children’s Workshops for our conventions. She developed and managed "Heroes for Hearing Loss," a mentoring program for children with hearing loss. Carla has also helped created some key publications. She wrote the “ADA Begins with You” column in our then hard-copy publication, "SHHH News," that went to chapters.

She also created and published the "SHHH Ventures" newsletter that went to young adults with hearing loss. Taking a leave from the organization to raise her family and is now back with the HLAA family. She looks forward to connecting and working with our membership and strengthening our chapter network to help make a difference for people living with hearing loss and their families. Carla met her husband, Mark, through the SHHH Young Adults Group. They live in Maryland and have two children, a son in college and a teen-age daughter.


May Meeting this Wednesday!

May Chapter Meeting Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 1:30 PM   Our snowbird season is over…however, hurricane season begins June 1!  Following 2017’s historically destructive fall and summer, scientists are now predicting the upcoming 2018 hurricane season will again be above average.   Sherilynn Burris, Emergency Management Chief at Manatee County Government, will revisit us, this time BEFORE… Read more »

Save the Date: HLAA2018 Convention Webinar on May 23

Make sure to tune in Wednesday, May 23 to join HLAA Meeting Planner Niaz Siasi as she discusses this year’s 2018 HLAA  Convention in Minneapolis, MI! Date & Time: May 23,2018 8:00-9:00 p.m.    By joining this webinar you can ask questions, chat with other attendees, and learn more about what to expect during your time in Minneapolis for this… Read more »

It Is Not Hearing Loss That Is Important!

My husband and I received an invitation to attend a party at a local club this week. We were told there’d be a delicious Italian buffet, music, plenty of wine, and the company of some people we knew. It all sounded like a wonderful night, so we dressed and headed out.  Upon arriving, I found… Read more »

May 2018 Listen!Up

STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE This year The Patterson Foundation will match ALL donations 1:1 for gifts of $25 up to $100. If you give $100, the Chapter gets $200! Tuesday, May 1st to Wednesday, May 2nd from Noon to Noon! Go to  www.givingpartnerchallenge.org  online after the noon hour on May 1 and at “Find an Organization”, type in “Hearing Loss”. The site will remain open only for 24 hours!

Double Your Donation to HLAA Today!

    Your Donation of $25 to $100 matched    Noon May 1 to Noon May 2                   Support in the Giving Challenge      Go to: www.givingpartnerchallenge.org & search for “hearing loss”‘   Your $25 gift equals $50 and every $100 donation equals $200   Be The One to Support Healthy Hearing   Your Donation Supports Our Top 10 Initiatives •… Read more »