Executive Board 2018-2020






Hannah Eskridge

The Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC 
Past President

Hannah Eskridge currently serves as the OPTION Executive Board President.  She has previously served as Vice President, the chair of Governance and Strategic Panning as well as participated in the Communications Committee.Hannah is the Co-Director of the Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC.  She is a speech-language pathologist and LSL Cert. AVT. She has been working with children with hearing loss and their families for over 15 years and is especially passionate about training professionals in Listening and Spoken Language to increase access to quality intervention.



Lynn W. Miskiel

University of Miami Debbie School
Vice President

Lynn W. Miskiel, M.A., CCC-SLP/A, LSLS Cert. AVEd is the current chair of the Governance Committee as well as serving on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.   She is the Director of the Auditory-Oral Education Program at the University of Miami Debbie School where she has been working with children with hearing loss and their families since 1988.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado and her Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois.  Lynn has served in leadership roles in a variety of local, state, and national professional organizations and has presented nationally and internationally on intervention for young children who are deaf and hard of hearing.



Lindy Powell

Center for Hearing and Speech 


Lindy Powell



Laura Covello

CCHAT Center 

Laura Covello is Executive Director of the CCHAT Center – Sacramento and licensed audiologist as well as teacher of the deaf. Laura joined CCHAT in 2004 and was promoted to principal in 2006. She earned her B. A. in Communication Disorders from California State University, Long Beach, an M. A. in Communicative Disorders - Audiology from California State University, Los Angeles, and an M. Ed. in Special Education from the University of Utah. She currently holds an Administrative Services Credential.



Meredith Berger

Clarke Schools for Hearing & Speech 
Director at Large

Meredith Berger an OPTION member since 2009 is the director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/New York campus.  Meredith’s committee work includes the Annual Planning Committee and the Data Committee prior to joining the Executive Board as a Director-at-Large in July 2016.  In addition, Meredith is proud to represent OPTION with the Common Ground Project, a collaboration between OPTION and CEASD.  Meredith received a B.S. in Education (Special Education/Elementary Education) from SUNY at Buffalo State College and a Master’s degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education from Canisius College. After teaching for 15 years in roles including Early Intervention, Preschool Teacher and Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, she joined the Cochlear Implant/Hearing and Speech Center at what is now The Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  In her role as Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education Consultant, she had the opportunity to collaborate and support families of children who were deaf or hard of hearing, consult with local schools and professionals to advise and support them in creating an educational program to meet the needs of students with hearing loss, and to organize educational conferences to support the professional development of those working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 2008, Meredith became the Director at Clarke/NY. She oversees a comprehensive birth-preschool program that supports children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families from the earliest point of diagnosis. Meredith presents locally and nationally on topics related to the education of children with hearing loss, including understanding the role of the itinerant teacher of the deaf, meeting the needs of families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Early Intervention/Part C testing implications and working with children with microtia/atresia.



Pam Dawson

hear Me now 
Director at Large 

Pam Dawson has been in the field of Early Intervention for over 25 years, and has been the Executive Director at hear ME now in Maine since 2007.   She holds a Masters in Early Intervention from University of Maine. Before joining hear ME now, she owned an inclusive early education program that served 450 families in 17 years. Pam’s personal connection with music drew her to hear ME now.  She feels fortunate to be part of an organization that brings the shared human experience of listening to, and participating in, music to children with hearing loss.



Teri Ouellette

St. Joseph's Institute for the Deaf 
Director at Large 


Teri Ouellette 

 Uma Soman

Carle Auditory Oral School


OPTION Announces...


"The Listening and Spoken Language Data Repository (LSL-DR): Design and project overview,"

LSHSS-16-0087 for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, has just been published in the Newly Published section of the LSHSS site on ASHAWire. 

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