National Cued Speech Association

Board of Directors

The NCSA is run by a membership-elected board comprising officers, directors, and regional representatives. Board members serve a three-year term in each position, and may not exceed two terms in any one position. Please feel free contact any of them for more information about Cued Speech or the NCSA, as well as information about local support in your area.

If you are interested in any one of these vacant positions or to represent Cued Speech / NCSA in your region, please do so by filling out the online contact form or by emailing us at [email protected]. We'd love to hear from you!

Officers

  • President:   Anne Huffman (Grayslakes, IL) Anne Huffman

    Anne is the sister of Leah Henegar, the first deaf child to use Cued Speech. She grew up in the DC suburbs as one of five children born to Robert and Mary Elsie Henegar. When the Henegars learned that Leah was deaf, Dr. Cornett had just developed Cued Speech and was looking for a family willing to take a chance on this new system.

    Anne grew up cueing and in the early days often participated in workshops to help Dr. Cornett demonstrate Cued Speech from the sibling perspective. She later helped teach CS to younger family members at Gallaudet summer camps. After high school, Anne moved to North Carolina with the family and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Biology. She has spent most of her career in medical device and pharmaceutical testing, first in Toledo Ohio, where she met her husband John, followed by jobs in the Chicago area. Anne is now Senior Director of Quality Assurance for global generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Fresenius Kabi, with US operations based in Chicago. She is currently on a long term assignment at their plant in Western New York. She is the proud mother of Hannah, who recently graduated from Boston University with a degree in Journalism. Anne is excited to be re-joining the CS family at such an exciting time.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Vice President:   Penny Hakim (Monroe, Louisiana) Penny Hakim

    Penny has four children; the oldest is profoundly deaf and uses Cued Speech with a cochlear implant. She is currently Vice President of the NCSA and a Certified Cued Speech Instructor. She serves on the Louisiana Hands and Voices Board, is a Parent Guide by Your Side and serves on the Governor's Infant Hearing Advisory Council in Louisiana. Penny has been cueing since 1987.

    She was instrumental in convincing Nuby, Inc., a Hakim family business, to launch a corporate responsibility program that supports the NCSA Deaf Children's Literacy Project.. Nuby products carry the DCLP logo and the company provides an annual designated grant for cue camps. Penny presents and attends professional conferences regularly. Penny loves helping families understand the benefits of Cued Speech and attends IEP meetings as an advocate in support of parents of children who are Deaf/HOH . She earned a BS at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Director of Development:   Ben Lachman (Chicago, Illinois) Ben Lachman

    Ben is a native cuer and an alumnus of the Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School in Wheeling, IL that was founded in 1985 by his parents, Ronald and Mary Ann Lachman along with Ann Bleuer and other families. Benjamin received his MBA in December of 2013 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL and his BA in English in 2005 from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. In addition to serving on the NCSA Board of Directors, Benjamin is a Trustee for the Ronald and Mary Ann Lachman Foundation, is on the advisory councils of both the Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School and the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL and is the founder of www.cueeverything.com.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Treasurer:   Brian Kelly (Annapolis, MD) Brian Kelly

    Brian is a native deaf cuer and a Certified Instructor of Cued Speech. Seeing that Cued Speech has played a major role in his communication and language development, he has become a passionate advocate in educating the public about CS and how it improves one’s communication and language skills.

    He graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2006. He currently works for Lockheed Martin as an Embedded Systems Engineer on a full-time basis. He also has been working for a Maryland-based small financial services firm as a Tax Preparer on a part-time basis. He brings his 10 plus years of experience in business and tax accounting to the board. He is here to share his love for Cued Speech and is looking to help bring the National Cued Speech Association to the next level.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Secretary:   Lorac Hintz Lawton (Springfield, VA) Lorac Hintz Lawwton

    Lorac graduated from William and Mary in 1985, and received her Master's in Education from Gallaudet University. She has been a teacher of the deaf for 25 years. She learned to cue from Jackie Perry in three days and has been hooked ever since. She thinks that Cued Speech is the coolest linguistics tool ever! She currently teaches 2-4-year-olds in Fairfax County, VA.

    She can be contacted at:  

Directors

  • Academic Advisory Chair:   Polly Earl (Fort Fairfield, ME) Polly Earl

    Polly has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for 37 years, including work as a speech/language pathologist, teacher, and special education consultant. Polly received her Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. She first saw Dr. Cornett speak about Cued Speech in 1978 at the University of Maine. Since then Polly has supported the use of Cued Speech with children and adults to provide clear and consistent access to spoken languages. Polly currently works as an Outreach Consultant for the Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Caribou and is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maine in Presque Isle.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Camps / Affiliates:   Andy Payonk (Spencer, NC) Andy Payonk

    Andy is a native deaf cuer who lives in Spencer, North Carolina with his wife Stephanie and their dog. Andy and his wife, a Certified Cued Speech Instructor, met at Cue Camp Cheerio. Andy graduated from East Carolina University and now works in the apartment industry. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, sightseeing, traveling and doing missionary work.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Government Liaison:   Jill Keblawi (Dallas, TX) Emma Curry

    Jill is the sister of a native deaf cuer. She has been cueing since she was 5 years old. Jill is currently an in-house lawyer with Marriott International, Inc. Jill was previously in private practice with law firms in Washington, D.C. Jill received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Jill currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three daughters.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Hands and Voices Liaison:   Jeff Maslin (West Berlin, NJ) Jeff Maslin

    Jeff is a native cuer who graduated from McDaniel College with a bachelor's degree in '94. He is VP of Operations for Little Linc Warehouse, LLC. He resides in West Berlin, New Jersey with his wife Christina and their three children Nicholas, Olivia, and Dominic.

    Jeff is one of the “Big Four” which consists of the Johndrows, Maslins, McGlones and Wheelers. He began cueing in 1978. Jeff's father, Michael is a former NCSA board member. Jeff excelled in swimming and soccer and was a nationally ranked swimmer (achieved All American status). Jeff qualified and made the Deaf Olympic Team in '87.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Marketing:   Charles Musser (Arlington, VA) Charles Musser

    Charlie is a native cuer. He credits Cued Speech for playing an instrumental role in his language and literacy development. Some of his hobbies are writing articles for NCSA's On Cue newsletter, photography, advocating for Cued Speech and volleyball. He graduated with a degree in economics and business management from James Madison University. He looks forward to supporting the Cued Speech community!

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Outreach:   Suhad Keblawi (Vienna, VA) Suhad Keblawi

    Suhad is the parent of a deaf native cuer. She is a certified Cued Language Transliterator, a transliterator trainer, and an NCSA Certified Instructor of Cued Speech. She is a lead transliterator for W. T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County Public Schools. Suhad is a Virginia Dept. of Education Grant coordinator for Cued Language Transliterator training.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Public Relations:   Rob McIntosh (Arlington, VA) Rob McIntosh

    Rob McIntosh is a native cuer. His parents learned Cued Speech soon after finding out their 18 month old son was deaf. For preschool, his parents enrolled him in the inaugural Cued Speech program at the National Children's Research Center along with Steven Scher and Tiffany Balderson. As a freshman majoring in Biotechnology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he received CS transliterator services in all his courses, thanks to his dad's all around efforts to make this a reality. He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Literature and Archeology and went on to complete web design / development programs soon afterwards.

    Rob has volunteered in Cued Speech camps since the early 1990s and for the last 13 years has worked with the NCSA directly and indirectly building websites for Cuemunication Services LLC, CueSign Camps, Literacy Counts, the Maryland Cued Speech Association (MDCSA) and the National Cued Speech Association (cuedspeech.org).

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Representatives:   Angela Laptewicz (Arlington, VA) Angela Laptewicz

    Angela is the sister of a native deaf cuer. She has been cueing since she was seven. She freelances as a certified Cued Language Transliterator. She is a certified instructor of CS and enjoys teaching at cue camps. She studied at Stonehill College.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Special Projects:   Amy Crumrine (Germantown, MD) Amy Crumrine

    Amy is a native cuer and a teacher for the deaf for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. She is also a therapist who works with deaf clients across the state. Amy's passion lies within the teenage field and within the Cued Speech community by providing support to and education to those about this unique opportunity-both deaf and hearing. Amy majored in deaf studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and studied social work at NTID and Gallaudet.

    She can be contacted at:  

State Representatives

  • Mid-Atlantic (Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee):  
    Sarah Pierce (Charlotte, NC) Sarah Pierce

    Sarah is a native cuer and student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is majoring in sociology and child development and is expected to graduate next May. She is the North Carolina Cues on Tap Coordinator and usually has these events in Charlotte, Greensboro and the Research Triangle area.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri):  
    Vance Deatherage (Ames, IA) Vance Deathrage

    Vance began cueing in 2014, and has become heavily involved in the cue-munity. He has since worked as a CLT in every stage of education, ranging from elementary through graduate level assignments. After graduating with a BS in ASL-English Interpretation from NTID/RIT, he is currently working as a staff transliterator at post-secondary institution. He became a certified instructor of Cued Speech in 2015.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • New England (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine,
    New Hampshire, Vermont):  
    Gela Michelle Fuxman, MS, CCC-SLP (Framingham, MA) Gela Michelle Fuxman

    Gela is an SLP in private practice at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA. She uses CS and ASL to communicate with individuals with hearing loss. She has been working with children and adults who are deaf/HOH for over 14 years. Her areas of expertise include aural habilitation/rehabilitation, articulation, phonemic awareness, and expressive and receptive written and spoken language. Gela earned her certification as an Instructor of Cued Speech in 2001.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Northeast (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio):  
    Jeff Maslin (West Berlin, New Jersey) Jeff Maslin

    Jeff is a native cuer who graduated from McDaniel College with a bachelor's degree in '94. He is VP of Operations for Little Linc Warehouse, LLC. He resides in West Berlin, New Jersey with his wife Christina and their three children Nicholas, Olivia, and Dominic.

    Jeff is one of the “Big Four” which consists of the Johndrows, Maslins, McGlones and Wheelers. He began cueing in 1978. Jeff's father, Michael is a former NCSA board member. Jeff excelled in swimming and soccer and was a nationally ranked swimmer (achieved All American status). Jeff qualified and made the Deaf Olympic Team in '87.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • South (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands):  
    Danielle Millanese, M.A., CCC-SLP (Lakeland, FL) Sarah Pierce

    Danielle is a former CLT and a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center. She graduated with a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She was a member of the board of Florida Hands & Voices and speaks at conferences regarding the benefits of using Cued Speech as a tool to improve literacy skills in children with hearing loss. Danielle is excited to become more involved with the NCSA.

    She can be contacted at:  
  • Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona):  
    Hannah Mann (Dallas, TX) Hannah Mann

    Hannah Mann is a deaf native cuer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who attended Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School in Chicago, Illinois until 4th grade. She graduated … from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a BA in English and minors in American Sign Language and Mandarin Chinese. Hannah now works as a freelance writer and editor in Fort Worth, Texas, and blogs on Deaf/Hard of Hearing topics at www.acroakingdalek.com.

    He can be contacted at:  
  • Capital (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC):   (Vacant)
  • Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin):   (Vacant)
  • Gulf Coast (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama):   (Vacant)
  • Rocky Mountain (Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming):   (Vacant)
  • Upper Plains (Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota):   (Vacant)
  • West (California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington):   (Vacant)

Executive

  • Executive Director:   Sarina Roffe (New York)
  • Daily Cues - Figure out your cue notation!
  • Cue for You Transliterating Services - CLT Services
  • Help families in need for Cued Speech camps by donating to the Deaf Children's Literacy Project
  • National Cued Speech Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Facebook
  • Language Matters, Inc
  • iBooks - Cued Speech
  • Nuby, Inc - High Quality, Chemical Free Baby Products
  • Deaf Childrens Literacy Project champions literacy and phonetics for families of deaf and hard of hearing children
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