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2015 Presenters

  • Matthew Rider - M.S.Ed., LCPC

    Matthew Rider the Training Coordinator for the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.For over twenty years Matt has worked with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families in a variety of mental health settings. He presents nationally on a variety of issues including power struggles, communication, mental health issues, and others. Read More

  • Beth Benedict - Ph.D.

    Dr. Benedict is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University, and the co-director of Gallaudet's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. Read More







  • Karen Anderson - Ph.D.

    Karen Anderson PhD has worked in clinical, public school and state-level (EHDI) settings to address the needs of children with hearing loss. She presents throughout the US and Canada and is the Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss, providing online resources to parents and professionals (http://successforkidswithhearingloss.com). Read More





  • Amy Hile - Ph.D.

    Dr. Amy Hile joined the Department of Education as a faculty member at Gallaudet University in August 2006. Originally from Minnesota (Twin Cities area), Dr. Hile has taught at the elementary level at the Metro Deaf School MDS), national’s first deaf ASL/English bilingual charter school in Saint Paul, MN from 1993 to 2000. Read More

  • Maribel Gárate - Ph.D.

    Dr. Maribel Gárate is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She has two Masters degrees: Deaf Education: Elementary and American Sign language Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Deaf Education with an emphasis on Bilingual Education. Read More

  • Perry Hanavan- Au.D.

    Perry C. Hanavan, Au.D., teaches in the Communication Disorders program at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. He has taught audiology and technology courses the past 35 years at Augustana. He has served as president of the South Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association and Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. Read More

  • Stephen Greene - Ph.D.

    Stephen Greene, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed in both Maine and South Dakota. He has extensive training and experience evaluating and treating complex trauma, PTSD, and attachment disorders. He is fluent in American Sign Language and for more than 35 years he has served Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children, their families, and service providers. Read More

  • Patricia Lydia Vierra - M.Ed.

    Patricia “Trish” graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Speech Science. She went on to receive her Master’s of Education degree from Idaho State University in Deaf Education. Trish has held many different positions in the field of Deaf Education. Read More