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Who We Are

OVV is an early intervention program that teaches children with hearing loss to listen and talk through the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants. We believe that all children have the right to reach their fullest potential.  Our mission to provide every OVV  child with a language-enriched environment and the tools to talk to lead to a bright future.

We are one of the top early intervention and educational programs in the nation. We serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) from birth to eight years old. Our curriculum is designed to provide a comfortable, loving environment that fosters confidence and a life-long love of learning through talking.

We are more than a program. Our children become a member of our family.

Once you come through our doors, we call it “the walk.” “The walk” is the moment when a new family walks through our building for the first time. We together hear laughter and voices of children who are D/HH.

Every family deserves a walk.

Thanks to the many contributors we are able to give families of deaf children hope.

Ohio Valley Voices is a 501c (3) organization. We rely on contributions to accomplish our mission: teaching deaf children to listen and speak

History

In 1999, three families that had children with cochlear implants formed OVV. In 2000, Ohio Valley Voices opened its doors for the first time; serving children with hearing loss in the tri-state area. OVV became one of the first options for these families.

Since that time, over 200 children have graduated from our program. These children are thriving and have moved on to attend schools across the United States.

Board Leadership

We are here because we have an unshakeable belief that children with hearing loss are capable of great things. Bringing these things to light takes work, dedication, and devotion, but it offers a child that is hearing impaired the best chance for a brilliant, productive life. Since 1999, Ohio Valley Voices has helped children in the Tri-State area communicate through listening and talking; forever changing their lives and the lives of their families. To us, every child and every spoken word is a gift.

Believe,
Maria

Maria Sentelik earned her Master of Science (MS) in Audiology from the University of Utah. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has been the Executive Director of Ohio Valley Voices since its inception in 1999, Ms. Sentelik has vast experience working with children with hearing loss. She is passionate about empowering families to advocate for their children.

Board Of Trustees

Trustees


Nancy Creaghead – President


John Westerman – Vice President


Michael Wolf – Treasurer


Sandra Mills – Secretary


Thomas Bosse


Dr. Thomas Fischer


Jody Johnson


Dr. Robert Keith


V. Ruth Klette


Tasha Porter


Caloway Puckett


Colleen Swanson


John Wild


Staff

Staff list coming soon.

Employee Spotlight

Maria Sentelik earned her Master of Science (MS) in Audiology from the University of Utah. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has been the Executive Director of Ohio Valley Voices since its inception in 1999, Ms. Sentelik has vast experience working with children with hearing loss. She is passionate about empowering families to advocate for their children.

Job Opportunities

No positions are currently available.

Ohio Valley Voices is seeking a social worker/independent contractor. This individual would have the opportunity to work with our families and children who are deaf and hard of hearing. If interested, please contact Meredith Craven at mwcraven@ohiovalleyvoices.org.

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The 14th Annual Gala will be held February XX, 2021 at Paul Brown Stadium to celebrate our current and alumni ALL STARS.

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