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Who We Are

Ohio Valley Voices is an early intervention program located in Southwest Ohio that teaches children with hearing loss to listen and speak through the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants. We believe that every child has the right to communicate. By offering a data-driven curriculum in a nurturing, language-enriched setting, our team of specialists gives children the tools they need to talk and reach their full potential.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded according to the Moog oral education philosophy, Ohio Valley Voices is one of the best early intervention programs of its kind in the country. We serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to eight years old. Our campus draws families from throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton region, across the United States, and around the world. Simply put, OVV is more than a program—we are a family.

“Within the first few minutes of entering the building, you can feel the love that the OVV staff has for the children in their care. These people are passionate about leveling the playing field for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.” – Jack Wild, Board Member

History

Ohio Valley Voices was founded in 1999 when three Cincinnati families—the Burns, Gartners, and Murphys—came together for a common cause: all three had a child who was born deaf or hard of hearing and had received a cochlear implant. Hoping to start an oral education school where children like theirs could learn to listen and speak, they raised funds and sought the advice of experts. Their journey eventually led them to Maria Sentelik, a passionate advocate for deaf education then studying at the University of Cincinnati. The families asked Maria to be Executive Director and she eagerly accepted. With the help of a grant from the Oberkotter Foundation, the founding families and Maria began developing a program modeled on Jean Moog’s oral education philosophy that would teach children from birth to eight years old.

Since then, Ohio Valley Voices has served over 200 families, earning a reputation as one of the best programs of its kind in the country. Constantly innovating to meet the needs of our community, we added an onsite audiology clinic in 2003 and moved to our current Loveland campus in 2006. Throughout these changes, OVV’s core mission has remained the same: to create a supportive, language-enriched learning environment where all children can acquire the skills they need to listen, speak, and reach their full potential.

“When our child was diagnosed deaf, I thought we were going to have to move away from Cincinnati. We had never heard of OVV. It turns out that OVV is one of the best programs of its kind in the world, and it’s right here in Cincinnati. OVV is one of our area’s best-kept secrets.” – Jon Westerman, Parent and Board Member

Board Of Trustees

We are proud and grateful to have these esteemed community leaders, including relatives of past Ohio Valley Voices students, represented on our Board of Trustees.

Jon Westerman, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. – President


Nancy Creaghead, University of Cincinnati – Vice President


Sandra Mills, Union Institute and University – Treasurer


Dr. Thomas Fischer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Retired) – Secretary


Valerie Bogdan-Powers, Horan and Associates


Jody Johnson, Procter & Gamble


V. Ruth Klette, Elsa Sule Foundation


Kathleen Lutz, Integra Group


Barb Molloy, Parent of Former OVV Student


Anjali Narayanan, Procter & Gamble


Lydia Ritze, Cassady Schiller CPA’s & Advisors


Jacqueline Sweeney, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer


Andrew E. Sweeny, Jr., St. Xavier High School


John Wild, Hilltop Research (Retired)

Board Committees

The Governance Committee steers the Board of Trustees in its development of a strategic plan while also evaluating the Board’s effectiveness. The Governance Committee searches for, interviews, votes on, and onboards new candidates for the Board.

Members: Kathleen Lutz (Chair), Nancy Creaghead, and Valerie Bogdan-Powers.

The Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing the overall planning of all financial matters at Ohio Valley Voices including investments, capital expenditures, budgets, and appropriations, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees with respect thereto.

Members: Sandra Mills (Chair), Jon Caulfield, Lydia Ritze, and Michael Wolf.

The Development Committee assists staff in developing a strategic plan for fundraising and marketing for Ohio Valley Voices and updates the Board of Trustees on the progress of the strategic plan. It sets fundraising and marketing goals, establishes strategies for successfully raising funds, recruits and assigns volunteers needed in the process, monitors the success of fundraising activities throughout the year, and requests Board assistance as needed.

Members: V. Ruth Klette (Chair), Maranda Bowen, Dr. Thomas Fischer, Jacqueline Sweeney, Andrew Sweeny, and Jack Wild.

Working under the direction of the Development Committee, the Marketing Committee provides oversight and guidance for all promotion and marketing strategies with the goal of increasing awareness of Ohio Valley Voices and its mission.

Members: V. Ruth Klette, Barb Molloy, Maggie Nachtrab, and Anjali Narayanan.

The Building and Grounds Committee is responsible for determining all maintenance and security needs for the interior and exterior of the school property and coordinating with the Finance Committee to ensure these projects are budgeted.

Members: Jack Wild (Chair), Grant Gilbert, Matt Peffly, and Mike Schuckman.

The Fashion Show Committee secures sponsorships, acquires silent auction items, performs various marketing and public relations tasks, handles guest registrations and check-ins, schedules and coordinates volunteers, and works with the boutique fashion vendors that participate in the event.

To become a member of the Fashion Show Committee, contact Development Coordinator Anne Neuville at aneuville@ohiovalleyvoices.org.

The Gala Committee secures sponsorships, acquires live and silent auction items, performs various marketing and public relations tasks, handles guest registrations and check-ins, schedules and coordinates volunteers, and decorates to create the perfect ambiance for the event.

To become a member of the Gala Committee, contact Development Coordinator Anne Neuville at aneuville@ohiovalleyvoices.org.

Executive Directors

Maria Sentelik – Executive Director


Molly Weber – Associate Director


Wendy Pace – Business Director


Carey Ratliff – Program Director


Jeanne Jentsch – Director of Development


Meredith Craven – Director of Special Services

Staff

Kaylan Anderson – Learning Center Teaching Assistant


Katy Baron – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Adrianna Borst – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Alysia Becker – Lead Toddler Teacher / Intervention Specialist


Julie Carter – Program Support Teacher


Brooke Chaney – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Daria Denysenko – Development Assistant


Grace Driscoll – Toddler Program Aide / Development Assistant


Michelle Ellis – Program Administrator


Valerie Feldmeyer – Discovery Center Teacher


Lauren "Ren" Ferris – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Emma Frye – Parent-Infant Instructor


Kristen Haught – Speech-Language Pathologist/Tester


Natalie Heller – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Robin Hoernschmeyer – Development Assistant


Sarah Hogan – Learning Center Teacher


Emily Johnson – Executive Administrator


Allison Kinross – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Selina Kissell – Montessori Instructor / Teaching Assistant


Katie Krekeler – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Ruth Lamphier – Audiology Aide


Brooke Leo – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Dr. Rachel Liles – Audiologist


Crystal Magness – Front Office Administrator


Melissa Martin – Exploring Center Teacher


Breanna McClendon – Lead Toddler Teacher


Eriana Murphy-Trice – Behavioral Aide


Anne Neuville – Development Events Coordinator


Molly Piller – Family Center Aide


Matti Poole – Floating Aide


Leslie Raulie – Family Center and Parent Group Support Coordinator


Jill Rewerts – Discovery Center Aide


Jillian Shupert – Family Center / Extended Day Aide


Julia Scherler – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Megan Stercula – Listening and Spoken Language Provider


Michael Sweeny – Marketing Assistant


Dr. Rachel Wade – Audiologist


Kathy Wesson – Audiology Clinic Office Manager

Job Opportunities

Speech-Language Pathologist or Deaf Educator

Ohio Valley Voices is seeking a full-time deaf educator or speech-language pathologist to work with children aged birth through 2nd grade and their families.

The speech-language pathologist or deaf educator will instruct the child in language, speech, and auditory development at a level that allows the child to close the gap to hearing peers. Specific duties include:

  • Plan and implement therapy sessions for children from birth through 2nd grade
  • Supervise students in the classroom, in the building, and on the playground
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and individual meetings
  • Communicate with parents regarding objectives and classroom activities
  • Demonstrate excellent relationship skills and good moral contact
  • Work well in a team

To apply for this position, please fill out the application on Indeed

 

Instructional Specialist

The instructional specialist role is to mentor assigned staff through observations and discussions to ensure
maximum growth and development for the children. For more details, please click the job title above.

To apply for this position, please view the full job posting on LinkedIn

 

Clinic Assistant

The clinic assistant supports the clinic office manager and audiologists to ensure a smoothly running clinic. For more details, please click the job title above.

To apply for this position, please fill out the application on Indeed

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