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
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
Lydia Ritze, Cassady Schiller CPA’s & Advisors – Treasurer
Dr. Thomas Fischer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Retired) – Secretary
Valerie Bogdan-Powers, Horan and Associates
Christopher Bolling, Pediatrician (Retired)
V. Ruth Klette, Elsa Sule Foundation
Kathleen Lutz, Integra Group
Barb Molloy, Parent of Former OVV Student
Anjali Narayanan, Procter & Gamble
D. Anthony Sottile, Sottile and Barile, Attorneys at Law
Jacqueline Sweeney, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer
Jack Wild, Hilltop Research (Retired)
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: Lydia Ritze (Chair), Jon Caulfield, 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), Chris Bolling, Dr. Thomas Fischer, Jacqueline Sweeney, 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, Chris Bolling, Barb Molloy, 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 Gala Committee secures sponsorships, acquires live and silent auction items, performs various marketing and public relations tasks, and helps decorate to create the perfect ambiance.
To become a member of the Gala Committee, contact Daria Denysenko, the Development & Event Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaylan Anderson – Learning Center Teaching Assistant
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 & Event Coordinator
Keigan Detty – Teacher Aide
Grace Driscoll – Toddler Program Aide
Michelle Ellis – Program Administrator
Valerie Feldmeyer – Discovery Center Teacher
Lauren "Ren" Ferris – Listening and Spoken Language Provider
Emma Frye – Parent-Infant Instructor
Molly Grippa – Family Center Aide
Kristen Haught – Speech-Language Pathologist/Tester
Natalie Heller – Listening and Spoken Language Provider
Robin Hoernschmeyer – Development Assistant
Sarah Hogan – Learning Center Teacher
Allison Kinross – Listening and Spoken Language Provider
Katie Krekeler – Listening and Spoken Language Provider
Brooke Leo – Listening and Spoken Language Provider
Dr. Rachel Liles – Audiologist
Crystal Magness – Front Office Administrator
Melissa Martin – Exploring Center Teacher
Belinda Matlock – Family Center / Extended Day Aide
Breanna McClendon – Lead Toddler Teacher
Emma Mills – Event Support
Anne Neuville – Director of Community Relations
Matti Poole – Floating Aide
Leslie Raulie – Family Center and Parent Group Support Coordinator
Jill Rewerts – Discovery Center Aide
Mande Roberts – Clinic Assistant
Julia Scherler – Listening and Spoken Language Provider
Jillian Shupert – Family Center / Extended Day Aide
Haley Snyder – Listening and Spoken Language Provider / Parent-Infant Advisor
Kristin Stock– Development Manager
Dr. Rachel Wade – Audiologist
Kathy Wesson – Audiology Clinic Office Manager
Toddler Teacher: Lead small groups of toddlers (18 months through 36 months) in their daily instruction. Must hold an associate's degree or higher. Hours will be 8-1. Click here for more details.
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