Meet The Team

The Nine East Network Team

Nine East Network’s dedicated staff provide a range of services to meet the needs of our community. Please click on the button to find appropriate team members or scroll through the page to see our entire team.

Headquarters Staff

Susan Kimmerly

Founder & Director

Susan Kimmerly has dedicated her life to serving Vermont’s special needs children.
After founding Nine East Network in 2003 (formerly known as Vermont Consultants for Language and Learning), Susan served as its director, then went on to found and direct The New School of Montpelier in 2005.

 

A licensed Speech and Language Pathologist since 1982, Susan was the supervisor and manager of statewide programs for children at the Agency of Education and the Department of Children and Families (formerly SRS). She is also a licensed School Administrator.

 

She has worked with students of all ages and abilities in a range of private schools, public schools, and residential care settings. She has also taught at the college level at the University of Vermont, Johnson State College, Union Institute & University, and Lyndon State College.

Jen Bostwick

Assistant Director

DHH Consultant

Jen Bostwick has been working with children with hearing loss and their families for 20 years.  She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Master’s of Education in Special Education (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing) from Lewis and Clark College.  Jen gained experience providing sign support, speech, language, and auditory training and direct instruction at Georgia Elementary School from 1995 to 1998.  After that, she worked as a teacher for the Vermont Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Williston Regional Program and later became coordinator for that program.  In 2010, Jen became a Consultant for the VCDHH.

 

Jen has been an asset to Nine East Network since joining the team in 2014.  With her strong signing abilities and interpersonal skills, Jen was selected to become Nine East Network’s Community Outreach Coordinator in 2015.  She continued to serve as a Consultant and Parent Advisor in Chittenden County while being an important part of Nine East Network’s leadership team.

 

In the fall of 2017, Jen stepped into the important role of Assistant Director at Nine East Network. In this capacity, Jen has expanded her leadership skills by taking part in the year-long Snelling Center’s Vermont Leadership Institute.  She has continued to support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs, including oversight of the School Age program and Sign Support Communication Services.  Jen has been instrumental in the recent growth of the Sign Support Program.  She serves on many committees across the state working to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children, including the School Age subcommittee f9r the Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Advisory Board; the Educational Interpreter/Communication Facilitator Standards Committee; and the Low Incidence Disability Committee. She looks forward to continuing to explore new ways to fulfill the unmet needs of children, families and schools.

 

“It is my privilege to be a part of a group of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to ensure deaf and hard of hearing students and their families have access to quality education and services. There is nothing better than seeing one of our students graduate school ready to advocate for their needs in college or work. In the words of Jonas Salk, ‘the reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.’ ”

 

 

Ileene Therrien

Administrative Coordinator

Ileene Therrien has been working in office administration for over 20 years. She has a diverse background, including office support in the construction industry and in the medical field. Most recently, she became a Certified Medical Coder, which is a great asset to Nine East Network’s Parent Infant Program.

 

Ileene has years of experience working for an audiologist and for an internal medicine office, which helps her better serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community every day.

 

With her administrative expertise and go-to attitude, Ileene confidently navigates the medical billing world for Nine East Network, as well as any questions, projects, or tasks that come her way. When she isn’t coordinating the goings-on at NEN Headquarters in Montpelier, Ileene enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and spoiling her cats.

 

“I am happy to be working with such a great group of dedicated educators and professionals serving Vermont’s kids.  Please let me know me if you have any questions about our services, or would like to make a referral.”

Caitlyn MacIver

Administrative Assistant

Caitlyn MacIver became an Administrative Assistant at Nine East Network in the fall of 2018. Previously a medical coder for the University of Vermont Health Network, Caitlyn is a welcomed addition to our Headquarters office in Montpelier. Caitlyn is a Certified Medical Coder, and has also worked as store manager and stylist for the Regis Corporation in Berlin, Vermont. Caitlyn is a graduate of Montpelier High School.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultants

Nine East Network’s team of professionals work in all corners of the state as Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultants and Parent Advisors.  Individual contact information and the school districts each consultant serves are listed below.

 

If you have a new inquiry or referral for a child of any age, please contact Ileene Therrien, Administrative Coordinator, at (802) 229-0100 or [email protected] Click here to view our Rate Sheet for our School-Based Consultant Services.

Wendy Chace

Consultant

Parent Advisor

SLP

Wendy Chace

 

 

 

Wendy Chace joined Nine East Network to serve as Speech Language Pathologist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultant, and Parent Advisor in 2017. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from Wesleyan University, and later received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences from the University of Vermont. Wendy has worked as an Early Intervention SLP for over ten years. She has also worked with a range of school-aged children providing school-based evaluation and treatment, as well as home-based medical-model services for children with complex needs. Wendy is excited to be expanding her training in the areas of hearing loss and listening and spoken language.

 

Wendy serves as Treasurer for the Vermont Speech-Language Hearing Association. When not at work, she loves connecting with her family, being outside, knitting with beautiful yarn, and playing Scrabble.

 

“Effective communication is essential for connection and empowerment. Collaborating with families and teams to maximize communication development is deeply compelling, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do this work.”

Melissa Clark

DHH Consultant

Melissa Clark joined Nine East Network’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in 2016.   Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Kent State University in 2010, and she received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Syracuse University in 2015.  Melissa holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), and she is a member of the Educational Audiology Association.

 

Melissa held a one year position at Syracuse University’s Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic repairing hearing aids, and she worked as an Educational Audiology Intern at the Center for Instruction, Technology, and Innovation in Mexico, NY during the 2014-2015 school year.  There, she gained experience managing and monitoring a diverse caseload of students in a variety of educational settings.  In the past, Melissa took time to volunteer at the Special Olympics Hearing Program, and she participated with Oswego County’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club during her internship. She joined the team of DHH consultants in August of 2016 and will be serving the students in Rutland County.

 

“I am passionate about providing hearing related services in a school setting, and I am extremely enthusiastic about joining Nine East Network’s team of professionals.  I am grateful for the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in the field and am eager to use and share the skills I have acquired. Activities I enjoy outside of work include hiking, sewing, and taking Middle Eastern dance classes.”

 

Serving:

  • Bennington-Rutland
  • Addison-Rutland
  • Mill River Union
  • Rutland Northeast
  • Rutland City
  • Rutland Central
  • Rutland Southwest
  • Burr and Burton Academy

Meg Denton

Parent Advisor

Meg Denton joined the team at Nine East Network in 2016. Meg has worked at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf as an occupational therapist for the last 20 years. As the population of babies with deafness who had additional challenges increased in Rhode Island, Meg began her work in the Parent Infant Program at the School for the Deaf and served families and their babies for 3 years. Previously, Meg worked in Early Intervention services in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Meg has experience with babies who are medically fragile and worked as an occupational therapist in the NICU and PICU in California for several years.

 

Meg graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BS in occupational therapy in 1980 and graduated in 2010 from Simmons College in Boston with a master’s degree in special education/assistive technology.

 

“My goal is to look at the whole child and family and see where families need support in order to give their child full access to optimal play and daily living opportunities. Language learning is key to having Deaf and Hard of Hearing children navigate and negotiate their lives.  I love supporting families in their natural environments.”

Tracy Hinck

DHH Consultant

Tracy Hinck joined us in October of 2015. She brings a wealth of experience as both an Educational Audiologist and a Speech Language Pathologist. After receiving her B.A. in Communication Disorders from University of Vermont, she worked for three years in Randolph, Vermont as a Speech Therapist. This work inspired her to move to California, where she first earned a M.S. in Communication Disorders – Audiology from San Francisco State University, and later an M.S. in Communication Disorders – Speech Language Pathology.

Tracy has been working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals since 1993 both in educational and clinical settings. With her wide-ranging experience working collaboratively, and extensive knowledge in auditory rehabilitation and current best practices, she is a welcomed addition to Nine East Network’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

 

“It is vital for all human beings to have full access to language and communication. For the last 20 years, I have enjoyed working with children, their families, and educational teams to understand the unique communication needs of individuals with hearing loss. I also have a passion for animal welfare, enjoying volunteer work with a 501(c)(3) non profit Labrador retriever rescue (CCLRR).”

 

Serving:

  • Blue Mountain School
  • Hartford School
  • Orange North
  • Orange Southwest
  • Caledonia North
  • Rivendell Interstate
  • White River Valley
  • Windsor Southeast
  • Orleans Central

Pam Hoover

DHH Program Supervisor
DHH Consultant

Pam Hoover has been a Teacher of the Deaf and Consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in Vermont since 2000. Before that, Pam was a Speech and Hearing Science major at Washington University and received a Masters in Science in Speech and Hearing Science/Deaf Education from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1994. She worked with a wide range of deaf and hard of hearing students in different classroom settings prior to joining the team at the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

In 2015, Pam became one of two Program Supervisors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Nine East Network. With over twenty years of experience, depth of knowledge, and a true passion for working with deaf and hard of hearing children, Pam is a great contribution to the mission of Nine East Network.

 

“I love being able to help students, families and school staff understand hearing loss in order to better advocate and accommodate for what a child needs to be successful.”

 

Serving:

  • Franklin West
  • Franklin Northwest
  • Franklin Northeast

Terry Keegan

DHH Consultant

Terry Keegan has been an important part of the Vermont Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program since she first became the Parent Infant Program Coordinator in 1993. After 10 years in that role, she served as Program Coordinator of Family and Consulting Services at the Vermont Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing until the Center closed in 2014. Terry joined Nine East Network as the Transition Coordinator for the Vermont Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program for the 2014-2015 school year. She began working as a Consultant, serving the southeastern region, for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

Terry’s unique background as a Speech Pathologist, as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Vermont, and as Program Coordinator at the VCDHH serve her well in her new role. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from Hunter College, an MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College, and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Keene State College.

 

“It has been interesting and challenging to take on a consultant role after 20 years of being the program coordinator.  The work is varied and multidimensional, and no day is ever the same.  I enjoy the personal connection to students and staff members that this new role allows.  When I’m not working, I find whatever reason I can to be outdoors-running, hiking, snowshoeing, and I also love to cook at home.”

 

Serving:

  • Springfield
  • Two Rivers
  • Windham Central
  • Windsor Central
  • White River Valley
  • Windham Southeast
  • Windham Southwest
  • Windsor Southeast
  • School Administrative Unit #70
  • Orange East

Patrice McDonough

DHH Consultant

Patrice McDonough joined the Nine East Network Team in August of 2017. Patrice is a passionate Teacher of the Deaf providing direct services to Deaf and hard of hearing students in the Northeast Kingdom, and working as a parent advisor in the PIP program. Patrice earned her B.S. degrees in Early Childhood Education and Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, and then went on to earn her M.A. degree in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University’s Deafness Research and Training Center. In 1993, Patrice was honored as New Hampshire’s Christa McAuliffe Fellow, which was a sabbatical year of traveling internationally to “model” schools with her family.

 

With over forty years in the field of education, Patrice has come to highly value ideas, questioning and cultural exchange. She has an insatiable curiosity and loves connecting seemingly unrelated things. Residing in Peacham, Vermont with her partner, she has two adult children (both educators at independent schools) and three grandchildren.

 

“I am most enthusiastic about serving Deaf and hard of hearing learners and their families in the NEK, while joining a Professional Learning Community of colleagues committed to serving the individual needs of Vermont’s Deaf and hard of hearing children.  I love empowering students to be self advocates of their own possibilities.”

 

Serving:

  • North Country Union
  • Orange East
  • Caledonia Central

Cathy Metz

DHH Consultant

Cathy Metz has been serving deaf and hard of hearing youth for over 30 years. She started in the field as a Teacher of the Deaf at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs, and then at the R.E.A.D.S. Collaborative Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in southeastern Massachusetts. When she first moved to Vermont, she worked as a Speech and Language therapist for the Washington West SU schools, Moretown, Duxbury and Harwood for two years. In 1987, she became a Central Vermont Regional Consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program administered by the Barre Town School, where she worked for 12 years. From 1999 to 2014, Cathy continued to serve as a Consultant in central Vermont under the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Cathy joined the team at Nine East Network in 2014.

 

Cathy began her education at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she was a Music Major in Violin Performance. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from California State University-Hayward, and her Master’s degree in Education/Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from San Francisco State University.

 

“My passion is watching children grow and learn.  As a Consultant, I support children who are Deaf or hard of hearing to achieve their full potential, by ensuring they have auditory, academic, linguistic, and social access in their educational environments.  When I’m not consulting in the schools, I play the violin for serious fun in the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and in several string quartets in Vermont and out of state.”

 

Serving:

  • Essex Westford
  • Burlington
  • Champlain Valley
  • Montpelier

Hope Moulton

DHH Program Supervisor
DHH Consultant

Hope Moulton has served as a Consultant and Parent Advisor for the Vermont Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program since 2003. After earning honors as an undergraduate student at Norwich University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education, Hope went on to graduate magna cum laude from Smith College with a Master’s in Education of the Deaf. She worked as a Teacher of the Deaf at the Stafford School, adapting curriculum and providing direct lessons for a deaf child. Since then, Hope has been serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in the Northeast Kingdom and central Vermont area.

 

After joining Nine East Network in 2014, Hope became one of two Program Supervisors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in 2015. She brings strong leadership, clear communication, and a passion for teaching to all of her work.

 

“I love working with children of all ages, which is one of the main reasons I became a teacher.  I also enjoy learning about new equipment and troubleshooting any issues that may arise in the classrooms. In my free time I like to read, watch movies and spend time with my family.”

 

Serving:

  • Caledonia Central
  • Burlington
  • Orange East
  • Barre
  • Washington Central
  • Orleans Southwest
  • Washington South
  • Harwood Unified Union
  • Washington Northeast

Margaret Overman

DHH Consultant

Margaret Overman joined the Nine East Network as a Consultant in 2016.  She completed her undergraduate training in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University and went on to obtain a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree at Syracuse University.

 

Margaret has worn many hats as an audiologist; before joining the Nine East Network, she managed a newborn hearing screening program for a hospital in Colorado, served as a clinical faculty member at Indiana University, worked with veterans and severely injured active duty service members, served as an SLP-A for Burlington High School, and as an Adjunct Professor and Academic Coach at Champlain College where she helped students make the transition to college.

 

“I’m thrilled to join the Nine East Network team of Consultants. I love partnering with students and their support teams to creatively outgrow challenges in order to thrive in the academic setting. When away from the school setting, you’ll likely find me in the yoga studio or exploring Vermont’s outdoors by hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, or camping with my husband and two boys.”

 

Serving:

  • Burlington
  • Colchester
  • Grand Isle
  • Milton
  • Winooski
  • South Burlington

Maureen Pearl

DHH Consultant
Parent Advisor

Maureen Pearl has been serving deaf and hard of hearing children and their families in the southwestern region of Vermont for over 25 years. She worked as a Parent Advisor in the Vermont Parent Infant Program since its inception. She has also been working as a Consultant to school age children who are deaf and hard of hearing since 1999. Over the years, she has collaborated with statewide colleagues to develop programs to benefit Vermont’s deaf and hard of hearing children, such as Adventure Day and Sign Support Program classes.

 

Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, and then earned her MA in Deaf Education from New York University’s School of Education, Health, and Nursing Art Professions. She holds a Level II Vermont Professional Educator’s License in Elementary Education (K-6) and Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

“Our students are my inspiration, and they are just so much fun!  While I enjoy the varied aspects of our work, I most enjoy working with our families in the Parent Infant Program, and with language development at all ages. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband and family, and trying to please the cats who own us.”

 

Serving:

  • Addison Northwest
  • Rutland Northeast
  • Mt. Abraham Unified

Kira McDonough

DHH Consultant

Kira McDonough joined the Nine East Network team of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultants in 2015. Kira received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She then attended Boston University, where she received a Master of Education degree in Education of the Deaf.

 

Kira has experience working in a bilingual classroom (American Sign Language and English) as a Teaching Assistant at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts. In Vermont, she has worked in the Burlington community as the Outreach Literacy Coordinator for the Fletcher Free Library. More recently, she served the Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol, as Administrative Liaison, where her focus was on meeting with students to process PBIS discipline referrals, supporting positive student behavior, building resiliency, and reinforcing behavioral interventions.

 

“I am excited to be getting to know, and working with, a diverse group of students and their educational teams. I enjoy the daily collaboration, variety of responsibilities, and challenges of my work. I am thrilled to be working with supportive colleagues with the goal of improving services for our deaf and hard of hearing students. I love helping develop plans for students with such a wide variety of strengths and challenges. When I’m not working, I enjoy running, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, traveling, and playing with my sweet and goofy Old English Sheepdog!”

 

Serving:

  • Addison Central
  • Addison Northwest
  • Mount Abraham Unified
  • Champlain Valley Unified
  • Mt. Mansfield Unified
  • Essex Westford

Camilla Strauss

Parent Infant Program Coordinator
Parent Advisor

Camilla Strauss has been working with deaf and hard of hearing students and their families for more than 30 years.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Illinois State University.  She started out as a Teacher of the Deaf in Massachusetts at the R.E.A.D.S. Collaborative and The Learning Center for Deaf Children. Camilla then worked in Vermont’s public schools for six years, as an educational interpreter/tutor and an elementary school teacher.

 

In 1994, Camilla began serving the Vermont Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program as a Consultant and Parent Advisor.  She served the Northeast and Central Vermont regions for 20 years before joining the team at Nine East Network in 2014.  In light of her decades of experience, knowledge, and commitment, Camilla became Nine East Network’s Parent Infant Program Coordinator in 2015.  She also continues to serve as a Consultant and Parent Advisor.

 

“The passion that fuels my desire to work with deaf and hard of hearing children is my belief that all children deserve full access to language and communication.  I love working with people – adults and children alike.  I feel especially privileged that I get to work with babies and their families.  My personal interests include acting, physical fitness, meditation, learning new things, cooking and enjoying food with friends and family.”

Tami Trowell

Parent Advisor

Tami Trowell has almost 30 years experience working with families and children with hearing loss.  She has an adult son who is deaf, providing her with a parental perspective and compassion for the work she does as a Parent Advisor for the Parent Infant Program.  Tami graduated from California State University, Hayward after studying elementary education, then went on to be certified by the Utah Sate University SKI HI Institute’s Home Based Early Intervention Program for children with hearing loss. Tami also has extensive training, education and experience working with children with dual sensory impairment or deaf blindness.

 

As the field of deaf education began to shift after the tremendous advances in technology for hearing loss, Tami went back to school to attend the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants Program at Smith College.  Tami joined Nine East Network as a Parent Advisor in the fall of 2015.

 

“I cherish the opportunity to work with families and children with hearing loss. Although I have formal training, parents and their children have been my most influential teachers. When I’m not doing the work that I love as a Parent Advisor, I live on an off-grid homestead with my husband in southern Vermont raising dairy goats and a flock of sheep.”

Greg Weisel

Educational Consultant

Greg Weisel joined Nine East Network as an Educational Consultant for the Deaf-Blind Program in 2018. Greg’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from Slippery Rock State University with dual certification in elementary and special education, and a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University with specialized training in dual-sensory disabilities and severe disabilities.

 

Greg spent over a decade working in the assistive and educational technology industry, where he was involved in the development and implementation of specialized instruction for families, therapists, health care providers, and educators. Greg’s family is bilingual with American Sign Language as their second language. His personal connection to families is built on the foundation of being a parent of a child with special needs.

 

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” -Abraham Maslow

Speech-Language Services

Wendy Chace

Consultant

Parent Advisor

SLP

Wendy Chace

 

 

 

Wendy Chace joined Nine East Network to serve as Speech Language Pathologist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultant, and Parent Advisor in 2017. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from Wesleyan University, and later received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences from the University of Vermont. Wendy has worked as an Early Intervention SLP for over ten years. She has also worked with a range of school-aged children providing school-based evaluation and treatment, as well as home-based medical-model services for children with complex needs. Wendy is excited to be expanding her training in the areas of hearing loss and listening and spoken language.

 

Wendy serves as Treasurer for the Vermont Speech-Language Hearing Association. When not at work, she loves connecting with her family, being outside, knitting with beautiful yarn, and playing Scrabble.

 

“Effective communication is essential for connection and empowerment. Collaborating with families and teams to maximize communication development is deeply compelling, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do this work.”

Emily Metze

Speech Language Pathologist

Emily Metze started working for Nine East Network as a Speech Language Pathologist in 2018. She recently completed her Master of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina, with a specialization in Auditory Verbal Therapy/Cochlear Implant.  She was a SPARC Award recipient in 2017. Emily also graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

 

Emily has professional experience in a variety of settings serving children with hearing loss and language delays. She  worked as a Graduate Clinician at Brennan Elementary School, Midlands Therapy Solutions, University of South Carolina Speech and Hearing Clinic, and National Healthcare Mauldin. She has also worked at Carolina Coast Behavioral Services and the Written Language Lab.

 

I am so thankful to be part of the Nine East Network team! This opportunity allows me to join my passions of early childhood education and serving children with hearing loss. Communication can be difficult for many kids, and it is key to forming connections and relationships with each other as well as addressing wants and needs. I am so grateful to be able to foster these skills with children of all ages!

Sign Communication Support Services Staff

Lisa Allen

Communication Facilitator

Lisa Allen joined the team of Sign Communication Support Services staff at Nine East in 2018. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from Kean College in Union, NJ, and obtained a Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College in 1997. Lisa recently worked as a preschool teacher at Essex Hollow Playschool and prior to that, served deaf and hard of hearing students as an employee of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Lisa also has experience teaching at Carver High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Maryland School for the Deaf.

Sophia Cordner

Sign Language Instructor

Sophia Cordner joined Nine East Network’s growing team of Sign Communication Support Services staff in 2018. Sophia recently graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has experience working in elementary and preschools. Sophia is fluent in American Sign Language.

Tammy Farley

ASL Language Model

Tammy Farley serves as an ASL Language Model for the Sign Communication Support Services team. She began working with Nine East Network in 2018.  Tammy is fluent in American Sign Language and has years of experience working with a range of diverse children in various educational settings. Tammy has an Associate’s degree in Arts & Early Childhood Education. She has worked in Vermont as a Personal Care Advocate for children with special needs, and as a Para Educator/ASL Interpreter for the Colchester School District.

Kris Lemire

SCSS Coordinator

Sign Language Instructor

Kris Lemire is new to the Nine East Network team as of August 2017. She attended Gallaudet University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a second Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies before returning home to Vermont.

 

Prior to joining Nine East Network, Kris worked at Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of hearing for more than ten years as a Sign Communication Support Instructor, Residential Advisor, Admissions Director, and Summer Camp Director, among other roles. More recently she worked for the Windham Southeast SU as a Communication Facilitator with Deaf preschoolers and their educational teams.

 

“As a person whose hearing loss was diagnosed late, I’m passionate about providing families and educational teams of Deaf and hard of hearing children with resources and positive support to help them along their journey. I have worked long term with many of my students and have watched their language grow – I love it! Outside of work, I enjoy swimming, cooking, photography, and spending time with my husband and kids.”

Karen Mueller-Harder

Sign Communication Support Instructor

Karen Mueller-Harder holds certificates from Northeastern University in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies and ASL-English interpreting. After working as an educational interpreter for a few years, she began in her current position in 2006, working with children who use English-based signing for a variety of reasons, including developmental and speech delays, or mild or moderate hearing loss. Karen works with families and school staff to teach sign vocabulary, and develop comfort in using signs along with spoken English, as well as working with children directly. She also focuses on identifying strategies for incorporating visual language into daily routines according to each child’s unique needs and abilities.

 

“I’ve been working in sign communication support for the past 10 years, particularly with kids who have speech delays or developmental challenges, helping them to communicate with the people around them. I love sharing the richness of signing, and finding the right approach for each child, and teaching families, school staff, and other care providers to integrate visual and spoken language in a way that will be successful. When I’m not driving to schools and homes across Vermont, I like to spend time with my almost-grown family, my horse, and my community theater group.”

Diane Parker

Deaf Mentor

Diane Parker has been serving as a Deaf Mentor and American Sign Language Instructor for almost 25 years. She was certified as the state trainer for Deaf Mentors by the SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University. She has extensive professional development in American Sign Language, the Signing Naturally Curriculum, and the Shared Reading Project.

 

“I have loved being a Deaf Mentor and ASL instructor and am very passionate about working with Deaf/CI students who are mainstreamed. I wanted to help Hearing parents of Deaf/CI children and their siblings by teaching ASL (American Sign Language) at their homes and schools to improve their children’s communication skills. I’m also very creative with ASL activities, sewing, crafts and art.”

Elizabeth Pattison

Communication Facilitator

Elizabeth Pattison is a new addition to Nine East Network, joining the team in 2016 as a Communication Facilitator.  In 2013, she graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor in Science in American Sign Language and English Interpretation. Prior to that, she had earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Simmons College/New England Conservatory and attended four years at the School of the Arts in Rochester, New York. Upon graduating from the NTID, she worked as an ASL/English interpreter in a variety of settings, including Champlain Valley Union High School and also in primary care medical offices.

 

Elizabeth is fluent in ASL and skilled at using Contact Sign when needed to meet a student’s needs. She has served as an interpreter in schools ranging from kindergarten, grade school, and post secondary education.

Lynn Poquette

Sign Language Instructor

Lynn Poquette became a Sign Language Instructor with Nine East Network in 2018. Previously, she provided American Sign Language instruction at the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont. She also has experience as a home provider for Northwest Counseling Support and Services in St. Albans, and worked for the Vermont Department of Children and Families at the Burlington District Office. Lynn attended Auburn University At Montgomery as well as Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Rheault-Bissonette

Educational Interpreter

Michelle Rheault-Bissonette joined Nine East Network as an Educational Interpreter in 2016. She previously worked as an Educational Interpreter in high schools in Bristol and Hinesburg, Vermont. There, she gained experience facilitating communication between deaf and hearing students and teachers in the academic setting, supporting the learning environment for educators, students, and educational teams. She also tutored students needing additional instruction and served as an interpreter for team meetings. More recently, for the past seven years, she served as a Communication Facilitator at the Shelburne Community School, supporting children from kindergarten age to grade 6.  She helped general education, special education, and deaf students master their communication skills, use new sign vocabulary, and gain equal access to education. She will also be working with families/school teams to improve their sign skills to better meet their students’/child’s needs.

 

Michelle was raised in an all-ASL household with deaf parents and relatives, and grew up in the Deaf communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Arizona. She is fluent in ASL and Signed English. She brings to NEN over twenty years of experience making academic content accessible to deaf and hard of hearing students.

Dina Senesac

Communication Facilitator

Bringing nearly 20 years of experience working in Vermont, Dina Senesac joined the Sign Communication Support Services team at Nine East Network in 2018. As a long-time employee of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Dina was an Interpreter for the Deaf, serving middle school and high school students in mainstreamed schools. Dina most recently worked at Champlain  Valley Union High School in Burlington, and for the Maple Run School District.

 

“I enjoy working with students who communicate in a variety of modes. Working with students and figuring out how to best meet their needs is a challenge that keeps my job fresh and exciting. In my free time, I enjoy biking, swimming, reading, and art. However most importantly, I volunteer with a pit bull rescue to save dogs in high risk situations.”

Emily Verner

Educational Interpreter

Emily Verner recently became an Educational Interpreter with Nine East Network in 2018.  She brings years of experiences in deaf education settings, including preschool and K-5.  Emily has served deaf and special needs children as an Classroom Interpreter at the Morrison Center in Scarborough, Maine. She also worked in the library, preschool, and K-5 classrooms at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in Falmouth, Maine. Emily is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in American Sign Language and English Interpretation from the University of Northern Colorado.

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