Sheila Petasek, M.A., CED, President, Educator
Sheila is an Early Childhood Hearing Impaired Teacher at Lowell Elementary School in Waukesha, WI. She graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Deaf Education and Early Intervention. Before working in the public school system, Sheila worked in Birth to Three for 3 years. She has presented at numerous professional conferences.
Karen Goldammer, Treasurer, Parent of Child with Hearing Loss
Karen is the parent of three children, one born with profound hearing loss. She is a community volunteer and is active in local deaf/hard of hearing organizations. Karen was formerly the head accountant for The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, WI.
Dione Langley, SLP-CCC, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Dione Langley, M.S.,CCC-SLP has worked as a speech-language pathologist on the Koss Cochlear Implant Team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 2002. She has been responsible for evaluating and treating children of all ages with hearing loss, as well as children with other diagnoses. Dione has participated in research regarding children with hearing loss, collaborated with other professionals working with this unique population, and presented at numerous conferences. Prior to working at Children’s Hospital Dione worked in birth to three, private practice, and in the public school setting.
Amy Peters Lalios, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Amy provides direct services, mentors professionals and is the Coordinator of Auditory-Verbal Services and the ConnectHear TeleIntervention Program at the Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness in Wisconsin. Previously Amy served as a state EHDI Program Audiology Consultant and provided therapy services throughout 12 years in private practice.
Illene Sand, M.A., Ed. – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Ilene works at the Center for Communication, Hearing, and Deafness as a Child and Family Teacher providing early intervention services to families of newly diagnosed children with hearing loss and deafness. She has taught students in the public school setting for over 15 years. She has worked in various school districts with students from age 3 through 21. Ilene received her teaching certification in elementary education and middle school English from Cardinal Stritch University. She received her master’s degree in Special Education where she was certified in Deaf Education and Learning Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She completed the First Years Program in Auditory-Oral education from the Alexander Graham Bell Association.
Ron Jahnke, Treasurer, Parent of Child with Hearing Loss
Ron and his wife are the proud parents of two boys. Jacob, Ron’s older son, was born profoundly deaf and received his first Cochler Implant at just over a year old. He received his second Cochler Implant (bilateral) at age five. Jacob has done remarkably well and will be attending 7th grade at Butler Middle School in Waukesha.
Ron’s 20+ year career has been in banking. He is currently a Regional Sales Manger for US Bank Private Client Group.
Lizabeth Baish has been profoundly deaf since birth. She was raised orally, and wore hearing aids until 2000, when she received a cochlear implant. Liz works at Center for Communication, Hearing and Deafness with families in the oral communication group two days a week, and stay at home with my three beautiful daughters.