AG Bell Academy Appoints Kathryn Wilson and Rollen Cooper to its Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. – October 17, 2013 – The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language announces the appointment of Kathryn Wilson, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, and Rollen Cooper, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, to its board of directors for the 2013-2015 term, beginning on September 1, 2013.

Kathryn WilsonKathryn Wilson is a speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®), with more than 30 years of experience as an educator, therapist and consultant in a variety of settings, including public school, private practice, home-based and clinical.

She is assistant clinical professor and director of FIRST YEARS at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The FIRST YEARS Certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss is a certificate program committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of professionals practicing in the fields of deaf education, speech-language pathology, audiology and early intervention.

Wilson is a former member of the board of directors for Auditory-Verbal International, Inc., and served as co-chair of its Professional Education Committee. Prior to her current roles at UNC Chapel Hill, she was the director of the Resource Support Program in the Office of Education Services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Wilson is the author and co-author of four articles in 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice.

“Kathryn Wilson is a welcome addition to the AG Bell Academy board of directors. Her commitment and dedication to professional excellence and education will serve to enhance the value of the LSLS certification and increase access to LSLS professionals so that all families who desire these services for their children with hearing loss can receive them,” said Lyn Robertson, Ph.D., president of the AG Bell Academy.  

Rollen Cooper earned his master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. He has worked with children with hearing loss and their families for 19 years. Cooper is the Early Intervention coordinator at Child’s Voice School in Wood Dale, Ill., just outside of Chicago, where he coordinates the home-based and center-based services. Cooper also provides home-based aural habilitation services to infants and toddlers and their families.

Rollen CooperPrior to joining Child's Voice School, Cooper taught in the elementary department at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. He joined the staff at Child’s Voice in 1996 and taught in the preschool program for over 10 years. In 2008, Cooper became the lead teacher for the School Program. In this role, he mentored new teachers, provided individual educational services to students, served as a consultant to colleagues, offered in-services to staff and parents on literacy and language development, and collaborated with school district representatives. He also created a study group program that prepared staff members for the LSLS exam. In June 2013, he became the Early Intervention coordinator at the school.

In 2011-2012, Cooper served on the expert panel for Project ASPIRE (Achieving Superior Parental Involvement for Rehabilitative Excellence), a parent education program for economically disadvantaged children through the University of Chicago. He is the co-author of two articles in 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice.

“Rollen Cooper’s involvement in the field of listening and spoken language is as deep as it is broad. His passion for working with families and children with hearing loss while advancing the profession by training and mentoring colleagues provides him with a well-rounded perspective that will help to ensure that the LSLS certification continues to be relevant to both professionals and the families they serve,” said Lyn Robertson, Ph.D., president of the AG Bell Academy.

About the AG Bell Academy

The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language is subsidiary of The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Academy was established in 2005 and envisions a future where individuals and families will have qualified listening and spoken language professionals available in their immediate geographic area. The Academy is uniquely positioned to advance the revolutionary global opportunity for deaf or hard of hearing individuals to listen and talk via proven technologies and with guidance and education from certified professionals. Visit ListeningandSpokenLanguage.org