AG Bell Board of Directors

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors recently completed a thorough process to develop a strategic plan for AG Bell for 2020-2025. In addition to board members and staff, other stakeholders including several certified LSL Specialists, leaders of our state chapters, adults who are deaf and hard of hearing, parents, and international partners participated in the process. The goals and key objectives of the plan reflect the most pressing and vital needs of the children we serve across the globe and clarify our commitment to ensuring that they can learn to hear and talk.

Additionally, the board dedicated time to developing a statement on diversity, equity and inclusion that underlies the values inherent in the strategic plan.
We hope you will take time to review the plan and to consider how you can become part of AG Bell’s continuing success and move the organization closer to its goals. We welcome your participation and invite you to connect with us at opportunities@agbell.org.

Strategic Plan



AG Bell Board of Directors




Susan Lenihan, Ph.D. (Missouri, USA)


Immediate Past Chair
Catharine McNally (Virginia, USA)

Ivette Cejas, Ph.D. (Florida, USA)

Robert J. Bush (Pennsylvania, USA)

Chief Executive Officer
Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, J.D., CFRE (Washington, DC, USA)


Howard. W. Francis, M.D., MBA (North Carolina, USA) 
Sara Grosvenor (Maryland, USA)
Ken Levinson (California, USA) 
Jane Madell, Ph.D., LSL Cert. AVT (New York) 
John Stanton, J.D. (Washington, DC, USA)
Arlene Stredler Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Colorado, USA)
Jenna M. Voss Ph.D., CED. LSLS Cert. AVEd. (Missouri, USA)


AG Bell Academy Board of Directors


Jenna M. Voss, Ph. D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Assistant Professor & Director of Deaf Education
Fontbonne University (Missouri, USA)

Ulrika Lovfkvist, Ph. D., LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Associate Professor, Uppsala University (Sweden), Department of Public Health & Caring Services

Jayne Simpson Allen, ME, LSLS Cert. AVT (Australia)


Meredith K. Sugar, J.D.
Attorney (Ohio, USA)


Chief Executive Officer
Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, J.D., CFRE (Washington, DC, USA)

Sherri Fickenscher, MS, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Education Support Specialist, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech (Pennsylvania, USA)



Maria Fernanda Hinojosa Valencia, LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Director, AUREA (Mexico)


Mariana Garcia del Corro de Helbig, MA, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (Germany)


Susan Lenihan, PH. D.
Professor and Director of Deaf Education
Fontbonne University (Missouri, USA)


Maria Emilia de Melo, S-LP, Aud (C), CASLPO Reg., LSLS Cert. AVT
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for the Infant Hearing Program, Public Health (Toronto, Canada)


Elizabeth Rosenzweig, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Auditory Verbal Therapy (New York, USA)


Uma Soman, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Director of Professional Development, Listening Together, LLC (Illinois, USA)


Karen Stein, MAEd., LSLS Cert AVEd.
Deaf Education (Missouri, USA)


Sherri Vernelson, M. Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd. (North Carolina, USA)



Reach Us

Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Fax: 202-337-8314


Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.