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Board Members

The Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (CIAF) proudly presents its board members. These individuals give generously of their time and support to further the mission of CIAF.

Michelle Tjelmeland, Founder and Chairwoman
Profoundly deaf, Michelle received the gift of hearing through cochlear implant technology. Realizing the lack of information and support for the hearing impaired, Michelle founded the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (CIAF) to provide hope and understanding for those individuals and families facing the challenges of hearing loss and seeking new opportunities for sound. Michelle is the owner of a business specializing in web and graphic design services – from Web sites to social media development.

Sheryl Klemm, Director
A skilled administrative assistant, Sheryl has more than five years or experience providing administrative support to private firms.

Max Klemm, Director

Brandy Lozosky, Director
Brandy Lozosky is the creative force behind District 23. She’s one of those people who can take anything ordinary and turn it into extraordinary. She enjoys building and creating things out of old junk, metal, wood and fabrics. In fact, it was Brandy who created CIAF's popular Socks for Sounds fundraiser. When she’s not volunteering for CIAF, Brandy is at home with her loving and supportive family – husband, Mike, and son, Reilly.

Laura Gerh, Director
Laura Gehr, buyer and merchandiser for District 23, can navigate through market like no one’s business!  A wife and mom of two, Laura has an incredible calming influence.

Terri Phelps, Treasurer

Kim Martin, Secretary
A parent and educator, Kim possesses a bachelor’s degree in middle school education and a master’s degree in mathematics.

Dr. Michael Novak, Member
As director of the cochlear implant team for the Carle Foundation’s Expanding Children’s Hearing Opportunities (ECHO) program in Urbana, Illinois, Dr. Novak is regarded as a leader in the field of hearing loss and cochlear implant technology. Dr. Novak launched one of the first multi-disciplinary teams to support families of children with hearing loss.

Ginny Klemm, Member 

Debra Nussbaum, Advisory Member

As coordinator for the Cochlear Implant Education Center at Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center for Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Debra has spearheaded national efforts to study the combined roles of spoken and signed language in the education of children with cochlear implants.

Anthony Arnold, Advisory Member
With a gift for technological savvy, Anthony founded a business assisting medical device companies grow their business by developing marketing products that better meet the needs of their patients and clients. Anthony has a passion for working with the hearing impaired and continues to work with the American Academy of Otolaryngology and medical device manufacturers.




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Resources What is a cochlear implant?  What does insurance typically cover?  What are the ongoing costs?  Connect to our Resources page to view the only online clearinghouse of up-to-date cochlear implant information. CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES
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