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ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

The Council is governed by a nine-member, governor-appointed board. Eleven ex-officio board members represent state agencies and organizations. The Executive Director and staff members administer programs and daily operations.

ABOUT THE COUNCIL

Leading up to 1991, a group of concerned stakeholders agreed that centralized, state-level coordination of deaf and hard of hearing services was lacking in Idaho. They formed a task force, wrote a charter, lobbied the Legislature, and received funding. The Council was approved by the Legislature shortly thereafter.

The CDHH Board includes two persons who are deaf, two who are hard of hearing, a parent of a deaf child, a parent of a hard-of-hearing child, an audiologist, a medical doctor, and a sign language interpreter. The Board sets annual priorities and determines strategic direction. The Board also consists of eleven ex-officio members who represent various state agencies and organizations that have a stake in issues relating to deafness and hearing loss. The Executive Director and staff administer programs and daily operations.

By statute, the Council is responsible for increasing awareness, advocate for equal access, provide information and referral, monitor consumer protection, recommend public policies and programs, conduct research, and submit reports to the Governor and policymakers.

The Board meets quarterly to discuss progress on goals and establish priorities. All of our meetings are open to the public and are completely accessible. We always allow time for citizens to express their views on issues.

WE INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE!

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Emilie Banasiak

Emilie Banasiak

Member who is hard of hearing and who represents an organization of persons who are hard of hearing

Boise, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2021
emiliebanasiak@hamiltonrelay.com

StevenBirkby

Steven Birkby

Member who is deaf and who represents an organization of persons who are deaf

Meridian, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2021
Steven.birkby@iesdb.org

Joelynne Ball

Joelynne Ball (Chairperson)

Member who is an interpreter

Nampa, Idaho – (3rd term) Term Expires 7/1/2021
joelynne.ball@gmail.com

Gretchen Fors

Member who is the parent of a child who is hard of hearing

Boise, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
gretchen.fors@gmail.com

Heidi Jeffs

Heidi Jeffs

Member who is the parent of a child who is deaf

Nampa, Idaho – (2nd term) Term expires 7/1/2019
t.bluebonnets@hotmail.com

Jacob Robison

Jacob Robison M.D.

Member who is a physician

Boise, ID – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
RobisoJ@slhs.org

JerryWilding

David “Jerry” Wilding

Member who is deaf

Gooding, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
jewild39@gmail.com

Marva Kubalik

Member who is hard of hearing and is over the age of 60

Nampa, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2021
mgkubalik@gmail.com

Kate Savage

Member who is an audiologist

Nampa, Idaho  (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2020
savagek@slhs.org

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