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Senthil Srinivasan Senthil Srinivasan

I was born with a moderate hearing loss. My parents didn't find out about it until my speech impediment prompted them to take me to an ENT specialist. I was put in special education classes for students with hearing loss, then mainstreamed in middle school. After graduating high school, I earned a 4-year degree in Arts/Graphic Design from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Now, I work as a full-time web designer.

I created this website in 2008 as a hobby because I always felt like an outsider due to my hearing loss, and I wanted to reach out to others. As time went on, I added more features-- a blog, discussion forum, chat room, Facebook group, Twitter account, etc. I plan to continue expanding the website so that it can better serve the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Rachel Cain Rachel Cain
Staff Writer/Editor

I am a sophomore at the University of Dayton and am an English and International Studies double major with a minor in Spanish. I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through my involvement with At UD, I participate in the Alpha Phi Omega national co-ed service fraternity, several campus publications, and the marching and pep bands. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, sewing, and sharing time with my friends.

Though I've had past work experience working with individuals in the deaf and hard of hearing community, I'm excited to gain a new perspective through and hope to become more involved in the community.

Amber Rottinghaus Amber Rottinghaus
Staff Writer/Editor

I am a senior at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where I am studying Journalism with minors in Spanish and creative writing. At Wartburg, I write for the college publication, am a member of the women's soccer team, and am a part of various on-campus honor societies. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies, and doing anything outside. After graduating, I plan on finding a job in the newspaper industry as a reporter/editor, or in the publishing industry as an editor.

I am very excited to work with individuals in the deaf and hard of hearing community as I've never had much experience with this group. I hope that this opportunity will not only improve my communication skills, but will also allow me to impact this community in a positive way.

Bailey Hays Bailey Hays
Social Media Coordinator

I am from Akron, OH and I am currently a sophomore at Ohio University. I plan on graduating with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in business. I am focusing on public relations and hope to work as a publicist or PR specialist.

I enjoying working with a team of people and using new media tools. I cannot wait to learn more about the deaf and hard of hearing community and be able to get involved! In my spare time, I enjoy running, baking and exploring new places.

Lynnsey Nicolai Lynnsey Nicolai
Marketing Communications Coordinator

I am currently a junior at Ohio University working towards my Bachelorís degree in communication studies. I am also working towards a marketing minor, a business administration minor, and a certificate in social media. After graduating, I hope to use my passion for communication and writing to work in the creative and exciting field of marketing and communications.

I am very excited to work with the deaf and hard of hearing community because not only will I have the opportunity to grow my skills in marketing and communication, but I will also be contributing to an amazing cause. I am so excited to learn more about this community and to collaborate with a new team of people!

Kayla Coleman Kayla Coleman
Research and Communications

I am originally from Fredericksburg, VA, however, I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication Disorders at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville. Additionally, I am minoring in American Sign Language, which is what has drawn me to want to engage more with the Deaf community over my years of learning the language. As I am approaching my senior year of my undergraduate experience, I hope to go one to graduate school to obtain a doctorate in audiology (AuD). While working with this community, I am excited to blend all of the aspects of my studies together and expand upon my knowledge of the deaf and hard of hearing community beyond the classroom!

I have spent my first eighteen years in China and I decided to take American adventure in my nineteen years old. Upon my experience, I understand how hard to listen and speak a language and how the difficulties to influence my life. It is my pleasure to be part of the DeafandHoH community and I cannot wait to make contribution to this big family.

Kristen Donahue Kristen Donahue
Graphic Designer

My name is Kristen, and I live in a small town north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I am currently enrolled in the graphic design program at Rasmussen College and will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in 2018. I also have a Bachelor's degree in marketing from the College of St. Scholastica. The combination of these two disciplines allows me to present ideas and designs to audiences in fun, creative ways. I am very excited to be involved with this community! In my spare time I enjoy arts, films, books, and spending time with my family and friends.

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