What We Do

History | Leadership | Board of Directors | Admin Staff

The mission of Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) is to foster inclusive and accessible communities through communication, advocacy, and education. We envision an inclusive, accessible world where everyone is understood and respected.

We offer a comprehensive array of programs that foster effective communication for individuals and families affected by hearing or speech differences. Our services include:

History

A historical picture of HSDC, with a woman and small child signing to each other.

HSDC has been serving the Puget Sound area for over 80 years, and family and community have been fundamental parts of the agency since the very beginning. Originally a partnership between mothers of children with hearing loss and a social club for hard of hearing women, HSDC was incorporated in 1937 as the Seattle Chapter for the Hard of Hearing. In the 1950s, our name changed to the Seattle Hearing and Speech Center, which remained the only independent nonprofit west of the Mississippi for children and adults with communication differences until the mid-1960s.

Over the years, the HSDC began to incorporate more programs for the local Deaf community, who favored sign language over spoken language. During the 1960s and 70s, HSDC introduced what was, at the time, a controversial program that taught children with hearing loss American Sign Language (ASL).

By the 1980s, the Deaf community had become such an essential part of the agency’s programming that our name was changed to Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center. In February 2016, we dropped the “ness” and became Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center to reaffirm our commitment to the local Deaf community.

Today, HSDC has a main office in Seattle and satellite offices in Bellingham and Tacoma. The majority of our clients are in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties, but we serve thirteen counties in total across Western Washington. Many of our services are offered for free or at reduced costs, allowing local individuals and families in need to receive high-quality communication access and care.

Leadership

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  • Lindsay Klarman

    Lindsay Klarman, MNPL, NIC-A

    Executive Director

  • Ariele Belo

    Ariele Belo

    Director of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

  • Carol Brown

    Carol Brown, MS

    Director of Development

  • Anna Dodd

    Anna Dodd, MEd

    Parent-Infant Program Director

  • Gina Gallaway

    Gina Gallaway, NAD IV

    Interpreting Services Program Manager

  • Pamela Grossman

    Pamela Grossman, MA

    Preschool Director

  • Athina Manganzini

    Athina Maganzini, MS, CCC-SLP

    Director of Speech

  • HSDC staff member Marcelle Wellington smiles for the camera. Marcelle is light-skinned and feminine-presenting, with dark hair past the ears and red lipstick. They're wearing a red sweater and gold necklace.

    Marcelle Wellington

    Director of Finance & Administration

Board of Directors

Matthew Aprecio | UW Medicine Bonnie Lau | University of Washington
Jonathan Budden, Secretary | Microsoft Dave Lenox, Treasurer | Special Olympics Washington
Lyn Cameron, Vice President | Microsoft Roger Mauldin | BECU (Retired)
Laura Gramer, Vice President | Accessibility Advocate Molly M. McCarthy, President | University of Washington
Rasheeda Grant | Amazon Laurie Rosen-Ritt | Teacher of the Deaf & Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Kelly James | Education First Bill Schiffmiller | Akoio, LLC
Sara Kover | University of Washington  

Admin Staff

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  • Lindsay Klarman

    Lindsay Klarman, MNPL, NIC-A

    Executive Director

  • Carol Brown

    Carol Brown, MS

    Director of Development

  • A headshot of HSDC staff member Shanell Brooks. Shanell has tan skin, dark hair pulled back, and is wearing a red shirt.

    Shanell Brooks

    Accounts Receivable Analyst

  • Bryan Bullock

    Bryan Bullock

    Facilities Manager

  • Jason Eastman

    Jason Eastman

    Grants & Communications Manager

  • Buddy Elledge

    Buddy Elledge

    Graphic Design & Social Media Connector

  • Andrea Klarman

    Andrea Klarman

    Executive Assistant

  • Don Lawrence

    Don Lawrence

    Accountant

  • HSDC staff member Marcelle Wellington smiles for the camera. Marcelle is light-skinned and feminine-presenting, with dark hair past the ears and red lipstick. They're wearing a red sweater and gold necklace.

    Marcelle Wellington

    Director of Finance & Administration