By Elizabeth Keithley Ph.D.
As chairman of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Nadine Dehgan is the new Chief Executive Officer of Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), effective immediately. Nadine brings considerable nonprofit foundation experience to HHF, including previous consultation work for us over the past 18 months. She has worked with dozens of charities around the world through NED.CO, the management consultant company she founded in 2004.
Nadine has a very personal connection to both hearing loss and tinnitus. Her father has adult-onset tinnitus and her younger brother has had a detectable hearing loss since childhood. Because school was challenging without the full ability to hear, he threw himself into sports, one area where learning emphasized visual cues. While her brother now uses hearing aids, he has found that his experience with visual learning has helped him become a better leader at his sports-related nonprofit.
But despite seeing her brother's frustrations as a child firsthand, Nadine admits it still didn't occur to her that her younger daughter's developmental delays as a baby could be hearing-related, since her child had passed the newborn hearing screening. Her daughter had painful, recurring ear infections that affected her ability to hear. Ear tubes helped immensely, and while there is some scarring and permanent hearing loss, her daughter is thriving -- today she is a funny, social, and confident 4-year-old. "I am excited to be joining an organization whose programs directly benefit and enhance the lives of my loved ones, as well as millions of individuals living with hearing loss and tinnitus," Nadine says.
Nadine has previously held executive positions with Canada's Brandon University and The Humane Society, also in Canada. She has a BA from the University of Winnipeg and received an Executive MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
We would like to thank our outgoing CEO, Claire Schultz, for her work at HHF over the past two years and wish her well in her future endeavors.
Elizabeth Keithley, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board
Hearing Health Foundation