Everything that CHC has to offer begins with understanding. Hearing loss, deafness, and other auditory challenges, like Auditory Processing Disorder or tinnitus, affect each person’s life in deeply personal ways. After all, our ability to communicate with and understand those around us is the very basis of human experience.
The sum of all the work of CHC’s professionals, volunteer board members, and community supporters—what we do today and what we have accomplished in the past century—exemplifies understanding and compassionate service.
We’re proud that our devotion to serving our clients well gave us a role as an internationally recognized leader in the fields of hearing rehabilitation and human services.
It’s our commitment to the community to inform and promote best practice models, to educate the public and raise awareness, and innovate to solve problems old and new with fresh approaches.
Laurie Hanin, Ph.D., CCC-A; Executive Director
Laurie Hanin is the Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communication and has been with CHC since 1992. She has been an audiologist for over 35 years. She received her Masters degree in Audiology in 1979 from Queens College of the City University of New York, and her Ph.D. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1988.
Dr. Hanin has been a researcher in the areas of hearing loss and cochlear implantation and focused much of her clinical audiological work in pediatrics. She recently received the New York State Distinguished Clinician Award, is well published, and has made frequent presentations at major conferences and conventions in addition to numerous television appearances as a leading expert in audiology, particularly on The Today Show.
Nancy Nadler, M.E.D., MA; Deputy Executive Director
Nancy Nadler is the Deputy Executive Director at the Center for Hearing and Communication. She has worked at CHC since 1985. Prior to being named Development Director in 2004, Nancy Nadler established CHC’s Noise Center in 1992. As Director of the Noise Center, she developed, coordinated, and implemented International Noise Awareness Day, a worldwide campaign designed to educate students and the general public about the impact of noise on hearing, health, and quality of life.
Ms. Nadler has served in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, helping to revise New York City’s Noise Code. Prior to becoming the Director of the Noise Center, Ms. Nadler was the Director of the Career Development Department at CHC from 1985-1992. Ms. Nadler was an adjunct professor in the Masters Program in Deafness Rehabilitation at New York University as well as a teacher at Clarke School for the Deaf. Ms. Nadler received her Masters Degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in 1982 and a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College/Columbia University in 1985. As a guest expert on The Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, 20/20, as well as NPR, BBC and The New York Times, Nancy Nadler is sought out extensively to discuss issues related to noise and hearing health.
Tracy Perez, Psy.D.; Co-Regional Executive Director
Dr. Tracy Perez is the Co-Regional Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communication Florida office. Dr. Perez is a Doctoral Clinician of Psychology and has been working in the field of Psychology for over 20 years and with the Center for Hearing and Communication-Florida since 2008. She completed schooling at Carlos Ablizu University where she received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Addiction Studies. Dr. Perez completed her residency at St. Mary’s Childrens Hospital with specialty areas of Communication Disorders, Developmental Disorders, and children and families. Dr. Perez has experience working with children and families, providing individual and family counseling, conducting neuropsychological assessments, diagnosis, and intervention planning. Dr. Perez has provided lectures about the Impacts of Hearing loss on the individual and family dynamics, Executive Functioning and Working memory, Grief and Loss, and other topics to local and international schools, parent organizations, Police, and community organizations.
Dr. Perez is also Sign skilled with American Sign Language and provides services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
Sondra Rollo; Co-Regional Executive
Sondra Rollo (Sandy) is the Co-Regional Executive Director at the Center for Hearing and Communication Florida office. She has been part of the CHC team since 1992 when she gave her time as a volunteer. Sandy’s experience and passion led to her progressing roles in various capacities within the organization. Over the past 29 years, she held multiple positions, each one with ever-increasing responsibilities. She has been instrumental in the development of CHC-FL’s youth and adult programs, community outreach services, and leading the team in growing comprehensive quality services for the South Florida D/hoh community.
Sandy’s introduction to the Deaf community was during her childhood when she became friends with her neighbor who was Deaf and taught her sign language. As a young girl, she recognized the obstacles that her friend faced and was driven to bring awareness to the hearing community. Sandy is asked by many community agencies to help educate on equality and accessibility.
Kshitija Sarpotdar, Director of Finance
Kshitija has been with the agency for over 10 years. She provides leadership in the areas of financial planning, accounting, and statutory compliance. She heads the finance and billing team overseeing a wide range of functions that include accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, annual audits, and medical billing. In her role, she serves as a liaison between the executive director, external auditors, and the finance committee ensuring financial integrity and transparency.
Kshitija is a Certified Public Accountant (U.S), Chartered Accountant (India) and a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Mumbai, India).