• President’s Message February 2015

    Zina Jawadi 2014Dear HLAA-CA Members,

    Officer elections took place in the February HLAA-CA annual board of trustees meeting, and I am humbled and honored to serve as the new HLAA-CA president, and I am delighted to welcome Gail Morrison as new vice president and Lynne Kinsey as new secretary. Furthermore, I would like to recognize our treasurer, Jeffrey Chess, who has been tirelessly serving as treasurer since 2009, and I am ecstatic that Ann Thomas and Debra Rogers have joined the board. Our last president, Jim Montgomery, who has been actively serving HLAA-CA for over 25 years, and Ram Kakkar will both continue as trustees on the board. Northern California Chapter Coordinator Janel Edmiston, Southern California Chapter Coordinator Nanci Linke-Ellis, and ex National officio Margaret Wallhagen will also continue in their positions.

    With gratitude and admiration, I would like to thank Board Member Emeritus, Don Senger, for his over 30 years of boundless dedication to HLAA-CA. Don cofounded and was first president of HLAA-CA. While Don Senger is semi-retiring, he will still be available to advise the board.

    We would like to thank captioner Carilyn Cipolla for transcribing the meeting.

    We are also very grateful to Bob Zastrow for looping the meeting and for checking the meeting room beforehand. Bob travels as a volunteer across Northern California looping various chapters’ meeting rooms.

    During the board meeting, a new HLAA-CA four-year strategic plan was approved. In December of 2014, a survey was sent to all California chapter leaders and officers, HLAA-CA board members and officers, and HLAA National and had 40 respondents. The new HLAA-CA plan was developed based on the results of the survey and the HLAA-CA’s mission statement. The plan ranked the importance of each goal, and teams were created to accomplish each goal.

    The next board meeting will be on Saturday, October 24, 2015, in San Diego, the day before the San Diego Walk4Hearing.

    The HLAA-CA team is dedicated to providing hearing loss information, education, support, and advocacy services to Californians with hearing loss, their families, and their friends. We share unwavering passion for hearing loss causes.

    We would love for you to be actively involved with our organization and appreciate your support. We welcome members outside of our board to attend our meetings and to participate in the various strategic initiatives. Please contact me at zjawadi@hearinglossca.org if you have any questions.

    I look forward to serving you.



    Zina Jawadi
    HLAA-CA President
    February 20, 2015