Board of Directors

The hear ME now Board is Committed to Supporting its Mission

hear ME now, Maine’s leading auditory oral education center, is committed to supporting children and adults with hearing loss, their families, and their communities. We are uniquely qualified to provide the resources, technology, and innovative teaching necessary to foster opportunities to learn to listen and speak.

hear ME now Board of Directors:

Gregg Lagerquist – President

Gregg Lagerquist – PresidentGregg works with a number of non-profit groups and charities in Maine—singling out hear ME now as especially close to his heart—a group helping deaf and hard-of-hearing kids in Maine get a great start in life. Gregg has been someone you can count on at News 13 for more than a decade. He grew up in Minnesota and came to News 13 in 1996 from Vermont. He is an award-winning journalist, earning state and national awards, including one of the first ever “Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Political Coverage” presented by Mr. Cronkite, himself. “Highlight of my professional life so far,” says Gregg. “Covering George Mitchell in Northern Ireland immediately after the Peace Accords was incredible as well—but a distant second.” If you visit Gregg in his office, you can see an autographed copy of the Good Friday Agreement and a picture of a smiling “Walter and Gregg” proudly hanging on the wall. When Gregg looks for the best things in his own life, he heads home. His wife, Leslie, co-owns a small business in Maine. “She’s amazing! Although, don’t tell her I said that. She’ll get a big head,” jokes Gregg. He and Leslie have three children—two sons, Reece and Max, and a daughter, Tess. (“See… I told you Leslie’s amazing!”) Gregg enjoys hitting the beach with his family, basketball, bike riding, ultimate frisbee, road trips, and reading biographies. He’s a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and has a Masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Richard O’Meara – Treasurer

Richard O’Meara – Treasurer Dick O’Meara is an attorney in civil litigation, trial and appellate practice. He has handled a wide variety of cases, including a large percentage in the federal courts, in the areas of business, commercial, and contract law, creditors’ rights, employment and discrimination law, dealership and franchise regulation, intellectual property rights, securities law, design and construction law, probate litigation, business torts, defamation, and personal injury. Dick also devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing individuals with disabilities and their families, usually on issues arising under federal and state special education or antidiscrimination laws. In addition, Dick has experience in litigating a range of civil rights and constitutional claims, having served since 1989 as volunteer Legal Director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. In 1997, Dick became the ninth recipient of the MCLU’s Justice Louis Scolnik Award in recognition of his work in advancing the protection of civil liberties in Maine. Dick has been recognized over the years at the Maine State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting for his service to the community in accepting numerous pro bono case referrals through the volunteer Lawyers Project. Dick is a registered Early Neutral Evaluation and Arbitrator with Maine’s Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service and frequently participates in alternative dispute resolution matters.

Connie Ouellette, CPA, FHFMA – Secretary

Connie-Ouellette1Connie is a Principal with BerryDunn, the largest regional certified public accounting and management consulting firm in northern New England, headquartered in Portland, Maine. She leads the Firm’s Health Care consulting practice. Since joining BerryDunn, Connie has concentrated on serving the health care industry and specializes in finance and third-party reimbursement. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine and is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a local chapter officer. A native of Maine, Connie lives in Yarmouth with her husband Mark.


Deb Feagans – Board Member

Deb Feagans has been a member of the hear ME now Board since 2007. Deb is the mother of twins – Emily, who is hearing impaired, and Will. Emily began receiving services from hMn as an infant and both children graduated from the pre-school program. Deb joined the board as a way to give back to the organization that has done so much for Emily and her family. Thanks to hear ME now, Emily began kindergarten a week before her 5th birthday, right alongside her twin brother. She is now in 2nd grade, has amazing language skills and loves to read! In addition to being a mom, Deb is an attorney and guardian ad litem. She previously worked for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and now has her own law practice with a focus on juvenile law, child protection cases and family law.

Harriet Gray – Board Member

Harriet Gray – Board MemberHarriet is a retired college biology professor with bilateral cochlear implants. She has been deaf since early childhood and wore bilateral hearing aids until about 2009 when she received her first implant. Immediately after she was turned on, she started aural therapy at hear ME now And she has continued with therapy to maximize her CI use. Harriet loves my cochlear implants and says they have made her life so much easier. As a firm believer in oral communication and hMn!’s mission, she is committed to providing all the support she can to members of the hearing impaired community. Harriet grew up in Maine and holds degrees from Chatham College, Mount Holyoke College, and The Ohio State University. She taught at Washington and Lee University, Wellesley College, and Hollins University (for 33 years). Since retiring she has lived in Topsham with a Standard Poodle and two cats.

Matthew Hearst, M.D. – Board Member

Matthew Hearst, M.D.Matthew J. Hearst, M.D. is an otolaryngologist and surgeon practicing in Portland, Maine at MKM ENT Associates, a Division of Mercy Hospital. As an otolaryngologist specializing in ear surgery, Dr. Hearst has significant experience working with patients receiving implantable devices to enhance their ability to hear. Dr. Hearst is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and received his medical degree in 2002 from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He conducted his surgical internship and residency training at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. He pursued fellowship training in Otology and Neurotology at the University of Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Hearst served has served as a board member of the Maine Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Board since 2009. Dr. Hearst first became interested in treating hearing loss during residency training. During residency, he was able to witness first-hand the profound impact that hearing has on the lives of patients. Dr. Hearst is particularly interested in the role of implantable hearing devices, and he moved to Maine in 2008 with the goal of developing Maine’s first cochlear implant program.

Gregg Novick – Board Member

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Lynne Lewis – Board Member

-5Lynne Lewis, MS CCC-A, is an Audiologist at MKM ENT Associates. Lynne has been working with this practice since 1987. She helped establish the cochlear implant program.  She specializes in adult cochlear implants and pediatric evaluations and amplification.  She graduated from Colorado State University with her Masters in Audiology.  She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice audiology in Maine.  She is a member of ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology and the Maine Academy of Audiology.

 

Kristen Pfeifle – Board Member

-4Kristen Pfeifle, MA CCC-A, Audiologist at MKM ENT Associates. Kristen has been with MKM ENT Associates since 2001.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Connecticut in 1997.  She stayed at UCONN and earned her Masters in Audiology from the Childhood Hearing Impairment Program (CHIP) in 1999.  Kristen worked in Lewiston for two years before coming to work at MKM ENT Associates.  She developed a strong interest in cochlear implants after working with many children with implants during her time at UCONN.  She is one of the two adult cochlear implant mapping audiologists at MKM ENT Associates and helped to establish the first cochlear implant program in Maine.  Kristen works with a wide variety of patients, from infants who didn’t pass the newborn screening to adults with hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Jennifer Kanwit – Board Member

JenniferKanwit-1A former Teacher of the Deaf for the New York City Department of Education, Jennifer has a personal connections with hard-of-hearing and deaf community. Her own hearing loss at age two and her use of hearing aids to listen and speak has motivated her to become an advocate in the community. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Rutgers University, she holds a Master of Arts and Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. Jennifer was formerly a staff person at hear ME now, holding the position of Public Relations and Development Director.

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