Who We Are

Colorado AG Bell is a non-profit, who in 2018, is celebrating it’s 25th year of dedication to supporting Colorado’s deaf and hard of hearing community. Through community outreach, education, and advocacy we strive to improve listening and spoken language outcomes for Coloradans who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

We believe when children are identified early, receive hearing technology and family-centered support, they can develop language on par with their peers.  Learn more about the options and next steps following a hearing loss diagnosis.

Colorado Chapter History

The Colorado Chapter of AG Bell was founded in 1993 by a group of parents and professionals who were passionate about raising awareness for and promoting listening and spoken language options for the deaf and hard of hearing community in Colorado. Founding members of the Chapter were: LaFawn Biddle, Dusty Biddle, Ken Klaus, Jill Bader, Barbie Galoob, Judy Gorman, Mary Zuercher, and Mary Mosher-Stathes.

The Colorado Chapter of AG Bell is one of 35+ active chapters incorporated with  AG Bell National , which was created over 125 years ago. 

Colorado Board of Directors


Tara Bauman

Tara is an educational audiologist.  She joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and started her term as President of the Colorado Chapter in January 2016.  Through her work on the board, enjoys cultivating new relationships and sharing the positive impacts the Colorado Chapter and AG Bell National make in the lives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Erika King

Erika is a speech-language pathologist and listening and spoken language specialist. For the past decade she has supported families who have children with hearing loss. Erika served on the cochlear implant team at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital prior to moving to Colorado in 2015. She currently has a private practice and is a provider for the Listen Foundation and CHIP (Colorado Home Intervention Project). Erika is passionate about supporting families in their pursuit of listening and spoken language.

Vice President/Historian

Heather Macerinskas

Heather is a mother to a daughter who wears bilateral cochlear implants.  Her daughter was diagnosed with a mild/moderate hearing loss at the age of 3 and her hearing loss progressed to severe/profound in 1 year.  Heather loves being a part of the hearing loss community.  She joined the Colorado AG Bell Board to help grow her support system for her daughter as well as help others on the same journey.  She is also on the Peer Support Team for MED-EL.


Allison Armitage

Allison is a speech language pathologist who works with the pediatric population at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She is a member of Children’s Hospital Colorado’s deaf and hard of hearing team, as well as their cochlear implant team. Allison joined Colorado AG Bell because she is passionate about learning language through listening and helping families achieve their communication goals.


Jenn Reed

Jenn is a wife and mother of two boys.  Both her husband and eldest son have hearing loss; she also has a brother with hearing loss.  Jenn’s son received his first cochlear implant on his left ear in early 2017 and wears a hearing aid on his right ear.  She joined the Colorado AG Bell Board of Directors to help other families along their hearing loss journey.


Ally Bleidt

Ally, an adult with a hearing loss who uses hearing aids and works as a project manager, joined the Colorado AG Bell Board of Directors in 2010.  She served as Chapter Treasurer for six years.  She enjoys helping families who experience hearing loss have access to the support and resources they need.

Marti Bleidt

Marti has been a member of the Colorado AG Bell board for nearly 10 years and was Board President from 2013-2015. She is the mother of an adult daughter who uses hearing aids and a foster daughter who is in high school and uses bilateral cochlear implants. In her professional life, Marti is a teacher of deaf/hard of hearing for Denver Public Schools and a CHIP facilitator. She very much enjoys being active in helping families and children with hearing loss pursue their dreams and hopes.

Stacey Cohen McNulty 

Stacey E. Cohen McNulty is an audiologist at Denver Ear Associates. She is passionate about helping those with hearing loss by enhancing their communication abilities.  Stacey has is honored to be on the Board of Colorado AG Bell to support spoken language outcomes for children and adults with hearing loss.

Todd Hallberg

Todd is a proud father of two young men.  His youngest son, Derian, has a profound hearing loss and utilizes cochlear implants to hear.  His oldest son, Tyler, has a unilateral hearing loss and benefits from the use of a hearing aid. Todd has a true passion helping those who are deaf and hard of hearing.  He was a member of a grassroots effort to obtain hearing aid coverage for children in the state of Colorado.  He has shared his family’s story at the local and national levels, helping educate about hearing loss and  the importance of listening and spoken language therapy.

Emma Kagel

Emma is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient.  She received her first cochlear implant as part of the original FDA trial in the 1990’s to have cochlear implants approved in the USA.  She grew up as an active member in the Connecticut Chapter of AG Bell with her parents.  Emma is a mother to a typically hearing son and bioethicist.

Gigi Placone

Gigi has been severely hard of hearing her entire life.  She wore hearing aids until 2015 when she got a cochlear implant.  She continues to use a hearing aid on her non-implanted ear.  Gigi is an Enrolled Agent (federally licensed tax preparer).  She is happy to be on the AG Bell Colorado Board.  

Cathy Scruggs 

As congenitally deaf adult who uses cochlear implants, Cathy is passionate about being part of our local community to raise awareness to help deaf children with listening and spoken language.


Hannah Bosisio

Hannah is a junior at the University of Denver where she is studying business marketing, hospitality management, and business analytics.  She is a member of the Delta Zeta Rho Sorority, where she is Vice President of Philanthropy.  Hannah was diagnosed with hearing loss as a child and is excited to help Colorado AG Bell grow and to support the Colorado deaf and hard of hearing community.

Past Presidents

Ken Klaus – 1993-1994

Sharon Thompson – 1994-1995

Anne Beiter – 1995-1996

Mike Bruha – 1996-1997

Judy Gorman/Mary Mosher-Stathes – 1998-1999

Mary Bartholomew – 2000-2002

Carolyn Wolfrum – 2003-2004

Angela Wieker – 2005-2006

Regina Squibs – 2007-2009

Sheryl Muir – 2010-2011

Rob Frantum-Allen – 2012

Marti Bleidt – 2013-2015