Lee Rech, Executive Director
Lee was hired by the All Ears! BOD to serve as Executive Director in February, 2019. Prior to taking on this position, she was a founding member of the All Ears! Board of Directors in 2014 and served as Board Chair for the organization for nearly 5 years.
Lee received her B.A., with Distinction, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where she participated on Law Review. After graduation, Lee practiced in the field of medical malpractice defense with the boutique firm of Hanen, Alexander, Johnson & Spalding in Houston. Following ten years as a stay at home mom after the birth of her daughter, Lee returned to the practice of law in 2008 as a Special Prosecutor. In 2009, she was elevated to Chief of the Civil Division, Special Prosecution Unit of Texas, managing the busy office of 8 attorneys, paralegals, investigators and clerical staff, until 2013, when she chose to once again leave the work force to stay at home through her daughter’s high school years.
Lee has been personally committed to the mission of teaching deaf children how to listen and talk, and of creating awareness of the listening and spoken language option, since her daughter was born profoundly deaf in 1997. With early diagnosis, appropriate amplification and aggressive AVT, Anna was mainstreamed into a hearing pre-school before she turned 3 years old, was an honor student throughout her large public high school years, and is now a confident and independent college student at University of Houston, who never misses an opportunity to talk. About anything! As Executive Director, Lee and the highly qualified staff of All Ears! are dedicated to duplicating the model that worked for Anna to ensure All Ears! children have the best chances for spoken language, literacy and independence.
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Since Anna’s birth, Lee and her husband, Steve have been active advocates for educational and social issues impacting children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She served on the board of directors of the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, 2014-2018. Together, she and her husband, Steve, were named 2014 Honorees of Houston’s Center for Hearing and Speech and served as Gala Chairs in 2008. Lee is also a past member of the board of directors of the Houston Ear Research Foundation.
Tracy Piontek, Accounting and Finance Projects Manager
Tracy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University in 1992, passed the CPA Exam and worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as a public accounting auditor ands various accounting roles for companies in both Arizona and Wisconsin until “retiring” to raise her three daughters in The Woodlands, Texas. Over those years, Tracy has been a volunteer on PTA’s, Booster Clubs and Soccer Organizations assisting with both Treasury and fundraising roles. Tracy was introduced to All Ears! by Lee Rech and began volunteering for All Ears! in 2017. Since that time she has served a Chair for the Toast & Taste Fundraisers, assisted with the annual Clay Shoot, served on the Board of Directors as Chairwoman and on January 1, 2022 transitioned onto the staff as Accounting and Finance Manager. Tracy has a passion for AE!’s Mission and has been humbled by seeing first-hand what a huge difference this organization can make in children’s lives who are hard of hearing.
Kristen Perkins, M.Ed., GPC, Development Impact Strategist
Kristen has over 20 years advocating in the community. After receiving her M.Ed. she chose to share her love of math in a Title I school. There she helped students fill in gaps and realize each one of them was capable of success. She’s served on the parent school board of The John Cooper School as Treasurer and VP of Spirit Store. She’s been a wildlife rehabber for the county for the last 5 years and volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels for over 17 years. She most recently served as the Director of Development for Meals on Wheels Montgomery County where she oversaw tremendous growth of the department during her tenure. Kristen has been married to Sam for 25 years and is the mom of 2 wonderful children. She divides her time between family, work, and caring for the animals at her Misfit Farm. Kristen is eager to put her talents and passion for nonprofits to work for All Ears!’ and their families.
Kim Erbele, Office Administrator
Kim got her BS in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University. She married her high school sweetheart, Garrett, in 2004, and taught first grade for five years before becoming a mom. Kim has twin boys, Blake and Jack, and daughter Kate. She spends much of her time volunteering at their school. Kim is very involved in PTO and has run the school’s Santa’s Secret Shop for 3 years. She was the chair of Christmas Dessert and Worship at TWUMC for multiple years. Kim was a member of the talented volunteer team that created our signature Toast & Taste Gala, and has been a loyal and valuable volunteer with the annual event every year since. Kim has a unique understanding of All Ears!’ mission seeing firsthand the impact of hearing loss on the family of her dear friend. She’s very excited to join the All Ears! Team.
LISTENING and SPOKEN LANGUAGE TEAM
Department of Speech/LSL Intervention
Allison Haggerty, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Director of Speech/LSL Intervention
Allison Haggerty, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT has been practicing speech-language pathology for 25 years. Once she learned the endless possibilities available for children with hearing loss using a Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) approach, caring for these children and their families/caregivers has been her extreme passion! It is her commitment to help every family learn how to help their child achieve their fullest potential, so they not only hear their parents’ voices, but also grow up to be anything they want to be.
Allison comes to All Ears! from Texas Children’s Hospital, The Woodlands; she was the only certified AV therapist in the TCH system. Prior to this, she was the Director of Speech Services at The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, Texas and the Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She enjoyed being an adjunct professor at The University of Houston, teaching Aural Rehabilitation to undergraduates while introducing them to the LSL option and the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) three-year certification process. Allison serves the LSLS profession by mentoring others toward certification in this highly specialized area. She has also been a part of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss and their training in Vietnam.
Allison earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas-Dallas in 1996 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from University of Arkansas in 1994. She is a member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association and A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Allison is excited, and truly feels blessed, to join All EARS! She has believed in our organization since its beginning with consistent encouragement for families to participate in our programs. Now, she is eager to be a part of these programs as well as work towards its continued growth and vision! She is most excited about building a team of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists and Speech-Language Pathologists who can support the families and teachers of All EARS! as well as build community partnerships so that all the needs of our children can be supported as we strive to care for the whole child.
Outside of work, Allison and her husband Bill are allowed to share their home with their two dogs, Whitey and Bitsy. She enjoys laughing with family and friends, good food, dark chocolate, days on the beach with a good book, and yelling for her Arkansas Razorbacks at college football games!
Brandy DeMesme, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVT
LSL Interventionist/Parent Advisor and School Transition Coordinator
Brandy is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended Xavier University of Louisiana, earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. After accepting a position as an Audiology Assistant for a private audiology practice in Houston, Brandy’s interest with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children sparked. She then pursued Early Oral Intervention graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Oral Deaf Education in 2011.
Brandy’s professional career began as a Parent Infant Advisor at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. There she provided family centered listening and spoken language therapy to families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing babies and toddlers. In addition to providing therapy, Brandy supervised graduate students, conducted research, and presented numerous webinars and trainings, and presented at professional conferences. Following three years of additional training, Brandy became a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist in 2016. After spending six years at Sunshine, Brandy became an Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Marietta City Schools and more recently for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. There she worked as a Parent Advisor, an Auditory Enrichment teacher, and member of the assessment team that determined educational programming for each student referred to the program.
Brandy has been devoted to serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children for over 10 years. She is passionate about guiding and coaching families through their respective LSL journey and is thrilled to join and serve the families of ALL Ears!
Abbi Wright, M.S., CF-SLP
Abbi Wright, M.S., CF-SLP completed her BS and MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Oklahoma State University. Abbi has always wanted to work with families, and she became interested in speech-language pathology after observing family-oriented therapy for children with hearing loss. The opportunity to complete a clinical rotation with a clinic using the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) approach made it abundantly clear that THIS was what she wanted to be when she grew up! Abbi is passionate about empowering families navigating hearing loss diagnoses to realize that they are their child’s most important team member and advocate. Helping kiddos realize their capability excites her, and she can’t believe she’ll get to do this for a living at ALL EARS!
Abbi looks forward to soon obtaining her Listening and Spoken Language specialist designation as well as additional certification as an Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT) under the mentorship of Allison Haggerty, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT. She feels blessed to be part of an organization that values family partnership, outreach, and provision of quality care.
Abbi grew up in small-town Cushing, OK. Outside of work, she loves to cook with her family, read, and spend time outside!
Department of LSL Education and Full Inclusion
Rosie Hirschfeld, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd Candidate LSL Education Coordinator, Lead Teacher
Rosie Hirschfeld, MS was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education she returned to her alma mater, Fontbonne University, for a master’s degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education. Upon graduation, Rosie moved to Wyoming where she worked in the public school as an itinerant teacher of the deaf for grades K-12. In 2013, Rosie moved to Houston to be near family and began working at The Texas Hearing Institute as a preschool teacher for the Melinda Webb School. With over ten years of deaf education classroom experience, Rosie is actively pursuing her certification as a listening and spoken language specialist. She is excited to share her love of learning with the families of All Ears!
Julianna Wanek, M.DEHS., LSLS Cert. AVT. LSL Teacher
Julianna attended the University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Deaf Education and Deaf Studies. She then pursued and graduated with her Master in Deaf Education and Hearing Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in 2015.
After graduation, Julianna was privileged to work in the Parent Infant Program at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, TX. She worked there for 6 years providing individualized therapy to children from birth to 3 years of age and their families. During that time, Julianna proudly earned her LSLS Certification in Auditory Verbal Therapy and began teaching “Best Practice in Listening and Spoken Language Family Centered Intervention,” as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with UTHSCSA.
In 2020, Julianna and her husband made the decision to start a new chapter and move back to her hometown of Brenham. Julianna is passionate about educating children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and is excited about the opportunity to serve at All Ears! Listening and Language Center.
Kimberly Anderson, Teaching Assistant
Hi! I am Kimberly Anderson. I was born and raised in Conroe, TX. I studied Early Childhood Education for 2 years at Lonestar College and have been working with children ever since. Working with children has been a huge passion since I was little. When I am not working, you can find me fulfilling my PTO duties at my daughters school or spending time with my daughter (McKenzie). We love being anywhere there is a body of water! I am also very involved in the wedding industry doing anything from coordinating down to food serving. I am so thrilled to be part of All Ears!
Maria Mack, Teaching Assistant
Hi! My name is Maria Mack. Working with children has always been a passion of mine, and I have had the pleasure of doing so on and off for the past twenty years. Everyday always brings a new surprise! Outside of work you can usually find me outdoors enjoying the sun. My husband and I have two grown children, two dogs, and a miniature horse. I am very excited to work at All Ears, not only are the children AWESOME! the staff is too!!