Board Members

Tracy Piontek, Chair

Trac graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Accounting and is a CPA (inactive). Her Industry experience includes auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP, Assistant Controller at SunCor Development and Project Controller at QuadGraphics. Tracy has spent the past 18 years as CEO of her household, raising 3 daughters (Ashley, Abbey and Jessica) and volunteering every step of the way. She has held leadership positions as Treasurer, VP-Fundraising and President of school PTO’s, Booster Clubs, Soccer Clubs and various other non-profits in The Woodlands. She has assisted in the success of over 30 fundraisers and hopes to bring her fundraising experience to All Ears!

Tracy is honored to be on a Board of such a worthy cause and looks forward to serving.

 

 

 

Pam Higdon, Secretary

is the Secretary for the All Ears! Listening and Language Center
Board of Directors.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Sociology and an Elementary Education teaching degree from LSU.  Pam has taught at both the elementary and preschool levels.  Her daughter, Brooke, has a profound bilateral hearing loss but has a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid on the other. Although Pam and her husband, Johnny, knew very little about raising a child with hearing loss, they plugged into a network of teachers, therapists, and experienced professionals to support Brooke in developing listening and spoken language skills. Brooke has been with mainstream hearing peers since kindergarten. She loves music, dancing, gymnastics and playing with friends.  Pam is determined not to let her daughter’s hearing loss hold her back; she continually strives to support and improve Brooke’s listening and spoken language skills.

Excited to be on the board, Pam always seeks opportunities to help children and parents plug into the awesome network of people who truly care about the success of hearing-impaired children.

 

Bob Hutchins, Treasurer

Bob has been a part of the energy industry in a variety of roles for over thirty-five years. After graduating Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) in 1982 with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and spending his first year out of school with a major oilfield services provider, Bob spent the next 20+ years in the electric power sector. During those years he earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and actively participated in the restructuring of wholesale and retail electricity markets in the U.S. and Canada. He served his power market constituents as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Conservation and Load Management Committee for several years and served terms on Board of Directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and its Technical Advisory Committee. He has collaborated with federal, state and local legislative and regulatory personnel in developing and implementing energy market policies in the US and Canada. Bob’s skill set includes power systems planning and operations, power plant development and operations, electricity trading and marketing, natural gas trading and marketing, financial risk management, strategic and operations planning and budgeting, financial planning and analysis, project management, energy efficiency and a host of related business functions. In 2002 Bob decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the corporate world to focus on his young family. He spent the next three years as a consultant to a variety of energy and non-energy clients helping them better understand and grow their businesses. In late 2005 Bob rejoined the oilfield service sector and began his career with Baker Oil Tools (later Baker Hughes Inc.) where he enjoyed a variety of roles including sales and marketing, account management and a three-year stint leading Baker Oil Tools’ global pricing team. For more information regarding Bob’s professional career, please visit his LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bhutchins/.

Bob’s interests and hobbies include anything outdoors – especially fishing and duck hunting. He loves his hunting dogs and is a strong supporter of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and has been hunting with them since 1980. He also enjoys anything related to Information Technology (IT), both hardware and software, and is well-versed in multiple programming languages and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems. While he has served on numerous boards and committees, he feels especially honored to be a part of the All Ears! team. “I have done a lot of things over the years, but nothing compares to this. We often talk in the abstract of ‘changing the world,’ but All Ears! Listening and Language center goes well beyond the talk. Teaching deaf children to listen and talk so that they can be completely independent when they enter kindergarten and first grade, well, that’s something special. That is something that changes the world and I’m excited to be a part of it!”

Karen Seefeldt

She has a BBA degree, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Oklahoma and is a CPA (inactive). Her industry experience includes positions as Assistant Controller, Technical Writer, and Planner. She and her family are longtime members of Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church (WCPC), and all of her children attended Early Learning Program (ELP) preschool. Much of her time is spent raising her three boys, Scott, John, and Henry. She and her husband, Mark, have a place in their hearts for special needs children and Karen is honored to be on the All Ears! Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

Georgia Samford

is a member of the All Ears! Listening and Language Center Board of Directors. She has her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Elementary Education. She has taught public school at the elementary level and is currently teaching preschool. Georgia has a daughter, Kennedy, who was born deaf and now has bilateral cochlear implants. Kennedy has received speech services since she was 13 months old and has attended All Ears! for 2 years. She will attend mainstream public Kindergarten next year with her normal hearing peers due to all of her ongoing services, support, and hard work.  Georgia has a passion to help hearing impaired families and children since it was a challenging time in her family’s lives. She wants to offer the families at All Ears! the encouragement and support they need so that their children can be successful listeners and speakers like Kennedy.

 

Rita Van Sickle

is married to Ed and together they are the proud parents of three children; son, Brandon and wife, Susan; daughter, Sarah and husband, John McCoy and son, Scott and wife, Amy. They have seven grandchildren and love them all dearly. Rita’s life passion has been her family and educating children, teachers and parents of the joys of the early years. Rita feels very fortunate to be able to work in a profession with people she loves and where she can share the joy of learning and her love for Jesus with young children, parents and teachers. Rita has been in the early childhood field for 35 years. For the past 25 years, she has been the Director of The Early Learning Program of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. During her first years as
director, she worked with her co-director, Debbie Packer and co-founded WECARE, a professional organization that supports and educates early childhood teachers and directors through meetings and early childhood training conferences. Rita has been involved with All Ears! from its beginning. She is dedicated to helping deaf children learn to listen and speak.

 

 

Meg O’Donnell

Meg O’Donnell has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma and has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Alan, have three adult children and have been very active in a variety of sports, educational, and child welfare organizations for the past 30 years. Meg is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived in the Houston area since graduating from college and currently resides in Bentwater north of Conroe. She enjoys golf, travel and reading and is very excited to be on the board of All Ears Listening and Language Center.

 

Jill C. Beck, MD, FACS

Dr. Beck has committed much of her twenty-year career to children with hearing loss.  She graduated from University of Idaho with a BS and MS in Zoology where she met her husband David.  From there, attended medical school at University of Washington and then completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Michigan.  Next she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. In 1999, she returned to her home state to practice and started Idahos only cochlear implant program and has been honored to work with nearly a thousand patients.  Dr. Beck was recruited to The Woodlands by Texas Children’s Hospital to start a cochlear implant program here.  She has served on the Counsel for Deaf and Hard of Hearing both in Idaho and currently in Texas and helped start the newborn Hearing Screening program in Idaho and participated at the National level as well for this mission.  She has two children, Nicole and Michael who are both in college.  She is very excited to serve on the Board of All Ears.

 

 

Advisory Board

 

Marco A. Giannotti, MD, FACOG

Dr. Giannotti is a native of The Woodlands, Texas.  Having graduated from high school at McCullough in 1985, he went on to The University of Dallas where he received a BS in Biology and met his wife Barbara.  From there he attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in the Texas medical center where he graduated with honors.  Dr. Giannotti chose to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology and entered specialty training in 1993 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Upon completion of residency training he returned to The Woodlands where he has been practicing since 1997.
Dr. Giannotti practices the full scope of obstetrics and gynecology in his hometown community.  He has served as President of the medical staff at Memorial Hermann the Woodlands and currently serves as Chairman of the Quality Review Committee and Memorial Hermann.  He and Barbara have two children (Annalisa and Gianluigi) who are both in college.  Delivering hundreds of babies on an annual basis he is very excited for the opportunity to serve on the All Ears! Board and looks forward to finding new ways to help newborns get the help they need to quickly get on the path to listening and speaking.

Sonal Saraiya, M.D

 

Karen Solcher, Ph.D.

is past chair and a current advisory board member for All Ears! Listening and Language Center.  Her graduate degrees are from Texas A&M in the field of Educational Psychology.  Karen taught special needs children in several public school districts before completing her career in Community Development, for Humble ISD.  She has served in  multiple capacities on charitable boards and as a speaker/advocate for philanthropic organizations.  Karen and her husband, Ray, participate in regular mission trips to Latin America, where they work with a team to test and fit children with hearing aids.  She especially enjoys participating in the children’s education program at their church in Bentwater.