Lee Rech, Executive Director, interim

lee.rech@allearscenter.org

Lee was hired by the All Ears! BOD to serve as interim 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.

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.

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Rosie Hirschfeld, MS, AVEd mentee
Lead Teacher

rosie.hirschfeld@allearscenter.org

Rosie Hirschfeld, MS was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education she went back 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 Center for Hearing and Speech as a preschool teacher for the Melinda Webb School. She is actively pursuing her LSLS AvED certification under mentorship from the University of North Carolina and is excited to share her love of learning as well as listening and spoken language expertise with the families of All Ears!

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Julianna Wanek, M.DEHS., LSLS Cert. AVT.

Julianna.Wanek@allearscenter.org

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.

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Laura Beattie, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Mentee

laura.beattie@allearscenter.org

Laura received a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Early Childhood Development from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She then received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University, where she completed a specialty track in Pediatric Hearing Loss.

Laura has received training in early language intervention and parent coaching through the Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk program, and she is a member and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is currently pursuing LSLS Auditory Verbal Therapy certification and is excited to be working with the children and families at All Ears!

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Maria Mack

Maria Mack, Teaching Assistant

maria.mack@allearscenter.org

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!!

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Kimberly Anderson, Teaching Assistant

kimberly.anderson@allearscenter.org

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!

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Jessica Kemp, D.C., Director of Development

jessica.kemp@allearscenter.org

Jessica Kemp-Park, D.C. joined the All Ears! Listening and Language Center Team in July of 2021 as the organization’s Director of Development. Jessica looks forward to leading All Ears!’ expansion and capital campaigns.  Prior to coming onboard, Jessica was the director of HOPE, The Will Herndon Research Fund. She has been an active volunteer and supporter of HOPE and a number of other local non-profits for many years. Jessica has a true passion for helping others that is reflected in her work and character. She brings a wealth of experience in marketing and public relations to her development role.  Additionally, Jessica has an extensive medical background as a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Jessica practiced 13 years prior to changing career paths and joining the non-profit sector. The All Ears!’ mission “speaks” to Jessica as she now dedicates herself to developing financial resources necessary for AE! children to reach their full listening and spoken language potential.   Jessica and her husband, David Park, live in The Woodlands, along with their two fur babies.

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Kim Erbele,  Office Administrator

kim.erbele@allearscenter.org

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.

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