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North Dakota
​Hands & Voices

Deanna Anderson Deanna Anderson, Devils Lake - Board President - Parent of a child who has a hearing loss: Deanna has been in the bookkeeping field for 11 years, she has her background in tax work, grant writing, Medicare, Medicaid and non-profits. Deanna currently serves on various committees throughout the community including Lake Region Community Fund and Lake Region Relay for Life. Deanna's daughter, Jaylee, attends the North Dakota School for the Deaf and is currently mainstreamed at Prairie View Elementary for the majority of her day.
Amanda Heringer Amanda Heringer, Bismarck - Audiologist, Sanford Hearing Center: Amanda is an audiologist at the Sanford Hearing Center in Bismarck. She received her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She works with both pediatric and adult patients. She also serves as and adjunct faculty member at the University of Mary in their Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.
Jerrica Maxson

Jerrica Maxson, Minot  - Audiologist at Trinity:  Jerrica Maxson is a clinical audiologist who has been working in her hometown of Minot, ND, at Trinity Health since 2010.   She received her clinical Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Iowa. Following an externship with the Central Institute for the Deaf Oral School in St. Louis, she worked as a pediatric cochlear implant audiologist at St. Louis Children's Hospital.  She currently provides audiologic services for individuals birth to adult; however, her clinical passion lies in habilitation (hearing aid and cochlear implant services) for children with hearing loss.  She also serves as an adjunct professor at Minot State University teaching audiology courses at the graduate level.

Tory Krueger

Tory Krueger, Jamestown -  Tory is a Team Leader for Noridian Healthcare Solutions and works in Jamestown ND. Tory and her husband have 3 amazing little girls (Gracie (profound hearing loss, which was diagnosed when she was 2 yrs old) 9, Tessa 7, and Kendra 6). Tory is kept busy with Dance classes, 4-H, and horseback riding. As a family, the Krueger family loves to spend as much time as the North Dakota weather will allow them outdoors.

Jennifer Gonser

Jennifer Gonser, Dickinson -  Jennifer works for Badlands Human Service Center.  Jennifer and Todd have 4 kids, (Devin 21, KaTrina 18 who is deaf and hard of hearing, Dylan James 17, Dylen Lee 16).  They keep busy with school, work, Special Olympics, or just being together.

Cynthia Tastad

Cynthia Tastad - Cynthia is the parent of 4 kids and her youngest is bilaterally implanted.  He received services from NDSD from birth including both in-home as well as residential services as NDSD.  He has been mainstreamed in his home school district since first grade.  Cynthia is a graduate of NDSU and had her MEd in Science Education.  She currently is a stay-at-home mom who ranches alongside her husband Matt in rural Rolette.

our board

Deanna Anderson

Kellie Thorman, Minot- Kellie Thorman is the North Dakota Hands & Voices Coordinator.  Through this position, Kellie is the point of contact for families of children with hearing loss.  She assists those who are seeking out information, resources, and opportunities for meeting other parents.  She facilitates coordination of the child's care following diagnosis of hearing loss.  She facilitates appropriate referrals and reminds professionals of the resources available to our children with hearing loss and their families.  She also coordinates with the North Dakota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) team to enhance the newborn hearing screen process in our state.

Kellie lives in Minot, has 2 children and 3 dogs.  Kellie's daughter, Emma, was diagnosed at birth through the ND EHDI Newborn Hearing Screening and received services as an infant through the North Dakota School for the Deaf Parent Infant Program, ND Early Intervention Services and Speech/Language Services through Minot State University.  Emma has bilateral cochlear implants and is currently mainstreamed in the Minot Public Schools.  Kellie is an insurance agent in Minot, loves to volunteer in the community, belongs to Minot's Sertoma Chapter, enjoys long walks with her kiddo and dogs. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve ND families and am looking forward to getting to know each of you and how Hands & Voices can best support your children's future".

ND Hands & voices coordinator

Kellie Thorman