Leslie Halseth Leslie Halseth - Board President - Leslie Halseth lives in the Minot area with her husband Joe and their two boys, Conner and Ryker. Conner was diagnosed at age 6 with hearing loss in both ears. Leslie currently works for Minot Public Schools as a Library Aid and Cashier at Memorial Middle School on Minot AFB. She also spent 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 2014. She feels that being a board member for North Dakota Hands & Voices is giving her and my family the opportunity to help other families.
Deanna Anderson Deanna Anderson, Devils Lake - 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.
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.

Mistie Boully

Mistie Boully - My name is Mistie Boully and I'm so excited to be part of the ND Hands & Voices board. We have 3 wonderful boys, 19, 17, and 13. Our youngest Holden (13) was diagnosed with hearing loss a few years ago which started our journey to become part of a new community. I wanted Holden to meet other children his age who he could relate with. I work full time for Pathfinder Services of ND where I have the privilege of helping families from around ND learn how to navigate the special education world and how to advocate for their child. I love the work I do helping families through work and serving on the Hands & Voices board but my greatest reward comes from helping and watching Holden become his own advocate.

Ken Frederick

Ken Frederick - Hello everyone, my name is Ken Frederick. I am a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. I have been hearing impaired since I was 9 yrs of age. I am blessed to be married to my lovely wife Melissa, we have one daughter Makiah. I have been on the North Dakota Hands and Voices board for about 7 months. I have really enjoyed getting to know parents and children with hearing loss. The reason I chose to be involved with Hands and Voices was to be able to help parents, children regarding hearing loss. To be able to help them relate and talk about experiences they have encountered. I look forward to seeing what this chapter can do to meet the needs of individuals with a hearing loss.

Stephanie Nishek Marrufo

Stephanie Nishek Marrufo - I'm Stephanie, I live with my husband and two children in Bismarck. My youngest was diagnosed with mild/moderate SNHL at 2 1/2 years old and is aided bilaterally. NDH&V has given me a landing place with lots of up-to-date information, direct access to parent mentors and local families, and a non-judgmental approach to supporting families on our unique paths. I am a naturopathic doctor by day, providing services in Bismarck and Minot, and children's book author in all my "spare time" (wink, wink).

Danielle Landreville

Danielle Landreville - My Name is Danielle Landreville I have two boys Hunter and Lee, and two spoiled cats. I started my advocacy journey when Hunter failed his newborn hearing screening and later diagnosed with profound hearing loss. We are a total communication family utilizing sign as well as rocking cochlear implant gear. I am a full time chemo nurse, and part time triage phone nurse. When I'm not working, I enjoy gardening, canning and crafts.

Melinda Fischer

Melinda Fischer, Dickinson - Melinda has worked in the medical field for the past 10 years and recently has changed career paths to better advocate for and support her son who has a bilateral hearing loss. She lives in Dickinson, ND with her family and is very passionate about advocating for her child and providing the support system that he deserves. She looks forward to other families sharing their hearing journeys with her.

Nicole Swartwout

Nicole Swartwout - Nicole was born and raised in Minot, ND. Nicole is a trained Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing as well as an Early Childhood Special Educator. She has worked in Minnesota, Germany, and Washington D.C. in the past, but is currently employed by the ND School for the Deaf where she has been part of NDSD’s Outreach Team, working as a Parent-Infant and School Age Outreach Specialist for the past 12 years. She is also an adjunct professor in the Special Education Department at Minot State University where her office is located. Nicole is also a proud member of the Magic City Lions! Nicole is married to Shawn Swartwout and has three sons, Jagger (13), Reino (10) and Brogan (7). They stay busy with baseball, basketball, swimming, wrestling and music and enjoy traveling and time at the lake!

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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".