What Works for Your Child is
What Makes the Choice Right.

our board

Deanna Anderson

ND Hands & voices coordinator

Kellie Thorman

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.
Leslie Halseth Leslie Halseth - 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.
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.

Jessica Harkins

Jessica Harkins - Jessica Harkins works as an Audiology Assistant at Trinity Health. Her and her husband have three children, Aidan, Ailee, and Maya. Aidan was born with unilateral (right side) microtia/atresia and conductive hearing loss. She has come to realize that no family story looks just the same, and every story is important and it matters! She hopes to encourage families to ask lots of questions, build community and support, and remember that "What works for your child is what makes the choice right".

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.

Megan Bolda

Megan Bolda - Megan Bolda is an audiologist in Fargo, ND. Her occupational passion is working with infants and children with newly-identified hearing loss. She and her husband have three amazing boys, all of which have special needs. Their family loves being outdoors, crafting and spending time together as a family. Their children LOVE being at parks and picnicking. She loves talking to other moms and dads about their experiences and helping people, and is ecstatic to be a part of this team!

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!

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".