Meet the DeafandHoH team!

Interested in joining us? Check out our available internship and volunteer positions.

Senthil Srinivasan

Senthil Srinivasan

Owner

I was born with a moderate hearing loss. My parents didn't find out about it until my speech impediment prompted them to take me to an ENT specialist. I was put in special education classes for students with hearing loss, then mainstreamed in middle school. After graduating high school, I earned a 4-year degree in Arts/Graphic Design from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Now, I work as a full-time web designer.

I created this website in 2008 as a hobby because I always felt like an outsider due to my hearing loss, and I wanted to reach out to others. As time went on, I added more features—a blog, discussion forum, chat room, Facebook group, Twitter account, etc. I plan to continue expanding the website so that it can better serve the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Stephanie Stott

Stephanie Stott

Staff Writer

I graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in May 2020. During my time as an undergrad, I proofread The Airbnb Way, provided extensive feedback as a judge for The Writer's Workout, and worked as a marketing assistant at The Doer Co.

When I'm not escaping the humidity, I'm taking pictures of my cats, working on short stories, or designing book covers in Photoshop. I look forward to learning more about the deaf and hard of hearing community and putting my creative skills to good use!

Matthew Dehler

Matthew Dehler

Staff Writer

I am a graduate of UWM with a B.A. in technical writing.

I am detail-oriented and enjoy writing and editing articles and webpages. Working at DeafandHoH is helping me strengthen these skills while gaining communication and problem-solving knowledge.
As for personal goals, I hope to one day publish a novel. Though creating a novel is full of challenges, my determination (and writing and editing skills) can make this dream possible.

My connection to the deaf and hard of hearing community stems from an American Sign Language class I took in college. My teacher was completely deaf, so his perspective taught me a lot about deaf culture, and even led me to becoming an intern here at DeafandHoH.

Maddie Schweitzer

Maddie Schweitzer

Graphic Designer

I am working toward a B.A. in design and visual communications at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

My passion for visual arts started when I was little. I spend most of my free time experimenting with different media. I have four years of graphic design experience.

I am eager to create promotional materials for DeafandHoH, as doing so will improve my design and marketing skills.

I recently finished my second year of learning American Sign Language and hope to further educate myself about the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Paige Barker

Paige Barker

Web Designer

I am working toward my B.A. in Graphic Design at Upper Iowa University. Though I only have a year’s worth of graphic design experience, I am constantly pushing myself to create the best content at DeafandHoH. Already, I’ve strengthened my layout and visual arts skills and can’t wait to create my next project!

Learning American Sign Language is no simple task, but being able to communicate with family friends who are deaf is motivation enough. I’m excited to learn even more about the deaf and hard of hearing community!

Amanda Tomondi

Amanda Tomondi

Web Designer

I hold two degrees: one for business and one for art. I started with my degree in Graphic Design and taught myself web development. I've taught children graphic design, coding, and programming.

I hope to expand my marketing skills while volunteering at DeafandHoH.com. I also hope to challenge my web development/design abilities and push myself to become better, as we should never stop learning!

This is a topic close to my own heart, as I am hard of hearing and have had hearing issues since birth. My hearing became worse as I grew older, so I wear hearing aids now.

I love spending time with my family and my two German Shepherds. Otherwise, you can find me gardening, reading a book, drinking coffee, or doing some kind of art project!

Hanna Drushal

Hanna Drushal

Web Designer

I am working on my Associate's of Applied Business, majoring in Web Design and Development. I plan on pursuing a B.A. at Kent State University. I attended Portage Lakes Career Center in 2009 and received a web design certificate.

I'm happy to contribute my technical knowledge in CSS, HTML, PHP, and WordPress that I gained from my coursework. I am excited to offer my experience as an artist and designer to this cause as well.

The arts are a huge part of my life. I am passionate about self-expression and helping others find their creative outlet.

I attended Deaf Outreach Church services with my grandfather. He was not deaf or hard of hearing but had friends within the church. We would practice sign language together.

Sarah Bayley

Sarah Bayley

Web Developer

I graduated from Portland State University in 2016 with a B.A. in German. A language enthusiast with a background in editing, translation, and education, I knew my technical and creative passions would have a place in the field of web development and design. In 2019 I earned the Web Assistant II certificate at Portland Community College, culminating in my internship at DeafandHoH.com.

By implementing designs and features for the DeafandHoH website, I’ve expanded my technical knowledge, particularly of PHP and WordPress. Through researching and updating site content, I’ve learned a good deal about deaf culture, and I’m pleased to help develop a platform and resource for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Anibel Rodriguez

Anibel Rodriguez

Web Developer

I received a B.A. in mass communication and advertising from Florida International University.

I’ve created a wide variety of web and ad graphics at DeafandHoH. I also assist in back-end web development.

I enjoy art and design, spending time with family and friends, and getting outdoors.

I worked as an educator in Miami and Portland, OR for seven years. During that time, I picked up some basic sign language and taught many common signs to my students. I also used basic sign language to communicate with my students' family members. I enjoy working with and for this community and am grateful to apply my skills at DeafandHoH.

Katarina Novak

Katarina Novak

Social Media Coordinator

I am a junior at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am studying International Business, but I would like to pursue marketing as my M.B.A. and future career.

I’ve harnessed my communication skills by talking to others on the phone, in-person, and online. I’m very comfortable with social media; in my previous internship I had to observe, monitor, and keep track of the company’s online presence.

By working at DeafandHoH, I hope to strengthen my research and data-gathering skills. I do not have any experience with the deaf or hard of hearing community, so I look forward to learning as much as I can!

Heidi Saidai

Heidi Saidai

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

I am attending Milwaukee Area Technical College for marketing. I have worked in the marketing and sales industry for more than 15 years, and the majority of my experience has been field-based.

I have 19 years of experience in personal selling and consulting. I have had the pleasure of working with the Wisconsin Humane Society and MADACC to help in the rescue of animals.

I am passionate about my children and learn through them daily. Helping them understand compassion and watching them grow is the most rewarding experience in life.

At 13, I had my tonsils removed. There was an issue that led to my adenoids being infected. Loud sounds caused me pain. It wasn’t until a year ago that I lost hearing in my left ear as a result of the surgery and infection. By joining the DeafandHoH family, I'll have a better understanding of the challenges and accomplishments that are being faced daily by this community, challenges that I have recently come to understand personally.

Gabe Stein

Gabe Stein

Marketing Coordinator

I am a senior at Marquette University studying Corporate Communication with a marketing minor.

My professional skills include three years of corporate communication and marketing experience. I volunteered for two years in my local community of Milwaukee. I have three years of athletic experience at my university, which gave me a strong leadership ability and desire to help others improve.

By volunteering with DeafandHoH, I believe I will find my calling and impact others in a positive light.

Lizzi Lovdal

Lizzi Lovdal

Marketing Coordinator

I am an upcoming senior at Marquette University, working toward a major in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. As a previous member of the Marquette Wire and a recent editorial intern, I learned so much about writing, brand strategy, and social media analytics.

I plan on strengthening my marketing and social media skills at DeafandHoH. By volunteering at senior homes, I learned about the deaf community. Still, I know there is much more for me to discover about this subject, which makes this opportunity even more exciting!

Megan Dunn

Megan Dunn

Strategic Communications Specialist

I am an upcoming senior at the University of Minnesota, working towards a B.A. in Strategic Communications with a minor in Psychology and Management. As a member of the university’s journalism school, I’ve learned so much about strategic writing, media planning, and brand strategy.

I’m hoping to gain more experience with writing and market research at DeafandHoH. Taking ASL at my university truly opened my eyes to deaf culture and communication; I would love to help spread awareness and bring the deaf community together through this site.

When I am not hard at work learning and studying, I love to read, draw, and play with my two miniature Goldendoodles.

Kyle Dishman

Kyle Dishman

Research & Data Entry

My educational background consists of psychological research and sociology-focused electives. I am almost finished with my bachelor's in psychology and hope to continue to a grad program.

I bring research and analytical skills as well as a friendly, professional attitude. I hope to acquire data entry and research skills at DeafandHoH and use them later in life.

I have no previous experience working or interacting with the deaf community, but I am a supporter of diversity and humanism. I'm sure I'll learn plenty about that here!