Family Matters!    Saturday, MARCH 16, 2019!

Dr. Jamie McClintic

Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Registered Occupational Therapist

​Dr. Jamie McClintic was diagnosed with a profound bilateral hearing loss at three years old.  Her disability feeds her dreams.  She currently works full time as a school based occupational therapist and per diem as an adjunct professor.  Her first book is being finalized and she is working towards a hippotherapy certification.  Dr. McClintic chases two active children (one daughter who has extra needs) and enjoys coaching in her spare time.  She currently serves on various community-wide committees that develop resources for local children with disabilities.  Dr. McClintic is an advocate for all children and will deliver the 2018 Family Matters Keynote presentation.

Dr. Harold Johnson

Ed.D., M. Ed. & B.S.

Dr. Harold Johnson, a former professor of special education at Michigan State University and Kent State University, has worked as a teacher, school administrator and university professor in deaf education since 1971. His work has focused on reducing isolation, recognizing excellence and facilitating collaboration among parents and professionals who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. One product of this work is the Deaf Education Web site ( Since 2006, Dr. Johnson, in collaboration with colleagues across the nation (e.g., Hands & Voices, the Association of College Educators—Deaf & Hard of Hearing & the CEC Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness) has worked to understand and prevent abuse of children with disabilities via the O.U.R. Children project.

​Sheri Cook

BS Deaf Education and MA in Applied Linguistics

​Sheri Cook is a deaf woman who has a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics.  She taught at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and she was a trainer for the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program.  She also taught ASL and Deaf Studies courses at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois.  In 2010, Sheri became the director of Gallaudet University Regional Center for the Midwest.  She serves 14 Midwest states and collaborates with many schools and programs to promote their connection with Gallaudet and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.

Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh

MSA, Family Support Coordinator, DeafBlind Central

​​Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh is currently the Family Support Coordinator for DeafBlind Central: Michigan’s Training and Resource Project.  Jennifer has been working with individuals who have special needs, and their families, for 20 years.  More specifically, as the Family Support Coordinator at DB Central, Jennifer has been supporting families that have a child with combined vision and hearing losses and additional disabilities.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Central Michigan University.  

Amanda Schneider

Amanda Schneider is the mother of two boys ages 3 and 5 and lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband Noah. Her oldest son Jacob was born with profound hearing loss associated with Waardenburg Syndrome.  Amanda has an education background, has been a Parent Guide with the Guide By Your Side Program for two years, and serves on the Hands and Voices Program Committee.

Delani Huntoon

Delani A. Huntoon has been a parent leader in various Michigan Hands & Voices roles for more than 10 years. She is the mother of five children, and two of her children are profoundly Deaf. Delani is a top Parent Guide in the Guide By Your Side program, and has been instrumental as an Educational Advocate in the ASTra program since inception.

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