Tamby Allman

Dr. Tamby Allman spent her career teaching students of all ages as a teacher of the deaf and literacy coordinator. She earned her doctorate in Reading and Language at National-Louis University and currently teaches at Texas Woman’s University. Her research includes strategies to support students in an inclusion setting, assessment in the 21st century, and online literacy learning. She also works as a consultant and supports teachers in several regional programs.

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson, PhD is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss ( which provides online resources, products and continuing education to those who work with children who are hard of hearing or deaf. Karen is the author of the Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Screening Instruments For Targeting Educational Risk (SIFTER)  and the Early Listening Function (ELF), and is co-author of the Listening Instrument For Education (LIFE and LIFE-R), Children’s Home Inventory of Listening Difficulties (CHILD), and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Among her publications are Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom and the Student Communication Repair Inventory & Practical Training (SCRIPT). Many of her checklists and handouts can be found at Supporting Success’ marketplace.

Brittany Coffey, Ph.D.

Britt is the Mainstream Services Supervisor for Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Massachusetts. She leads a team of 20 teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists who provide support to students with hearing loss and their teams in a variety of settings. Britt has worked in both general education and deaf education and has published widely on topics related to deaf education. She has articles in the American Annals of the Deaf, the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, among others. She has presented nationally and internationally and enjoys working with general education teachers and teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing to help them optimize their working relationship. 

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Lynae Holmen

Lynae Holmen retired after her 38th year of teaching preschool through high school Deaf/Hard of Hearing students for Minot Public Schools. She also taught students with Specific Learning Disabilities for 19 years. Mrs. Holmen earned undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Deaf Education and a master’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities from Minot State University. She has also taught undergraduate Deaf/Hard of Hearing methods classes and mentored numerous deaf education practicum students, student teachers, and first year teachers. Since retirement she served one of her former students in the role of Educational Interpreter/TOD. Lynae lives in Minot, ND.

Millicent Musyoka

Dr. Millicent Musyoka is an Associate Professor in the Deaf Studies & Deaf Education department at Lamar University. She has a Ph. D. in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. Dr. Musyoka was a deaf education leader in Kenya, where she worked as the lead curriculum specialist in deaf education at the Kenya Institute of Education, Curriculum, and Research Center. Her research interests are in the early language and literacy development of deaf children, deaf with multiple disabilities, multicultural education, teacher training, and online learning and teaching.

Carrie Norman

Carrie Norman, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVEd received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders with a Pediatric Aural Habilitation specialization from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2001. She is the President of Collaborative Communications, a private consulting firm dedicated to helping bridge the gap between clinical and educational services for students and families impacted by hearing differences. Her experience spans infancy through high school in both clinical and educational settings. She enjoys partnering with teachers, therapists, and families to help each child meet their best communication potential through services provided by The Hope Center for Hearing & Communication. Connect with her online at or through email at

Brenda Wellen

Brenda Wellen, M.S.  is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in San Angelo, Texas.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Angelo State University and completed her Master of Science in Communication Disorders with a specialty in Deaf Education from Texas Woman’s University.  She has worked with students who are deaf or hard of hearing of all ages from birth to 21 for the last 30+ years both in a self-contained classroom and as an itinerant. She serves a member of the Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing planning committee, and the Imagination Texas planning committee.  She is the event creator and coordinator of West Texas Deaf Olympics which is currently in its 18th year.  Brenda has been a partner with Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss since October 2019.  Reach Brenda at

Krista Yuskow

Krista Yuskow: Over the course of her 25-year career Dr. Yuskow has worked in several environments in the U.S., New Zealand and Canada, delivering audiological services to patients of all ages. Dr. Yuskow has held lecturer and instructor status at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University and continues to guest lecture extensively about educational audiology. Special areas of expertise include optimizing educational and curricular auditory access for students who are hard of hearing as well as self-determination development and its application to students with hearing loss. Dr. Yuskow is a regular contributor to the Supporting Success for Students with Hearing Loss website, the audiology consultant to Brainworks, a Kids with Cancer technology support program, is very active within the Educational Audiology Association.