Welcome to Loud & ClearSTL, the renamed and renewed blog for the Center for Hearing & Speech. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit agency that provides top quality speech and audiology services for individuals of all ages, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The blog is a tool we’re using to tell you who we are, what we do and how we do it. If you have a question, comment or concern about anything we post, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.
The Center welcomed three new members to its board of directors in 2016. New Board members Dale Dendtler, a community volunteer; David Penn of Monsanto; and Leslie Rieder, a Washington University MBA student, were installed on the board in December.
Dendtler is a retired executive from
the former Boatmen’s Trust Company here in St. Louis. Dale believes that the
Center exists to provide critical services to local residents. “I personally
believe that it is very important that an individual affected by these
disabilities deserves a solid service to help them achieve an opportunity to be
productive,” Dale says. “It’s clear that the Center has made great progress
over the years helping people to overcome their communication disorders. It is
an honor to serve on the Center’s board.”
Penn is Manufacturing Director of
Cotton and Specialty Crops at Monsanto Company, employed with them since 1997.
David has been very involved with charitable organizations in communities where
he has formerly lived. He sees the Center as a helpful service provider in the
greater St. Louis area, with a caring spirit for people who need help with
their communication disorders. “I want to give back to the community,” David
says. “I want to be part of an organization that helps others in need, helping
those who can’t always help themselves.”
Rieder, a candidate for Master of
Business Administration at Washington University Olin School of Business, was
welcomed as a Board Fellow. In her new volunteer role, Rieder will work
with both the board and Center staff to create a working Fund Development
Committee that will help assure the fiscal health of the Center. She will
also help the Center to develop both 2016 and 2017 work plans for its Fund,
Strategic and Board Development committees. Rieder holds a Master of
Education degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex. She also earned
Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Journalism from the
University of Missouri – Columbia. In Houston, she worked as an English
pre-school teacher for Teach for America and as a ninth-grade English teacher
for KIPP Schools.
Founded in 1920 in St.
Louis, the Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c) 3, non-profit
organization and a proud member of the United Way, which provides major funding. The Center’s primary goal is to identify,
treat and help St. Louisans with communications disorders by offering
speech/language and audiology services to children and adults, regardless of
whether they have insurance and/or financial resources to afford such
care. For additional information call
314-968-4710, visit www.hearing-speechstlouis.org or “like” the Center on