Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Center Thanks Retiring Board Members

Frank D'Antonio
Shaun Nordgaarden

John Waterhouse
Robert Aden

The New Year brings a “changing of the guard” on the Center’s Board of Directors with the retirement of several long-standing members in December.

With great appreciation, the Center thanks Frank D’Antonio, Coventry Healthcare; John Waterhouse, Ameren Missouri; and Robert Aden, community volunteer, for their years of service and leadership on the board.

Michael Arendes, 2016 Board President, presented an award of appreciation to each for their commitment to the Center over the years. We also thank exiting board member Shaun Nordgaarden, who resigned from his position when he moved to accept a new career challenge beyond the St. Louis area.

Frank most recently served as Board President and Robert most recently served as the Board’s Treasurer.  John served as chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and helped establish the Center’s Young Friends group, while Shaun was also a key figure in the formation of the Young Friends group.

Again, thank you all, gentlemen, for your guidance, leadership and dedication to the Center and the people it helps!


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 Facebook.

Want a Chance to Win a Week in Cabo San Lucas? Come to Center's "Back to the Prom" Fundraiser Evening On April 1 !!



Brrrr…. It’s so cold outside! How does a trip to warm, sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico sound?

Here’s your chance to enter to win a fun 7-day, 6-night stay in a breath-taking Cabo San Lucas mansion from Center for Hearing & Speech! This gorgeous private beachfront estate boasts six bedrooms and more than 6,000 luxurious sq feet, with beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. 

How can you win? Watch for your Grand Prize Ticket order form coming to your mailbox and email later this month! Quickly fill out your entry form (one per family please), include your $100 Center ticket donation and mail or deliver it back to Charles Moreland at the Center, 9835 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119. Only 100 tickets will be given out prior to this event. We will announce the name of our Cabo San Lucas Grand Prize winner on the night of the Center's "Back To The Prom" fundraising event on April 1st!

(Airfare, travel and meal charges not included.)




Monday, January 25, 2016

Center Receives $37,000 Grant to Support Rural Audiology Programs in Jefferson County




Poverty is not only an inner city problem. Many impoverished rural residents struggle to afford audiology screening and necessary hearing aids.

To address that need this year, the Center received a $37,000 grant by the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation to provide both full-spectrum audiology services for 25 Jefferson County adults and children, and school hearing and vision screenings for 1,000 kids in selected Jefferson County schools.

“We are very grateful to the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation for providing us with this important grant,” said Rita Tintera, executive director of the Center for Hearing & Speech.  “For nearly 100 years the Center for Hearing & Speech has worked to provide audiology and speech services for people in the St. Louis metropolitan area, regardless of their ability to pay.  Generous groups such as the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation enable us to bring these needed services to the less fortunate among us and to help improve their quality of life.”

The average cost to provide full-service audiology comes to $1,200 per person. The grant will fund full-service audiology services for 25 people living with hearing-loss in Jefferson County -- about 20 percent of the people annually seeking help from the Center who live in Jefferson County.  The funds will cover the cost of a one hearing aid (average reduced cost to the Center $350), a hearing evaluation and up to five more office visits to fit the hearing aids and ensure they are working properly. The Center provided 1,500 Jefferson County residents with hearing aids in 2014.

The grant also enables 1,000 children to receive hearing and vision screenings at several Jefferson County schools which are currently unable to afford these services. The screenings are mandated by Missouri state law for all children entering kindergarten and third grade. The cost to provide screenings in neighborhood schools is $7 per child.  The grant will fund screenings for children at Plattin Primary School; Telegraph Intermediate School; St. John Lutheran School; St. Joseph School of Imperial; Crystal City Elementary School; Head Start Centers in DeSoto, Hematite, Windsor, Fenton and Northwest; and the Jefferson County Back-to-School Health Fair. In 2014, the Center screened 14,156 children in St. Louis area schools, including several schools in Jefferson County.

If you think your child or someone you know has a hearing problem, call the Center for an evaluation at (314) 968-4710. Services are provided through insurance and Medicaid programs. Financial assistance is available based on documented need.

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 Facebook.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Center Welcomes New Clinic Coordinator, Michelle McKeever!

Michelle McKeever
After assisting patients in radiology and insurance billing for 34 years, Michelle McKeever knew her next job had to involve spending lots of time interacting with clients. She jumped at the chance to join the Center in a “front desk” position.

“I’m the first person the clients interact with when they come into the Center. It is my responsibility to give them a positive first impression, and I take pride in that,” she explained. “I hope that I can make each of them feel that their needs are being tended to in a kind, compassionate and professional manner.”

In her new position as Clinic Coordinator, McKeever will greet and register clients, answer phones, schedule appointments, maintain Audiology and Speech schedules, assist in accounts receivable, coordinate hearing aid repairs,  schedule ASL/language interpreters and arrange transportation for client appointments if needed.

McKeever is a pet lover with a dog named Stan. Every Saturday morning, McKeever volunteers for the Humane Society headquarters on Macklind as a Pet Pal, walking and playing with the shelter dogs to help socialize them and improve their chances for adoption. “I love animals of all kinds and have a deep interest in animal welfare,” she explained. “The HSMO is a wonderful organization.”

In her free time, McKeever enjoys attending Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey games and listening live music of all kinds with her husband, Dan, a construction supervisor for St. Louis County Parks and Recreation. Her daughter, who is a Special Education/elementary education teacher, and her son, who is a music teacher and a touring saxophone player, also are dog owners, so the McKeever house is very lively when all four dogs are together. McKeever is excitedly awaiting her first grandchild this April.

Born and raised in the “Hill” neighborhood in St. Louis city, McKeever earned her degree from St. John’s Mercy Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology before joining Scott Radiological Group. She remains very involved in her parish, St. Ambrose on the Hill.


The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Welcome to New Center Intern, Karly Swift!




The Center is thrilled to welcome Karly Swift as our latest intern. Karly is a senior at Soldan International Studies High School and will be helping in the Speech-Language Department as well as all around the Center. 

Stay tuned for more information on Karly in our February Newsletter, coming to a mail box near you in just a few weeks!