About Us

Executive Committee

Jaime Wilson, Ph.D.
President
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Jaime Wilson, Ph.D.
President
jaime.wilson@amphl.org

Jaime A.B. Wilson is a licensed neuropsychologist in full-time private practice inside and outside of Washington State. Wilson Clinical Services, PLLC. provides an array of psychological health care services to deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and blind individuals across the State of Washington. Born with a profound hearing loss, Dr. Wilson grew up wearing bilateral hearing aids and primarily communicated using spoken language, although he is also an American Sign Language user. To learn more about Dr. Wilson go to www.WilsonClinical.com

Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT and completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Wilson resides in Olympia, WA with his wife (a registered nurse who is also deaf) and three children.

Kyle DeCarlo, MPP
Vice President
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Kyle DeCarlo, MPP
Vice President
Digital Strategy co-chair

kyle.decarlo@amphl.org

Kyle Decarlo is a graduate student in the Dept Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloonberg School of Public Health and is Head of Policy at John Hopkins Healthcare. Deaf since birth, Kyle communicated through a combination of sign language and spoken English.

Sarah Hein, MS, BSN, RN
Secretary
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Sarah Hein, MS, BSN, RN
Secretary
sarah.hein@amphl.org

Sarah Hein graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2015 with her BSN. She is currently a registered nurse, in progressive care, at Beaumont Health System in the Metro Detroit area. She plans to advance the ranks to become a nurse practitioner. Her other career goals include working in emergency/trauma medication, training to be a flight nurse and going on medical mission trips. She recently set up a local nonprofit organization, along with two other Deaf medical professionals, to encourage deaf and hard of hearing students to pursue medical and science degrees.

Previously, she attended the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a bachelor’s in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Sciences. While attending Loyola University of Chicago, she earned a Masters in Neuroscience.

Ms. Hein has a severe-profound hearing loss and wears bilateral hearing aids. Sarah utilizes American Sign Language and is proud to be part of Deaf culture. She hopes to help tear down some of the obstacles and barriers that are preventing Deaf/HOH people from receiving adequate healthcare. She believes that AMPHL is a rewarding organization and hopes that more people reach out to AMPHL for networking and/or help in their careers.

Keiko Kamiya, B.Sc Nutrition and Dietetics
Treasurer
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Keiko Kamiya, B.Sc Nutrition and Dietetics
Treasurer
keiko.kamiya@amphl.org

Having grown up in a Japanese-Mexican household, Keiko Kamiya communicates orally in Spanish, Japanese and English. She was born with a severe-profound hearing loss and has been wearing bilateral hearing aids since age 5. Keiko graduated from California State University of Northridge, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. After working in various industries, she decided to pursue nursing and completed her Pre-Nursing program at Portland State University. Her medical field of interest is cardiology, where she obtained her National Certification in EKG. Keiko volunteered at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, working in several departments such as chemotherapy, dietetics, and post-surgery to assist and facilitate translation between medical staff and patients.

As a strong advocate for raising hearing loss awareness and accessibility, Ms. Kamiya became a board member of the Hearing Loss Association of America and served in the Outreach Committee as Treasurer for the organization. She attended the HLAA Annual Convention in Rhode Island 2012 and became inspired when she heard about the expansion of looping systems. She was driven to obtain her Advanced Hearing Loop System certifications, trained with major companies such as Contacta and ListenTech, and has professionally installed many permanent and temporary loop systems in senior retirement centers, entertainment venues, residences and other facilities. To this day, Keiko works as a Creative Director for HotEerz that market assistive listening devices. She recently published an article in “The Hearing Loss Californian” to educate public awareness of looping technology. In order to further promote the expansion of loop systems, she looped several comedic venues to attract both young and old, to hear and laugh again. She hopes that with the looping technology, she can provide better accessibility for people, thereby eliminating the social stigma of hearing loss.

Keiko currently resides in San Bernardino, CA. In her spare time she enjoys charcoal drawing, embossed foil arts, outdoors activities, music, and travelling. She is innately curious in many things and strives to be a constant learner in all aspects.

Board of Directors

Michael McKee, MD, MPH
immediate past President
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Michael McKee, MD, MPH
immediate past President
mike.mckee@amphl.org

Michael McKee is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, and board-certified in Family Medicine. Dr. McKee has personal, clinical, and research expertise in Deaf populations, including American Sign Language users, in Florida, South Carolina, New York, and Michigan. He is a Deaf physician who has provided medical care for more than a thousand Deaf patients in a variety of health care settings over the past 13 years.

Due to existing health disparities, he has conducted research and published on health care access, health literacy, health communication and health disparities in the Deaf community. He is also very active in medical and community health education involving Deaf populations, including the ongoing Deaf Health Talks. During his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, including kayaking and hiking. He has a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and uses a combination of a behind the ear hearing aid and a cochlear implant.


Alan Hurwitz, MS EdD
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Alan Hurwitz, MS EdD
alan.hurwitz@amphl.org

Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz became the tenth president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2010. Before coming to Gallaudet, Dr. Hurwitz was president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y.  Dr. Hurwitz also served as dean of NTID from 1998 to 2009, and as vice president and dean of RIT from 2003 to 2009. Following a six-year stint as President of Gallaudet University, Dr. Hurwitz retired on December 31, 2015. He has been named as President Emeritus of Gallaudet University.

Dr. Hurwitz’s career at RIT/NTID began in 1970 when he was hired as an educational specialist in RIT’s College of Engineering after working five years for McDonnell Douglas Corporation as an associate electronics engineer and senior numerical control programmer. Subsequent positions at RIT/NTID include support department chair for Engineering and Computer Science Programs, director for NTID Support Services, associate dean for Educational Support Services Programs, associate vice president for NTID Outreach and External Affairs, and associate dean for Student Affairs, and project director for the Northeast Technical Assistance Center, one of the four federally funded regional centers within the PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Programs Network). He was promoted to the rank of a full professor at NTID in 1987, and was named as President and Dean Emeritus of NTID upon his retirement from RIT in December 2009 when he was appointed as President of Gallaudet University.

During the course of his career, Dr. Hurwitz has been involved in a variety of professional and deafness-related organizations. He has served on the boards of several of these organizations. He is a past member of the board of directors of the National Captioning Institute. He is a past president of the National Association of the Deaf and the Empire State Association of the Deaf as well as a past president of the World Organization of Jewish Deaf. Presently, Dr. Hurwitz serves as Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the National Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Rochester School for the Deaf of which he is the past board president.

Dr. Hurwitz served as a member of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the District of Columbia Consortium of Universities and Colleges Board of Directors. He was also a member of the boards of the District of Columbia Board of Trade, the Federal City Council, and the Maryland-District of Columbia Compact on Student Engagement. Dr. Hurwitz also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III) of which Gallaudet University is a member.

Dr. Hurwitz’s most recent honors include receiving the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Chief Executive Leadership Award for 2013 and the Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering Alumni Achievement Award for 2013. He is a recipient of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the California State University at Fresno, California, in 2013.

Dr. Hurwitz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University at St. Louis, Mo., a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis (Mo.) University, and a doctor of education, curriculum and teaching, from the University of Rochester (N.Y.). He also participated in the Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard University.

Dr. Hurwitz continues to lecture extensively and has been widely published.
Dr. Hurwitz is married to Vicki Terrell for over 50 years. They have two grown children and two adorable grandchildren.


Mel Whalen, PhD LP
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Mel Whalen, PhD LP
mel.whalen@amphl.org

Mel Whalen is a fully-licensed clinical psychologist offering both therapy and psychological testing services. “I work with many very bright, high-functioning adults who have recently been diagnosed with either ADHD or autism spectrum disorder and who are struggling to integrate this new information into their lives.

As a feminist therapist, I enjoy supporting women, particularly those who are often marginalized in multiple ways.” A large percentage of her clients identify as gender-queer, non-binary or asexual; she welcomes transgender adults seeking letters of referral for hormone treatment. Aside from her work with the LGBTQ+ population, Dr. Whalen also specializes in issues of cultural oppression, identity formation, and multiculturalism. Mel is fluent in American Sign Language. She attended Smith College for her undergraduate degree and Eastern Michigan University for her doctorate.

Alicia Booth
Designated Interpreter
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Alicia Booth
Designated Interpreter
Marketing & Outreach co-chair
alicia.booth@amphl.org

During her 15 plus years as an interpreter, Alicia has emphasized the humanization of the interpreter process by customizing services to each deaf individual’s distinct needs. Her clients’ accommodations are tailored by style preferences, career goals, and environmental norms surrounding the unique world of deaf healthcare professionals. By focusing on these singular elements, Alicia has replaced traditional ideologies with a more progressive approach to the field of medical interpretation.

Alicia works alongside Deaf Professionals in their medical training and provides consultation, accommodation supervision, and advocacy support for Deaf healthcare professionals and their service providers. She regularly presents at national and local conferences like Associated Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL), CATIE’S National Symposium on Healthcare Interpreting, and the University of Southern Maine, on issues pertaining to best accommodations practices in high stakes environments. Topics have included “FUSION – An integrative approach with CART and Interpreters,” “Designing Designated Interpreters,” “Taboo Team Topics,” and co-presented “The Evolution of Designated Interpreters,” and multiple DP and DI forums. For more up-to-date information check out www.designatedinterpreters.com


Jessica Dunkley, MD MHSc
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Jessica Dunkley, MD MHSc
jessica.dunkley@amphl.org

Jessica Dunkley is from Vancouver, Canada where she is a family doctor and is completing a dermatology residency at the University of British Columbia. She originally trained as a physiotherapist, with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia, volunteered for various international sporting events while obtaining her M.D from the University of Ottawa. She received her Masters in Health Sciences from the University of British Columbia in clinical epidemiology, followed by a family medicine residency in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine program at the University of Alberta. Her interests include delivering workshops to the deaf community and interpreters on health topics and increasing accessibility to health related information in signed language.

Jessica used multiple modes of accommodations throughout her training, and primarily works with ASL interpreters in the clinical setting. She remains faithful to her ViScope, but has accessorized with the durable E-Scope, ThinkLabs One and Vscan.

As an avid cyclist, Jessica commutes year-round on her bicycle and enjoys exploring the backcountry in her free time.


Marissa Clopper, PA-C
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Marissa Clopper, PA-C
Marketing & Outreach co-chair
marissa.clopper@amphl.org

Marissa Clopper, a Maryland native, is a Deaf Physician Assistant who works at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) Student Health Center. Born prematurely with a profound hearing loss, she attended MSD from Family Education to 12th grade with American Sign Language (ASL) as her primary mode of communication while wearing bilateral hearing aids. Marissa then attended Rochester Institute of Technology to receive her B.S. in Biotechnology in 2005 and during her undergraduate years, received a cochlear implant. Shortly after graduation, she wondered if she could go into the medical health field as it was a lifelong dream; she first learned about AMPHL, and attended her first conference in 2005. This gave her confidence to reach her goals and Marissa graduated in 2010 with a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University. In both her undergraduate and graduate years, she utilized ASL interpreters and class note-takers. She communicates with others using ASL, spoken English, and written communication.

Marissa volunteers with DeafHealth.org (formerly DeafMD.org) and has done some ASL health education filming. She also presents annually to the MSD HS Medical Technology class about her profession, the various assistive technology devices currently available (i.e. Marissa utilizes a visual stethoscope), and about AMPHL. Marissa is eager to continue being a health advocate for all patients including those who are Deaf, and encourages Deaf/HOH individuals interested in the medical health field to pursue their dreams!


Amber Kimball, BSN, RN
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Amber Kimball, BSN, RN
amber.kimball@amphl.org

Amber Kimball was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at 3 years old and was implanted with a unilateral cochlear implant in the summer of 1994. She primarily communicates using spoken language but is also a Cued Speech user and advocate. She is currently learning sign language and hopes to become fluent soon.

Amber graduated from Guilford Technical Community College with her Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2014. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Winston-Salem State University in December 2015. Amber has two years of acute care experience specializing in orthopedics, cardiology and surgical oncology.

One of Amber’s biggest passions is researching the improvement of communication between health care professionals and hard of hearing patients. She is currently conducting research at Wake Forest Baptist that focuses on overcoming communication barriers between health care professionals and patients with hearing loss. Amber is well aware of the challenges endured by hard of hearing patients related to obtaining and consolidating health information in acute care settings. She has been accepted into UNC Chapel Hill’s Nursing PhD program for the fall of 2016 and was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar Fellowship. Amber is excited about continuing her education in research with a focus on improving communication in healthcare settings and access for people with disabilities.

Amber also enjoys hiking, writing and spending time with her dog Ruby.


Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, MD/MPH/PhD candidate
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Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, MD/MPH/PhD candidate
Digital Strategy co-chair

ian.deandrealazarus@amphl.org

Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus is a third-year MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry currently working on his Master of Public Health (MPH) during a year-out academic research fellowship. In addition to pursuing his MD and MPH degrees, Ian is working on a PhD in Translational Biomedical Sciences with a special focus in cognitive neuroscience through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Ian graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011. After graduating, he completed a two-year post baccalaureate fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD and simultaneously taught Introductory Psychology at Gallaudet before enrolling at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. As a medical student, Ian has served as the Co-President of the Neurosurgery Focus Group, Vice President of the Medical Student Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the neurosurgery co-liaison for the Surgery Interest Group. Ian is also involved in the Medical Education Pathway and the Deaf Health Pathway.


Scott Smith, MD, MPH
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Scott Smith, MD, MPH
scott.smith@amphl.org

Scott R. Smith is a board-certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, who hails from North Carolina, where he obtained his M.D. from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1996. He remained in Greenville, North Carolina to complete a residency in General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern North Carolina. In 1999, Scott relocated to Boston to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. He obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. Subsequently, he completed a clinical fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts-New England Medical Center.

Scott then relocated to Rochester, New York in 2004 and became an Attending Pediatrician at the Behavioral Pediatrics Program at the Rochester General Hospital, where he engaged in full-time clinical practice using visual stethoscopes and sign language interpreters to care for children with ADHD and other problems. After 4.5 years of clinical practice, Scott moved to the University of Rochester to join the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) where he obtained an early career mentored research development grant to study health literacy of deaf adolescents. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at University of Rochester Medical Center. Scott is profoundly deaf from birth and relies on sign language and written English to communicate with others. Scott is looking forward to working with AMPHL to strengthen and disseminate resources for visual access technologies and sign language interpreters in the medical and life science fields, including research and funding opportunities as well as teaching, training, mentoring, consulting, and future conference planning.