ALDA Board

President

Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts

Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts

Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts became completely deaf at the age of 14 after contracting spinal meningitis; twenty-three years later, Sharaine received a cochlear implant.

Her board member experiences include various positions on the American Deafness & Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), Greater Kansas City Chapter of ADARA, Kansas Council of Disabled Persons, Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Minnesota Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the NTID Alumni Association, NTID National Advisory Group, and NTID Foundation Board.

Sharaine has been involved with ALDA since 1997.

Vice President

Paul Wummer

Paul Wummer

Paul was born with hearing loss in both ears (profoundly deaf in right ear) and has worn hearing aids since 1963. He wears a digital hearing aid on the left ear and a transmitter on the right.

In the 90’s, Paul was actively involved with the local HLAA (formerly SHHH-LV) chapter in Allentown, PA as the treasurer, and later, the president.

Paul currently lives in Portland Oregon. He’s been a member of ALDA since 2000; attending ALDAcon in Santa Fe, NM. and every year since then.

Past President

Steve Larew

Steve Larew

Steve Larew became deaf at age 18, graduated from Gallaudet University in 1976, and then acquired a master’s in deaf rehabilitation counseling from Northern Illinois University in 1980.

Steve is currently employed as a contracted executive director for American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Florida.

Secretary

Terri Singer

Terri Singer

Terri Singer is a native of Evansville, Indiana. She is deaf due to an inherited sensorineural hearing loss.  She has bilateral cochlear implants, having undergone her first surgery in Indianapolis in 2005 and her second in Nashville in 2010.

Terri has been a member of ALDA since 2006, and belongs to the Northwest Indiana – ALDA chapter.  She served on the program committee for ALDAcon 2012, after heading that committee in 2011.  She also filled the program chair position for ALDAcon 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at which time, she was presented with the AbleALDAn award.

Treasurer

Matt Ferrara

Matt Ferrara

Matt has extensive experience with non-profit organizations financial systems.

Over the past 23 years, he has been ALDA’s treasurer for fourteen years. He has been appointed to complete the terms of treasurers on several occasions. Between his terms as treasurer, Matt served as regional director for three years. He is also ALDA’s advertising director. In addition, Matt has been the business manager/treasurer for twelve ALDAcons, and the co-business manager for two other ALDAcons.

Beyond his work for ALDA national, Matt is the treasurer of ALDA-Boston and the home owners’ association where he lives.

A graduate of Brooklyn College, Matt is retired from Partners Healthcare Systems (Massachusetts General Hospital).  He is hard of hearing and depends on two hearing aids. Matt has been married to his wife, Helen, for twenty years now. They have five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Region 1 Director

Eleanor Shafer

Eleanor Shafer

Eleanor Shafer first attended an ALDA-Boston meeting in 1993. Three years later, she moved to Florida and became active in ALDA-Suncoast. Currently she lives in Bartlett, New Hampshire, with her husband, Dave, and son, Garrett. Eleanor has bilateral sensorineural hearing loss that is shaped like a ski slope.

She completed the Gallaudet peer mentoring program in June 2013.

Region 2 Director

Carol Postulka

Carol Postulka

Carol believes she likely was born with a hearing loss that went undetected during her school years. After graduating from college, she eventually taught in the Rockford, Illinois, school system’s hearing loss program. She underwent cochlear implant surgery in 2003.

Carol met ALDAns at a meeting in nearby Freeport in 1989. She attended her first ‘con in 1990 and hasn’t missed one since. Carol also has served on the ALDA-Chicago Board.

Region 3 Director

Chris Littlewood

Chris Littlewood

Chris is president of the ALDA Suncoast – Florida chapter. He is very involved both in hearing loss advocacy and advocacy for ALL people with disabilities. He actively advocates at the local, state, and national levels both personally and professionally through his job at St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation.

Region 4 Director

Roy Miller

Roy Miller

Roy’s relationship with ALDA is nearly as old as the organization itself, beginning with his attendance at the First ALDA Leadership Training Workshop in 1989.

The Leadership Training Workshop was rebranded in 1990 as the annual ALDA Convention (ALDAcon), and he is delighted to say that he has attended almost every ALDAcon since then.

In those beginning years, he was able to contribute to the organization in numerous ways, including writing its bylaws, getting it incorporated under the Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation Act, getting its federal 501(C)3 tax exemption status approved by the Internal Revenue Service, developing a Handbook for the Board of Directors, and serving as its second president.

Since then he has served on many of its committees, most recently as Chair of the Bylaws Committee last year.