Jennell C. Vick

Jennell C. Vick

Executive Director

Jennell C. Vick, Ph.D., assumed the position of Executive Director in March of 2015. Dr. Vick comes to CHSC from the Departments of Psychological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Vick is no stranger to CHSC. Over 20 years ago, she trained as a Speech Language Pathologist at CHSC and received her Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Communication Sciences. For eight years, as a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Vick collaborated with one of the world’s top researchers in the area of speech production and cochlear implants. She then completed her doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle and was in the inaugural class of Callier Postdoctoral Fellows at The University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She returned to Cleveland when she joined the faculty at CWRU in the Communication Sciences Program. Dr. Vick resides with her husband, Dr. Gregory Lee, and their two young daughters in Shaker Heights.

Contact Jennell at 216-325-7557 or jvick@chsc.org.

Bridgid M. Whitford, AuD., CCC-A

Bridgid M. Whitford, AuD., CCC-A

Director of Hearing Services

Bridgid Whitford Au D, CCC-A has been with Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center since 1993. She first came to CHSC as a clinical audiologist. In 2011, Dr. Whitford added management of the Regional Infant Program (RIHP) to her responsibilities and in 2015 she was appointed the Director of Hearing Services. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing programs and services within the audiology department including early interventions services for children with hearing loss (formerly known as RIHP). Dr. Whitford oversees staff development, compliance regulation, and strategic planning and implementation.  In addition, Dr. Whitford advocates on behalf of people with disabilities and works with local and state legislators to make positive changes for services and funding available to people with hearing loss.

Clinically, Dr. Whitford has treated patients of all ages but has a particular interest in pediatric and educational audiology. She is an active participant in the State of Ohio Early Hearing loss Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program and sits on several statewide committees to improve access to services for children with hearing loss in Ohio.

Dr. Whitford holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University, a Masters in Science in Audiology from Kent State and a Doctor of Audiology from AT Still University.

Contact Bridgid at 216-325-7585 or bwhitford@chsc.org.

Maria  O'Neil Ruddock

Maria O'Neil Ruddock

Director, Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Maria O’Neil Ruddock, Psy.D. has been affiliated with the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center since 1990. When she joined the CHSC staff, she provided psychological services in the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), including individual and family therapy, psychological assessment, and consultation to a variety of social service organizations, schools, and mental health facilities. Maria left the Center in 1995 but continued to provide services to D/deaf individuals and agencies on a consultative basis. She subsequently joined the Board of Directors serving as the Chair of the Deafness Advocacy Committee working closely with long-time Director of CCDHH, Susan Bungard. In 2011 Maria rejoined the staff as Coordinator of Training and Outreach Services.  In this role, she provided support services & advocacy to individuals and families in both the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities as well as information and referral, consultation, training, and education to agencies and organizations that interface with individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families (e.g. hospitals, social service agencies, mental health agencies, police departments, schools, private corporations, government agencies, etc.). Maria also directed a grant project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women studying the incidence, prevalence, and impact of domestic and relationship violence in the D/deaf community.  Maria currently serves as Director of the Community Center, overseeing all programs and services including Interpreting, The Learning Center, Support Services, Sign Stage, and the Neuropsychology Program. Supporting the work of her committed and dedicated staff while continuing to provide training and advocacy are the highlights of her position.

Maria holds Bachelors of Arts from The University of Hartford in Special and Elementary Education; A Masters in School Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from New York University.

Contact Maria at 216-325-7552 (p), 216-370-7771 (vp), 216-339-8738 (c) or moneilruddock@chsc.org.

Sharon  Dundee

Sharon Dundee

Director of Marketing and Communications

With an extensive background in marketing, design, publication, and communication for industries as varied as non-profit, retail, international finance and real estate, Sharon Dundee came to Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center in 2014. Initially, as Manager of Marketing, Communications and Events within the Development department, she was responsible for the day-to-day responsibilities of marketing and advertising for the Center and each of its (then) four areas of service. In addition, she helped to create and manage numerous special events throughout the year including several significant fundraisers. In 2017 she was appointed Director of Marketing & Communications as part of the Strategic Plan initiative to create a new, independent Marketing Department. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing marketing strategies, a comprehensive advertising plan, public relations, and digital/social media functions. She oversees and manages the marketing budget, works with numerous outsource vendors, media reps and CHSC staff to ensure a consistent brand and message for the Center.

Ms. Dundee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Youngstown State University. She is affiliated with American Advertising Federation, eMarketing Association, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Mitchell Media.

Contact Sharon at 216-325-7577 or sdundee@chsc.org.

Rebecca  Mental, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Rebecca Mental, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of Speech, Language, and Learning

Rebecca L. Mental, Ph.D., CCC-SLP joined the leadership team at Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (CHSC) as Director of Research in 2018. Her responsibilities include designing protocol for collecting and analyzing outcome data, spearheading novel research initiatives, facilitating a culture of evidence-based practice and providing direct therapy to clients with speech and language needs.

Dr. Mental earned her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2018 - her dissertation research was a collaborative effort between CWRU and CHSC. She designed and implemented a clinical research study that utilized visual biofeedback software for the treatment of older children and adults with speech sound errors. The software, Opti-Speech, allows the user to see a three-dimensional visual of his or her tongue moving in real time.

Dr. Mental has been associated with CHSC in varying capacities since she participated in her first graduate school clinical placement at the Center in 2012. She completed her clinical fellowship at the Center in 2017 and is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist licensed by the Ohio Board. Clinically, Dr. Mental enjoys working with both children and adults, with a special interest in Opti-Speech for the treatment of speech sound disorders. Dr. Mental also serves as adjunct faculty at CWRU, most recently teaching graduate-level courses on research methods and evidence-based practice.

Contact Rebecca at 216-325-7541 or rmental@chsc.org.

Timothy  Thomas

Timothy Thomas

Director of Interpreting Services

Tim worked for CHSC from 2007-2012 in various capacities, including Operations Manager in the CCDHH. He has been an ASL interpreter since 2004 when he completed his training at Gallaudet University.

Tim has had many years of experience working in the world of communication access, with great success creating solutions that were positive and effective for the many stakeholders involved. He has worked in account management, business development, and territory management for many of the country’s top communication access companies like Purple Communications, Karasch & Associates, and ClearCaptions, Inc.

Tim is an incredibly energetic and positive person, and these qualities will benefit all of CHSC. Tim shares our vision for our Northeast Ohio D/deaf and Hard of Hearing community where communication access is supported by great partnerships between CHSC and the agencies and organizations that provide services to the community.   

Contact Timothy at 216-325-7524 or tthomas@chsc.org.  

Maya  Claytor

Maya Claytor

Director of Finance

Maya joined CHSC in 2019 as the Director of Finance. She has years of experience in fiscal management and administration along with extensive knowledge in computerized financial systems. Her background includes previously working as a Deputy Budget Administrator for the City of Cleveland, and she has held several other financial positions at institutions such as Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

Maya received her MBA from CWRU's Weatherhead School of Management in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Behavior, and a BS in Accounting from Virginia State University, a historically black college/university in Petersburg.

Maya has also served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Business Administration and Accounting courses at Notre Dame College, Bryant and Stratton College, and Eastern Gateway Community College.

In addition to her broad financial experience, Maya also has a background in grant writing and grant administration. Maya has a great passion and enthusiasm for accounting and finance. Her goals are to build relationships and collaborate with a diverse and multicultural staff and clientele at CHSC.

Contact Maya at 216-325-5695 or mclaytor@chsc.org 

Karen  Bain Hiller

Karen Bain Hiller

Director of Development

Karen Bain Hiller has been connected to Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center since 1985 as a client, volunteer, board member and director of development from 2002 to 2005. She has worked in Greater Cleveland as a development director since 2000 at a variety of agencies, most recently including the Alzheimer’s Association, Mandel Jewish Community Center and Cleveland Sight Center. Ms. Hiller is responsible for securing support through the Annual Fund Campaign, foundation and corporate partners, special events, planned giving and donor relations. Her approach to fundraising is through a donor-centric lens and is based on building authentic relationships with all CHSC supporters.   

Ms. Hiller is fluent in ASL and well-versed in deaf culture. She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals during the bulk of her career and has served as board secretary of the Greater Cleveland Chapter. She is very happy to be back “home” at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center.   

Contact Karen at 216-325-7503 or khiller@chsc.org.