Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center Announces Promotion of Dr. Jennell Vick to President and CEO

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the region's only nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive care for people with hearing loss, speech/language disorders, and deafness, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Jennell Vick from Executive Director to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 6, 2024.

Dr. Vick has been with CHSC for 9 years, during which time she has demonstrated exceptional leadership, strategic vision, and dedication to the organization’s mission. Under her guidance, CHSC has achieved significant milestones, including the upcoming expansion of the organization's footprint, with the opening of new offices in Midtown and Parma Heights this summer.

"Jennell has been an invaluable asset to our organization," said Monica Bowe, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. "Her innovative approach and commitment to excellence have driven our success and positioned us for sustainable growth and to better meet the community's needs. The Board is confident she will lead CHSC to new heights as President and CEO."

In her new role, Dr. Vick will continue to oversee all aspects of the Organization, including strategic planning, operational management, and client care. She will partner with the Board of Directors, senior leadership team, and staff to enhance the agency's impact on the community.

"I am honored to accept this new role and grateful for the trust the Board has placed in me," said Dr. Vick. "I look forward to continuing our work together toward fulfilling our vision of a community where everyone can communicate effectively. We will continue to provide the highest quality evidence-based care to everyone from every neighborhood. We will sustain our culture to meet the evolving needs of our community."

Before her role leading CHSC, Dr. Vick was an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences in the Communication Sciences program at Case Western Reserve University. Her work focused on evidence-based practice in communication disorders and the physiology of speech and language production. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington, her Master of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University, and her Bachelor of Science from Ohio University.  Her postdoctoral training was completed at The University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

As CHSC embarks on this new chapter, the Board and team are excited about the future under Dr. Vick's leadership. She is poised to drive initiatives that will sustain and expand the organization’s reach and effectiveness.

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About Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center

Founded in 1921, CHSC is the nation's oldest hearing and speech center & Northeast Ohio's only nonprofit dedicated to addressing Communication Health and Accessibility. CHSC currently serves over 9,000 children and adults each year. Programs and services include Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Language Interpreting, and a Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Center also oversees outreach services within the region for the families of infants born with permanent hearing loss. The Center is opening a new headquarters in the Midtown neighborhood of Cleveland and a new Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Parma Heights in July. The Center also operates satellite offices in Lyndhurst, Broadview Heights, and Westlake. Additionally, the agency provides services for local school systems, Head Start programs, and charter schools.