For 57 years,

Foundation for Hearing Research transforms lives of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, teaching them to listen, speak, and learn through:

  • Proven spoken language and cognitive development curriculum
  • Family-centered education
  • Innovative technology

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La Experiencia de Criar a un Niño con Pérdida Audititiva
(The experience of raising a child with hearing loss)

History

We’ve been dedicated to supporting children and families for 57 years. Click through the timeline to read more about our history.

Weingarten Children’s Center was founded in 1967 by eight families that believed their children with profound deafness could listen, speak, and learn. Over the past five decades, Foundation for Hearing Research developed into a center of excellence with a comprehensive, sophisticated, highly effective cognitive curriculum implemented by qualified Teachers of the Deaf/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialists (DHHS) and specialized Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP).
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  • Founded by 8 families 
  • Leahea Grammatico, visionary teacher of the deaf hired as Executive Director
  • Contributed to the development of hearing aid technology
  • First student with cochlear implant (single channel)
  • Leahea Grammatico retired
  • Kathy Sussman hired as Executive Director
  • Moved to Redwood City campus
  • Morning Music started
  • Collaboration with local public school systems
  • Early provider of services to young children with cochlear implants
  • Leahea Grammatico Family Center opened on campus
  • Audiology booth installed at LGFC
  • Launched BabyTalk with Stanford University to provide teleintervention to remote and economically challenged families of babies and young children
  • Kathy Sussman retired
  • Bill Doyle hired as Executive Director
  • Talk2Me™ Coach-assisted Parent App project initiated
  • COVID – Distance Learning March 20 – June 9; Back on campus for summer school
  • TeachLSL™ Distance Listening and Spoken Language program kicked off

We Love What We Do!

I love working here because everyone is passionate about the mission and about teaching the children to listen, speak, and learn. Everyone is collaborative and goes above and beyond!

Lesslie Pinzon

Office Manager

We Love What We Do!

I love working here because I love helping kids learn to talk, especially as a mother of a child who is deaf.

Alicia Sepulveda

Listen to Me Spanish Interpreter & Classroom Assistant

Meet Our Team

Jennifer Aguilar, M.S., CCC-SLP

Director of Student Services

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Joycelyn Awakuni Lee

Development, Communications, Administrative Associate

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William Doyle

Executive Director

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Meg Farquhar, M.S.W.

Director of Family Services and Teleservices Program Advisor

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Michely Goncalves

School Business Operations Administrator, Teacher

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Teelina House

Talk2Me™ Program Manager

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Eryn McHan, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSL Cert.AVT

Associate Director of Student Services, SLP

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Caroline Montgomery, M.S.D.E, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Teacher, Co-Director of TeachLSL™

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Lesslie Pinzon

Office Manager

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Lexi Terndrup, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSL Cert. AVT

Co-Director of TeachLSL™, Teleservices Coordinator

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Bridget Castle, M.S., CCC-SLP

Teacher/Therapist

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Paige Chappell

Paraprofessional

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Jan Christensen, M.A.

Teacher

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Karuna Dharan

Paraprofessional

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Melissa Garcia

Childcare & Program Support

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Michely Goncalves

School Business Operations Administrator, Teacher

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Matthew McHan

Teacher

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Joanie McLaughlin, M.A.T.

Mentor Teacher, LSL Specialized Teacher of the Deaf

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Caroline Montgomery, M.S.D.E, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Teacher, Co-Director of TeachLSL™

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Liberty Moore, M.S.D.E.

Teacher

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Sharon Nutini, M.A.

Teacher Mentor

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Cynthia Romero

Student Teacher

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Morgan Sanderson, M.S.

Teacher

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Alicia Sepulveda

Paraprofessional

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Michelle Tang, M.A., Ed.M.

Teacher

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JaLa Thomas

Paraprofessional

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Jessica Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Kelly Borkowicz, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Bridget Castle, M.S., CCC-SLP

Teacher/Therapist

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Julie Cooper, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Speech Language Pathologist

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Sara Cline, M.A., CCC-SLP

SLP, Baby Talk Program Coordinator

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Oralia Gloria, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Eryn McHan, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSL Cert.AVT

Associate Director of Student Services, SLP

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Shannon Sharma M.S., CCC-SLP, LSL Cert. AvEd.

Speech Language Pathologist

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Lexi Terndrup, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSL Cert. AVT

Co-Director of TeachLSL™, Teleservices Coordinator

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Meg Farquhar, M.S.W.

Director of Family Services and Teleservices Program Advisor

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Ana Pineu, M.A., M.Ed

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

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Urszula Semerda

Occupational Therapist

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Lisa Tonokawa-Marcacci

Educational Audiologist

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Gianpaolo (GP) Callioni

Treasurer

Managing Director, Accenture

Renee Schwall

Secretary

Director, Analytics and Optimization, LiveOps, Alum

Nikolas Blevins, MD

Professor, Stanford School of Medicine Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center Surgeon, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Stanford University Medical Center

Katharina Breme

Founder & Managing Director International Business Performance LLC

Josh Golomb

CEO, Hazel Health, Parent of Alum

Andy Ludwick

Director, Pepperdata & Zebra Technologies

Linda Paulson

Principal, Paulson Rohlfing Associates Inc., Parent of Alum

Scott Ransenberg

Partner, Riverwood Capital, Parent of Alum

Guillermo Viveros

Vice President, Treasurer, M&A and Head of Financial Operations at Infoblox, Parent of Alum

Mike Wolff

SVP, Salesforce.com Inc., Parent of Alum

Join the FHR Team

Qualified, interested candidates can contact Jennifer Aguilar, Director of Student Services or Bill Doyle, Executive Director.

Contact Us

Teacher of the Deaf

Weingarten Children’s Center (WCC) has a full or part-time position immediately available for a Teacher of the Deaf whose expertise…
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Teleinterventionist
(SLP or DHH Teacher)

The Teleintervention Program is in search of CA licensed/certified Spanish/English bilingual speech language pathologists and teachers of the deaf subcontractors…
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Teacher-Mentor Program

Ask us about our teacher-mentor program. Our professionals in this program pursue an online masters degree in deaf education (focused…
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Impact Reports

Impact Report 2022/2023

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Impact Report 2021/2022

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Impact Report 2019/2020

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