The Board of Directors at Deaf & Hear Alberta (DHA) is a dedicated and passionate team of individuals with personal experience, expertise and connections to the causes we champion.
Board of Directors, 2015 – 2016
Barbara Revay, Chair
Barbara Revay’s business background is in the area of human resources and she has been associated with DHA since her retirement from consulting in 2007. Her desire to give back to the community is reflected in her work with NFPs in different capacities over the past 25 years. She became involved with Deaf & Hear Alberta in March 2007 and her passion is very personal as her younger brother Michael was born profoundly hard of hearing. Barbara became Chair of the Governance Committee in 2008 and has served as Board Chair since 2009. She was part of the first ever strategic planning session which has guided DHA over the past 5 years. She is very proud of her association with the organization in large part due to on-going efforts of the hard-working and dedicated staff and Chief Executive Officer to continually find better ways to serve our stakeholders.
Trevor Thomson, Treasurer
Trevor Thomson has been hard of hearing from a very young age, wearing hearing aids since the age of four. Trevor became involved with DHA because of his personal passion for the organization’s mission. Trevor became a board member in 2008 and assumed the role of Treasurer in 2009. He is a chartered accountant and a partner with Deloitte LLP. He is also involved with a number of other charitable organizations, including being the vice-chair of the Rotary Challenger Park.
Dr. Carrie Scarff
Following completion of her Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, Dr. Scarff attained her Master of Science in Audiology at Dalhousie University. In addition, she has a doctorate in Auditory Science, specializing in how the brain changes after hearing loss. In 2005 Dr. Scarff decided to merge her auditory science background with her enjoyment of caring for patients in her Calgary-based clinic, Audiology Innovations. A leader in her field, Dr Scarff provides expert evidence-based diagnostic care, leading auditory rehabilitation, and the latest hearing aid technology to her clients. Dr. Scarff became involved with Deaf & Hear Alberta in 2008 due to a desire to contribute her expertise to an organization that provided support to Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing individuals
Ronn Reichert, BBA, CMA
Ronn was introduced to Deaf & Hear Alberta in 2012 as a coach for the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch competition. Thanks to Ronn’s help, DHA won the Coaches’ Choice Award in this competition after delivering a three-minute solicitation entirely in ASL. It was following the competition that Ronn decided to join the Board. Being raised in a hard of hearing household and born with a hearing loss, Ronn is very familiar with the unique challenges that hard of hearing individuals face in everyday life. With his CMA accounting designation, Ronn contributes his financial skills to our organization as well as the perspective of a younger hard of hearing individual. Ronn would like to see widespread adoption of hearing loss prevention and education programs for youth in all Alberta schools.
Amber Schultz, Vice-Chair
Amber Schultz graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees, one in child and youth counselling from Grant McEwan University and the other in Psychology from Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. Her passion is to promote the involvement of d/Deaf individuals within their communities and self-advocate for their own needs. As a Deaf person who was raised within the “system”, she has a desire to initiate transformation through education and community initiatives. Amber joined Deaf & Hear Alberta to create successful outcomes by working together with the d/Deaf and hard of hearing communities.
A carpenter by trade, Emil is very involved with the Deaf community. He is currently the Secretary for the Alberta Cultural Society of the Deaf, a member of the Calgary Association of the Deaf, involved with CAD’s Caring Committee and on the committee for Deaf Alberta Expo 2013. He spearheaded an ASL program for parents of Deaf children at Queen Elizabeth School. Emil is also a representative for southern Alberta on the Video Relay Service committee. Emil was born Deaf in a deaf family. Although he regained some hearing and participated in speech therapy, he now has a profound hearing loss and identifies himself as culturally Deaf. He was educated in the mainstream school system and at the Alberta School for the Deaf. His passion to improve services for the Deaf community lead him to join the Board of Deaf & Hear Alberta in 2013.
Kari is a Certified Human Resources Professional with 15 plus years of experience working in a variety of industries and organization types, large and small. Kari currently works with DIALOG, a national multidisciplinary design firm. In addition to making a difference within the workplace, Kari values her family time and giving back to the community. She is an avid believer in the philosophy of “if you want to see something happen, you have to get involved”. Kari is an active member of her local school council and community association, and also participates in an HR policy committee for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Deaf & Hear Alberta will be Kari’s first Board role for a non-profit organization of provincial scope and reach. Kari hopes to bring her experience in customer service, human resources, business plan development and strategic planning to support and contribute to the achievement of the Deaf & Hear Alberta vision and strategic plan.