Region 1 - Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, Mendocino, Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc Plumas, Sierra
Area Rep– Vacant
Region 2 - Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Alpine, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne
Cindy Sandoval, Co- Area Representative for Region 2 - (CSandoval@cahandsandvoices.org) - Cindy lives in Northern California with her husband and her two sons Jordan and Chrystian. Jordan is now a young adult. When he was identified at the age of 14 months, she hesitated to reach out for parent mentor supports, but luckily with family & friends support, she was able to move forward and immerse herself in all resources related to her son. Cindy understands the importance of family-to-family support and alongside Jordan, they enjoy sharing their experiences with families. She is tri-lingual and has learned that in this process there is no one way fits all. Often, you will find both Jordan and Cindy sharing their story with families at various outreach events. Ella habla español.
Johanna Wonderly, Co- Area Representative for Region 2 - (JWonderly@CaHandsandVoices.org) - Johanna resides in Placer County. She is the mommy to two fabulous Hard of Hearing daughters. Cassie (3) and Cara (1) both have Mild-Moderate Hearing Levels. Despite having a background in Deaf studies, Johanna was not prepared for the journey of finding and securing services. It was a world of difference when Cara was identified and everything went so much smoother just by being familiar with the process. This drives Johanna’s motivation to connect with other families. She feels parents should not have to be trail blazers every time a DHH child is identified, the path is so much more enjoyable with friends who’ve been there by your side.
Region 3 - Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alemeda, San Mateo
Apryl Chauhan, President and Co- Area Representative for Region 3 - (see Executive Board section for bio)
Brandi Castro, Co- Area Representative for Region 3 and Advisor - (see Advisory Board for bio)
Region 4 - Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey
Chelsea Hull, Area Representative for Region 4 - (CHull@CaHandsandVoices.org) -
Chelsea Hull lives in Monterey, CA with her active duty (Navy) husband and two hearing children. Chelsea’s mother was Hard of Hearing. Chelsea has been in the field of Deaf Education for almost 20 years. She enjoys helping families connect with other families and advocating for what is best for each family to help their child develop to their fullest potential. Chelsea’s worked as a birth-three specialist, preschool teacher, high school teacher and as and ASL college level interpreter. She has been a member of H&V for about ten years. She loves quiet walks on the beach and Thai beach.
Region 5 - Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
Tina Self, Area Representative for Region 5 - (TSelf@CaHandsandVoices.org) - Tina and her husband Zack live in San Luis Obispo with their two kids Kylie (10) has moderate to severe hearing loss and wears hearing aids. Barrett (7) is hearing. Tina grow up in Santa Barbara/ Goleta and they have family there still. Kylie was 7 when we found out she had a hearing loss ad needed hearing aids, she goes to our local public school. I just want to be here to help other families like us of this journey and let them know you are not alone.
Region 6 - Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Fresno, King, Inyo, Mono, Tulare, Kern
Area Rep– Vacant
Region 7 - Los Angeles, Orange
Maribel Pineda, Co Area Representative for Region 7 - (MPineda@CaHandsandVoices.org) - Maribel Pineda lives in Alhambra with her husband Edgar and two younger children. Elyssabeth 9yrs old and Edward 6yrs old born deaf. She works full time managing a Dental office for over 18yrs. Edward was diagnosed with having severe to profound hearing loss secondary to auditory neuropathy, auditory dys-synchrony disorder in the left ear and a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in the right ear with AN/ AD component. Edward wears an ABI Auditory brainstem implant on his right side. Family uses ASL for communication with Edward. Maribel is also a Board Member for Deaf Latinos y Familias organization and a parent volunteer for CSUN Deaf Education and Families Project. Maribel hosted many events with deaf and hard of hearing children in her area, art museums, story time at library and family park events. She and her husband enjoy hosting events for have a place where DHH children, siblings and parents can feel at home and built relationships that can last a lifetime. Ella habla español.
Yiesell Rayon, Co- Area Representative for Region 7 - (email@example.com) - Yiesell resides in Chino, California with her husband Marcus and three young boys. Their middle son, Markie was identified at birth with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Markie uses binaural hearing aids and attends California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR). After acquiring her B.A., Yiesell decided to focus on raising a child with hearing loss. She quickly discovered her passion for offering support and resources to other parents who have Deaf or Hard of Hearing children. She applies both her professional and personal experience as an advocate to empower parents to advocate for their own children. Yiesell is also the Director of Latino Support for Hands & Voices Headquarters. She sits on the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) planning committee as well as the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) Parent Advisory Committee. Yiesell is honored to represent parents of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to ensure parent’s needs are being met. Yiesell is passionate about providing support to parents, but also the professionals who serve them. Ella habla español.
Region 8 - San Diego, Imperial
Rosabel Agbayani, BA, BS, MPH, Area Representative for 8 - (Rosabel@cahandsandvoices.org) - She has been involved with California Hands & Voices since 2013 volunteering her time helping with fundraising and community development. She has worked with providers and educators seeking to collaborate and develop effective parent-professional partnerships. Rosabel is the mother of a hard of hearing child with bi-lateral severe to profound conductive hearing loss. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development Specializing in Health Services from California State University San Marcos in 2002. Her struggles for understanding her son's circumstances and making decisions regarding his treatments and education inspired her to return to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University in 2013. She recently completed her Master's in Public Health and works at Rady Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Research Coordinator specializing in Pediatric Rheumatology. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and has three children. She loves traveling, mountain biking, and spending time with family.
Region 9 - Riverside, San Bernardino
Anel Herrera, Area Representative for 9 - (AHerrera@CaHandsandVoices.org) - Anel Herrera and her family live Chino, California, San Bernardino County. She is the mother of five children and her middle child Alysa was born with Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS), bilateral microtia atresia. Her daughter had reconstruction surgeries at 6 years old. Alysa has moderate to severe hearing loss wore a BAHA on the soft band from the age of 4 months until her abutment surgery in 2016. Having a daughter born with this syndrome is very humbling. Anel felt lost when her daughter was born because there were not many resources easily accessible. California Hands & Voices was one of the organizations that provided Anel with more information related to deaf and hard-of-hearing community and embraced her family and made them feel a part of the family. Anel's ultimate goal is to give back and pay it forward to other families and help them get the information that is needed for their child to succeed in this world. Ella habla español.