Meet our Amazing Volunteers who breathe life into California Hands & Voices.

Executive Board

Apryl Chauhan

Apryl Chauhan

President of California Hands & Voices (On Hiatus 'til October 2019)

Apryl Chauhan is the President of California Hands & Voices and she lives in the East Bay. She is the wife and mother of three children. When her oldest daughter was identified as deaf at the age of two Apryl began the journey so many other parents take, of how to raise a successful and happy deaf child. She found the greatest resource of support and information from other parents and has spent the past fifteen years “paying it forward” by working as a parent mentor and parent leader through out the state.

Email: info@CaHandsandVoices.org (On Hiatus 'til October 2019)

 

 

Cora Shahid

Cora Shahid

Interim President / Vice President / Membership

Cora and her husband live in San Diego and are proud parents an adult daughter and two sons. Both boys were born with a moderately severe hearing level. From the very beginning she believed in early parent to parent support, DHH role models (adults and peers) and the importance of nurturing language development. Cora is a founding board member of CA H&V and currently oversees the chapter’s social media presence as well as managing membership, the database and our quarterly article submission for The Hands & Voices Communicator. She is on the planning committee for the CA H&V Family Camp in Southern California. Cora worked as a parent mentor with Parent Links for 6 years and has experience working with families of nearly identified DHH children. Her goal is for CA H&V to flourish so that non-judgmental support can positively impact every family in California raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing children! .

Email: membership@CaHandsandVoices.org

 

 

 

Kat Lowrance

Kat Lowrance

Treasurer

Kat and her husband Stan live in Redding, California, and they have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Dylan is their youngest child and is Deaf. Kat is currently the Executive Director at Rowell Family Empowerment of No. California, a non-profit, IDEA funded Parent Center that provides support, information and training to families who have children with diverse abilities. Kat is also the Parent Links Coordinator for 47 CA counties and a Mentor for families who have Deaf or Hard of Hearing babies in far Northern California. There are 10 Parent Links Mentors in several communities throughout California reaching out to parents who have a Deaf/Hard of Hearing baby and help them navigate their way along the journey! Kat also is the Northern California DHH Family Camp Director for California Hands & Voices. Kat’s journey into the Deaf world started many years ago. I met my best friend, Toni, when I was in Middle School. Her first born son, Jamin, was born Deaf. She supported her navigation through some of those very early systems. When Jamin was 12 she had her youngest son, Dylan. At age 8 months, Dylan got spinal meningitis and as a result could not hear. Toni became her support person! I had learned SEE sign because the medical field told me that he would need this to learn to read and write. Well, as life went on I learned so much more! I continue to learn more everyday! I appreciate all the friends, the Deaf people and the professionals who helped me find my way!

Email: KLowrance@CaHandsandVoices.org

 

Nancy Sager

Nancy Grosz Sager

Secretary

Nancy Grosz Sager lives in Yuba City and is the secretary for California Hands & Voices. She was a teacher of the Deaf for the Sutter County Office of Education for 21 years, and she was the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs Consultant at the California Department of Education for 18 years. She retired last August, but she still works part time as a retired annuitant. By far, the best part of her job has been the opportunity to work with and support parents through the Parent Links program and the Hands & Voices organization. She is a mom of two great (now grown-up) girls, Jeannette and Michelle. They both live in Oregon. Nancy’s great partner in crime is Ken, and she has a wonderful service dog named Whisper.

Email: NGSager@CaHandsandVoices.org

 

 

 

Tony Ronco

Tony Ronco

Past President

Tony is an involved dad, husband, and engineer. With his wife Jenny, they have two children: Their hearing son Austin and their Deaf daughter Dakota. Tony has a particularly strong passion for all children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing achieving Kindergarten Readiness and for those children to have the benefit of full family inclusion.

Email: TRonco@CaHandsandVoices.org

  

  

  

Board Members

Cindy Sandovalemail CSandoval@CaHandsandVoices.org

Cindy Sandoval

Region 2
Johanna Wonderlyemail JWonderly@CaHandsandVoices.org

Johanna Wonderly

Region 2
Sarah Oliphant email SOliphant@CaHandsandVoices.org

Sarah Oliphant

Region 3
 
Maribel Pineda email MPineda@CaHandsandVoices.org

Maribel Pineda

Region 7
Yiesell Rayonemail YRayon@CaHandsandVoices.org

Yiesell Rayon

Region 7
Anel Herrera email AHerrera@CaHandsandVoices.org

Anel Herrera

Region 9
Rosabel Agbayani email Rosabel@CaHandsandVoices.org

Rosabel Agbayani, BA, BS, MPH

Grantwriter
 
Chelsea Hull email CHull@CaHandsandVoices.org

Chelsea Hull

Grantwriter

 

Advisory Board

Mallorie Evans email MEvans@CaHandsandVoices.org

Mallorie Evans

Educational Audiologist, Professional
Brandi Castro email BCastro@CaHandsandVoices.org

Brandi Castro

Teacher of the Deaf, Professional
Kristal Molina email camp@CaHandsandVoices.org

Kristal Molina

Southern California Family Camp Co-Director, ASL Interpreter

About CA Hands & Voices

California Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in a respectful and non-judgmental manner regarding language opportunities, communication tools or educational approaches. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.

Support ♥

California Hands & Voices is a non-profit organization that depends on the support of its members to succeed. Please consider donating or becoming a member.

Contact Us

 

California Hands & Voices
c/o Kat Lowrance
2844 Gunn Ct.
Redding, CA. 96001-5484, USA

 

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