Executive Board Members
Kasey Cain and her husband have two boys and live in Northern California. Kasey is the current President at CA Hands & Voices and a Doctor of Audiology student at California State University, Sacramento.
She became passionate about audiology and helping other families with DHH children after her first son was born with hearing loss. She knows how valuable it is to have the specialized support and resources to help parents make the best-informed decisions for their children and family dynamic. Kasey wants to work in pediatrics and educational audiology to help children and support other parents through their child’s unique journey.
Kasey loves to spend time with her family. She likes to read, hike and is a super fan of the Golden Girls.
Yiesell Huerta is a mother of three young boys. Her middle son, Marcus was identified at birth with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Marcus attends the California School for the Deaf, Riverside and communicates using both ASL and English spoken language.
After acquiring her B.A., Yiesell decided to focus on raising her Deaf son. She quickly discovered her passion for offering support and resources to other parents. Yiesell has worked with families of Deaf children for over 10 years. She applies both her professional and personal experience as an advocate to empower parents to advocate for their own children.
Yiesell is the Latino Outreach Coordinator at American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), the Vice President for CA Hands & Voices and the Camp Director for The Inland Valley DHH and Microtia Atresia Family Camp . She is passionate about supporting parents, but also the professionals who serve them. Yiesell has presented at various conferences regarding the importance of family support and involvement. To better serve and improve family involvement, Yiesell believes there is a demand for heightening awareness of culture and family dynamics.
Rosabel Agbayani (a child of Retired Navy Chief) lives in San Diego, California with her husband Mike and three children. Her son (pictured) was identified as deaf at the age of 3 in September 2010. Rosabel's passion for working with families began in 2002 (long before she knew she would be a mother of a DHH Child) as she worked for a non-profit organization, Supportive Parents Information Network (SPIN) San Diego. Working with low-income families and at-risk youth from a variety of cultural backgrounds, she learned to understand the importance of family engagement and empowerment by building community capacity through education and advocacy. Her career in Healthcare Administration helped branch her knowledge and expertise in Quality Risk Management and Clinical Research. It was a natural shift, applying her life experiences both professionally and personally committing her time to understanding the unique needs of families raising a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing child. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education, and a Masters in Public Health Specializing in Health Promotion. Rosabel has committed her time working with California Hands & Voices since 2013. Her presentation "Raising a DHH Family" was featured at the 2017 DHH Family Camp in Julian, California. She served as the Regional Representative for Area 8 (San Diego & Imperial Counties) from 2017-2019 and was a member of the Diversity Panel that presented both at the 2017 Hands & Voices Leadership Conference in Galena, IL and the 2018 EHDI Conference in Denver, CO. She was the Unit President for California PTA at Park Village Elementary and currently serves as the Chair of the Special Education Community Advisory Committee for Poway Unified School District. She currently works for Rady Children's Hospital San Diego as the Lead Clinical Research Coordinator for the the Department of Rheumatology.
In all that she does, her spirit of collaboration is the driving force for creating a positive movement for the benefit of ALL children, especially those who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Her hopes is to continue to build on the ideal of Family-Centered Care giving parents the access to comprehensive information from a wide variety of community resources. With the work of the team at California Hands & Voices, Rosabel hopes to bridge those essential connections within the community to enable children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing reach their highest potential.
Board of Directors
Our State is divided into 9 regions to better serve families at a local level. We encourage you to connect with your region's representative today. If there is not a board member in your region please feel free to contact Board President Kasey Cain or Executive Director Cora Shahid. We look forward to connecting with you soon.
Tony Ronco, Founding President of California Hands & Voices
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.
Region 1 - Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, Mendocino, Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc Plumas, Sierra
Region 3 - Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alemeda, San Mateo
Region 4 - Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey
Region 6 - Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Fresno, King, Inyo, Mono, Tulare, Kern