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Hearing Loss Association of America Announces New Board of Trustees President

Michael H. Stone of Washington, D.C., has been named president of the board of trustees of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation's largest organization for people with hearing loss. He officially assumed his new role with the organization at the HLAA Convention 2008 in Reno, Nevada. Other officers installed at the convention are: Jeannette Kanter, vice president, of Canandaigua, New York; Peter Fackler, treasurer, of Rochester, New York; and Deb Charlea Baker, secretary, of Chester, Vermont.

Mr. Stone is employed by Donatelli Development. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit, a master's degree in International and Strategic Affairs from Georgetown University, a law degree from Antioch, and a L.L.M. in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University. He started his career on Capitol Hill as the legislative director to Representative James L. Oberstar (D-MN). He later became a Washington lobbyist representing Fortune 500 companies. He has worked as Deputy Counsel for the Federal Asset Disposition Association (renamed the Resolution Trust Corporation) which is a part of the administrative branch of government. In 1990 he entered private practice and co-founded Mobile Communications Holdings, Inc., which received a license to provide satellite-based telecommunications service. In 1995 he co-founded Eagle Eye, Inc., a company which provides satellite-based tracking services. He has also taught history at a private school and served as an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Mr. Stone has written numerous book reviews for Best Sellers magazine, has been an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University and has served on numerous corporate boards of directors. In addition to his role as president, he also serves on the Finance, Marketing and Development, and the Rocky Stone Scholarship Committees. Mr. Stone has served as the Rocky Stone family representative to the Board, bringing a unique historical perspective of the organization's history and a passion for people with hearing loss.

Call for Nominations

The HLAA Board of Trustee's Nominating and Board Development Committee is seeking qualified individuals to serve on the Board for a three-year term beginning June 2009. The Board is seeking nominations for both Regional Representative seats and for at-large seats. The deadline is September 30, 2008.

About the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979 by Rocky Stone as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, opens the world communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy, and support. HLAA publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions (the next convention is June 18-21, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee), Walk4Hearing, hosts online learning with the Hearing Loss Academy, and more. HLAA has more than 200 chapters and 14 state organizations. Further information can be found at www.hearingloss.org. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301-657-2248 (Voice and TTY)

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