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John Tracy Clinic’s mission is

to provide parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss, offering hope, guidance, and encouragement.


ohn Tracy Clinic’s five goals focus on bringing sound and speech to hearing-impaired children and support and knowledge to their families:

Detect hearing loss at the earliest possible time in a child’s life. Provide parents with emotional, social and educational support and resources to become confident advocates for their child. Provide each child with optimal access to sound, spoken language and social-developmental activities. Prepare children for spoken-language kindergarten classrooms. Furnish leadership in the field. 1

a sound history 1887 Alexander Graham Bell founds the Volta Bureau, which focuses on speech development for the deaf. In 1945, Harriet Montague of the Volta Bureau becomes director of John Tracy Clinic’s Correspondence Course. In 1956, the Volta Bureau is renamed the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. John Tracy Clinic becomes an early member. 1892 John Dutton Wright founds Wright Oral School in New York City to teach deaf children to speak. 1919 Siemens invents the audiometer to test hearing. 1920s First wearable hearing aids are tube amplifiers with microphones carried in the pocket.

John and Louise Tracy, circa 1940

1924 Spencer and Louise Tracy’s first child, John, is born profoundly deaf. Louise begins traveling the U.S. to learn how to teach him to talk. Later, he attends Wright Oral School and California Institute of the Arts and becomes an artist for Disney Studios. He dies in 2007 at age 82. 1940s Audiology becomes a profession during WWII.



a conversation with gaston kent, jtc president and CEO aston Kent joined John Tracy Clinic as president and CEO in June 2011 after three years on the board of directors. He possesses extensive experience in finance and management after a long career at Northrop Grumman Corporation, as well as a passion for JTC’s work. Here, he provides insight into his leadership of JTC.

Why is JTC’s work with young deaf children so important to you?

About 20 years ago, I lost the hearing in my right ear. Now I wear a boneanchored hearing aid. I have at least a hint of how hard they and their parents will need to work to reach their full capabilities and dreams.

What are the top challenges for JTC in the years ahead?

1. Making more families aware of our services so they can avail themselves of our programs. 2. Keeping up with ever-changing technology in hearing and education. 3. Assuring JTC has adequate funding to fulfill our mission.

What are JTC’s strategic goals for the coming years?

What part of your job is the best?

What surprised you the most about the children at JTC?

Which books most influenced you?

What is your motto?

1. Achieve excellence and innovation in our programs for children with hearing loss and their families. 2. Maintain a strong organization to support our programs. 3. Grow, develop and sustain John Tracy Clinic. That’s easy. Being around the kids. Every time I walk in to the preschool it lifts my spirits. What strikes me often is how the children we serve are just like every child in the world. They do struggle because of their deafness, but they fight like crazy to make it through, as do their parents. And seeing them when they are ready to move on to mainstream school is so powerful. To Kill a Mockingbird. The book and the movie. Growing up in the South in the 50s and 60s, it gave me a whole different perspective about people and humanity. Also, I took a comparative religion course in college. It was the first moment when I realized that people are actually more alike than different. My father, who was a country banker in Alabama, used to say, “If you have to make a choice between doing well and doing good, do good.” That has stuck with me and is one of my guiding principles. 3

a sound history

1942 Louise Tracy’s success with John and her growing expertise in spoken language for the deaf leads to the founding of John Tracy Clinic. The clinic begins as a discussion group among 13 parents. 1943 JTC becomes the first institution on the West Coast to develop a parentcentered, spoken-language curriculum for preschool-age deaf children. JTC adapts its Worldwide Correspondence Course from materials provided by Wright Oral School. The course helps parents teach language to their deaf children. Mothers with deaf children attend JTC’s first Summer School. JTC’s Preschool Program launches with eight families. 1944 JTC adds diagnostic hearing testing and developmental assessments. 1949 The Parent-Infant Program opens at JTC as first of its kind in the nation.


detecting hearing loss early SIBLINGS Succeeding at JTC


hen Anthony was born, I didn’t know what to do or where to turn,” says Olivia of her son’s deafness, which was diagnosed in a newborn hearing screening. “Then I found John Tracy Clinic and everything changed for us. Anthony developed his good speech and language at JTC, and I got the support I needed.” Years later his little sister, Mia, did not pass her newborn hearing screening. Her doctor referred her to JTC for a full diagnostic assessment. JTC’s audiologists diagnosed Mia with severe hearing loss in her right ear and profound loss in the left. Olivia knew she could turn to JTC. “It has been a difficult time for me and my family,” says Olivia, “but the people at JTC give me exactly the help I need.” Mia received loaner hearing aids at JTC while awaiting her own digital hearing aids. When Mia was 7 weeks old, Olivia and Mia joined JTC’s Friday Family School, a weekly educational group with other hearingimpaired infants, toddlers and families. Also, Olivia participated in educational workshops and support groups for parents. Olivia immediately began nurturing Mia’s language skills, using the strategies she learned when Anthony was in JTC’s Parent-Infant and Preschool programs. Anthony is a JTC success story. He graduated from JTC’s preschool at age 4 to enter a mainstream preschool. He wears hearing aids and now is in fifth grade at a public school. He rides his bike, plays video games and soon will start playing Little League baseball. “He’s very attached to Mia,” says Olivia. “She is his everything, and he feels like her protector.” With her early diagnosis, powerful digital hearing aids, committed family and JTC programs, Mia also has an excellent chance to develop the listening and speech skills needed to enter a mainstream kindergarten.


a sound history 1950s Smaller transistor hearing aids begin replacing vacuum tube hearing aids. 1952 Louise Tracy advocates testing children’s hearing at age 2 to 3 months. 1953 JTC and USC offer first master’s and credential program in special education with an emphasis on deaf and hard-ofhearing. JTC’s program begins a new partnership with the University of San Diego in 2005 and with Mount St. Mary’s College in 2013. Program graduates 432 teachers by 2012.

1954 JTC’s Spanish translation of Correspondence Course offered worldwide. 1960s Introduction of auditoryverbal therapy enables some hard-of-hearing children to develop better speech. The method, aka listening and spoken language, becomes the standard when advances in technology allow profoundly deaf children more access to sound. Today, all teachers in JTC’s Parent-Infant Program are certified in AVT. 6

Provide parents w i t h BEATING CANCER &GAINING SPEECH


ingle mother and physician assistant Brenda Kobernusz noticed that her 5-month-old daughter Charlotte, known as Cha Cha, was developing more slowly than her twin brother, Henry. After 10 months of testing, Cha Cha was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She would need multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. “This is my field. I knew the chemo might damage Cha Cha’s hearing,” says Brenda, “but it was a risk I had to take.” The first round of chemotherapy left Cha Cha with permanent hearing loss. She stopped speaking. Brenda had to use gestures and functional signs to question her daughter about basics like pain and hunger. Brenda asked her colleagues, mothers groups and the school district for assistance, and she scoured the Internet. “One day I met a JTC parent who said, ‘Go to John Tracy Clinic. They have everything you don’t even know you need,’” says Brenda. Brenda and Cha Cha joined JTC’s Parent-Infant Program, and Cha Cha received loaner hearing aids. Brenda learned how to bring listening awareness and language back to Cha Cha. After the last round of chemotherapy, Cha Cha was cancer free. Now 3 years old, Cha Cha’s language ability has nearly reached her chronological age. “My babies are life’s greatest gifts,” Brenda says. “I feel responsible to give them big, full, happy lives, and John Tracy Clinic is guiding me all the way.”

support and resources


a sound history 1963 JTC begins offering Community Hearing Screening Program to preschools in Southern California. 1964 Rubella pandemic of 1964-65 results in dramatic increase in percentage of deaf children born to hearing parents. Many parents seek spoken-language option for their child, spurring demand for new technology and educational opportunity.

1965 Zenith introduces the first practical, behind-the-ear hearing aid. JTC opens Long Beach Center, offering Parent-Infant Program. 1970s Invention of auditory brainstem response equipment, which can confirm permanent hearing loss in infants as they sleep. Microprocessors create foundation for cochlear implants and digital hearing aids. Empirical studies support Mrs. Tracy’s vision regarding the impact of parents on children’s language development.


Offer optimal

access to sound and language worldwide reach of jtc


n Berlin, Germany, Achim and Antje Germar adopted Lilli as an infant. Lilli was diagnosed with profound hearing loss and received cochlear implants at 9 months. Contrary to best practices in the United States, the implant center told her parents to speak to Lilli as they would to any child. It is not surprising that Lilli fell behind. Searching for answers, the Germars learned about John Tracy Clinic from Lilli’s preschool teacher. They enrolled in Parent Distance Education for a year, followed by the Summer Session in Los Angeles. “JTC was fantastic,” says mother Antje. “I still remember the education director, Angie Stokes, saying that they were here to help us. It makes us cry even now.” Empowered and more knowledgeable, the Germars returned to Germany but were disappointed in the lack of similar services. Lilli began acting out and had difficulty dealing with people. The Germars returned for a second Summer Session. The JTC teachers had a hunch that proved correct: Lilli’s cochlear implants were delivering too much sound, which was irritating and causing her behavioral problems. That summer, with her cochlear implants adjusted, Lilli made so much progress that her parents enrolled her in a full year of preschool at JTC. When Lilli graduated, the Germars enrolled her in an elementary school in Germany that mainstreams deaf children with hearing students. At age 6, Lilli’s “hearing age” is nearly 5, so she is very close to typical language development in German and English. And she asks a lot of questions. “If I ever get tired of Lilli asking ‘why,’ I remind myself how grateful we are,” says Antje. “First Lilli changed our lives, then JTC changed our lives again. How can we ever say how thankful we are that Lilli can talk?”


a sound history 1972 First national broadcast of a TV show with closed captioning on PBS series The French Chef.

Photo courtesy of the House Research Institute. All rights reserved.

1973 Dr. William House of the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles introduces the first widely used cochlear implant for adults. JTC and House begin a medical and educational collaboration that continues today. 1975 Congress enacts Education of All Handicapped Children Act, the basis for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which requires that all children with disabilities receive free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and with accommodations. Daniel Ling develops the Ling Six Sounds Test, the six basic sounds needed for spoken language development. JTC teachers are early proponents of the test and still use it as a reliable guide and assessment tool. 1977 Adam Kissiah of NASA patents the first multichannel cochlear implant. In 1984, the FDA approves the hearing device for implanting in adults.


Prepare children for a young man of many talents


usician, dean’s-list student, soccer player … and born deaf. Youngjae Ryu, now 14 years old, was diagnosed in Kansas, where his father had a position at Samsung. “When Youngjae was 24 months old, we went to a routine pediatric checkup,” says his mother, Miseon. “The doctor went down his list of questions, and after I saw all of my negative responses, I knew there was a problem. I thought he wasn’t developing language as quickly because we were in a new country.” An intern at an audiology clinic in Kansas referred the Ryu family to JTC’s Parent Distance Education Program. Before starting the program, his father, Byung, visited JTC’s campus in Los Angeles. He was so impressed that within a year he had moved his wife, Youngjae, and older son, Youngsang, to Los Angeles to join JTC’s Parent-Infant and support programs and later, JTC’s preschool. “I remember a lot of toys and teachers and that everyone was very kind,” says Youngjae. “The teachers focused on the way I listened and spoke. I wouldn’t be in a mainstream school without JTC.” In his first semester as a ninth-grader at Windward School, Youngjae earned a spot on the dean’s list. In addition to pursuing robotics, debate, soccer and art, Youngjae is a talented musician. He plays the viola, studying at the renowned Colburn School. “I really want to work my way up to being in the orchestra,” he says. “It’s a struggle to match the sound and tempo, but I really want to try.” Miseon gives credit to JTC for her son’s success. “I sum up JTC as the pursuit of independence,” she says. “They teach us to raise our children to be independent. I survived as an immigrant and as a parent of a child with hearing loss because of JTC.”

spoken-language kindergarten


a sound history

1983 Louise Treadwell Tracy dies. She goes down in history as one of the great innovators in the field of early childhood deaf education. 1985 JTC installs FM system in preschool to amplify the teacher’s voice. Children wear receivers connected to their hearing aids. 1986 Mary McGinnis, then of House Ear Institute, co-founds Network of Educators of Children with Cochlear Implants to accommodate the growing number of children receiving cochlear implants prior to FDA approval for children in 1990. McGinnis joins JTC staff in 1995. 1987 Digital hearing aids are invented. 1988 Federal Commission on Education of the Deaf reports that the average age of identification for profoundly deaf children in U.S. is 2 ½ years.


LEADERSHIP IN THE FIELD At the Forefront of Education for Deaf Children


ary McGinnis wrote the book! In 1976, she co-authored the first, groundbreaking, auditory skills curriculum for hearing-impaired children. Over the decades, she has had a tremendous influence on the methods for teaching deaf children. Colleagues describe her as a leader in the field, consummate collaborator, insightful partner to parents, expert presenter and author…or as one graduate student put it, “Mary is magic.”

At age 19, Mary’s sister encouraged her to apply to be a special education aide. After three afternoons with deaf preschoolers, “I realized that teaching deaf children was my calling,” Mary says. But at that time, there was a lack of knowledge about how deaf children learn language. “I wanted to learn the answers,” says Mary. In the late 1970s, Mary realized that deaf children lacked what is known as pragmatic language, the use of appropriate language in different social situations. She helped developed instructional methods to ensure that deaf children learn how to shift their language in informal and formal conversations and how to persuade and describe. When children began receiving cochlear implants in the 1980s, Mary was at the forefront. She was principal investigator on studies about auditory and conversational skills in children with cochlear implants, and she shared her discoveries at conferences all over the country. As she taught and developed successful strategies, Mary advanced the field through influential publications and presentations. “Mary changed the lives of rank-and-file teachers,” according to Jane Freutel, assistant director of graduate and professional programs at JTC. In 1995, Mary joined JTC and supervised in the preschool and JTC’s master’s program. She became the director of the master’s and credential program in deaf education in 2005. Under Mary’s guidance, the master’s program trains the next generation of leaders, who are influencing deaf education in California and across the country. Mary has other facets, too. She is a world traveler and theatre-lover whose daughter is a Broadway singeractress. “Mary is the funniest person,” says Jane Freutel, “and she has what I like to call a big, giant brain.” “She is always thinking about the future for the students, parents and professionals,” says Jill Muhs, JTC’s vice president of programs. “Mary is a true innovator.” 13

a sound history 1991 Federal Joint Committee on Infant Hearing recommends all newborns be screened for hearing loss before leaving hospital.

1995 JTC alumna Heather Whitestone becomes first Miss America with a disability. 1997 JTC renames Correspondence Course the Parent Distance Education Program and begins offering it online. JTC staff are invited to serve on California’s Newborn Hearing Screening Program Task Force. 1998 California’s Newborn Hearing Screening initiative becomes law. 2000 JTC offers Parent Distance Education in Spanish online. 2002 12 families from eight countries enroll in JTC’s first Spanish-language Summer Session.


financial report 2011-12 was the beginning of a financial turnaround for John Tracy Clinic, following the national economic downturn. The clinic decreased its operating deficit by 56% from 2010-11 to 2011-12 while maintaining quality of services at the highest level. JTC attained greater operational efficiency, reduced costs and has begun building a new fund development and communications program. Our ongoing goals are to eliminate the operating budget deficit by 2014-15, diversify revenue and reduce overreliance on our investment fund. For the year ended August 31, 2012

Unrealized gains on investments 3%

Realized gains on sales of investments 3%

Other income 3% Dividends and interest 5%

Rev enu e

Contributions $3,032,338 Contract revenue 321,905 Other income 131,544 Dividends and interest 192,746 Realized gains on sales of investments 100,234 123,428 Unrealized gains on investments Total Revenue $3,902,195

Contract revenue 8%

Contributions 78%

Exp enses

Program services Social services Public information and education Teacher education Subtotal program services Fundraising Management and general

$2,839,881 172,135 459,195 $3,471,211 510,089 540,274

Total Expenses


Changes in Net Assets Net Assets, beginning of year Net Assets, end of year

(619,379) 12,372,858 $11,753,479

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Fundraising 11%

Management and general 12%

Program services 77%


a sound historY 2004 JTC installs Soundfield FM systems in the preschool for total classroom amplification. JTC begins using auditory brainstem response testing, establishing the clinic as one of the top four institutions in Southern California for comprehensive pediatric hearing assessments. 2005 Researchers find that hearing screenings of newborns fail to detect 23% of children who develop permanent hearing loss by age 9 months, indicating need for ongoing monitoring of children’s hearing. 2007 JTC’s Baby Sound Check, a three-year pilot project, becomes the first model program to train communityclinic medical personnel in pediatric hearing screening. 2008 JTC introduces dual language learning to enable children from non-Englishspeaking homes to become bilingual, once thought to be impossible for deaf children.

2012 The average age of detection of hearing loss in children falls to 6 months. John Tracy Clinic serves its 479,726th family since 1942.


john tracy clinic by the numbers 2011-12 Report on Our Comprehensive Services


ohn Tracy Clinic is the recognized leader in the field of early childhood deaf education and the world’s largest private provider of services to young children with—or at risk       of—hearing loss. Over the years, our programs and services have transformed the field. We are proud to report statistics for our programs in 2011-12.

Audiology JTC offers comprehensive pediatric audiological testing using the latest technology and equipment. Numbers: 2,209 tests conducted on-site in Los Angeles and Long Beach. 389 children identified with permanent hearing loss. Community Hearing Screening JTC tests the hearing of children age 5 and younger at preschools and daycare centers in Southern California to detect temporary or permanent hearing loss. JTC provides referrals for follow-up services. Numbers: 18,619 children screened in 356 schools in four counties. 1,971 children identified with previously undiagnosed hearing problems. Parent-Infant Program Through weekly appointments, JTC teaches parents of babies and toddlers newly diagnosed with hearing loss how to help their child develop auditory awareness and spoken language via everyday experiences. Other services include audiological and developmental assessments, counseling and support groups. Numbers: 121 children plus families enrolled. 93% of children demonstrated progress in hearing awareness and oral communication. Preschool Program JTC’s preschool prepares hearing-impaired children to enter mainstream kindergarten with hearing classmates or other educational programs that use spoken language. The preschool integrates parent education, counseling and support groups. Numbers: 28 children enrolled plus 51 participating parents. 100% who graduated went on to mainstream kindergarten or other spoken-language programs.

Counseling and Child Development A diagnosis of hearing loss in a child can cause significant changes in a family, so JTC provides counseling, support and resources. We offer developmental testing, individual consultations and support groups, as well as counseling that is embedded in our other programs. Numbers: 198 support group meetings. 169 developmental screenings. 549 individual family counseling sessions. Parent Distance Education For families that cannot participate at our sites, JTC offers online, video-conferencing and mail courses in English and Spanish that enable parents to work with their hearing-impaired children to build language and develop speech. JTC also offers three intensive, on-site summer sessions for families. Numbers: 1,948 families enrolled from 48 U.S. states and territories and 85 countries. 89% of families reported growth in their child’s listening, language and speech skills. Teacher Education To meet the demand for auditory-oral teachers of the deaf, JTC offers an accredited master’s degree and credential program, in 2011-12 with the University of San Diego, now with Mount St. Mary’s College. Numbers: 16 total enrolled in on-site and online programs. 100% graduated with master’s, and 100% of California residents earned a California teaching credential. 100% obtained or maintained jobs in the deaf-education field for two years following graduation. Total Children Served Total Adults Served Grand Total

23,275 2,568 25,843





AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Michael D. and Janice Barker Bruce Ford and Anne Smith Bundy Foundation Companion Pet Retreat, Inc. Estate of Barbara J. Daughs Desert Friends of John Tracy Clinic Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation Fletcher Jones Foundation Joseph B. Gould Foundation Coleman V. and Billie E. Hughes Living Trust T. Lloyd Kelly Foundation Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Sharon D. Lund Foundation Jill and Dave Muhs Orange County Guild for John Tracy Clinic QueensCare The Rose Hills Foundation S. Mark Taper Foundation Estate of Mary Tidwell Weingart Foundation James Willis Trust

Mara W. Breech Foundation Children’s Benefit League Joseph F. Coyne, Jr. Emblem Club / State Association George Hoag Family Foundation Estate of Anna K. Pfeiffer

California Foundation for Stronger Communities Confidence Foundation Walt and Lilly Disney Foundation Patricia and Ben Dolson Fairchild-Martindale Foundation First 5 LA Yale L. and Elvie Gieszl Estate of Bertram Hackel Candace Holzgrafe Medtronic Foundation Calvin H. and Victoria Owens QBE FIRST Estate of Blumie Schneiderman Claire Stuart USC Neighborhood Outreach

$25,000 & above

$15,000 & above


$10,000 & above


$5,000 & above Roland and Dawn Arnall Foundation Elks of Los Angeles Foundation John P. Goedert Henry L. Guenther Foundation Insperity Gaston and Glenda Kent Kent Kresa Estate of Mark F. Morris Alice V. Murray Gary U. Rollé Ronus Foundation Nihar Shah Edmund & Mary Shea Family Foundation Spinathon United Way of Greater Los Angeles


$2,500 & above


ontinuing a legacy of support, country music radio’s beloved personality Shawn Parr and the Orange County Guild hosted a lively and successful golf tournament, raising funds and awareness for JTC. decades OF SUPPORT


Donations made between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.

Anna M. Bundy Trust The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation California Nevada Hawaii State Association of Emblem Clubs Scholarship Fund Children’s Medical Charities of America Eldon and Cynthia Cotton Emblem Club Scholarship Foundation Employees Community Fund of Boeing California Larry and Lisa Garabedian Achim and Antje Germar Donald J. and Mary Pat Landry Los Angeles Water & Power Employees Association, Inc. The Orval & Susie Stewart Foundation Terence Int’l, Inc.


Irfan Ahmad Frank and Beverly Arnstein Foundation Joseph M. and Christine Ahn Barnabee Lawrence and Adele Braun Brentwood Guild for JTC Mark Brubaker and Kristina Lockwood Kelly S. Carmien Mariateresa Catanese Michael A. and Emily Chasalow Christopher R. Chase Nicholas Chu and Vivian Fuh James J. and Jane Delahanty Barbara A. Denny David and Debra Dillard Stephen A. Ehrlich Goldman, Sachs & Co. Stephen J. and Debra Kiraly Matt and Jen Kobata Mary Lou Leo Philip Levesque William S. and Irene Love Carol MacAllister Blythe and Christopher Maling Virginia McCallum Charitable Trust Mary McGinnis Anne McNally Minesh Mehta

Mercer Githe, Isabella, Jens and Christopher Nelander John Nelson and Kate Gessner-Nelson Oticon, Inc. Don T. Phan Ray and Audrey Pool Anup Popat Mark Rabinowitz Radha Krishna Seva Trust J. Jay Rakow Nilesh Sojitra and Sonalben Patel Lynn Stanton-Riggs and David Riggs Dianne M. Ross Robert Santos Milan Sata Sukumar Shah Liz and Ed Shea Stephen T. Skrovan and Shelley Powsner Paul and Cecil Slye Jack R. and Carlene Strobel David and Pam Tashjian Usen Family Charitable Foundation Robert J. Wagner and Jill St. John Lois Wickham Mary E. Williams Robin C. Woodroof Gordon C. Zwirtz



ASSOCIATES $500 to $999

Kenneth G. Bartels and Jane F. Condon Kenneth Beethem Liliana and George Buza Rebecca Carter Neel Chapatwala Joseph and Sharon Cutclifffe Paul and Shawna Farina Ted Forsyth Donald K. and Erin Stearns Gabler Robert I. and Lori Glassman Francis and Loretta Hung Patrick Michael Kelly Jackie Klein Lyle V. and Suzanne Krapf Lois Krumm Rachel Kurtz H. Gil Kveen, Jr. Peter B. Mark and Lynn Goldsmith William G. McGagh Robert and Ana Mitchell Jerry and Marilyn Montgomery Fred and Mary Ann Muhs Thomas F. and Harriet S. Oakley Binesh Patel The PIMCO Foundation Susan Renne and Carissa Homme Leonard Rosenberg Rothman Family Foundation Rule Group Rosemary Segal Jahangir Sharifi M.D. Henry Tan and Ying Li Susie Tracy Nancy Tweddale Michelle Waraftig Christopher Warmuth and Mary Anne Fontana Harriet B. Weiss Suzanne M. Wells William and Judy Wyatt Michelle Zarzana and David Larson

n addition to raising significant funds for JTC, members of the Desert Friends who are trained by JTC as audiometrists provided free hearing screenings to nearly 1,500 children at 45 schools in the Coachella Valley. STELLAR COMMUNITY SERVICE


ADVOCATES $250 to $499

Ed H. Aguilar Simeon Alder and Pajarita Charles AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #7 Wesley Anzai Bank of America Matching Gifts Program Bank of America United Way Campaign Jan Beaman Robert C. and Linda P. Beaudry Cheryl and Randy B. Belote III Reginald T. Bulkley John Chen Cori Landry Chmielecki Beverly D. Clark Robert E. and Donna S. Coulter Drew Emmel Victoria Erteszek Foote Wayne L. Fawcett Armand L. and Sina Fontaine Speed S. and Patricia A. Fry Nilsa and Juan Gomez Frederick R. and Carrie Grefe Nancy Heimler Roslyn Hirshfeld Diego Horjraj Liang Huang Lisa Huang IBM Employee Services Center Mark and Allison Jacoby Marshall and Dolores C. Johnson Miriam G. Jones Elisabeth Kesch Narendra Khandwala Meena Lakdawala

Harry Lee Kurt and Paige Legenhausen Natasha Lemus Stephanie and Estevan Lewis-Bennett Los Angeles Harbor Lodge Ephraim Luft David and Monique Maling Ann Khazzandra Miranda Charlotte P. Paine Parents of John Tracy Clinic Chris Parton Mike and Ann Regan Richfield AMVETS Post 176 Ladies Auxiliary Richard and Janet Robinson Al and Nancy Roebuck George and June Romine George and Judy Savitsky Tim Schildberger Rebecca Schumann Khushali Shah Janet and Harvey Simpson Angie and Steve Stokes Jill Strait Arnold Sutherland Michelle Thurman Tracy Thompson United Way of Metro Chicago Russell Walker Hong and Jean Wang Susan and Jonathan Weiner Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program Mildred B. Wells Dena Lin and Walter Wood III Chris Zobel



hat began as a chance meeting on an airplane between Pearl Barnett, a member of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and JTC founder Louise Tracy in 1976 blossomed into friendship and a 36year history of support for JTC. Since 1977, the very generous members of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary have contributed more than $1.1 million to JTC from 122 posts in 31 states. LOYALTY SINCE 1977



TC stalwart Nel Steele Taliaferro and her family hosted lunch and games for the families of JTC’s International Summer Session. Eighteen families and their children with hearing loss traveled from five countries to attend intensive daily workshops on language, listening, speech and education. Children and families enjoyed the informal gathering, good food and games.

summer fun


Donations made between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.



n 2011-12, JTC received a number of estate gifts, including one generous seven-figure bequest. These remarkable gifts will help sustain our services for many years to come. We invite you to remember John Tracy Clinic in your estate plans. Contact the Development Office for more information.


$100 to $249 Sana Ahmedani Mary Alegre Larry and Frances Allen Allport Enterprises, Inc. Bruce Altevogt Kathleen Ambrosi AMVETS Auxiliary Post 12 AMVETS Department of Florida Service Foundation AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 14 AMVETS Post 50 Home Association Michael Applegate Marcela Aquino Charles Bamford John F. and Judith Barna Patricia Barry Amaninder Bassi Alice M. Beagles Harjaneet Bedi Alex Bell Ari Berenson and Ilana Wernick Rohit Bhargava Wendy Bjurstrom Barry and Monica Bocaner Paul and Linda Boldin Gary and Sandra Bowden Ruth Braswell Lance and Maureen A. Broderson J. Kenneth and Carol Brown Diane and David Browne Barry and Sue Brucker Carol Brunz Bao T. Bui Patricia and Richard D. Burns III

Bette Butler Mary L. Butler Doris R. Buzzell David Caldwell Lupe Camporredondo Matthew and Mary Cappiello Caruso Family Foundation Jorge and Carolota Carvajal Emma Cendejas Jennifer Chabassol Susan F. Chapman JP Morgan Chase Foundation Jaya Chaturvedi Karen E. Clark Ester Hernandez Coffey Keith Collier Salvador and Monique Colorado Jack and Kazuko Cooper Nathan Copelan Kent and Mary Couch D. Michael and Wendy Dalton Gantuya Davaa and Khurel Chinbat Patricia A. Davenport Patricia Smith Davies Paula Jeni Davis Vincent and Kate Deschamps Sarah Doherty David and Viola Driscoll-Snyder Joseph W. and Marjory Martin Eby Rana A. El-sahragty and Emery Younes David and Susan Etheridge Joseph and Gun Olsson Fagin Far Horizons Montessori School Elise Faucheaux Paul Fillippone

Juvenal Flores Vivian Fountain Ira J. Fox Linda K. Fox Jane Freutel Richard D. and Carlene Fromm Lirong Fu Kris Fujihara Richard G. Gallup Cristina Gamboa Jill and Paul Garnett Csaba Gaspar and Susan Patocs Linda Gatson-Ward Diane D. Gilman Andrew Paul Goldbeck Sean Golden Francisco and Marisa Gonzalez Mary Beth Goring and Carl J. Hahn III William J. and Joy D. Greene Karel Guefen Toufic and Linda Hajjar Tyler and April Hammon Herbert L. and Jacqueline Harger Patrick Harris John E. Hawkins Archille W. Hebert III Ed R. and Connie Heintzman Rolf and Lisa Henriksson Richard Herman Maria De Jesus Hernandez Shelley Herr Pauline Barnes Hester Rick and Eve Higgins Floyd Hill Jonni Hoffman 21

Konstantinos Holiastos Pearl Homme Eue P. Hong Karen Hoppe Helen Houlahan Edward and Patricia Hsu Sarah Hurst Samuel and Amauche Ibe Issac Issac Cynthia and Calvin W. Jackson, Jr. Beth and Robert Jacobs Alba Rita Jamison Anjali and Vinay Jolly Lyle M. and Doris Jones Junior AMVETS Post 49 Mary Kaletta Bahman and Ladan Karimi Marjan Kashefi Rachel Kayne Jesse Kent Shama Khandwala Nathan and Angela Knight Tim and Jennifer Kobata Glen and Christine Kormanik O. H. and Renu Kothari La Crescenta Presbyterian Church Center for Children LA Metro Employee Advisory Council Ladybug Design, Inc. Tamanna Lam Carol Landsberg Robert and Virgina Larson Stanley J. and Debra Latopolski James H. and Merllyn Lawrence LEALA of California, Inc. Elaine Lee Nai Peng Lee John T. and Phyllis Lennon Ken Levinson Carol Liebert David and Eydthe L. Lippey Fund Robert A. Lockshire Richard W. Mader Leon S. and Elsa C. Malmud Payal Maniar Lana G. Markey Charles A. Marshall Juan Massanet Jon L. Matthews and Ann F. Cony David and Annie Mc Quitty


John and Monica McCann Marvin and Rebecca McDaniel Kevin J. and Tessa McDermott Ashish Mehta Lalit Mehta Rajnikant Merchant Nancy K. Meyer Barbara Nash Mills Carlos Miranda and Laura Soto Nick and Rebecca Mirkovich Mehul Mistry Ronald C. Morales Patricia Rynd Morgan Jeff and Sonia Morreale Thomas Morris James Mulholland Lucy Nanez National Investor Relations Institute


inspiring grad


TC alumnus Nick Matthews, 21, graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in political science and history in June 2013. Proof that his hearing loss has never held him back, Nick was the UCLA debate team captain during his college career and will enter a graduate program in communications studies in the fall. He recently returned to JTC for his first visit since he was 2 years old. “My visit to John Tracy Clinic really confirmed all of the wonderful things I have heard about the organization over the years. I saw exactly how JTC’s involvement in my past helped to cultivate the success of my present, and in the process, I met leaders who exuded compassion and dedication and encountered children who were nothing short of inspiring.”

Donations made between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.



roving friendship and philanthropy go hand in hand, this dedicated group of active women raises funds throughout the year, providing a cornerstone of support for services at John Tracy Clinic’s Long Beach campus. FRIENDSHIP IN LONG BEACH

Melissa Nayak Jeffrey C. and Anne Ryan Newman Vera Newman Heidi OBrien Donald and Susan Overtoom Starr Oxenberg Stephen W. and Colleen Ozab Richard and Tamar Packer Sapna Parekh Sumeet Parekh Ellor Parikh Sonia Parikh Denys Pashutynskyi David and Marge Perkins Thomas Perry and Julie Busch Jacek Pirog Patti’s Preschool, Inc. John A. and Dorothy Pryor Jacque Quenell Tauseef Rahman Rainbow Child Development Center LLC Bhaarath Reddy Jeffry V. and Laura Reinig A.H. and Norma J. Renne Maygan Rhodes Don and Judith Robinson Robert Robinson Mary Rooney Robert and Ruth Rosen Amalda N. Rossi Veronique Rouillard Leonard S. and Patricia Rubinstein Laura Russell Marjorie Sandford

Norman and Nancy Santangelo Lana L. Savannah and Jerry L. Green Dana Sayles Jill Schwartz Lucia Sedwick and Andy Claster Amy Shah Anjali Shah Jitendra Shah Yogesh Shukla Sam Shure Family Foundation Neil G. Siegel Beatrice G. Silver Snyder Langston Donald W. and Margaret M. Sobel Lynn H. and Sunny Solomon Richard F. and Betty Sonneborn Beverly Sorensen St. Timothy Lutheran Church & School Mary C. Steinwinter Robert L. and Virginia Stern Sheldon Strauss Karen Strawn Ronald and Valerie Sugar Andrew B. and Andrea Svetly Ramsey Sweis Jacquelynne A. Thomas Doan Tram Satish Tummala Union Bank and Trust Union Bank of California United Way California Capital Region Sejal Vakharia Ashish Vakhariya Mark J. and Kim Valentine

Peter W. and Shelby D. Van Meter John D. and Nancy Van Slooten Teresa M. Vander Velde Cecilia Vanin Sadie Vannier John and Ellen Vasile Mario Vazquez and Irma Garcia Claire and Scott Veroda Anita Vogelzang Miley Elaine Waterman Nancy A. Watson Stephen R. and Wendy Weeks Leslie and Judith Weiner Melanie Weinrot Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Joseph and Liam Whooley Zana Whooley Harold J. and Gloria Wilkins Eska and Chuck Wilson Rodney Wilson Talisen Winder Basil G. and Judi Witt Mary Jane and James Woiszwillo Eric, Rossetti and Joshua Wong Morgan Woodward Michael and Ann Wright Don and Cynthia Wyse Amy S. Yacobovsky Ruth Zeidler Joe and Michelle Ziomek Carol Zobel David and Lois Zuckerman Philanthropic Fund


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our gift to John Tracy Clinic will change lives. The children and parents profiled in this annual report have made great strides from the initial diagnosis of hearing loss to productive, active lives.

These transformations are possible only because of John Tracy Clinic’s generous donors. Please join the donors who are changing lives every day. Please give to John Tracy Clinic!

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leadership & management Board of Directors

Board of trustees

Leadership Team

Chair Michael D. Barker Barker Pacific Group, Inc.

Chair Dickinson C. Ross Johnson & Higgins

J. Gaston Kent President and Chief Executive Officer

VICE Chair Speed Fry Fry Construction

Patricia W. Barry Philip and Patricia Barry Productions

Mark Brubaker Capital Guardian Trust Company & Capital International, Inc.

David L. Buell Home Funding Jean Crabtree

Christopher R. Chase Vertical Financial Group

Patricia A. Fry, R.N. St. John’s Health Center

Joseph F. Coyne, Jr. Sheppard, Mullin, Rickter & Hampton, LLP

Lawrence O. Kitchen Lockheed Corporation

Eric P. Crabtree Causeway Capital Management LLC

Lyle V. Krapf Bank of America

Jerry Dietrick

William G. McGagh McGagh Associates

Rana A. El-sahragty Wells Fargo LA Metro/Orange County Region

Gary U. Rollé Transamerica

Blythe Cotton Maling Vice President, Development & Communications Kevin Matthews Chief Financial Officer Jill Muhs, M.S.ED Vice President, Programs Mary Beth Goring, M.A., MFT Director, Counseling and Child Development Services Mary McGinnis, Cand PhD, CED, LSLS Cert AVT Director, Teacher Education Department Anne McNally, M.A. Director of Parent Distance Education/Correspondence Claribelle Sanchez, AuD Director of Audiology Angie Stokes, M.S. ED Director of Preschool Services M. Cecilia Vanin Director, Administration and Technology

J. Jay Rakow Pacific Capital Group


Nihar Shah Mercer

Blythe Cotton Maling Vice President, Development & Communications

Paul E. Slye Brentwood Capital Partners

Amy Brotslaw Schweiger Associate Director, Development

Susie Tracy White Oak Images, Ltd Fine Art Photography

Jack Cooper Associate Director, Communications

Robert J. Wagner

Claire Ascalon Veroda Associate Creative & Marketing Director Gregory Wilson Media Producer 25

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Creative Team: Blythe Maling, Jack Cooper, Claire Ascalon Veroda Copy: Sarah Hurst, Charitable Resources Design: Claire Ascalon Veroda Photography: Greg Wilson

John Tracy Clinic Annual Report 2011-2012  

John Tracy Clinic's Annual Report for the fiscal year 2011-2012