Marion Downs Center

The MDC provides services, resources, and education to meet the needs of individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or communicatively challenged, their families, and the professionals who work with them. We provide excellent and state of the art services to all ages and all economic groups.

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Julie Peterson, Clinical Audiologist
Start Date: 2018

Julie Peterson, AuD, is a Clinical Audiologist with over 30 years of experience in diverse practice settings. She continues to practice audiology and mentor students. Dr. Peterson earned her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2013 after practicing under her Master of Science in Audiology degree for many years. She has extensive clinical experience addressing the hearing needs of infants and children, as well as adults, and in training Doctor of Audiology students. While practicing in Arizona, Dr. Peterson was active in programs providing free services and hearing aids for children from Sonora, Mexico. Dr. Peterson finds great satisfaction in improving people's lives through education, technology and on-going supportive relationships.

Tyler Spreng, Hearing Conservation Technician
Start Date: 2017

Tyler Spreng is our Audiometric Technician and Occupational Hearing Conservation Program Coordinator. For the past 2 years, he has driven our mobile sound booth all over Colorado to provide onsite hearing screenings for hundreds of companies. Tyler completed his undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences nearly 3 years ago and has been working related fields ever since. Tyler has worked in construction and enjoys performing live music so he understands the importance of hearing conservation and strives to protect the ears of everyone he comes across, 1 screening at a time. Every time a client learns something new and pledges to take better care of their hearing health, it encourages Tyler to go out and make sure everyone is informed and protected.

Clarisse Simonini-Weber, Speech Language Pathologist
Start Date: 1980

Clarisse Simonini-Weber graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1980 with an M.A. in speech pathology. She began working at Marion Downs Center following graduation, applying her extensive knowledge of communication disorders. She enjoys working with people of all ages, from toddlers who are delayed in speaking through adults who have speech sound disorders. Patients benefit from her thorough assessment and intervention, warm and encouraging manner and from the close contact with their families. She is available at Marion Downs Center on Tuesday and Thursday.

Kim Mesa, Early Language/Literacy Teacher, KidScreen team
Start Date: 2017

Kim Mesa, KidScreen team member and Early Language and Literacy Preschool teacher, has over 15 years of experience as an early childhood classroom teacher and director. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a minor in Early Childhood and a Colorado Director's certificate. She is certified as a Music Together instructor and enjoys blending music with classroom instruction.

Kim Moon, Front Office Coordinator
Start Date: 2013

Kim Moon is the Front Office Coordinator at the Marion Downs Center (MDC) and has recently celebrated her fifth year at MDC. She graduated with an English degree from Colorado College many "moons" ago and has enjoyed many different opportunities spending time in the nonprofit world throughout her career. At MDC she is usually the first point of contact for those who seek services at the clinic. From scheduling appointments to facilitating the process for those who need financial assistance, Kim enjoys helping remove barriers to communication and restoring community.

Lynne Lyons, Director of Finance and Government Relations
Start Date: 2015

Lynne Lyons is the Director of Finance and Government Relations. Lynne has a Masters in Public Administration and has worked in the non-profit healthcare sector for over 25 years. Lynne has significant hearing loss, so the mission of the Marion Downs Center is both professional and personal for her. Lynne finds her job at the Center very rewarding because she sees firsthand the many ways that the Marion Downs Center improves the lives of those who live with hearing loss.

Lisa Haugan, Project Support Specialist
Start Date: 2018

Lisa is the newest member to join the Marion Downs team. Her position provides support for all the programs that the Marion Downs Center offers. She helps with planning and scheduling all aspects of the organization, making her a team player. Lisa's background is a degree in psychology and Master's Degree in Organizational Management. She is driven to find ways to help others at MDC.

Dianne Goberis, Director of Language/Literacy & Youth Programs
Start Date: 2009

Dianne is the Director of Language/Literacy and Youth programs at Marion Downs Center and has been a teacher of the deaf/head of hearing for over 35 years, serving young children with hearing loss. She has extensive experience in the classroom providing quality instruction to preschool through 2nd grade children in a variety of settings. Dianne has also served as an instructor at the college level, presented at numerous conferences, specifically in the area of language development, mentored at a district and state level and has served on numerous state committees and advisory boards connected to the advancement of services for deaf and hard of hearing children in Colorado.

Kerry Moriarty, Speech-Language Pathologist/ Auditory Verbal Educator
Start Date: 2016

Kerry is a speech pathologist who is a certified listening and spoken language auditory verbal educator. She has over 20 years of experience in working with children who are deaf/hard of hearing improve their listening and spoken language skills. She has worked with individuals from birth through adulthood and their families. Her expertise includes: coaching families, providing therapy and evaluations, educating and mentoring school teams and providing various workshops.

Maeline Barnstable, KidScreen Program Director
Start Date: 2007

Maeline Barnstable is the Director of Screening and Speech-Language Outreach at the Marion Downs Center. She received her BS in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, where she was on the Dean's List, and her MA in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston. She has almost 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and administrator. Maeline is a nationally certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also a member of the Colorado Speech Language Hearing Association, volunteering as the ASHA Continuing Education administrator from 2008-2012. She was accepted into ASHA's Leadership Development Program for Emerging Leaders in 2014. Maeline sits on several Health Advisory Committees for various Early Head Start and Head Start programs in metro Denver. She has worked with adults with speech-language and swallowing disorders, as well as neurological impairments. She has also worked with preschool and elementary students with developmental delays as well as speech and language problems. Maeline has provided inservice training for healthcare staff, preschool staff and the general public regarding communication development and flags for referral. She likes directing the screening program to identify educationally significant obstacles to learning such as hearing, vision or speech-language problems. She wants all children to have maximum success in school and believes screening is the first step towards that goal.

Sandra Abbott Gabbard, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2000

Dr. Gabbard has been providing a wide range of clinical audiologic services to individuals of all ages for over 30 years. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of newborn hearing screening, assessment procedures, and fitting and verification of hearing aids and FM systems. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and adjunct faculty in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches and mentors graduate students and fellows as the Coordinator of a Pediatric Audiology LEND MCHB training grant which supports AuD students and post-doctoral audiologists to expand their expertise in pediatric audiology. She is a member of the Colorado Infant Hearing Advisory Board and is Past-President of the Colorado Academy of Audiology. As the founding President of the Marion Downs Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Gabbard raised over $4 million to support programing and services for individuals of all ages who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Jill Wayne, Associate Director
Start Date: 1979

Jill Wayne, AuD, is the Associate Director and a clinical audiologist at the Marion Downs Center. She has been working at the Center for almost 40 years. From 1993 to 2014, she was the Center's Executive Director. Jill has a Master's degree in Audiology from California State University Northridge and a clinical audiology doctorate from Central Michigan University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She is past president of the National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers. Jill has been following and helping her patients for many years. She especially likes the Center's non-profit mission of helping individuals with hearing loss who might otherwise not receive care.


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