CCHAT Highlights

Alumni

CCHAT Alumni Spotlight: Moses Silchuk

When Moses Silchuk joined CCHAT’s toddler class in 2008, his family had more questions than answers when it came to his hearing loss.

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Program or Partner

CCHAT Spotlight: Utah State University Partnership

Thanks to a partnership with Utah State University, three CCHAT teachers became certified Teachers of the Deaf.

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Staff

CCHAT Spotlight: Instructional Aides

An instrumental position on the CCHAT team that helps ensure the success and well-being of students includes a group of instructional aides who go above and beyond for CCHAT kids on a daily basis.

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Alumni

CCHAT Spotlight: The Crable Family

If you have attended CCHAT over the past decade, chances are you shared a classroom with a Crable. Parents Shawn and Teresa sent daughters Faith, Hope and Kelly through the program, and all have since graduated and enjoyed mainstream success in their local schools.

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Board

CCHAT Spotlight: David Zeigler

New board member, David Zeigler, is a perfect fit for the position. His passion for the cause was ignited when his daughter, Victoria, was diagnosed with hearing loss, and he has remained connected to the program, to which he credits for her speech and listening development.

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CCHAT Spotlight: Kirsten McWilliams

CCHAT is fortunate to have a Board of Directors that fulfills a number of duties for the program like overseeing management and finances, creating a set of values and standards, and building relationships within our community.

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CCHAT Spotlight: Max Charter

Max’s road to CCHAT was paved by his sister, Brooke, and with such great family support, it is no surprise Max is thriving on his listening and spoken language journey.

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Staff

CCHAT Spotlight: Melissa McNamara

Since joining the CCHAT staff in 2019, Melissa McNamara has spent time as the teacher of CCHAT’s Preschool, Primary and Baby & Me classes.

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Alumni

CCHAT Spotlight: McCall Madriago

McCall Madriago was a member of CCHAT’s second class in 1997, and the foundation of LSL skills she developed at CCHAT have helped her graduate from college, find a fulfilling job and even represent her country as an elite athlete.

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Donor

CCHAT Spotlight: Community Thanks

CCHAT would not be able to make its impact without plenty of help. A community of generous donors and sponsors ensures that we can provide our life-changing services to children with hearing loss.

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Student

CCHAT Spotlight: Nico Borgatti

Nico’s hearing loss journey began the night he was born. Nico’s progress still amazes his parents, who upon learning of his deafness just 10 days after his birth.

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Alumni

CCHAT Spotlight: The 1996 Class

In 1996, 12 students with hearing loss began a journey at a start-up program called CCHAT. The small center did not have a track record of success, but it had a dream and a staff dedicated to helping these students become successful in every avenue of life.

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Alumni

CCHAT Highlight: Now and Then 25 Years Later

As we reflect on CCHAT’s 25th anniversary, let’s check in with Will Andes, a student from CCHAT’s very first class in 1996.

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Staff

CCHAT Spotlight: Dr. Lisa Marwaha

Dr. Lisa Marwaha began her CCHAT journey providing service to students with hearing loss on campus. But after retiring as an audiologist, Lisa knew that she wanted to stay connected to a program that she had come to love.

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Staff

CCHAT Spotlight: Dr. Samantha McKinney

At the CCHAT Center, having staff members with hearing loss is a point of emphasis. These mentors provide invaluable knowledge in the field and can rely on first-hand experience when communicating to families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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Alumni

Growing Up Deaf: How Kevin Found His Confidence

Two weeks prior to his birth, Kevin’s hospital began administering newborn hearing screenings. Although Kevin failed the screening, his parents were thankful they were able to diagnose his hearing loss so early. Otherwise, it may have gone unnoticed for some time.

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Donor

Jacque Towner: Sharing Her Experiences With Hearing Loss Through Art

After experiencing her first episode of vertigo 15 years ago, Jacque began developing a ringing in her ear, as well as slight hearing loss. While trying to make her decision on whether cochlear implant surgery was the right path for her, Jacque was introduced to Licia Green from the CCHAT Center by a former colleague.

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Student

How Nikole’s Family Remains Positive on Their Hearing Loss Journey

Nikole and her family have had their ups and downs during their hearing loss journey together, but they’ve always embraced it with a positive attitude.

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Staff

The Career Choice That Changed Her Life: Falling In Love With The CCHAT Center

With more than 20 years of experience working with children that use hearing aids and cochlear implants, Lisa McWilliams is the perfect choice for lead Speech Pathologist for the CCHAT Center.

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Volunteer

Volunteering For CCHAT To Help Make A Difference: Mary Wudel

Working with children is very rewarding and Mary says that she enjoys working closely with the students at the CCHAT center.

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Alumni

Finding Confidence & Helping Others: Dominique’s Story Of Growing Up Deaf

Dominique Smith grew up with hearing loss, but because of her amazing family and friends she sometimes forgot she even had to wear cochlear implants. Having a support group around helped her know that she had nothing to worry about when it came to her future or learning abilities. 

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Volunteer

CCHAT Volunteers of the Year: Steve & Erika Fatula from McCoy Fatula, APC

This year, the CCHAT Volunteer of the Year award belongs to Erika and Steve Fatula from McCoy Fatula because of the significant support provided by Erika, Steve and his firm.

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Staff

CCHAT Champion: Krista Rey

The CCHAT Champion award is given to an individual who demonstrates great advocacy and leadership on behalf of individuals with hearing loss. They strive to increase equal access for those in the community, while also serving as an inspiration for those navigating their own hearing loss journey.

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Staff

CCHAT Shaped Leah’s Career Path 16 Years Ago - and She Hasn’t Looked Back Since

Leah Lind has been a deaf and hard of hearing teacher for 16 years and was first introduced to CCHAT through her friend’s mother. She immediately fell in love with CCHAT.

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Alumni

Building Confidence While Growing Up With Hearing Loss

It’s often daunting when a parent learns their child is deaf or hard of hearing (DHOH), and Marissa recalls it being no different for her mom and dad.

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Donor

Helping Create a Better Future for Children With Hearing Loss

CCHAT Center supporter Gary Schanz began losing his hearing 40 years ago, and the results affected every aspect of his life.

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Staff

CCHAT Staff: Meredith Wright

Since 2013, Meredith has been working at the CCHAT Center as a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing. She is a fantastic addition to our team and is an incredibly supportive teacher to all of our students.

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Student

The Story of Stella Bella: Growing Up Deaf

Before 2012, Stella’s parents knew nothing about hearing loss or had any experience with people who had hearing loss. And now she is in her last year at the CCHAT center in Sacramento, and her parents can’t believe that seven years went by so quickly.

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Staff

Diane Durston

The best teachers are said to be those who can think outside the box. At the CCHAT Center, sometimes this means getting in the box...literally.

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Student

Sahan Sugumaran

We welcomed our son into the world in February 2014. We were introduced to the world of hearing loss when Sahan didn't pass his initial hearing screening. Series of tests confirmed that he was born with severe to prdound bilateral hearing loss.

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Alumni

Bryce Dougherty

Bryce arrived four weeks early, but despite his prematurity, his doctor was amazed at how healthy he was. He had high APGAR scores, so the last thing we thought about was hearing loss.

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Student

Cruz Cordova

When we were told that our 9-day-old son, Cruz, suffered from bilateral sensorineural severe to profound hearing loss, it was difficult to process or even understand that our son was deaf.

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Student

Dylan White

Dylan White was born on July 4th, 2008. Dylan overcame many difficult challenges at birth.

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Alumni

Reagan Wilson

It wasn't until Reagan turned 3 that we found out she was moderately/severely deaf in both ears. We were shocked to receive this news as Reagan and her twin brother, Reid, both had passed their newborn hearing tests.

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