Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Meet Our Staff

The NDHHS staff consists of a diverse group of talented educators and community leaders who work in concert to provide support and services to the community.

Meet our staff, two hands working together to complete a puzzle

Michelle McConaghy

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Michelle oversees each of the programs and initiatives housed at NDHHS. In addition to her responsibilities at NDHHS, Michelle is involved in numerous state and local agencies and organizations centered around providing supports and services to the NH Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Community.

Ivan Padial

Community Resource Coordinator

Ivan lost his hearing at the age of 2, and identifies as Deaf. He was raised as an Army brat in the Americas and Europe. Upon returning to the States, he attended a primary and secondary program at Gallaudet University (Kendall/Model Secondary School for the Deaf) in Washington D.C.. He then attended National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY, and Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon. Ivan is passionate about teaching American Sign Language and sharing his knowledge of Deaf culture. He also is passionate about working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and developmentally disabled people in both Washington State and New Hampshire as an Independent Living Assessor and Employment Consultant.

Sydney Aube and Polly Lorien

Communication Access and Referral Coordinators

Sydney Aube (right) & Polly Lorien (left) are our Referral Specialist team in the Interpreter Referral Department. Their shared responsibility is to serve the Deaf/Hard of Hearing communities by connecting freelance ASL/English interpreters and CART captioners with hiring parties (i.e. hospitals, schools, and workplaces), from general requests to Part B funding. In May of 2022, Sydney & Polly graduated from the UNH-Manchester ASL/English Interpretation program; they are currently pursuing NH state licensure and, ultimately, NAD-RID national certification (NIC). They are both passionate about the ADA and communication access rights!

Pamela Lovejoy

Education and Resource Center Program Coordinator

Pam is a licensed Teacher of the Deaf and coordinates education services for deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind students statewide. She collaborates with FCESS (Family-Centered Early Supports and Services) programs and school districts across the state to provide early intervention and school-based services to families and their children who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. 

Kara Crumrine

Education and Resource Center Assistant Program Coordinator

Kara is a DeafBlind Intervener currently working in the elementary, mainstreamed setting,  focusing on environmental and communication access for students with dual-sensory loss. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s ASL/English Interpreting program and previous study in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kara’s specializes in educational implementation for students with CHARGE syndrome. In addition to her direct 1:1 services, Kara assists Pam with events, information referral and programming in the Education and Resource Center, such as the Family Sign Language Program. 

Trina Cann

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician

Trina was born and raised in New Hampshire. She graduated from Memorial High School in Manchester, NH, in 1996. As an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician through our Education and Resource Center, Trina works 1:1 in both the elementary and middle school settings. Trina was born Deaf; she is an inspiring role model for her students.
Hannah Neild

Teacher of the Deaf

Hannah Neild is one of the Teachers of the Deaf working with NDHHS. She identifies as hard of hearing and is a life-long resident of New Hampshire. As a hard of hearing student growing up in NH’s public schools, Hannah’s Teachers of the Deaf had a significant impact on her experience and growth into who she is today. This served as her inspiration to continue her education and pursue a career as a Teacher of the Deaf. She is a graduate of Gallaudet University, the nation’s only advanced education institution for the deaf and hard of hearing, with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Master of Arts in Deaf Education.

Chelsea Niles

ASL Communication Facilitator 

Chelsea was born deaf but considers herself hard of hearing. She was raised in Rochester, NH; in 2012 she attended National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. In 2015 she moved back to New Hampshire to raise her family, including two CODAs (child of deaf adult). Chelsea is passionate about teaching American Sign Language and sharing her knowledge of Deaf culture. She is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University and plans to become a teacher of the deaf (TOD) in the future.

Kristy Stellato

Relay Outreach and Communication Technology Specialist

Kristy was born Deaf, raised in southwest NH, and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania for her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education. She has a hard of hearing brother and uses American Sign Language, but can code switch for Signed English, speech reading, and written English. She has had multiple roles in the DDBHH community (state wide and nationally) and is applying her experience from such roles to her position as a communication technology specialist and advocate.

Gayle Baird

Accountant / HR

Gayle has been at NDHHS since May 2015. She studied Accounting and Business Management and has been working in the accounting field since the mid-1970s. Gayle is responsible for drafting the NDHHS budget, performing AP-AR, and a variety of essential administrative tasks such as personnel and payroll, program and contract tracking. Her past work experience includes the State of NH, a Manchester Architect Firm, and a Medical Publishing Company.

Gayle studied at Franklin Pierce University and has completed several HR Certificate Programs and Certified Public Supervisor Programs. She is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in NH.

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