Empowering teens and young adults with hearing loss

Hearing Loss Association of America, Hartford Chapter

































Terry Bedard – Co-founder/President

As a parent of a profoundly deaf young adult, Terry understands many of the challenges facing those with hearing loss.  Professionally, Terry is an attorney and parent advocate who helps children with hearing loss get the placements and services they need to succeed academically.  Fueled by her passion to help deaf and hard of hearing children, Terry leads the Hear Here Hartford Chapter helping others to overcome the challenges of hearing loss and realize their potential. 



Ari Shell-Co-founder/Mentor

Ari Shell has had a hearing loss since he was in the third grade. His goal is  to help spread the awareness of hearing loss and to encourage those with a hearing loss to live life to the fullest. Ari works for a privately held finance company in which he makes business loans for the purpose of securing capital to grow their business.



Role of the HHH Board

To manage the business and financial affairs of HHH consistent with the Hartford Chapter’s Bylaws and Mission Statement

To discuss program ideas which balance the needs of represented groups focusing on preteen, teens and young adults and including parents, mentors and professionals


2015-2016 Board of Directors

Terry Bedard, President

Maura McGuire, Vice President

Jim Bedard, Treasurer

Kelly O'Connell, Secretary

Cristi Alberino, Mentor at Large

Ari Shell, Mentor at Large

Jay Maule, Mentor at Large

Diane Nelson, Teacher at Large

Allison Marinelli, Member at Large

Tate Holcombe-Lewis, Member at Large

Alex Steinbrick, Member at Large

Fern Reisinger, Member at Large