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As president of the Center for Sight & Hearing, Maureen Mall leads the team of specialized experts to fulfill the Center's mission and strategic goals through her extensive background in business development, healthcare, and nonprofit management. Maureen is a member of the Rockford Noon Lions, the District 1-D Cabinet, and serves on the Adult Low Vision Committee with the Lions of Illinois Foundation. In addition, she belongs to VisionServe Alliance, a national leadership coalition for organizations who serve the blind, and has held various board and volunteer positions in the community. Maureen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Law from Champlain College in Vermont. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society and a Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow.
Dr. David Powell
VP of Professional Services & Audiologist
David Powell, a native of Belvidere, is the Vice President of Professional Services and an Audiologist at the Center for Sight & Hearing. Prior to joining CSH in 2006, he practiced audiology for over 11 years throughout the Chicagoland area. Dr. Powell was awarded the Champion for Children award in 2009 by the Division of Specialized Care for Children and the Outstanding Audiologist Award from the Illinois Department of Human Services in 2011. He and CSH strive to make hearing healthcare accessible by reducing barriers, such as cost and availability for individuals and their families. In doing so, he helped CSH to become one of the first satellite offices in the country to provide cochlear implant mapping services. Dr. Powell is an active member of the Roscoe Lions Club.
Dr. Amber Naqvi
"Optometry allows me to make a difference in the lives of others by immediately helping patients with glasses, contacts, low vision aids, vision rehabilitation, and/or medical therapy. I love interacting with my patients whether I am seeing them for the first time or following up for a yearly eye exam." Dr. Naqvi notes every patient is different. The goal of each eye exam is to address any patient concerns, while also maintaining the highest standard of eye care possible. Since receiving her Doctor of Optometry in 2016 from the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Naqvi has gleaned experience from clinical settings around the world while working with World Without Barriers and in standard eye clinic setting in Chicago.
Director of Information Technology
Anthony Mirabile joined the Center for Sight & Hearing in 1997 as an Assistive Technology Specialist to provide technology assessments & computer and portable device training. His transition into Information Technology Director brought forth the need to evolve and embrace the digital age. Anthony’s passion for technology manifested into managing CSH's IT infrastructure. Today CSH embodies a well-established ecosystem of technology, including electronic records management, up-to-date security measures across all platforms, and a web & social media strategy.
Dr. Sarah Filer
Dr. Sarah Filer has been an audiologist at the Center for Sight & Hearing since 2011. She performs hearing exams, hearing aid evaluations and fittings for all ages, however, she has a special interest in pediatric audiology partially due to the wide range of diagnoses in hearing loss of children. Dr. Filer earned her Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her Bachelor of Science and Education at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, with a minor in music. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Illinois Academy of Audiology.
Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
“I was drawn to a career as a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist out of a desire to help people facing vision loss or who are blind overcome challenges. As I work with patients, I learn their stories and experiences which helps guide me in the therapy process. I teach them navigation skills with a white cane, so that they can still go out to their favorite restaurants or shop for items they need. I help them learn to use technology so they can continue to communicate with friends and family and access information. I teach them skills to continue to live independently in their home and learn new ways of cooking, cleaning, and managing a household.”