Our Staff

Maureen Mall – President

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, summa cum laude, 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 honor society and a Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow.

Tom Lasley – VP of Development

Vice President of Development, Tom Lasley, oversees fund development, marketing, and facility operations. Prior to joining the Center for Sight & Hearing, he worked at the Rockford Register Star for almost 20 years as a marketing executive and general manager. During that time, he worked closely with the nonprofit community and served on several nonprofit boards including Discovery Center and Golden Apple Foundation. Tom also participated in the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and is an active member of the Rockford Noon Lions. Tom has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.

Anthony Mirabile – 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. Jon Russell – Optometrist

Jon Russell joined the Center for Sight and Hearing in 1994 as a Low Vision Optometrist. Prior to joining CSH, he practiced for 10 years in Macon, Missouri and then in Marengo, Illinois at the Vision Center. In addition to routine eye exams, he also provides complete eye care to difficult-to-test children and adults and travels to our satellite offices to accommodate low visions patients in northern Illinois. He and CSH strive to reduce barriers for individuals and their families to receive appropriate vision care by making exams and low vision aids accessible. Dr. Russell is an active member of the Marengo Lions and volunteers at St. Vincent of Paul. He earned his Doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1981.

Barbara Schlomann – Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

As the Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Barbara Schlomann is responsible for establishing a functional lifestyle for those with vision loss by effectively utilize techniques and strategies to live independently.  She is an active member of the Rockford Noon Lions. Prior to joining the Center for Sight & Hearing in 2008, she earned her Master of Science from the Northern Illinois University Graduate School Vision Program.  She also earned a Bachelor of Science from an accelerated program at National-Louis University in Elgin, Illinois. Barbara also received her Associates of Science degree from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin in the Educational Interpreter Technician Program.

Debra Morey – Low Vision Occupational Therapist

Debra Morey, MOT, ORT/L, SCLV, is a certified Low Vision Occupational Therapist. She works with patients who have vision loss caused by age-related illness, traumatic brain injury, or stroke. Debra has years of clinical experience working with low vision patients in the Chicagoland area. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Hippotherapy Association. Debra obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Elmhurst College and her Master of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University.

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. Sarah Filer – Audiologist

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.

Dr. Steve Taddei – Audiologist

Apart from being an audiologist, Dr. Steven Taddei is also an audio engineer and operates a recording studio in the Chicagoland area. His research findings related to wireless technologies and hearing aids have been presented at national conferences. Dr. Taddei applies his experience in acoustics, audio signal processing, and research to improve outcomes for hearing aid users. Since joining CSH in 2017, his focus is to increase hearing health awareness, through both clinical practices and community outreach, to minimize the risk of hearing damage from everyday activities. Dr. Taddei obtained his Doctor of Audiology from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor of Arts in audio arts and acoustics from Columbia College Chicago.

Donna Smith

Donna Smith is a nationally certified sign language interpreter (NIC) licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. She attended Waubonsee Community College Interpreter Training Program and has specialized training interpreting in medical settings through the University of California San Diego, Oncology ASL Interpreter Training Program. Donna excels in assisting sign language and English speakers with negotiating communication and also enjoys supporting the interpreting community through mentoring interpreters.

Gary Ven Rooy

Gary L. Ven Rooy joined the Center for Sight & Hearing in 1998 and has over 48 years of experience working as an interpreter. He is a licensed language interpreter in northern Illinois & southern Wisconsin and provides Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) nationwide. His other experience & activities include Community Employment Services for the Deaf, Minister of the Deaf, and past chairman of the Helen Keller Advisory Council Meeting at CSH. Gary is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the National Interpreter Certification (NIC), and the Illinois Interpreter Skills Assessment (ISAS).

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