Sue Schmidberger, Parent Glen Rock, NJ
Sue is the parent of 23 year old Paige, who was first implanted at the age of 3½ and received her second implant at the age of 18. Retired after a 30 year sales career at Xerox, she now runs her own organizational consulting company. In 1997, she founded a support group for parents of hearing impaired children at Long Island Jewish Hospital that still meets every month. As a member of AG Bell National’s Parent Section Advisory Council, she developed a database to connect AG Bell parents across the country (Hearing Loss Parent Family Link – HeLPFL). She’s also served as a member of the parent advisory group for the Bergen County Special Services District and attended federal summits for pepnet2 to help improve the postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Currently, she works on events for Clarke NYC, works on the NJ Walk4Hearing, and serves as president for the NJ Chapter of AG Bell. She is also working with AG Bell national to organize its archives and the Volta Bureau. Her latest responsibility is to serve as the national Chapter Advisor. Sue continues to volunteer her time to ensure that every child with hearing loss has the same successful outcome as her daughter, who is a junior at Adelphi University majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with the goal to become an audiologist.
Joe Catanese, Parent Wyckoff, NJ
Joe is a CPA, who spent 30 years as an Accounting and Finance professional, responsible for driving organizational improvements, optimizing information technologies and establishing best practice business processes. Joe was instrumental in developing the current NJ-AJB website and is currently serving as its Web Master. He is the parent of 18 year old Georgia, who is bilaterally implanted, (first @ 15 months, second @ 7years old). Georgia entered the Hearing Impaired Program in Midland Park at age 3 and currently attends the 12th grade in the Secondary Hearing Impaired Program in Midland Park High School. Joe has elected join the board of NJAG Bell in memory of his wife Donna, who spent many years counseling parents of recently diagnosed hearing impaired infants, on the benefits of cochlear implants and in honor of hearing impaired professional, who help children like Georgia, to achieve their listening and spoken language goals.