BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
Mr. Dennis M. Reagan

Immediate Past President
Mr. David J. Schepers (P)

Vice Presidents
Ms. Mariquita L. Barbieri
Mr. Frank S. Childress
Mrs. Laurie Haffenreffer
Mrs. Joanne P. Knight (L)
Mr. William B. Sheldon (L)
Mr. James M. Snowden, Jr. (L)
Mr. W. Bruce Springer (L)
Mr. Jeffrey R. Tucker

Treasurer
Mrs. Jane-Ellis Griggs

Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Garrick R. Hamilton

Secretary
Ms. Laurie W. Miller (L)

Assistant Secretary
Mrs. Amy R. Tighe (nonvoting)

Executive Director and Assistant Secretary
Dr. Heather Grantham (nonvoting)

Members
Dr. Claudio F. Abreu
Mr. John R. Arenberg
Mr. Theodore M. Armstrong (L, P)
Mrs. Kathy A. Beilein
Ms. Barbara H. Boyle
Mrs. Virginia J. Browning (H, L)
Dr. Craig A. Buchman (H)
Mrs. Tiffany D. Charles
Mr. Robert G. Clark (P)
Mr. Mark S. Cochran
Mr. Robert Crumpton
Mr. C. Baker Cunningham (P)
Mrs. Elizabeth C. Dorr
Mr. Benjamin F. Edwards, IV
Mrs. Linda L. Goldstein
Dr. Sheryl Hanawalt
Ms. Robin A. Hattori
Mrs. Florence W. Hawes (L)
Mr. Michael J. Higginbotham
Dr. Thomas P. Horejes, IV (H)
Ms. Antonnette M. Jackson
Mrs. Carrie L. Johnson (P)
Mrs. Jennifer E. Koster
Mrs. Kerrin M. Kowach
Dr. Richard S. Kurz
Mr. Nicholas M. Lampi
Mr. Michael D. Laycob
Mrs. Karen S. Leebolt
Mrs. Noël H. Mangano

Mr. Stephen W. McMillan
Mr. Scott D. Monette (P)
Mr. Brandon W. Neuschafer
Mr. Jared E. Neville
Mrs. Elin C. Nozewski
Mrs. Rachel H. Oliver
Mrs. Carolyn P. Rayner
Mrs. Shelby A. Reneski
Mr. Hugh Scott, III (L, P)
Dr. James W. Seeser
Mr. Daniel J. Sherman
Mr. Eric M. Stisser
Mr. Samir A. Tayob
Mr. Eugene M. Toombs, IV
Mrs. Lisa S. Van Amburg
Mrs. Anabeth Weil
Mr. John D. Weil (L)

CID Alumni Representative
Mrs. Lauren Cullinan

CID Parent Representative
Mrs. Patrice Howard

CID Staff Representative
Dr. Brittany M. Wuebbles

(H) Honorary Member
(L) Life Member
(P) Past President

Twenty-year veteran CID board member Denny Reagan became president of the CID board of directors in January 2022, after serving as treasurer since 2011. He gained local St. Louis celebrity status as the longtime CEO who personally greeted guests at all but one Muny performance during his tenure. We’re grateful for his service and leadership!

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Heather Grantham, PhD

314.977.0223

hgrantham@cid.edu

CID EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Heather Grantham, PhD

On June 7, 2021, Dr. Heather Grantham became CID’s ninth executive director. She is the former co-director Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), where she also served as director of deaf education and an associate professor of otolaryngology. She has worked as a teacher of the deaf, authored numerous publications and presented extensively on improving education for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

In addition to teaching university courses, Dr. Grantham has authored or co-authored numerous research articles and presented at professional conferences worldwide. She has served as project director for U.S. Department of Education grants totaling more than $3 million, focused on preparing graduate-level teachers of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (2014–2019) and interdisciplinary personnel development in deaf education and pediatric audiology (2019–2024). Her research interests include reading and spelling development, vocabulary acquisition and best practices for teaching spoken language to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Dr. Grantham holds a master’s degree in education of the deaf from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a PhD in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of the Association of College Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

Through the PACS program, Dr. Grantham has regularly collaborated with CID leadership and staff. She has played a critical role in maintaining a strong relationship between CID and Washington University — historic partners in the education of teachers of the deaf, pediatric audiologists, speech-language pathologists, early intervention providers and speech and hearing researchers.

”CID is such a cherished place to children, families, teachers, audiologists and the St. Louis community,” Dr. Grantham said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead such a venerable institution. With the support of its deeply-committed board of directors, and its exceptional staff, I look forward to positioning CID for the future while still honoring its rich legacy to deaf education.”

“Heather’s passion for deaf education, her appreciation for CID’s rich history and her bold vision make her uniquely qualified for this position,” CID executive director emeritus Robin Feder said. “I’m confident in her leadership and look forward to working with her to sustain CID’s reputation for excellence and innovation.”

Watch an interview with Heather Grantham.

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