CID - Central Institute for the Deaf executive director Robin M. Feder, MS, CFRE has received a 2017 Ladue Horton Watkins High School Local Heroes Award for a lifetime of excellence and contributions that have significantly impacted the St. Louis community — in this case, helping children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen, talk, read and succeed.
Robin joined 16 fellow Ladue School District alumni, including television newscasters Jasmine Huda and Christine Buck Mason, Judge Ellen Levy Siwak, Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz and Marshall Cohen, the founder of Lift for Life Academy. At a luncheon today, the honorees received their awards and spoke. Robin talked about the success of another Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, Jeff Tucker, who became a debate champion and a lawyer. Deaf since birth, Jeff had learned to listen and talk at the CID school.
Robin is a 1969 alumna of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree (1972) from Washington University and her master's degree (1976) from the then-CID-based Washington University program in deaf education. She taught at the CID school for the next 12 years.
In 1988, she started a development office at CID. In 2003, the board of directors named her executive director. In addition to coordinating numerous successful annual fundraising events over the years, she has led two major fundraising campaigns that together raised more than $56 million for capital, programs and endowment.
In the 40+ years she has served CID, Robin has been instrumental in bringing listening and spoken language to thousands of children through her teaching, her successful development campaigns and her leadership as executive director. Under her guidance, the number of children served at CID doubled from 2003 to 2016. CID is able to offer generous scholarship support each year (in excess of $1.2 million) so children can attend. For the past eight years, Charity Navigator, a leading charity evaluator, has awarded CID 4 Stars — its highest rating. Yet no child is turned away due to a family’s inability to pay tuition.
Under Robin’s leadership, CID has also broadened its role as a resource for educators, speech-language pathologists and other professionals bringing listening and spoken language to children with hearing loss throughout the world.
Robin has deep roots at CID, where her mother, Joy Melman, was also a classroom teacher.
Congratulations, Robin! The honor is well-deserved. ...