Enhanced Classroom Hearing Board of Directors
Suzanne R. DeMallie, CPA
The Institute for Enhanced Classroom Hearing (ECH)
Telephone: (410) 340-7413
Fax: (410) 296-9501
M.A.T., Goucher College, Towson, MD – 2011
B.A., Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA - 1989
Certified Elementary and Middle School Math Teacher, Maryland – 2011
Certified Public Accountant, Maryland - 1992
Suzanne was the recipient of the 2007 National PTA Life Achievement Award for her diligence and advocacy seeking equal and improved hearing for every student in every classroom. This is the highest honor from the nation's largest child advocacy organization, given to a person who daily lives out his or her commitment to children.
Suzanne DeMallie is the founder and Executive Director
of ECH. She resides in Towson, Maryland and is the mother
of three young children. Suzanne's mission to educate
people on children's auditory learning issues and the need
for sound enhancement technology began in March 2005.
Her son had been recently diagnosed with an auditory processing
deficit prompting an independent research to learn more about
children's auditory issues. This research uncovered
problems and issues which plague ALL young children in an
auditory learning environment, jeopardizing their academic
potential. Further research uncovered a cost-effective
solution that would benefit all students and teachers.
Suzanne was shocked to discover that most
parents and educators were completely unaware of these issues
that can negatively impact student academic performance and
behavior. Thus she began a campaign to educate the public
in Maryland. After just ten short months, the Baltimore
County Board of Education allocated $.4 million in their fiscal
2007 budget for integration of sound enhancement technology.
In July 2006, Suzanne financed and formed a non-profit organization
to expand this mission on a national level. She has
no financial interest in any company that manufactures or
sells audio equipment.
After three years of working tirelessly to tackle ECH’s mission, Suzanne made the decision to return to school, to pursue education reform through a more personal and direct level. In 2011, she graduated from an accredited education program and received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She has taught fifth through eighth grade math students in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland, and she has used the technology for which she advocates as part of her instructional strategies. As a result, Suzanne’s passion for this mission grew from a teacher’s perspective, who has witnessed first-hand, the benefits to her students and to herself.
Suzanne was formerly a CPA who formerly worked for USF&G (now Travelers) as Director of Client Reporting for its Real Estate Division.
J. McCarty, Ed.D.
Brigham Young University
Postdoctoral Studies, Utah State University, Logan, Utah -
Ed.D., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah - 1983
M.Ed., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah - 1978
Postgraduate Studies, St. Mary's College, California - 1972
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, California - 1971
- Honored Utah Public School Administrator and Principal
Concurrent Resolution HCR2, Utah Legislature & Governor Michael Leavitt, 2003 General Session
- Jon and Karen Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education - Principal and Administrator
Jon Huntsman Education Foundation, Huntsman Chemical, Salt Lake City, Utah - 1993
- Distinguished Civic Leader of Utah
U.S. Air Force (nominated by 388th Tactical Fighter Wing), Hill Air Force Base, Utah - 1992
- Distingushed Principal Award
Utah Association of Elementary School Principals - 1990
- Honored Principal Recognition
House Joint Resolution 23, Legislature of the state of Utah - 1990
- National Instructional Technology Leader
Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC - 1990
Dr. McCarty is an environmental psychologist and educational
consultant to school districts, with emphasis on high performance
school design, classroom acoustical environment, and the English
Language Learner. He is an adjunct professor at Brigham
Young University (BYU), Departments of Psychology & Human
Development. He is also a public school administrator of Educational
Equity. He served on the U.S. Department of Education task
force for the development of the National Education Technology
Plan. His studies on urban education and student achievement,
classroom acoustical environments, and instructional technology
have been widely published in professional journals.
He has presented at many national educational and professional
conferences. Recognitions have included the Jon &
Karen Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education; Utah Distinguished
Principal of the Year; Smithsonian Institute's National Technology
Leadership tributes; U.S. Air Force Community Leader honors
for professional achievements.
Michael Teixido, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Christiana Care Health Services
Limestone Medical Center
1941 Limestone Rd. Ste. 210
Wilmington, Delaware 19808
Neurotology Northwestern, Chicago, IL - 1991
Otolaryngology, Loyola, Chicago, IL - 1990
General Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN - 1986
MD, Wake Forest, Winston Salem, NC - 1985
Michael Teixido is an otolaryngologist with a special interest in medical and surgical conditions that affect hearing and balance. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware and developed an interest in ear surgery because of a hereditary hearing condition in his family. He actively pursues his goals to advance the study and understanding of problems involving hearing, balance and general otolaryngology through his participation in many national professional organizations and through frequent lectures to his professional colleagues and the public. In collaboration with the Delaware Biotechnical Institute Dr.Teixido has created unique 3D materials for teaching anatomy, surgery, and pathophysiology.
Dr. Teixido has an active neurotologic practice. He is the director of the Delaware Otologic Medicine and Surgery Fellowship, director of the Balance and Mobility center of Christiana Care, and co-director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant and Auditory Rehabilitation Program of the duPont Hospital for Children. He teaches residents in otolaryngology regularly at Thomas Jefferson, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.