(Phoenix, Ariz.) –The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) Board of Directors has elected Sherry Appleby as the 2014 board chair. As the board chair, Appleby will preside over all Commission meetings, maintain communications through the Commission and bring concerns to the full attention of the board. She will also continue working on behalf of the deaf and the hard of hearing community, advocating and raising awareness about the deaf culture and improving access to deaf and hard of hearing resources throughout the state.
ACDHH commissioners are appointed by the Governor of Arizona to oversee the work of the Commission. Officers are elected from within by the 14 commissioners that make up the board of directors.
Appleby has more than 40 years of experience dispensing hearing aids and is a board certified hearing instrument specialist. She has been the owner of Hearing Aid Specialists, Inc. 550 E. 32nd Street Suite #1, in Yuma, for 33 years. She has also been involved with ACDHH in the past as a Commissioner and is currently involved with the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Yuma Chapter.
In addition to her current work with the deaf and the hard of hearing community, Appleby was also a past president of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce and Yuma Trade Club and has received several honors including:
· American Business Woman of the Year in 1983
· Past recipient of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing 30th Anniversary Partnership Award; and
· Past recipient of the Hearing Health Care Providers of Arizona John G. Freshley Memorial Award.
Appleby graduated from Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
She is a resident of Yuma.
Established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing residents, ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss and aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. The purpose of the organization, and its commissioners, is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing to improve their quality of life.