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Everything that CHC has to offer begins with understanding. Hearing loss, deafness, and other auditory challenges, like Auditory Processing Disorder or tinnitus, affect each person’s life in deeply personal ways. After all, our ability to communicate with and understand those around us is the very basis of human experience.

The sum of all the work of CHC’s professionals, volunteer board members, and community supporters—what we do today and what we have accomplished in the past century—exemplifies understanding and compassionate service.

We’re proud that our devotion to serving our clients well gave us a role an internationally recognized leader in the fields of hearing rehabilitation and human services.

It’s our commitment to the community to inform and promote best practice models, to educate the public and raise awareness, and innovate to solve problems old and new with fresh approaches.

Executive Staff

Laurie Hanin, PhD, CCC-A; Executive Director

Laurie-hanin-executive-directorLaurie Hanin is the Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communication and has been with CHC since 1992. She has been an audiologist for over 35 years. She received her Masters degree in Audiology in 1979 from Queens College of the City University of New York, and her PhD degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1988.

Dr. Hanin has been a researcher in the areas of hearing loss and cochlear implantation and focused much of her clinical audiological work in pediatrics. She recently received the New York State Distinguished Clinician Award, is well published, and has made frequent presentations at major conferences and conventions in addition to numerous television appearances as a leading expert in audiology, particularly on The Today Show.

Nancy Nadler, MED, MA; Deputy Executive Director

Nancy-Nadler-Development-DirectorNancy Nadler is the Deputy Executive Director at the Center for Hearing and Communication. She has worked at CHC since 1985. Prior to being named Development Director in 2004, Nancy Nadler established CHC’s Noise Center in 1992. As Director of the Noise Center she developed, coordinated and implemented International Noise Awareness Day, a worldwide campaign designed to educate students and the general public about the impact of noise on hearing, health and quality of life.

Ms. Nadler has served as an advisor to the Mayor, helping to revise New York City’s Noise Code. Prior to becoming the Director of the Noise Center, Ms. Nadler was the Director of the Career Development Department at CHC from 1985-1992. Ms. Nadler was an adjunct professor in the Masters Program in Deafness Rehabilitation at New York University as well as a teacher at Clarke School for the Deaf. Ms. Nadler received her Masters Degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in 1982 and a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College/Columbia University in 1985. As a guest expert on The Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, 20/20, as well as NPR, BBC and The New York Times, Nancy Nadler is sought out extensively to discuss issues related to noise and hearing health.

Margaret Brown, MS; Regional Executive Director—CHC-FL

Margaret-Brown-Florida DirectorMargaret (Peggy) Brown joined CHC in 2014 after serving as Executive Director for the COPD Foundation (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Prior to the COPDF, she worked for the Walgreen Company, a national retail pharmacy chain and Fortune 500 Company. There she held positions as Regional Market Recruiter and Regional Supervisor for Business Integration. Formerly employed by Nova Southeastern University, she has experience in Admissions, as well as Student Affairs and Services for the Health Professions and for the College of Pharmacy. She has chaired several prestigious college and university committees. Throughout her career, Peggy has been extensively involved with the healthcare community – both the practitioner and patient.

Peggy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College with a BA in Psychology. She was selected as a Fellow while at Connecticut College. She later continued her studies in Psychology in the Master of Arts program. Upon a move to Florida, Peggy enrolled in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. There she attained an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is currently a PhD candidate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, which focuses on negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. Her dissertation focus is on the Interpersonal Conflict of Communications and Resolution.