Eliminating isolation and giving back.
GiveHear is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hearing center providing hearing healthcare to low-income adults and under-served children in our community. Our vision is that no person is prevented from full participation in life due to hearing loss.
Our mission is to build the self-worth of individuals by restoring their hearing potential and providing them with opportunities to engage with their communities through service to others.
WE ARE NOT A FREE CLINIC.
We operate on a reduced fee, sliding scale basis to make hearing healthcare affordable. We rely on the support of our community through grants, donations, corporate sponsorship and volunteers to make our programs sustainable. In return, our unique Circle of Giving model gives our patients the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer hours.
For every hearing aid our patients receive through GiveHear, they return a designated amount of volunteer hours to their community. This is our way of saying “Thank you” to the funders and donors that make it possible for our patients to receive the “Gift of Hearing”.
Bringing together a united front of people on mission.
Our team and our donors come together under a single, unifying purpose: that no person is prevented from full participation in life due to hearing loss.
2019 Board of Directors
Larry Piano - Board Chair Camille Smith - Vice Chair
Marc Leveridge - Treasurer Joseph Bonahoom, Esq. - Secretary
Nora Stewart - Founder/Director
John Freiburger - Director
Melissa Gibson - Director
Sudhakar Krishnan - Director
Amanda Widenhoefer - Director
Denise Bickley - Director
If you or someone you know is interested in being a
member of our board we’d love to hear from you!
Our highly qualified team who
works daily to provide the Gift of Hearing.
Executive Director of GiveHear
Contact Brian: Brian@GiveHear.org
Brian has a heart for service and extends a helping hand whenever possible. He has volunteered his time to many ventures in the Fort Wayne community including coaching and mentoring youth, participating on a number of nonprofit boards, and held an assortment of leadership positions at his church.
Brian is a Fort Wayne local with an extensive background in the nonprofit arena. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Affairs from Indiana University at Fort Wayne.
Brian is happy to be on the GiveHear team and to help lead them to new heights. When asked about joining GiveHear Brian said, “I am thrilled to be working with this outstanding team doing work serving our community. The mission is strong with a need so great that I truly feel privileged to become the Executive Director of GiveHear. Hearing healthcare needs to be cherished by everyone whether hearing loss affects them or not.”
Brian also keeps family at the top of his list. Being surrounded by family and creating time to catch up and stay connected is essential in his book. Brian is married to Deb and has 2 daughters Erin and Lauren, son-in-law Derek, son Sean and daughter-in-law Heidi, 2 grandchildren Olivia and Jackson and a crazy dog Odie.
Director of Audiology
Contact Dr.Tina: Tina@GiveHear.org
Dr. Sheehan is a licensed audiologist, holding a master’s degree (M.S.) from Purdue University and a doctoral degree (Au.D.) from Salus University. She has been practicing in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area for the past 20 years, specializing in pediatric and adult diagnostics and hearing aid fittings, including Auditory Processing Disorders.
Dr. Sheehan started out as a volunteer audiologist with GiveHear, investing her talents in many of GiveHear’s patients. We are excited to have had her share her expertise as our primary staff audiologist since April of 2014.
Tina’s personality radiates an abundance of warmth, knowledge, and empathy. She uses these qualities to create the perfect mixture of information and compassion for her patients. Building authentic relationships with her patients is at the core of her mission to change their lives. Helping a patient restore their hearing potential is just icing on the cake!
Tina is married with two sons and a native to Fort Wayne. Her youngest son was diagnosed with hearing loss in 2011.
Billing and Finance Administrator
Contact Stephanie: Stephanie@GiveHear.org
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Stephanie started at GiveHear as an intern and then moved to a volunteer position after completing her internship. In October 2012, Stephanie graduated from MedTech College with an Associate of Applied Science degree for Medical Billing and Coding and was hired with GiveHear in November 2012.
Stephanie brings over 25 years of customer service experience to our company. In November 2015 she became our Billing and Finance Administrator due to her passion for people and wanting our patients, donors, vendors and anyone else who wanted to partner with Give Hear to know that their support to our organization whether big or small matter to us and without them GiveHearwouldn’t be the company we are today.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, watching a good movie but most of all she enjoys spending time with her extremely active two boys at their many school activities or High School Sporting events. “Go Wayne Generals!”
Patient Care Coordinator
Contact Cindy: Cindy@GiveHear.org
Cindy is a people person and a care giver by nature. As Patient Care Coordinator of the GiveHear clinic she is often the first voice and face new patients encounter. She is also the main contact for patients who need to schedule an appointment, have a question about our services, or want to pick up supplies.
On a daily basis, Cindy has the privilege of interacting with our patients, their families and caregivers, as well as the clinics, offices, and agencies that call to make new referrals. It is her pleasure to be present when parents are reassured and educated, patients receive their new hearing aids and smile with joy, and those with questions and concerns get the answers they are seeking.
Basically, every day is an adventure and a gift to Cindy! She is supported in what she does by a terrific husband who believes in the GiveHear mission and loves to volunteer with us regularly. In Cindy's words, "What more could I ask for? Well, maybe chocolate!"
Contact Sarah: Sarah@GiveHear.org
Sarah joined the GiveHear team in April 2018 as our new Program Director. Having spent almost 20 years in audiology administration, Sarah is excited to return to her roots of creating and expanding programs to help with GiveHear's growth initiative. Sarah is a self-described "audiology geek" and loves the technology innovation in the field. She feels very fortunate to have found a new work home with the GiveHear team. Sarah is a Fort Wayne native, married with two amazing children, and she always looks forward to beach vacations in NC and the start of IU's basketball season.
Contact Megan: Megan@GiveHear.org
Megan is a native of Oklahoma and a newcomer to the Fort Wayne area. She is overjoyed about being part of the GiveHear family and making a positive difference in the community. When asked why she felt GiveHear was the right place for her, her answer was, “ I immediately felt I was where I was supposed to be. Everyone at GiveHear is welcoming and their enthusiasm for helping the patients is entirely genuine. I knew I had to be a part of that!”
She wants to use her position as Marketing Coordinator to make sure the patients of GiveHear are heard. She wants to shine a light on the stories of GiveHear patients and showcase their successes with the organization in creative ways.
When she’s not busy creating at her desk, she is either out exploring the Fort Wayne area in her purple pick-up ‘Ms. Violet’, or cozied up on the couch at home watching something scary.
Contact Jessica: Jessica@GiveHear.org
Jessica was born in Hawaii and spent part of her childhood traveling with her military family. When she was 6-years-old her family decided to settle down and call Fort Wayne home. Over time Jessica’s love for her community has blossomed and she is excited to be part of the GiveHear team to utilize her skills in helping patients feel comfortable and welcome.
Jessica received certification in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding along with Office Administration from Ross Medical Education Center. She understands that insurance can be frustrating and confusing. Her goal is to ease that frustration and create an environment that is informative and easy to understand. You can always find a smile on her face and a welcoming “Hello!” when seeing her at the front desk.
When Jessica isn’t working she is spending quality time with her three children. Family is an important part of her life and she loves making their time together fun through musical outlets like singing and participating in community Bible study.
Contact Sarah: SarahD@GiveHear.org
Sarah is a Fort Wayne native who began volunteering at GiveHear in the summer of 2018. She has a bachelor's of science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati and is in her 4th year of graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati.
Sarah will graduate with her audiology doctoral degree (Au.D.) in April 2020. She is thrilled to be completing her 4th year clinical externship at GiveHear because of the team atmosphere that focuses on family-centered care for the patients we serve.
Sarah feels honored to play a part in providing access to hearing healthcare to individuals in the community and enjoys hearing the stories of the patients and families she has worked.
Outside of school and work Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Carter, and their two young children, Liam and Charlotte.