Staff Regions & Bios

Staff Regions & Bios

Minnesota Hands & Voices trained Parent Guides are a dedicated group of individuals available in all areas of the state. Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program are a group of trained adults who themselves have a hearing difference and support all areas of the state. Read on to learn more about our staff.

Director

Anne Barlow has been with Minnesota Hands & Voices since December of 2013. She began as a Parent Guide where she was able to share her 25+ years of experience as a parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Guide by Your Side Manager

Brenda Hommerding has been working with Minnesota Hands & Voices since April of 2006. She started as a Parent Guide and took on the addition role of Lead Regional Guide in 2015. In 2017 Brenda moved onto a different role in the organization as the Guide By Your Side Manager.

Regional Parent Guide Supervisor/ Statewide ASTra Guide/ Northwest Parent Guide

Shannon Hohrman is the Northwest Parent Guide, Educational Advocacy Coordinator, and the Out-State Lead Guide and has been with MNHV since April 2006.

Lead Cultural Guide Supervisor

Elena Miranda has been with Minnesota Hands & Voices since August 2017 serving Cultural Diverse Families, finding resources, support and family connections. She is passionate about social interaction with new families.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide Supervisor

Heidy (pronounced hay-dee) is a bilingual, Puerto Rican woman who has been working with Lifetrack as a DHH Adult Role Model since October 2016, and DHH Guide Supervisor since January 2019.

Upper Northwest Parent Guide

Leslie Carnegie-Hilde has been with Minnesota Hands & Voices since 2011. She is the Parent Guide for the Upper Northwest region of the state, and has special interest in audiology and IEPs (Individualized Education Programs).

Central Parent Guide

Suzanne started with Minnesota Hands & Voices in August of 2017 as Central Minnesota's Parent Guide. She has been connected with MNH&V since 2005. She lives in Morrison County with her husband and two children, both of whom have a hearing difference.

Northeast Parent Guide

Marie Pank started with Minnesota Hands & Voices on her birthday in 2012. She is the Northeast Parent Guide and has a special interest in the large variety of technology available and how it can be used in everyday situations.

Administrative Assistant/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide

Sophia has been working with MNH&V as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide and as the Administrative Assistant.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide

Janie started with MN Hands and Voices DHH Guide Program in July 2019 to share her personal experiences with families as well as to provide support and resources where needed. She is excited to meet families and to learn along with them!

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide

Kobe has been with Minnesota Hands and Voices since Spring 2019. He currently serves as a DHH Guide.

He was born deaf due to a gene called, Nonsyndromic Hearing Loss. Kobe and his brother are first generation Deaf.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide

Hannah Harriman is a DHH Guide here at MNH&V, she has been here since February 2020.

Hannah is Deaf-Blind and loves to use that combination of disabilities to serve children and families in the best way possible.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide

Shelby started at Minnesota Hands & Voices in July of 2019. She serves as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide (DHH Guides).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide

Kelsey started working for MNH&V in June 2019 as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guide. she lives north of Minneapolis. She is a single mother a daughter whom is a KODA (Kid of Deaf Adult).