Katie is a mom to 5 amazing humans, one of which is profoundly Deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate (Bella). She has been working with the Utah Parent Center in conjunction with the Utah Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for a little over 2 years by supporting families who have a child diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss (deaf or hard of hearing). 

Her family has lived all over the Mountain West including Washington (her home State), Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, and has now made roots in Utah for 4 years. 

Bella was born while they lived in the Four Corners area in Colorado and this is where Katie became active with the State’s Hands & Voices Chapter to try to connect with other families like hers. This led Katie to accept a position as a Parent Guide By Your Side with the organization where she worked for 2 years before leaving the area. 

Katie is passionate about connecting families to each other and striving to make sure no family is alone on their journey that doesn’t want to be. Serving and supporting families is one of her favorite things, but she also loves to be outside (preferably in the warm sun!), making delicious food with her daughters, learning new things, especially personal development, and life coaching. Katie worked for several years teaching group fitness classes and has helped others incorporate healthy meals into their everyday routines. 


Katie can be reached at the UPC:



Ashleigh is a parent to 3 incredible children. Her middle child, Rori,  was diagnosed with severe/ profound high-frequency hearing loss and fit with bilateral hearing aids at age 2 1/2 years. Rori attended a Listening and Spoken Language preschool program and then has been mainstreamed in her neighborhood schools since kindergarten.  She is currently in Junior High where she is involved with student leadership and athletic teams.

Ashleigh loves sharing with families from a parent’s perspective because she strongly believes that the first step in empowering children with hearing loss is helping their families obtain information and resources.  She previously worked with preschool-age families at USDB and is now grateful to be a part of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Team.  

Ashleigh loves to spend time with her husband and kids.  You are most likely to find them in their free time at sporting events for their children.


Ashleigh can be reached at the UPC: