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Carol Zehner selected for Hamilton Relay 2011 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the State of Louisiana

June, 27 2011

Carol Zehner was born at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and at the age of one, moved with her family to the River parishes of New Orleans where she still resides today. Carol has had a hearing loss since the age of 3, and with a tremendous amount of support, love and encouragement from her family, she has grown to become a well known advocate and leader among the hard of hearing population in New Orleans.

In 1988, Carol founded the New Orleans chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and served as President for two years. During her time as President, Carol was dedicated to overseeing the growth of the organization and providing opportunities for individuals who are hard of hearing to gather and interact with one another to share helpful resources and information related to hearing loss. Carol also kept abreast of the issues that individuals who are hard of hearing face and shared her knowledge with the members of this group. In 1990, Carol retired from her position as President and has remained an active chapter member and associate.

Carol draws upon her own experiences to help others understand and deal with their personal hearing loss. She has provided resources and education around how to improve communication with friends, family, and loved ones regardless of their hearing loss and has inspired individuals to work towards their goals and professional careers.

Carol graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1978 and Delgado College in 2001. She is currently an independent artist who creates, markets, and sells her works of regional art. We are pleased to recognize Carol for her outstanding leadership in the state of Louisiana and congratulate her on her many accomplishments.

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.

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