Ohio Valley Voices
news & updates
October 2021
Student Spotlight Landon Hrovat
Alex and Jen Hrovat describe their son Landon as a happy-go-lucky boy who relishes attention, laughs when others laugh, and has a flirty side with the ladies. His hobbies include climbing the stairs to his bedroom, “reading” his favorite books (with help from his moms, of course), and pulling his dog Bauer’s tail. He is, in other words, a playful and curious 18-month-old.

Despite his young age, Landon has already passed a significant milestone on his hearing and speaking journey: he has transitioned from Ohio Valley Voices’ Parent-Infant Program into the Toddler Program. As the boy’s mothers can attest, though, his success was far from guaranteed.

“Before OVV, there were a lot of unknowns,” recount Alex and Jen, who live in Kenwood and both teach in special education. “We knew Landon had microtia during the pregnancy, but we were unsure of his ability to hear..." (read more)
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L(OVV)E Amplified 2021 Recap
You made
L(OVV)E Amplified 2021
a night to remember!
Last month, the OVV family gathered for
the 6th annual L(OVV)E Amplified Fashion Show.
Because of your generous support
we raised over $100,000, making it our
most successful fashion show yet!

The event featured
food, vendors, silent auction prizes, and, of course, lots
of amazing styles.

OVV students, staff,
parents, and alumni
joined professional models
for a spirited strut
down the runway.

Thanks for coming out and
amplifying your love for our students!

Want to relive all the sights and sounds
of L(OVV)E Amplified 2021?

Click below to rewatch
the fashion show livestream.
Supporter Spotlight Julie Sill
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.”

This verse from Peter 4:10 sums up Julie Sill’s personal ethos, one she has worked tirelessly to put into practice as a mother, educator, and supporter of Ohio Valley Voices.

Julie was born in Pittsburgh and earned her BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Grove City College. While moving around the country as a military spouse, she began looking for ways to expand her educational credentials. By chance, she stumbled upon an oral education program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and it proved to be a life-changing discovery.

“I was immediately intrigued by the fact that improved hearing technology (i.e. hearing aids and cochlear implants) can provide access to sound for children who are deaf and hard of hearing,” she says. “When I visited a local oral school and heard the students talking and communicating in a verbal manner, I knew that this was the educational path for me...” (read more)
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Updates from Our Programs
Check out what our
kiddos are up to!
Parent-Infant Program
"It has been a busy month for our Parent-Infant families.
Jaxton has been helping with laundry, Evelynn made music with
her maraca, Henry celebrated his first birthday, and Adam has
been busy crawling fast and pulling up to stand!"
Leslie Raulie, Family Center Coordinator

Toddler Program
"Splash and bubbles! The toddlers enjoy the water sensory table!
They are working on their language skills as they wash the babies in
the water. They are learning how to share and take turns too."
Alysia Becker, Family Center Teacher

Exploring Center
"This week, the EC read 'Daniel Finds a Poem.' They have
been looking at the different animals in the story. They also
played a rock matching game and painted spiders."
Lexi Parson, Exploring Center Teacher

Discovery Center
"The DC is wrapping up their nursery rhyme/fairy tale theme this week.
They have been learning about characters and settings from their adventures. They will be starting their farm theme next week."
Julie Carter, Discovery Center Teacher

Learning Center
"In math, kindergarten students are learning 1-to-1 correspondence.
1st and 2nd grade students are learning addition and subtraction
within 20. For science, everyone is learning about the pumpkin life cycle."
Sarah Frazier, Learning Center Teacher

New Board Member Announcement

Welcome to the OVV Board of Trustees,
Lydia Ritze!
Lydia Ritze is currently an audit partner at Cassady Schiller CPAs and Advisors, where she provides assurance and advisory services to publicly and privately-held companies and employee benefit plans in the Cincinnati region. Prior to joining Cassady Schiller, Lydia worked for 11 years at Grant Thornton, an international public accounting firm, where she provided assurance services to non-profit organizations, privately-held businesses, and publicly-traded companies. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with bachelor and masters degrees in accounting and is a licensed CPA. Lydia lives in Montgomery with her husband and three sons.
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Special Thanks to These Partners:
Mabelle Leming
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew
and Diane Sweeny