MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)


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Beth Jones

It is an absolute honor to nominate Beth Jones for the Family Leadership in EHDI Programs Award. Beth has been an integral part of our successful family support programs within Nevada Hands & Voices (NVHV). Beth is a mother of three amazing children, two of whom were born with a hearing difference. She is a strong advocate, not only for her children, but the many she serves throughout the state. Through her tenure and leadership, we have seen great improvement of services throughout Nevada. She works tirelessly to improve and expand the services our organization provides, adapt to the major changes the pandemic has brought and make lasting change at the systems level in Nevada and worldwide. Beth stepped in as our Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Program Coordinator in 2016 and has continuously worked to increase engagement by ensuring families have access to necessary information in order to make informed decisions for their child/ren. As GBYS Program Coordinator, Beth represents NVHV as an EHDI stakeholder. Beth has been active in this role, attending numerous EHDI conferences and meetings, returning to Nevada with information and ideas she has implemented to increase access to information for families. Beth has presented to Nevada EHDI stakeholders to advocate for a diverse stakeholder group, considering the many voices that shape and benefit the EHDI program. Beth never accepts the status quo and always pushes for more. Continuing to support the GBYS Program in our state, Beth grew the team of Parent Guides to ensure support was provided to meet the needs of all families in a timely manner. Specifically, she ensured that a Spanish speaking Parent Guide joined the team to assist a large demographic within our state. Her guidance is also leading the effort to reach families in rural communities of Nevada. Furthermore, Beth's leadership helped Southern Nevada hold our first mini conference in which we took an entire day to educate parents and professionals on the mission of Nevada Hands & Voices, hear from community providers and share the resources available to Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children in our community. In addition to her role as our GBYS Program Coordinator, Beth took her passion for educational advocacy a step further and accepted a position as an ASTra Advocate within NVHV. As a former special education teacher herself, she brought her firsthand knowledge to this new team and jumped right in to help empower parents as their D/HH children navigate the various education systems. She has become a fully trained Advocate and helped to find innovative ways to grow this new program and reach families that will benefit from these services. When the COVID-19 pandemic arose, Beth wasted no time assessing the situation and reorganizing programs to provide online support. Noticing her versatility and leadership skills our national organization recently offered her a position as a mentor in their Leadership to Leadership (L2L) Program. A program designed to develop leadership skills and support the sustainability of chapter programs. Beth has also recently been appointed as NVHV's Executive Director. Her strong leadership, versatility, flexibility, and creativity will continue to impact the programs and services not only in the state of Nevada, but in systems throughout the country.