Introducing the 2016 Mr. Central Florida, Ronnie Hedrick, II!

Ronnie Hedrick, 2016 Mr. CF (left), with James Ring, 2015 Mr. CF (right)

Ronnie Hedrick, 2016 Mr. CF (left), with James Ring, 2015 Mr. CF (right)

On October 6th the Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center held its 4th annual Mr. Central Florida event at the Sun-N-Fun Florida Air Museum. This year, 25 Community Champions competed for the title by seeking votes and sponsors to raise money for the Center.


Ronnie Hedrick, II, 2016 Mr. CF

Mr. Ronnie Hedrick II, President of Bul-Hed, earned the title of 2016 Mr. Central Florida with over 30,000 votes! Ronnie is the President of Bul-Hed Corporation, a company that specializes in borrow pit operations, land clearing, heavy earthmoving, reclamation, effluent spray field construction, landfill construction, wetland restoration and mitigation. Ronnie learned about the Center last year, and was enlisted in this year’s competition through 2015 contestant, Troy Garcia from Allen & Company. Ronnie showed dedication and exemplary fundraising efforts.




Brian West, 2016 Wingman Award

Brian West, 2016 Wingman Award

Brian West, Media and Community Relations Manager of Publix Super Markets finished second, earning the Wingman Award. In third, earning the title of Mr. Overachiever, was Greg Smith the Manager of Belk at Lakeside Village. The Center is overwhelmed with gratefulness to the 25 men that helped to raise money for the Center. Thank you to everyone that participated and supported this event!




Greg Smith, 2016 Mr. Overachiever

Greg Smith, 2016 Mr. Overachiever

This was a record breaking year of not only reaching the goal of $75,000 but . . . exceeding it! Together the contestants raised over $140,000! The majority of the children treated at the Center are underinsured and 92% require subsidized funding. The money raised by these men will provide care for these children.

The Center Promotes Brandon Venckus and Dr. Ben Russell

IMG_1859-Brandon Venckus-ColorBrandon Venckus has been promoted to Senior Financial Director. Brandon has demonstrated outstanding dedication to our financial management and has continued improving his skills in this area. In addition, Brandon will now be responsible for Internet Technology at the Center.




IMG_0653-Ben Russell- ColorDr. Ben Russell has been promoted to Director of Audiology. This position has been developed to expand the Center’s audiology presence and visibility in the community. Ben will work to increase the Center’s national professional credibility and exposure through research and publications. He is also charged with development of showcased programs to expand patient services and support funding and grants.





The Center Hires 3 Speech-Language Pathologists

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is thrilled to announce that, through the help of the Clark Family Foundation, they have been able to decrease their waiting list by hiring Speech-Language Pathologists. In July, the Center received a large grant to support audiology services for children and the salaries of additional staff in the speech/language pathology department. Since then, the Center has been able to hire three new Speech-Language Pathologists and bring back another.


img_0147-mandy-madiganMandy Madigan, M.A., CCC-SLP, received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Central Florida.  She is state licensed and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She also has a K-12 Speech Impaired Florida Teaching Certificate. She has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2003. She has experience with children of all ages and has also worked with adults for speech and language rehabilitation.



img_8939-carley-maniscalco-final Carley Maniscalco, M.S., CF-SLP, Carley received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. She began her Clinical Fellowship at the Center in September. She has experience providing diagnostic, care-planning, and treatment services to adult and geriatric patients. She also has extensive experience with elementary age children.



img_8917-lea-bates-finalLea G. Bates, M.S., CF-SLP, received her Master of Science from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida. In September, she began her Clinical Fellowship at the Center. She was a research assistant during her Graduate career. She has experience working with the pediatric population and also has specific treatment experience with communication disorders related to traumatic brain injury.




tina_2Tina Bell, M.S., CCC-SLP, received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of South Florida.  She is state licensed and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She enjoys working with both children and adults helping to improve their speech, language, and cognitive abilities so that they can become better communicators, Tina has a special interest in the areas of auditory processing disorders and stroke rehabilitation. Tina will be seeing adult patients and supervising our SLP-CFs. She also mentors the Stroke Support Group sponsored by the Center.



CFSHC receives second largest grant from The Harvey T. Hall Fund!

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is excited to announce it has received its second largest grant in the Center’s history from the Harvey T. Hall Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. The funds provided will expand the Center’s services to children who have has cochlear implant surgery and require ongoing speech and hearing therapy.

“This wonderful gift will allow us to provide the necessary services for children in our community that may not receive such specialized services because of transportation, financial reasons or other family stresses. It will allow us to maintain the necessary staff by being able to offer competitive compensation and build and maintain the program for many years. The Center provides services for many under or uninsured children who are waiting for speech, language and audiology services. As Medicaid funding decreases and more organizations are no longer taking these children, stress on our organization grows ever greater. This gift will be a life changer for many children in our community.” Says President/CEO, Roxann K. Bonta.

We are so grateful for the support that the Harvey T. Hall Fund has given us throughout the years. With this support, we are able to give the gift of better communication to many for years to come.

CFSHC receives a grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation

CFSHC is proud to announce that we’ve received a grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund through the GiveWell Community Foundation for our “Helping Seniors Maintain Their Independence” program! In addition, we received the remaining grant money needed for our “Helping Children with Cochlear Implants Improve Language” program! Thank you so much to the George W. Jenkins Fund and GiveWell!

Congratulations, Tori!

Today, we received a sweet message from the mother of one of our past “Child of the Year”!
“Tori is “Graduating” elementary school tomorrow. As you know, she received her first hearing aids, 1.5 months prior to starting Kindergarten at Chain of Lakes. She was dismissed from Speech after the second grade. She is leaving COLE tomorrow with all A’s…..since Kindergarten. She is also receiving awards in PE, Music, Art, Track, Safety Patrol and AR. In addition, we have been told she is up for a special award for the whole 5th grade, which is 180 students.
 What is the best thing about Tori? A lot of those kids in that 5th grade class don’t even know she has hearing aids. She doesn’t allow her hearing aids to define her, she is just a 5th grade little girl that’s getting a bunch of awards….but we know what she has overcome to get to where she is today.”
This is why the Center is here! Congratulations, Tori! We are so very proud of you!
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