Meet our Director of Programs

BEGINNINGS is pleased to announce that Joanna Chantemerle has been named Director of Programs.  Joanna joined our team in November 2003 as a parent educator and became the lead parent educator in January 2015. She has served hundreds of North Carolina families in her 14 years with BEGINNINGS, and brings her skills and experience to fulfill her duties as the Director of Programs.  Joanna has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNC Wilmington and a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Evaluation from East Carolina University. Prior to BEGINNINGS, she was employed as a Hard of Hearing Services Specialist and Specialist-In-Charge at the Asheville Regional Resource Center for the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Joanna also has four years of experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for teens with disabilities in Greenville. Joanna and her husband, Don, have a daughter, Hollyn, who graduated from USC Columbia and a son, Trent, who will graduate from Winthrop University this spring.  They have two beautiful dogs to fill their empty nest and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.

BEGINNINGS is a 501(c)(3) that supports parents of children
who are deaf or hard of hearing (ages birth to 22) by providing impartial information
about communication options, emotional support and technical assistance as they make decisions
for their child and family. BEGINNINGS provides support to the professionals
who serve these families and deaf parents of hearing children,
and works to educate all parents and children about the importance of hearing loss prevention.

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