Our Staff members are the foundation of MOSD, bringing with them a combined 150 years of experience, specialized training, and lots of love for the MOSD students.
Teresa Schwartz - Executive Director
Teresa is MOSD’s Executive Director, bringing more than 40 years of experience in and out of the classroom to her position. She has been working with the school for the past twenty-five years after receiving her degree in Deaf Education from Washington University in Saint Louis. Teresa loves to watch the children learn, particularly, as she says, “when the lights come on and they say their first words, or crack the code with phonics and begin to read and write – it is a thrill every time and it is a great honor to walk this journey with our parents!” She is always amazed at the many miracles that have come to pass during the 50 year history of the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, urging all to come and be a part of modern miracles that still happen everyday with the help of dedicated parents, staff, and new technological advances.
Dr. Becca Smith, Au D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Becca Smith joined the MOSD team as an audiologist in September 2014. She and Dr. Domico work closely together to help local families journey through the world of hearing loss. Becca previously was employed by a local audiology practice who served both children and adults with hearing loss. She brings a wealth of hearing aid knowledge to our audiology team. She also provides cochlear implant counseling and mapping services to both our school children and our outside clients. She also provides counseling, programming, & troubleshooting for patients with osseo-integrated hearing aids. Becca considers herself blessed to be a part of the MOSD family. She loves that she gets to establish long term relationships with her students & their families and looks forward to serving them for years to come.
Dr. Elizabeth Domico, Au D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Elizabeth Domico has served MOSD families since 2000 and is dedicated to working with our students to help them hear their very best. With all of the services and education offered, she is overjoyed to see the progress the children make each and every single day. In addition to aural habilitation therapy, Elizabeth provides counseling to parents considering cochlear implantation for their child, to adults thinking about cochlear implantation for themselves, and has been providing cochlear implant activation and mapping services to patients in the Mid-South for over 30 years. She also works with patients interested in osseo-integrated hearing aids. Elizabeth feels blessed to be part of the MOSD family!
Mackenzie joined the MOSD team in August 2016. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Memphis. Mackenzie served the adult and geriatric population in rehabilitation hospitals and skilled nursing facilities for five years. She is thrilled for the opportunity to work with the children of MOSD. Her favorite part about working at MOSD is the language-rich environment and the smiling, talking children that fill her day.
Julie has been a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf since August, 2013. Prior to working at MOSD, Julie served the pediatric population in a private practice in Florida and has also served children in a variety of early intervention settings throughout Shelby County. Julie completed her Master’s degree at the University of Memphis. She enjoys being a part of the speech and language development of the children as they are learning to listen and talk.
Mary Ellen White
Mary Ellen is a Speech-Language Pathologist and joined the MOSD family August, 2011. She loves being a part of helping the children find their voices. Mary Ellen also loves being a part of the fun activities that happen at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf!
Katie joined the MOSD team in the summer of 2013. She is an Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT) serving children birth through school age. In addition to providing speech-language services at MOSD, she coordinates and provides family training for our Sound Beginnings program. Katie completed her Master’s degree at Vanderbilt University and spent two years at a similar, auditory-oral preschool in Nashville, Tennessee. With a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Katie serves as an interpreter for MOSD parents while promoting bilingual language development for our Spanish-speaking children. She enjoys having the opportunity to work closely with families at MOSD to incorporate listening, language and speech into every part of the day.
Maureen Noland is a Speech and Language Pathologist and has been working at MOSD for 24 years. She provides off-site speech and language therapy to pre-school and school-age children. She takes great joy in seeing the progress of her students and being a part of their success in school. Maureen loves being a part of the MOSD family.
Cyndi has been a Teacher at MOSD for over nineteen years, working hands-on everyday with our children. To her, the children are an incredible inspiration to everyone. The parents and staff add to the amazing atmosphere at MOSD with their support. Cyndi encourages anyone and everyone to visit MOSD so they can see for themselves what a remarkable place it is.
Susie joined MOSD in the summer of 2010! She knew right away that MOSD was a special place with special people. Susie assures that each wonderful child blossoms and reaches their highest potential. Her favorite part about working at MOSD is working with children who have such unique personalities and watching each one of these blessings succeed.
Sue works as a Pre-School Teacher and has been a part of MOSD for over fifteen years. She has many favorite parts about the school, especially her fellow teachers, as everyone is willing to go the extra mile. She loves watching the babies new to the program adjust to school, make friends, and develop new skills. The parents’ commitment to helping their children talk, listen, and learn is awe-inspiring and encouraging, invigorating Sue and her work.
Holly has taught at MOSD for over 16 years. With a bachelor's Degree in Oral Deaf Education from Kent State University, she is inspired by the children, and families in our program. She loves being part of the early process as children develop their auditory and language skills. Tracking the children's progress, from using one to two-word phrases, to carrying on conversations and answering complex questions, puts a light in her eye and brings her great joy.
Amy began her first year of teaching at MOSD in July of 2016 after completing her Master's degree at Washington University in St. Louis. She was honored to receive the Antoinette Frances Dames Award for her scholarship in teaching the hearing impaired. Amy describes her colleagues as supportive, pro-active, and considerate towards each individual child's journey to learning listening and spoken language. "As soon as you walk through MOSD's doors, you become part of a family filled with professionals who are passionate about this field."
Abby Meister joined the MOSD family in 2012 after receiving her Master’s degree in oral deaf education. She enjoys teaching her two and three year old students in the classroom, combining aspects of speech, language, listening, and pre-academic training throughout the school day. Abby loves watching these little ones start the school year with only a few words or sounds and ending it by combining words and sentences! The students at MOSD amaze her every day.
Chelsea joined MOSD in May of 2016 and has enjoyed getting to know each and every child. She takes great joy in seeing the excitement on the kids faces when they reach new milestones. Chelsea has loved seeing the potential these kids have and seeing the miracles that happen daily!
Miss Sam has been working with MOSD as a Teacher’s Assistant for over eight years, loving every minute of it. She takes great joy in seeing the progress made every day, especially since the children are working so hard at such a young age. Miss Sam lets all visitors know that deaf children really can talk – and if people do not believe her, send them on out and she’ll show them.
Jennifer joined our staff in January of 2016 after volunteering her time at the school for over 5 months. She fell in love with the students and decided to make her volunteer efforts more permanent and feels honored to be able to help the students at MOSD on their journey. Jennifer has worked with children with special needs for 2 years in the United States and for 5 years as a paraprofessional in Germany. Jennifer enjoys working at MOSD because she gets to watch miracles happen in the lives of the children.
Rosemary Higginbotham - Director of Business Operations
As the Director of Business Operations, Rosemary has been a vital part of MOSD’s operations for over eighteen years! Her background in business helps the school keep up its stellar performance. One of her favorite parts of her job is watching the children progress individually – and as a group. Rosemary also loves to hear the parents’ testimonials on why they chose MOSD and how they have benefited from the school’s programs.
Lauren Raymer-Hays - Development Director
We welcome Lauren Raymer-Hays to our MOSD staff as Development Director! Lauren has been involved in the Mid-South community for six years through her role as Host of Local Memphis Live and Morning Meteorologist of Local 24 News. After a ten year career in television, Lauren decided to make a life change to follow her true passion--spreading awareness of MOSD to the community. Life changed for Lauren and her husband, Callen, in 2014 when they became parents of twin boys. The first day as a parent was full of joy and heartbreak when they learned one of their sons, Landon, had failed his newborn hearing screening. Lauren is excited to give hope to other MOSD parents and provide encouragement in their individual journey. She has the determination of a parent to spread awareness about MOSD and the networking platform to increase community support.
Ginger Ragan - Development Associate
Ginger gives back to the school that once taught her child. Abbey, now 19 years old is successfully enrolled in Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University, giving hope to other hearing impaired children to excel in a world of sound. Ginger joined the MOSD family in January, 2010. She loves the nurturing learning environment that is provided for the students and the opportunity to be a part of everyday miracles. For her, the most exciting moment is when a child discovers that sound has meaning and they begin to vocally interact with the world around them! With a Bachelors Degree in Business/Marketing, she loves to share all the heart warming stories, school events and milestones the children make with everyone via the MOSD HearSay Newsletter, the MOSD website and all social media outlets.
Kathy Christiansen - Administrative Assistant
Kathy has been with MOSD for 11 years as our Administrative Assistant. Prior to becoming a part of the MOSD staff, Kathy has been a Subsidium member for 27 years, formerly volunteering at the school. Kathy takes great joy in watching the two-year-olds walk through the door and start school for the first time, and in four years graduate with the ability to hear and talk, mainstreaming into a normal school setting – quite a miracle!
Cheryl Horton - Insurance Consultant
Cheryl joined MOSD in November of 2014 as our Insurance Consultant. She has 26 years of experience in insurance billing, business management and accounting. Cheryl was previously employed with a local ENT and audiology practice serving children and adults. As we know health insurance is ever changing, we have children at MOSD who need the support services of speech therapy and aural habilitation therapy to enhance their speech and language development. Cheryl feels it is very important to work closely with the insurance companies, providers and staff to help the families maximize the most of their benefits. Cheryl loves seeing the smiling faces and progress the students make every day; it is such a rewarding experience. She feels very blessed to be a part of the MOSD family & knows this is right where God intended her to be.