IDHV Board of Directors

                   President: Gretchen Fors                             Gretchen, a native Boisean, is the mother of 5 children - Gretta (10), Eliza (7), Carli (3) and John/William (2 year old twins.) Gretta and Carli were both born with moderate to severe bilateral hearing loss. While living in Michigan, she actively participated in the local Michigan Hands & Voices program and learned a ton about how to be an advocate for her children's hearing needs. She loves living in Southeast Boise and living near the Greenbelt.

Vice President: Sarah Green

Secretary:  Lorna Irwin
Lorna is nearly a  founding member of Idaho Hands & Voices and has held various positions on the board of Directors.  Her daughter was born deaf more than 30 years ago, and identified at 15 months of age.  Some aspects of raising a deaf child have changed in the last three decades, and others remain very much the same—language and communication access are paramount, and don’t forget the stuff between the ears!

Executive Director: Kat Ross
Kat is the mother of Mary (5) who was born with mild/moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. After being a member of Idaho Hands & Voices and experiencing the power of parent to parent support, Kat was excited to use her administrative skills and passion for supporting families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing to help grow and insure the success of Idaho Hands & Voices. Kat and her family live in North Boise where they enjoy their community, their chickens and frequent trips to McCall.

Currently  seeking representatives from the following categories:
  • Early Intervention Professional
  • Deaf Adult


IDHV Board of Directors is comprised of up to 15 members who serve a two year term. At least 50% of the Bord of Directors are parents of children with hearing loss. The entire Board of Directors consists of:
  • Parent members
  • Professional members
  • Community members/adults who are deaf and hard of hearing

Hands & Voices is looking for families, professionals, and consumers from around the state of Idaho to serve on the Board of Directors. Read more about how to become a board member HERE.