Meet Our Team
Heuser Hearing Institute is home to more than 60 team members spread throughout our various programs. Daily operations at HHI are run by a small group of committed individuals who dedicate each and every day to better the communities we serve by strengthening every facet of our nonprofit organization. On this page, you’ll find introductions to HHI’s administration team. Along with our administrators, many other teams of outstanding individuals call Heuser Hearing Institute their home. You can learn more about the Hearing Research Center director, the Hearing Clinic providers, the Early Intervention Program team, and the Hearing & Language Academy teachers by visiting these programs’ pages.
Heuser Hearing Institute Administration
Brett Bachmann J.D. LL.M
Chief Executive Officer
Brett Bachmann is a Louisville native and serves as the CEO of Heuser Hearing Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University, his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, and his Master of Laws from The Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law. He also studied international mediation in London and The Hague and received his certificate from The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.
Brett has extensive experience as a lawyer and mediator. Before joining the HHI team, he founded a law firm specializing in education law in Los Angeles, litigated pro bono cases as the Associate Director of Pepperdine’s Special Education Law Clinic, co-founded the Louisville Film Arts Institute and established its relationship with Jefferson County Public Schools, and founded the International Commission of Peace (ICOP), a non-profit organization that provides alternative dispute resolution training to prevent war-torn countries from relapsing into wide-spread violence.
Since coming to HHI, Brett has doubled the size of the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy and created a unique program where HHLA’s deaf and hard of hearing students comingle with their hearing peers, creating a richer educational experience. He has also focused on expanding HHI’s reach as Louisville’s only nonprofit hearing center by increasing the number of patients treated and creating new and unique partnerships throughout the community.
Shannon Kisselbaugh, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy
Shannon joined the Heuser Hearing Institute as Director of Philanthropy in August 2017. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Music from Transylvania University and an MBA and MA in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Shannon has dedicated her career to serving others in the nonprofit sector and has over 14 years’ experience in fundraising, grant writing, charitable gift planning, human resources and accounting. She received the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 2014. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Charitable Gift Planners of Kentuckiana, where she currently serves as a Board Member and Treasurer.
Prior to joining Heuser Hearing Institute, Shannon was the Associate Director of Development with Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she stewarded relationships with donors and launched a new planned giving campaign. Prior to Actors Theatre, Shannon worked as Director of Stewardship for the Community Foundation of Louisville, assisting over 1,000 families with their charitable giving. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys playing percussion with the Indiana University Southeast Concert Band and the River Cities Community Band and spending time at the park with her husband and basset hound.
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Debbie has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Elementary Education and spent 15 years as an elementary school teacher before entering the field of early intervention. Along with these degrees, Debra holds two graduate teaching certifications for Dual Sensory Impairment and Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
After her teaching career, Debbie worked with the Georgia Parent Infant Network for Educational Services (PINES) providing early intervention for children ages 0–3 with visual and multiple handicaps before joining Cochlear Americas as a parent advocate in 2004. From 2010–12, Debbie was a member of the national advocacy association Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), representing parents of children with disabilities as an advocate in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.
Debra has been keynote speaker for Georgia PINES conferences and Heuser Hearing Institute’s Sound Beginnings meetings. She was published in the National Center on Deaf-Blindness’ Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 editions of Deaf-Blind Perspectives as well as in Volume 4, No. 1 of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s TX SenseAbilities newsletter in 2010
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