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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 bachman CEO - Heuser Hearing Institute - Louisville KY

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.

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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.

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Wende Elkins - Exec Assist - Heuser Hearing Institute - Louisville KY

Wende Elkins
Executive Assistant
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Debbie Woods - Education Director - Heuser Hearing Institute - Louisville KY

Debra Woods
Education Director
Grant Writer

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.

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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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Monique Robinson
Accounting Assistant

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Jason Allemang
Maintenance Engineer
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