Dedicated to helping Deaf and hard-of-hearing children grow and learn in a world they cannot hear
 

Meet the team

Claudine Storbeck

Professor Claudine Storbeck : Director

Claudine’s passion is ensuring that all children with hearing loss have equal access to education and equal opportunities to develop to their full potential. After graduating in the fields of both teaching and educational psychology, her post graduate research was in the field of Educational Linguistics and Deaf Education.

She started the Centre for Deaf Studies in the Department of Specialised Education at Witwatersrand University in 1998 and is currently the Director of the Centre.

In 2006 she established the first home based early intervention programme for families with a Deaf infant (HI HOPES) in South Africa.

Claudine is a Paul Harris Fellow, was the winner (Zone 10) and finalist in the Rotary service to humanity global awards (2006) and was Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 1995/6. She is the current World Federation of the Deaf appointed world specialist on deafness.

Carla Zille

 

Carla Zille

Carla is the Gauteng Coordinator for HI HOPES based at the National office at the Centre for Deaf Studies, Wits Education Campus.

She lost her hearing as an infant due to ototoxic medication and is committed to helping deaf infants and their families to have access to opportunities that typical children have. A trained Pre primary teacher with 13 years' experience, Carla trained with the foundation Team of Parent Advisors and Deaf Mentors in 2006 and left teaching special needs children in 2007 to join HI HOPES on a full time basis.

She has also worked in the corporate world as a Display Design Manager in the Retail field and National Merchandise Manager for an International Cosmetic company. Her passions are children and animals. She loves reading, movies and time out with friends.

Selvarani Moodley

 

Selvarani Moodley

Selvarani is a speech language therapist and audiologist with a Masters degree in Audiology (Advanced Audiology, Early Intervention and Deafness Studies). Her current primary role is as researcher in early intervention, and she is currently completing a PhD with the aim of improving the system of identification and intervention for children with hearing loss in South Africa.

Selvarani is a trained Parent Advisor. As the audiologist on the programme her role includes liaison with referring audiologists and mentoring of Parent Advisors on all aspects of audiology testing.

Yvette Vivian

 

Yvette Vivian

Yvette is part of the Gauteng mentoring team of HI HOPES. The focus of this work is to ensure that the team of Gauteng Parent Advisors are equipped to offer quality intervention services to families of deaf infants and that they are as professional and as skilled as possible, thereby offering a life line to parents as they embark on the journey of raising a child with a hearing loss.

Yvette is an experienced early interventionist with a particular focus on families and multiple disabilities in babies and young children with complex needs. She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Intervention with an Honours Degree in Psychology. She is married to Graham and is the mother of two teenage children.

Darlene de Jager

 

Darlene de Jager

In March 2010, Darlene trained as a Parent Advisor for the HI HOPES programme and is now the provincial coordinator for the Western Cape.

Based in Athlone, Darlene has a Master Degree in International Education from Sussex University in the United Kingdom. She specialised in Early Childhood Development and Special Education Needs. Passionate about community development, she has worked in the Non Governmental sector for 16 years; she believes her work with HI HOPES will be instrumental in uplifting her fellow citizens while contributing in a small, yet meaningful way to the development of her country.

Kerryn Arteiro

 

Kerryn Arteiro

Kerryn has been a Parent Advisor for 8 years and is part of the Gauteng Mentoring Team in the HI HOPES programme. Mentors develop the skills of Parent Advisors and guide them in their role as early intervention partners to families of children with hearing loss.

Kerryn has an Honours Degree in Deaf Education and has many years’ experience in this field, with a particular interest in early intervention. She has been trained in early intervention for children with multiple disabilities and a particularly enjoys her work in this area. Kerryn is married and has a 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter.

Rashni Prithipal

 

Rashni Prithipal

Rashni is the Provincial Coordinator for HI HOPES in KZN, as well as a trained Parent Advisor. Based in Umhlanga Rocks, her role includes liason between referring agents and the Parent Advisors. She currently supports 20 Parent Advisors throughout KZN.

Rashni is a qualified Audiologist with a BSc (Hons) degree in Audiology. After qualifying she went on to acquire extensive experience both nationally and internationally, working closely with the paediatric population. Rashni is passionate about providing early intervention to children that have hearing losses.

Percy Nkomo

 

Percy Nkomo

Percy is a member of the HI HOPES mentoring team in Gauteng. She has a Diploma in Early childhood Education and Care and was a foundation phase teacher before becoming a Parent Advisor 8 years ago. Since then, she has worked with over 70 families in Gauteng, the North West and Limpopo provinces. She really is motivated when she sees positive change in the family's attitude towards their child with a hearing loss. Percy supports and mentors Parent Advisors with her years of experience in the field.

She has a 12 year old daughter and enjoys reading and cooking in her spare time.

Elizabeth Mathlhole

Elizabeth Matlhole

Receptionist Elizabeth started working at Centre for Deaf Studies April 2011. She handles reception duties for both the Centre and Hi HOPES at Wits Education campus.

She schedules and confirms appointments for the director and staff, establishes work procedures and keeps track of the daily office administration such as booking flights, tracking invoices, answering queries on the telephone and generally assisting where she can. Elizabeth has a Secretarial Certificate and Call Centre diploma.

Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen

Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen

Wilma is the National Deaf Mentor Coordinator of HI HOPES. Her passion is providing training for Deaf people, including leadership training and capacity building. She enjoys passing on knowledge and skills to those who are Deaf or hard of hearing, because many of them miss out on important information that hearing people take for granted.

Wilma worked as social worker for the Deaf Community of Cape Town and then as Provincial Director for DeafSA before becoming a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2014. She was a board member of the World Federation of the Deaf from 2007-2011, and Vice President from 2011-2015. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Law and an MA Social Work from Gallaudet University.

Wilma is married to Bruno Druchen who is also Deaf and is the National Director of DeafSA. They have two hearing children.


Eunice Sediti

Eunice Sediti

Eunice Sediti is the Fundraising and Development Coordinator for HI HOPES. She has been with the University of the Witwatersrand since 2010 and has worked in Child Development for the last 10 years.

Eunice’s fundraising and development role within HI HOPES will address the challenge of ensuring that children who are Deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to education and equal opportunities to develop to their full potential.


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