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.

Renee de Villiers


Reneé de Villiers

In October 2008 Reneé was part of the initial group of Parent Advisors trained in the Western Cape for the HI HOPES programme, and she is now the provincial coordinator for the Western Cape.

Now based in Bellville, Reneé trained as a teacher in special education for hearing impaired children at the University of Stellenbosch and worked and as a parent guidance teacher with families of deaf babies and children and children with language disorders for 28 years. She also trained and has worked as a play therapist.

Yvette Vivian


Yvette Vivian

Yvette is part of the Gauteng mentoring team at HI HOPES. The focus of this work is to to ensure that the Parent Advisors 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 multiple disabilities in babies and young children. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology with a specific interest in counselling and family therapy with many years of experience in these areas. She is married to Graham and is the mother of a 10 year old son and 13 year old daughter.

Kerryn Arteiro


Kerryn Arteiro

Kerryn has been a Parent Advisor for 5 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 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter.

Dianne Goring


Dianne Goring

Dianne is the Provincial Coordinator for HI HOPES in KZN, as well as a trained Parent Advisor. Her role includes liaison between referring agents and the Parent Advisor/Deaf Mentor team. She supervises and supports 30 Parent Advisors throughout KZN, many of whom visit families in remote and deep rural communities.

Dianne is a registered nurse with a post graduate degree in occupational health. She speaks South African Sign Language and is closely involved in the Deaf community in Port Shepstone and Durban.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Dianne has lived at the coast for 11 years. She is married to Martin and has two children aged 20 and 17.

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.

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