About California Hands & Voices

California Hands & Voices is a parent-driven, non-profit Organization dedicated to supporting families’ choices in language, communication modality and methodologies without bias.

We are a diverse group of mothers, fathers, professionals and community members all working together committed to the Mission and Vision of California Hands & Voices. We are Hearing, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults who use a variety of means to communicate with our children, including but not limited to American Sign Language and English (reading, writing, and spoken).

We believe that families can make informed decisions with access to resources and support. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on empowering parents so that their Deaf and Hard of Hearing children can reach their highest potential.

California Hands & Voices is a nonprofit, all volunteer, 100% giving organization that depends on donations to continue to bring educational programs, family gatherings and to further grow the network of empowered parents throughout the State. The Tax ID Number is EIN# 27-2152925 and all donations are tax deductible and deeply appreciated no matter the amount.

CA Hands & Voices Chapter is a part of Hands & Voices National Organization.

Members at Large

Region 1 Area RepVacant

Region 2 Area RepCindy Sandoval – (CSandoval@cahandsandvoices.org) Cindy lives in Northern California with her husband Francisco, Jordan (19) and Chrystian (14). Jordan was identified as Deaf at the age of 14 months. Even though Cindy had access to parent mentor supports early on, she hesitated to reach out, but luckily with family & friends support, she was able to move forward and immerse herself in all resources related to her son. Cindy understands the importance of family-to-family support and enjoys sharing her experiences with families.

Region 3 Area RepApryl Chauhan - See below, Advisory board

Region 4 Area RepVacant

Region 5 Area RepVacant

Region 6 Area RepVacant

Region 7 Area RepYiesell Rayon (yrayon@cahandsandvoices.org) – Yiesell and her family reside in LA County. She is a proud mother of two boys, Christian (9) who is hearing and Markie who has moderate to severe hearing loss. Markie is bilaterally aided and is enrolled in a total communication DHH preschool learning both speech and American Sign Language. Yiesell currently works as a bilingual advocate for a non-profit Parent Center that provides support, education and advocacy to families who have children with diverse abilities. She looks forward to bringing together DHH families throughout the LA and Orange County areas. She enjoys offering support by educating and guiding parents how to advocate for their own DHH children.

DHH Family Camp Southern California Co-Chair DirectorKristal Molina (KMolina@cahandsandvoices.org) – Kristal and her husband live in San Diego. They are parents of Lily who is Deaf (14) and Josiah (11) who is hearing. Lily was identified with a profound hearing loss after a battle with Spinal Meningitis at 10 months and later received cochlear implants. Lily uses American Sign Language and English. Kristal works for Parent Links supporting families with newly identified DHH children.

MembershipCora Shahid (Membership@cahandsandvoices.org) – Cora and her husband live in San Diego and are proud parents of Christina (25) hearing, Zain (11) and Ibrahim (5) who are both Deaf. From the very beginning she believed in early parent to parent support, DHH role models and the importance of nurturing language development in whatever way worked for her children. She currently works for Parent Links supporting families with newly identified DHH children ages 0-3.

Region 8 Area RepVacant

Region 9 Area RepVacant

Advisory board members

Apryl Chauhan (AChauhan@cahandsandvoices.org) – Apryl lives in the East Bay Area with her lovely family, husband Raj Chauhan, Zahra (13), Ashanti (10) and Malik (6). Zahra was identified as profoundly Deaf at the age of two years old. The first point of contact the family made was a parent mentor. In order to “pay it forward” Apryl has worked in several different roles on the local and state level supporting families and DHH children. The Chauhan family’s story can also be found in New York Times Best Seller “Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon.

Melanie Doyle (MDoyle@cahandsandvoices.org) – Melanie is the proud mother of twin boys, Riley (20) who is hearing; and Crosby (20), who is oral Deaf and utilizes both a hearing aid and cochlear implant. Both boys are in College. Melanie is a co-founder of the annual DHH Family Camp, which is the Flagship DHH Family Camp for California Hands & Voices.

Susan Popov (SPopov@cahandsandvoices.org) – Susan and her husband Sascha live in San Diego, CA. They are the proud parents of two beautiful young adults. Victoria was diagnosed as being bilaterally severe-profoundly Deaf at the age of 18 months. She was fitted for hearing aids and started speech therapy. She received her 1st CI/Cochlear Implant at age 8; and 2nd CI during mainstream high school at the age of 17 years. She passionately learned ASL in high school and loves using both her hands and voice. Currently, Tori is a college student at RIT/Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She has a Biomedical Science major in the College of Health, Science and Technology. Their son, Michael, is hearing and is a strong advocate of his sister Tori. He is attending CSUN/Cal-State Northridge University, CA, with a Film major in the College of Cinematography. Interestingly, both RIT and CSUN offer may college options for kids who are DHH. Susan has been a DHH Family Camp supporter for over 15 years. She remains a committee member of the Annual DHH Family Camp Southern California, in Julian, CA, over Memorial Day Weekend.