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MEET THE GUIDES

Our Guide By Your Side Program serves the entire state of Illinois.  This map represents our color coded regions.  Many of our guides serve families statewide, some stay within their color region.  See the Parent Guide Bio's and color regions below.

Carrie Balian

Program Coordinator

​Carrie Balian is the mother of five children. Her oldest, Jack, was born deaf. Carrie and her family reside in Island Lake, IL. She is the Coordinator of the Guide By Your Side program in Illinois. Carrie has presented to groups nationwide and co-authored several publications including the NCHAM e-book. Carrie has served or is currently serving as a board member for the Illinois Genetic & Metabolic Diseases Advisory Council, , an editor for the JEHDI publication and participated on the Illinois Universal Newborn Hearing & Screening Advisory Board and Illinois Deaf Task Force. She also participated as a parent professional on the NICHQ national and statewide learning collaborative teams. Carrie has been recognized and awarded both nationally and locally for her support, commitment and leadership in the field. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management.

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Meet our Guides who are located all over our state.

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Kelly Hemesath

Lead Parent Guide

Kelley is the mother of two children one who is deaf. Kelley and her family live in St. Clair County.

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Jaclyn Urbanski

Senior Parent Guide

Jaclyn is the mother of three children one who is deaf. She is also a Board Member of IL Hands & Voices. Jaclyn and her family live in Lake County.

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Anita Cervantes-Bowen

Lead Parent Guide

Anita is the mother of four children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She assists families as our Deaf Parent Guide. Anita and her family live in McLean County.

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Lydia Hernandez

Senior Parent Guide

​Lydia is the mother of four children one who is hard of hearing. She assists families as one of our Spanish speaking Parent Guides, she is also the Vice President of IL Hands & Voices. Lydia and her family live in Cook County.

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Andrea Stambaugh

Lead Parent Guide

Andrea is the mother of one child who is deaf. She is also the President of our IL Hands & Voices Board. Andrea and her family live in Kendall County.

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Alicia Aaron

Parent Guide

​Alicia is the mother of two children one who is hard of hearing. Alicia and her family live in Cook County.

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Amy Keslinksi

Parent Guide

​Amy is the mother of two children one who is hard of hearing. Amy and her family live in Kane County.

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Laura Kowalski

Parent Guide

​Laura is the mother of two children one who is deaf. Laura and her family live in Cook County.

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Laurie Hofman

Parent Guide

​Laurie is the mother of one child who is hard of hearing. Laurie and her family live in Kankakee County.

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Nellie Sandoval

Parent Guide

​Nellie is the mother of four children one who is hard of hearing. Nellie and her family live in Cook County.

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Ramona Martin

Parent Guide

​Ramona is the mother of four children two who are hard of hearing. Ramona and her family live in Sangamon County.

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Sarah Esparza

Parent Guide

​Sarah is the mother of one child who is hard of hearing. Sarah and her family live in  County.