Nan Asher is currently president for Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.
Nan began her career with MADHH as a board member in 2000. She was hired as the Program Manager in 2004, was promoted to the Associate Director position a year later. In 2006, she was selected to lead the Agency as its seventh Executive Director since being incorporated as a non-profit in 1951. In the fall of 2010, the Board of Directors and the membership decided to close the agency due to declining United Way Support and lack of available grand funding to carry out the mission.
Nan serves as four -time Governor’s Office Appointee to the Advisory Board of the Michigan Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which is housed inside the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns. Asher is also a charter member of the Hearing Loss Association of Ann Arbor, and an affiliate member of the Yale Lions Club. She also serves on the Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund committee, managed by the United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, serves on the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Nan has years of speaking experience and has given presentations and training to Emergency First Responders regarding communication access for Deaf and hard of hearing people. Nan is also working with the Agencies on Aging and the Michigan Assisted Living Association about the impact of undiagnosed hearing loss on the elderly. Nan has received numerous honors and awards for her advocacy efforts, including: Outstanding Hearing Technology Resource Specialist from the Michigan Hearing Loss Association, Gold Medallion Award from Eastern Michigan University, and Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan Council of Independent Living.
Nan in the News - Education and Work: Interview by Julie Eckhardt
Pat loves to read, travel and has dedicated her career to Michigan's deaf and hard of hearing communities with MADHH for over thirty-eight years, and has retired upon the closing of the agency in fall of 2010. .
Accomplishments: Two great children who have between them three children who make grandma very proud - two in college and the last one in the fall of '09.