Tina Ortega

Mentor since 2015

    Chico, CA is home to Tina, her husband and 3 children. Their youngest, Brianne, came into the world in 2002 and was born profoundly Deaf. She also has a rare chromosome disorder. Tina loves the journey Brianne has taken them on – saying that it has been amazing, but not without it’s challenges. Tina has a heart and a passion to reach out to families who likewise find themselves on the same beautiful, challenging journey.

    Cynthia Lemus-Ramos

    Parent Mentor

      Cynthia is the mother of three beautiful children. When her son Gerardo was born in 2001, and diagnosed with dwarfism and severe hearing loss, she didn’t know another parent of a deaf child. Although she had some semblance of support from professionals, she would have liked to be ‘linked’ with another parent that understood what she was going through – Someone to reassure her and say that everything would be alright. Gerardo was nine years old when she started receiving mentorship. It’s never too late to connect with other families. As a Parent Mentor now, she wants parents to know that they are not alone, and although it might be a rocky journey at times, it’s a beautiful one.

      Yasmin Ramos

      Mentor since 2016

        Yasmin was born in El Salvador and her family came to the US when she was 7-years-old. She was raised in San Francisco, graduated as a Medical Assistant, and she’s also a cancer survivor. Yasmin and her husband Nelson have two wonderful kids – Iliana was born in 1999 and Jonathan in 2011. Both of them are Deaf and currently attend the School for the Deaf in Fremont. Go CSD Eagles! Yasmin enjoys reading, hiking and spending quality time with her family.

        Kat Lowrance

        Mentor since 2002

          Living a couple hours south of the Oregon border the last several years, Kat is very familiar with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) resources and Deaf culture of the rural, frontier area. She has three grown children and her youngest son, born in 1984, is profoundly deaf. He’s a chef at Oyamel Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.! She also has two bright, ambitious grandsons, one of whom Kat and her husband are raising. Kat has a passion for working with families who have DHH children and enjoys sharing the wonder, challenge and delights of raising a deaf child.

          Irma Sanchez

          Mentor since 2010

            Irma and her husband are residents of Los Angeles and proud parents of three amazing young men born in 1994, 1996 and 2000. Each of them are deaf, having bilateral (both left and right sides) severe to profound hearing loss. Irma knows firsthand the struggles, roller coaster feelings, and blessings of raising a deaf child. After all she has been raising deaf children continuously since the world’s first smartphones went on sale (The IBM Simon in 1994). Irma is very passionate about providing support and resources to families, especially to the Latino community.

            Sherry Freitas

            Mentor since 2016

              Sherry lives in San Diego and is the mother to two deaf boys, born in 2003 & 2006. Both passed their newborn hearing screenings and each was identified with a hearing loss around age 2½. As their hearing losses turned out to be progressive, they’ve transitioned from hearing aids to cochlear implants. Sherry has found the support of other parents, both locally and online, to be a blessing to her family and enjoys helping other families with the ups and downs of their own journeys.

              Janell Graves

              Mentor since 2017

                Janell is from San Diego and has lived there all her life. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Public Health. She has 3 children with her husband Andre. Janell’s sons, Korbin and Remington are hearing and her daughter, Vivian is deaf and uses cochlear implants to help her hear. Janell enjoys exploring outdoors with her family spending free time hiking in the mountains or creating arts and crafts with her children. She enjoys being active and spending time together with her family and their dog, Scout. Working as a Parent Mentor for Parent Links is incredibly fulfilling for Janell as she enjoys connecting with and meeting families just like her own. Her goal is to ensure that families newly navigating a hearing loss diagnosis know that they are not alone on this journey.

                Maxine Moerman

                Mentor since 2016

                  Maxine and her husband live in San Francisco. Their daughter Anya was born in 2008. Anya is vibrant, social and always on the go! She is deaf in one ear and has moderate to profound hearing loss in her other ear. She wears hearing aids and has participated in oral and signing programs and has attended public and private schools. Maxine has learned a lot from the variety of programs her daughter has participated in and looks forward to sharing her experience with other families. She herself has found it a difficulty to locate and connect with families who have children with hearing loss and hopes as a Parent Mentor to bridge the gap she experienced. Maxine teaches dance, yoga and English as a Second Language (ESL). She is currently learning American Sign Language (ASL) and enjoys sharing ASL with her family.

                  Harshada Kadu

                  Mentor since 2016

                    Harshada is a proud hearing mom of a Deaf girl and a hearing boy, born in 2010 and 2014 respectively. They are a multi-cultural and multi-lingual family with American Sign Language (ASL), English, Hindi and Marathi as their primary languages. They follow the Deaf and Indian Culture in their everyday lives. Harshada’s daughter is thriving at the California School for the Deaf and has become such an amazing, confident girl! Harshada feels fortunate to be a parent mentor and would love to take you on this wonderful journey of raising a Deaf child. Harshada says, “Welcome aboard!”