LA EHDI State Advisory Council

The LA EHDI Advisory Council was established to provide direction and guidance to the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. The membership represents a broad collaboration of persons and organizations that have an interest in the success of the program.

The LA EHDI Advisory Committee is committed to the adoption of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs. Our goal is to facilitate the early identification, diagnosis, amplification and intervention of infants and children with hearing loss in order to maximize developmental outcomes.


Sohit Konotra, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist & Chairperson

Leigh Ann Norman






Jay Isch

Deaf Adult & Vice-Chairperson

Sharon Gates

Hospital Association Representative


Speech/Language Pathologist

Gina Easterly

Office of Public Health Representative

Susannah Boudreaux

Deaf Educator

Marbely Barahona

Parent of child using Oral Communication

Ashley Nielsen

Parent of child using Total Communication

Melissa McConnell

Department of Education Representative

Melodie Sparks

LA Commission for the Deaf Representative

 Jimmy Gore

LA Association of the Deaf Representative