“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Board Members Wanted!

If you would like to serve on our board of directors, please fill in the information below and we will send you more information.  
We are also in need of regional Parent Leaders.  If you are interested in organizing event, hosting speakers in your area, or attending conferences on behalf of Montana Hands & Voices contact us below.

Moriah Cochran, Parent, Montana Hands & Voices President


Moriah lives outside of Missoula with her husband and 4 boys. Her youngest is profoundly deaf. Moriah works as a dental hygienist and enjoys camping, baking and spending time with her family. Moriah was drawn to Hands & Voices as she saw the value of parent support and  no bias over communication modes or modalities.

Vena Dagnall, Parent, BA Business Mareting, Montana Hands & Voices Director

Canyon Creek

Vena and her husband live about 25 miles outside of Helena and have 2 children, the second of which was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at 18mo.  She has a Marketing degree from MSU (GO CATS!) and enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, camping and the outdoors in general.  She became involved in Hands & Voices to help improve the many different aspects of life for D/HH children in Montana.  

Vice President

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Mary Koch Cline, MA CED, Montana Hands & Voices Secratary


Mary is a semi-retired educator having worked with D/HH children for over 40 years.  She received her Masters in Education of the Deaf from Gallaudet.  After graduation she studied with Daniel Ling while teaching at the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf.  Desiring to shift from classroom teaching to family orientated intervention, she began to work at the Helen Beebe Speech and Hearing Center (a founding center of the Auditory-Verbal method) in 1961 and was later a clinical director.  There she began working with children with cochlear implants in 1983 and in 1994 joined the cochlear implant team at John Hopkins Hospital.  For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, training teachers, SLPs, administrators and families how to balance listening and spoken language with sign language in order to optimize communication and cognition.  Mary served on the national Hands & Voices board for many years.  She has two adult children living in Maryland.  She married Jim Cline, a retired teacher form California and moved to Hamilton (and now Victor) in 2009.  Since that time she has consulted with schools in western Montana as well as teaching aural rehabilitation at University of Montana.  Mary has found the "home of her heart" in Montana and is delighted to be serving on Montana Hand & Voices board.   

Rita Brandborg, Deaf Parent, M.A. Curriculum & Instruction, Deaf Mentor, Lead-K Board member, Montna Hands & Voices SecretaryBoard Member


Rita grew up in Cheshire, CT and made the move to Missoula, MT in 2005. She was raised orally and later learned ASL throughout college. She has a background in Fine Arts and Photography from University of Hartford, CT. Rita also holds a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Montana. Both Rita and her husband, Flynt, are Deaf, as well as their children. Rita relies solely on hearing aids and Flynt is a cochlear implant recipient along with their children. Because of their children, they primarily communicate using ASL in their home. However, with the inclusion of cochlear implants, both parents are practicing speech development with them. Rita truly enjoys being a stay at home mom and cherishes every moment with her children.

Cathy Jury, M.ed/Deaf Education, Outreach Consultant Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, Montana Hands & VoicesBoard Member

St. Ignatius

Cathy Jury lives in the beautiful Mission Mountains along with her husband and their 2 daughters. Her family loves camping, spending time in Glacier park and being with extended family. She works out of her home office as an Outreach Consultant for Montana School for the Deaf and Blind.

Her career in Deaf Education began as an interpreter, then she worked as a Teacher of the Deaf, a Family Advisor and finally as an Outreach Consultant. She has her associate’s degree from an Interpreter’s Training Program in Spokane, along with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a master’s in Deaf Education. During the summer of 2017, she attended training to become a trainer of SkiHi which is a program for Early Intervention for Deaf and Hard of hearing and looks forward to offering trainings in Montana. She feels blessed to be able to support an amazing group of dedicated parents. “I have so much respect for the decisions and journeys parents and caregivers are on. I have witnessed how much of an impact parents have on each other. Being able to share their experiences and journey with one another allows them to not feel they are all alone. I’m excited to help bring parents across our vast state together to support each other. I believe Hands & Voices will help make this happen.”

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