Category: Development

Dublin Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

By Alexa Demyan,

On May 13, the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) staff and Board, as well as members of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the grand opening of our new Dublin audiology office with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, only 1 in 5 people who need a hearing aid actually wear one,” said James O. Dye, CSHC President & CEO. “We expanded our services to Dublin to make high quality hearing healthcare more accessible to residents in the area.”

The new office, located at 5155 Bradenton Ave., Suite 150 in Dublin, specializes in audiology services, hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations and fittings, custom hearing protection, special program and follow up care. Dr. Natalie Rosselli and Dr. Jennifer Thomson serve as the onsite audiologists.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the high-quality hearing care that patients expect from Columbus Speech & Hearing Center to the Dublin area,” said Dr. Rosselli. “By having this location, we will be able to improve so many more patients’ lives through better hearing.”

“The Dublin community has been very supportive and welcoming of our expansion,” Dye added. “We’re incredibly grateful to our philanthropic partner, The Columbus Foundation, for the financial support to make this new expansion possible.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was limited in attendees. However, you’re invited to celebrate the new office and potential impact it will have on the central Ohio community by scheduling an appointment, touring the facility or donating a financial gift.

CSHC is a nonprofit organization that relies on the support of volunteers and donors to continue to provide services and programs so that people of all ages receive the intervention and therapy needed for their communication challenges. Consider giving a generous gift so the next person who walks through our doors leaves experiencing better hearing and speech.

Board Member Spotlight: R. Travis Upton

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is a nonprofit organization governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. The 17 members that make up our Board are volunteers with a deep passion for CSHC, selflessly offering their time, talent and treasure to advance the mission.

To recognize their commitment to CSHC, we’re shining a spotlight on each of our Board members over the next few months. Our first spotlight features R. Travis Upton.

As the CEO and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of The Joseph Group Capital Management, Upton provides visionary leadership to enhance The Joseph Group’s culture and mission through big ideas and impactful relationships. As the CIO, Upton chairs the firm’s Investment Committee and uses his communication skills to simplify investment concepts.

He and his wife Shannon share three children – Spencer, Karly and Oliver – and have lived in central Ohio for almost 20 years. “I love Columbus and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he says. In fact, Oliver shares his initials (OSU) with the 8-time national championship Buckeye football team.

Upton joined the CSHC Board in late 2019, excited to get to know the organization’s leadership and staff on a more personal level. Although he was faced with a major learning curve as the world began to be experience the effects of a global pandemic, the Board is engaged now more than ever.

Upton shares that “the personal stories behind the impact” are what excites him most about CSHC’s work in the community. He’s always inspired when he sees how people have grown in ways that they might not have without the help of CSHC.

After touring the Center’s new Dublin office, his enthusiasm for the vision for expansion only grew. “Growth toward a purpose is extremely exciting,” says Upton. “Things are being positioned to have CSHC’s next 100 years be just as impactful.”

We thank Upton for his leadership and commitment to the CSHC. To learn more about the CSHC Board of Directors, visit our Leadership & Financials page.

Support Columbus Speech & Hearing Center by Giving to the United for Impact Campaign, May 10-14

By Gretchen Colon,

Local nonprofits and the people they serve are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, and their struggle affects all of us. That is why United Way of Central Ohio is pulling together the caring power of our community to be United for Impact!

From May 10-14, you have the power to make a difference and show your favorite nonprofits in central Ohio how much you care! Your donation will have an even bigger impact when our community comes together in the spirit of giving to unlock an additional $240,000 in sponsorship prize money for the 80+ participating nonprofits, including Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

May 10-14 is an especially important week for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center and our clients, as we will be opening our new Dublin audiology office on Monday, May 10. We are excited to extend our services and make a greater impact in central Ohio.

Your donation to the United for Impact campaign in support of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center will help us continue to offer client-centered services that transform the lives of thousands of children, teens and adults suffering from speech challenges and hearing loss. 

There are more than 80 nonprofits to choose from, and exactly 100% of your United for Impact donation goes to the nonprofit(s) of your choice or all of them, if you choose. Your dollars join with the dollars of others who are passionate about giving back to our community. That combined support unlocks even more money to help nonprofits and the people they serve.

Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. Bonus prizes will be unlocked when various levels of donations or number of donors are reached:

  • Level 1: Unlocks at $50k raised or 500 donors
  • Level 2: Unlocks at $125k or 1,000 donors
  • Level 3: Unlocks at $225k or 1,500 donors
  • Level 4: Unlocks at $350k or 2,000 donors

There are two ways you can support Columbus Speech & Hearing Center during the United for Impact campaign from May 10-14:

  • Choose Columbus Speech & Hearing Center as your nonprofit of choice and/or support up to five participating nonprofits in one transaction: Visit Click ‘Give Now’ or search for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in the list. *Please note: All donations for the United for Impact campaign must be made through the website. The link will go live at 8 a.m. Monday, May 10. The campaigns ends at 12 p.m. Friday, May 14.

The selected nonprofits receive 100% of the donation plus a portion of the bonus prize money. The more money we raise, the more bonus prize money is unlocked. These dollars are critical to helping our nonprofit network provide hope and relief to our neighbors impacted by the pandemic.

We’re all stronger when we work together, so we’re counting on you to be United for Impact and help us spread the word on social media using the #UnitedForImpact hashtag. Thank you for supporting Columbus Speech & Hearing Center and all we serve!

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their support: Columbia Gas of Ohio, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, Big Lots, Donatos, EY, GBQ, IGS, M/I Homes, Medical Mutual, Scotts Miracle-Gro and White Castle.

Bringing Better Hearing & Speech to Central Ohio

By Alexa Demyan,

We listen to more than 30,000 words and speak over 7,000 words every day. Communication is vital to our human connection, and at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) we ensure that individuals and children facing communication challenges are being served and impacted. 

Serving central Ohio since 1923, CSHC provides vital intervention and therapy to more than 5,000 people annually. Untreated hearing loss and speech challenges have serious emotional and social consequences, including depression, anxiety, emotional instability, withdrawal, and isolation. Children, without early intervention, are not ready for kindergarten and may not have success in school or later in life. 

We’re not just one Center; we’re expanding our reach. CSHC provides services in over 15 local schools, 40 early childhood locations, and 13 different local libraries annually. Now we also have an office in Dublin, Ohio. 

View Our 2019 Annual Report

CSHC is a nonprofit organization that counts on the support of volunteers and donors to continue to provide services and programs so that people of all ages receive the intervention and therapy needed for their communication challenges. 

Regardless of size, financial support goes to work immediately by ensuring that care, compassion, and help is provided to children and individuals in our community who face communication challenges. 

As we prepare for Better Hearing & Speech Month in May, please consider giving a gift so the next person who walks through our doors will leave experiencing better hearing and speech. 

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CSHC’s 2019 Annual Report

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center unveiled their 2019 Annual Report with a virtual Year-End Celebration on December 10. This virtual celebration was hosted by Board President, Robert Rupp, President & CEO, James Dye, and Development Director, Chelsey Craig.

You can read the 2019 Annual Report here.

If you’d like to learn more about how donations have impacted the patients, clients, students, and staff of the Center, please reach out!

A special thank you to Edwin John Yang, a former patient of CSHC, who so generously donated his time and talents to help create our first digital annual report.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center announced as recipient of grant from Ingram-White Castle Foundation

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program at the Center, which provides individual therapy for children with communication disorders, and group treatment which focuses on social emotional learning and development opportunities for children. Both programs are essential components in ensuring children can successfully participate in academic and social settings.

True to its mission of unlocking potential for individuals with communication and vocational challenges through all stages of life, the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program provides critical speech-language and social support for children with speech delays and other communication disorders. The grant helps CSHC continue to provide these critical services for all children, including those from households who rely on donor and grant support.

“Approximately one in three families who receive speech therapy services from us rely on community support,” said CSHC President & CEO James O. Dye. “This generous grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation ensures we can continue to provide those critical services for the children of central Ohio.”

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for tens of thousands of people with communication challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehab and community education, and is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit

About the Ingram-White Castle Foundation

The Ingram-White Castle Foundation, which was founded in 1949, is still operated by the Ingram Family today. The Foundation’s mission is to provide physical, educational, emotional and spiritual nourishment to those who hunger for knowledge, independence and self-sufficiency. Recognizing that everyone benefits when we lend a helping hand to those who currently cannot help themselves, the Foundation invests with stewardship, seeking significant impact for those who yearn for a better life. The Foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to support programs that serve disadvantaged students and help them achieve academic success.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (Careers for People with Disabilities) earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

By Clay Parlette,

CARF International announced that Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services (Employment Supports, Job Development) and Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services programs. The latest accreditation is the 14th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is a not-for-profit organization with offices at 510 E. North Broadway. It has been providing Community Employment Services and Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation services in the Columbus area since 1971.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

For additional information, contact Jamie Noon at (614) 263-5151.



CSHC partners with Columbia Gas of Ohio to promote company diversity & inclusion efforts

By Clay Parlette,

Today Columbia Gas of Ohio announced its decision to partner with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center as a Corporate Advocate for diversity and inclusion (D&I). The partnership is funded through the Columbia Cares program as an extension of the company’s ongoing effort to promote a robust and diverse workforce.

As a Corporate Advocate, Columbia Gas of Ohio employees will now have access to American Sign Language (ASL) classes, specialized educational seminars and various other resources provided by Columbus Speech & Hearing Center staff. The company expects the partnership to help its employees gain new knowledge to provide better customer service and a safer and more productive workplace.

The partnership announcement is a direct result of Columbia Gas of Ohio President Dan Creekmur’s leadership in focusing on the benefits of diversity and inclusion by expanding the company’s initiatives.

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech and Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for tens of thousands of people with communication challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehab and community education. For more information, visit