July Board Spotlight: Barbara Kelley

Friday, July 9th, 2021

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is a longstanding nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. To recognize the commitment of our 17 Board members, we’re shining a spotlight on these dedicated volunteers. This month, we’re excited to introduce you to Barbara Kelley!

Barbara serves as Vice President of People at Safelite Autoglass and has been with the company for 11 years. Originally from the Dayton area, she has worked in human resources for several central Ohio companies over the past three decades. 

She is active in her church and loves to travel, garden, hike and kayak, spending as much time as she can outdoors. Her three children live throughout the country, and her husband is a firefighter for the City of Columbus. 

The twelfth of 13 children, Barbara grew up close to her siblings, especially her sister, who was born deaf. Later in life, Barbara wanted to dedicate her time to a local nonprofit that improved the lives of those who were Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. 

So, when the CEO of Safelite encouraged all leadership to get involved in the community, Barbara immediately joined the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center Board to “become part of the magical work that the Center does.”

After serving on the Board for seven years, she has enjoyed seeing the Center’s transformation. “Columbus Speech & Hearing Center continues to evolve and fulfill its mission,” she said. “I’m proud to see the Center focus on what it does best, which is create more connections within the community.” 

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has a long-term impact on people’s lives. “The important work of the Center helps people be successful and grow in their communication abilities,” she said. “And that’s one of the greatest gifts you can give someone.”

Thank you, Barbara Kelley, for your leadership and commitment to Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. 

To improve communication for all people, like Barbara’s sister, consider giving a financial gift to Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. Your continuous support of our nonprofit year after year helps to unlock the potential for individuals with communication challenges through all stages of life.