Meredith Berger an OPTION member since 2009 is the director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/New York campus. Meredith’s committee work includes the Annual Planning Committee and the Data Committee prior to joining the Executive Board as a Director-at-Large in July 2016. In addition, Meredith is proud to represent OPTION with the Common Ground Project, a collaboration between OPTION and CEASD. Meredith received a B.S. in Education (Special Education/Elementary Education) from SUNY at Buffalo State College and a Master’s degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education from Canisius College. After teaching for 15 years in roles including Early Intervention, Preschool Teacher and Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, she joined the Cochlear Implant/Hearing and Speech Center at what is now The Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In her role as Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education Consultant, she had the opportunity to collaborate and support families of children who were deaf or hard of hearing, consult with local schools and professionals to advise and support them in creating an educational program to meet the needs of students with hearing loss, and to organize educational conferences to support the professional development of those working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 2008, Meredith became the Director at Clarke/NY. She oversees a comprehensive birth-preschool program that supports children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families from the earliest point of diagnosis. Meredith presents locally and nationally on topics related to the education of children with hearing loss, including understanding the role of the itinerant teacher of the deaf, meeting the needs of families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Early Intervention/Part C testing implications and working with children with microtia/atresia.