DEAF, Inc.’s Carol Hilbinger Receives Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate Award

On March 13, 2017, at the annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at Massachusetts State House, Carol Hilbinger, DEAF, Inc.’s Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services, was honored as one of two Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocates. Carol was presented the award by Statewide Advisory Council (SAC) Chair and DEAF, Inc. Board President, Kelly S. Kim, and SAC Vice Chair Betsy McCarthy. The Outstanding Advocate award is given to individuals in recognition of their commitment and contributions to advancing the lives and community of Deaf people in Massachusetts.

Carol will mark 14 years as the Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services (DHILS) this year. She oversees services that have a direct impact on the lives of over 1,500 individuals and families in Eastern MA who receive assistive technology, peer-based support, systems advocacy, and more. Commissioner Reed commended Carol for her work developing strong community partnerships and for being a source of support and guidance to her staff. DEAF, Inc.’s Executive Director Sharon Applegate said, “Carol very much deserves this award. We are all very proud of her!”

DEAF, Inc. congratulates everyone who was honored at the Annual Deaf Day at Massachusetts State House: Kathy Stockow, co-recipient of the Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate award along with Carol Hilbinger; Outstanding Young Advocates, Bryce Callahan and Eglia Guiliani; Outstanding Organizations, Marlborough Police Department and Willie Ross School for the Deaf; Outstanding Service Provider, Jill Grenon; and Outstanding Legislator award recipient, Senator James Welch.

Carol Hilbinger displays her award certificate. MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed is on her right, and SAC Chair Kelly Kim and Vice Chair Betsy McCarthy are on her left.Carol Hilbinger, 2017 Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate, proudly displays her award with MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed; SAC Chair, Kelly S. Kim, and SAC Vice Chair, Betsy McCarthy. Photo credit: Jonathan O’Dell
Carol Hilbinger addresses the audience after receiving her award. Also onstage are two ASL interpreters and Statewide Advisory Council members Betsy McCarthy and Kelly KimCarol Hilbinger addresses the audience after receiving the Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate award, as SAC Chair, Kelly S. Kim, and Vice Chair, Betsy McCarthy, look on. Photo credit: Matthew Sweet
Group of 16 DEAF, Inc. staff, including Board President Kelly Kim, stand atop the Grand Staircase at the State HouseCarol Hilbinger stands with SAC Chair and DEAF, Inc. Board President, Kelly S. Kim, and DEAF, Inc. staff, including Executive Director, Sharon Applegate, on the Grand Staircase at the State House, March 13, 2017. (Not shown: Elaine Ducharme and Jean Healy) Photo credit: Jonathan O’Dell
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