Message from our new President and CEO


I am thrilled to write to you today as the new President and CEO of HEAR Wisconsin and am humbled to have been chosen to lead this 91-year-old organization as it embarks on its next chapter. 

Prior to joining HEAR Wisconsin, I spent more than two decades serving local nonprofit organizations in various capacities and have a passion for mission-based organizations that improve the quality of life for the persons served. 

Although I was very gratified at the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, a statewide professional association serving more than 600 individual members through programs designed to promote and strengthen effective philanthropy, I missed the rewarding work accomplished by human service organizations.  Because of this, I was immediately drawn to the mission of HEAR Wisconsin.

I am eager to continue HEAR Wisconsin’s mission to help infants, children, and adults by eliminating communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology, and education. 

In my first few months, I enjoyed getting to know the talented and passionate team of employees, our dedicated Board of Directors, many of our clients and their families, and several of our generous benefactors. I am awed by the passion everyone has for this organization and have heard many great stories of how the services provided at HEAR Wisconsin have impacted our clients’ lives. 

Jill Van Calster
President and CEO