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In Appreciation: Dr. John K. Niparko

Established 2016

To recognize Dr. John K. Niparko’s enduring commitment to cochlear implant research and clinical care and honor his significant contributions to the field, ACI Alliance established a lecture to be given at the annual CI Symposium, a clinical research meeting whose purpose is to open pathways of education and dissemination of research and dialogue between clinicians, scientists and educators.
The John Niparko Lecture:

• Selected presenters will present the conference keynote lecture on a topic relating to cochlear implantation
• Given Dr. Niparko’s abiding interest in and support of the entire continuum of cochlear implant treatment, selected lecturers may be scientists, physicians, audiologists, therapists, educators, psychologists or others who conduct research or are involved in patient care for adults or children
• The John Niparko Memorial Lecture Fund will be administered by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, which will annually support the travel, honorarium and recognition of each year’s selected John Niparko Memorial Lecturer
• Contributions to the fund are welcome. ACI Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by US law.

ACI Alliance recognizes and thanks the following individuals for their generous support of the lectureship:

Patron ($1500+)

Lilly Endowment, Inc.
The Niparko Family (2017 & 2018)

Leader ($250-$500)
Catherine Birman
Brian Dunham
Amy McConkey Robbins and N.
Clay Robbins
Donna Sorkin and Greg Barry
Holly Teagle

Partner ($100-$249)

Camille Dunn
Ann Geers
Ginger Grant
Kenneth Lee
Alexandra Quittner
Kathryn Ritter
Christina Runge
Charles Yates

Friend (up to $99)
Jane Opie
Elizabeth Hlavek
Lisa Park


In Appreciation: Richard Byrne

Established 2018


Our father’s life was dramatically changed for the better when his hearing was restored at age 48 with a cochlear implant. Despite the life-changing benefits of this extraordinary hearing technology, it remains underutilized by adults and children in the United States. A national non-profit organization, American Cochlear Implant Alliance, is working to improve access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy, and awareness. The members of this organization are cochlear implant surgeons, audiologists and other clinicians as well as consumer and parent advocates.

Thank you to Richard Byrne’s Family for including ACI Alliance in the celebration of his life.

Thank you to those who donated:

Kevin Bowe
David Ciccariella
Earl & Cindy Grothman
Frank Gundlach
Erin Jung
Linda J Kreyling
Lonnie & Lilly McGee
Charles & Donna Reynolds
Revo & Karen Rhoades
Carl & Lynda Rothe
Jackie Schirn
Martha Schmitt
Mary Selby
William & Susan Sunderman

Facebook/Birthday Donations:

One of our generous members, Sarah, created a fundraiser on FACEBOOK in 2018 asking for birthday donations:
“For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to American Cochlear Implant Alliance Foundation. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal.”

Thank you Sarah for thinking of us on your special day!!


Drs. Sarah Mowry and Michael Hoa participating in ACI Alliance on the Hill in March 2018

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so here in a secure manner:

To make a secure online contribution please click HERE.
To make a contribution by check please click HERE.

You can also send a check to: American Cochlear Implant Alliance, PO Box 103, McLean, VA 22101.
For more information, please contact Donna Sorkin at

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.