350 Henry Clay Blvd.
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 350 Henry Clay Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 268-4545
Fax 859 269-1857
Contact Name Marcey Ansley
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At A Glance
Former Names
Lexington Deaf Oral School
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
LHSC accepts donations online, through the mail, by phone and inkind donations.  We especially need items that can be used in the early education classrooms, in speech/language therapy offices, to help with building/handyman projects and in the administrative offices.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Our Mission: Lexington Hearing & Speech Center teaches children with hearing, speech, and language impairments to listen and talk by providing them  with high quality early educational, therapeutic, and family support services.
Background Statement
Our History
The Lexington Hearing & Speech Center was founded in 1960. A small group of parents from the Lexington area approached Mr. and Mrs. Frankel to ask for their assistance in establishing a program to teach speech skills to their children with hearing impairments. This was the beginning of the Lexington Deaf Oral School, later to become the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center.

Our Philosophy
The professionals at the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center respect children and their families as individuals with unique strengths and needs. We advocate early identification of those needs and early intervention to encourage development of audition, speech, and language. Focusing on the whole child, we provide a stimulating environment that builds on each child’s abilities. We believe each child can and will develop listening and spoken language skills.

Our Goal
Our goal is for children to leave our Center with the language and independence to be an active participant in their community. These skills and abilities are the foundation necessary for future learning.

Impact Statement
After moving into our new home on Henry Clay Blvd in late 2011, we are honored to report that we have more than doubled the number of children enrolled in our early education program. 
LHSC has proved early education and intervention services to over 1200 families from 65 Kentucky counties.
LHSC has been accepted as a member of the Kentucky Telehealth Network.
The Early Learning Center graduated the largest class of preschool/kindergarten students in the organization's history.  

As LHSC looks to the future, the focus will continue to be serving the communication needs of the Commonwealth. 
A few of the goals that will help us accomplish this undertaking include:

1. Identify opportunities for collaboration in all three core program areas (Early Learning Center, Audiology Clinic and Speech Language Therapy Clinic)
2. Create a strategic outreach plan to increase the number of families we are serving in the audiology clinic.
3. Implement a telehealth practice within our Speech Language Therapy Clinic. 

Needs Statement
1. Early Education Scholarship funding--Currently with grant funding, LHSC offers scholarships for tuition for children in the dayschool, preschool and kindergarten programs.  While this is helpful for the children enrolled in the program, our goal is to continually serve more children needing comprehensive early educational, speech and hearing programming with donations to support families with children under the age of three.
2. Direct support for the Audiology Program--LHSC is one of the few audiology centers in the Commonwealth that accepts Medicaid.  Since at least one of the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations outsources audiology services, we are seeing a significant decline in reimbursments.  Also, LHSC also offers a sliding scale for visits and works with many organizations to ensure everyone has access to quality hearing healthcare. 
4. Direct support for our Speech/Language Therapy program.  LHSC is the only organization in the Commonwealth to offer Listening and Spoken Language therapy services by Auditory Verbal Therapists.  This intensive early intervention provides families with children with hearing loss access to highly qualified skilled professionals with a specific mission of teaching children to listen and talk.
5. Building support-- since moving to a former elementary school in 2011, we are continually in need of skilled volunteers to assist with interior and exterior building projects.
CEO/Executive Director Statement As the Executive Director and a mother of a child with hearing loss, I am so proud of the programs and services offered at Lexington Hearing & Speech Center.  LHSC offers the only dedicated Listening and Spoken Language program in the Commonwealth for children with hearing loss and their families.  In addition, we continue to grow programming which impact communication goals for both children and adults.  In 2016, we were honored to serve over 1200 families from 65 Kentucky counties in our audiology, speech/language therapy and early education programs.  With the continued support from individuals, foundations and organizations, LHSC will have the capability to continue our tradition of high quality programs. 
Geographic Areas Served
In 2016, the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center served over 1200 infant, child and adult clients from 65 Kentucky counties through audiology and speech services.  The education program served children predominately from Fayette and surrounding central Kentucky counties. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our goal is for children to leave LHSC with the language and independence to be an active participant in their community. These skills and abilities are the foundation necessary for future learning. 


Educational Goal--Our early educational goals and emphasis remain focused on preparing young children with and without hearing, speech and language delays for Kindergarten and first grade.


Clinical Program Goals

The goal of LHSC’s speech and language pathology department is to teach children to listen and talk so they can mainstream into the appropriate educational and social settings with few or no special education services needed, in order to succeed in school and in life.

The goal of the LHSC Audiology Program is to ensure access to high quality hearing healthcare for all ages and to prevent communication decline due to hearing loss in adults. Focusing on the whole person, we provide a stimulating environment that builds on each person’s abilities. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

A key component of the LHSC commitment of early intervention is through the education programs of our Early Learning Center. Research indicates children with hearing loss who have access to an intense listening and spoken language environment develop speech and language on par with their hearing peers.  Research shows that 98% of auditory oral children with hearing loss enter their local public or private elementary schools and compete on par with typically hearing classmates.  

The Early Learning Center (ELC) classrooms at LHSC are optimized through advanced technology, speech/language enriched curriculum, and highly trained staff, to provide the best education for children with hearing loss and/or speech/language delays.  LHSC is committed to ensuring children with hearing loss and/or speech/language delays transition into preschool, Kindergarten or first grade, ideally with few or no special education accommodations. Several components of LHSC’s ELC provide children with a listening and spoken language environment so we may reach this goal.  LHSC maintains a Level 3 STARS for KIDS NOW rating with small group sizes and child-to-teacher ratios to foster an environment for teaching all children to listen and talk, including children who are developing typically.  The ELC has six early education classroom opportunities for children under the age of three; seven preschool classrooms; and a Kindergarten classroom, all of which foster language-enriched age-appropriate daily activities. Children are moved to a new classroom based upon developmental readiness as opposed to age.  

On-site clinical services are an essential component of our ELC as well.  These services include individual speech/language therapy, daily checks of hearing aids and cochlear implant functioning, continual monitoring of the child’s hearing and adjustment of hearing aids and provision of amplification equipment as needed.  Classroom technological enhancements, including sound fields, are also used to obtain maximum acoustic benefit.  LHSC also provides adaptive-listening equipment for children with hearing loss.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

One of LHSC's core assets is our specialty-trained staff which includes a Master's Level teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with and emphasis on Deaf Oral Education, (2) Listening and Spoken Language, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists, (6) Speech/Language Pathologist and (4) audiologists. 

Our on-site audiological services are an essential component of our educational programming. These services include daily checks of hearing aids and cochlear implant functioning, continual monitoring of the child’s hearing and adjustment of hearing aids and provision of amplification equipment as needed. Both individual and classroom FM systems and sound fields are also used to obtain maximum acoustic benefit.  

Lexington Hearing & Speech Center values our collaboration with a diverse array of professional and educational organizations. These currently include:

  • First Steps

  • Bluegrass Aging Consortium

  • Hearing Loss Association

  • Head Start Partnership site

  • Kentucky STARS for Kids Now

  • Fayette County Public Schools - contracts for individual student services

  • Local private schools and child care centers—referral based relationship

  • Lexington Public Library—story time bus

  • Options Schools – national collaborative for oral deaf education

  • Vanderbilt University - RedCap Data Collection

  • Verbal Behavior Consulting—behaviorist

  • Growing Together Preschool and Child Development Center of the Bluegrass—informal directors group for best practices sharing

  • University of Kentucky Cochlear Implant Team (LHSC is their pediatric partner)

LHSC staff and board are involved with the following organizations at the Leadership Level:

  • FCPS Special Education Task Force
  • EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention)
  • Hands & Voices
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association, Kentucky Chapter 
  • KY Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Mental Health committee
    IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
    • Preschool and Kindergarten graduates will have age-appropriate or increased vocabulary and speech production skills.
    • LHSC Preschool and Kindergarten students will have age-appropriate receptive and expressive vocabulary skills.
    • Children graduating from LHSC will leave with age-appropriate vocabulary and speech production skills.
    • Children will enter Kindergarten or first grade prepared for school.

    ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

    LHSC offers a language-enriched environment and words are powerful!   The number of words a child knows and uses when entering school is the best indicator for academic success.  Each year our goal is for 85% of the children graduating from our programming to have achieved school readiness which includes age-appropriate communication skills.  LHSC can report that we fluctuate between 74-92% annually with this indicator. 

    LHSC continues to research new strategies and opportunities to increase access to specialty programs.  One avenue we are exploring is the use of teletherapy for speech/language therapy and audiological services.  Research indicates, this intervention would significantly increase the number of visits which leads to greater intervention impact.   

    Board Chair
    Board Chair Mr. Josh Markham
    Company Affiliation Setzer Construction
    Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
    Board Members
    Mrs. Marcey Ansley LHSCExofficio
    Mr. Jarrod Arrasmith Bank of HindmanVoting
    Carol Barr PfizerVoting
    Molly Burchett Northwestern Mutual and UKVoting
    Dr. Matthew Bush University of KentuckyVoting
    Mr. Patrick Cashman SISVoting
    John David Christman Equus Standardbred Station InsuranceVoting
    Kenzie Coats Community VolunteerVoting
    David Dean Dean BuildsVoting
    Mr. Bill George Frost Brown ToddVoting
    Mrs. Morgan Hall McBrayer Law FirmVoting
    Dr. Kenneth Iverson University of Kentucky ENTVoting
    Lee Lamonica BB&TVoting
    Josh Markham McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, and KirklandVoting
    Ms. Anetha Sanford Home Builders AssociationVoting
    Christian Schnabel James Motor CompanyVoting
    Mr. Buddy Schneider Traditional BankVoting
    Mr. Antoine Spillman Commonwealth TechnologyVoting
    Brian Tomlinson LexmarkVoting
    Mr. Ron Vissing Vissing & AssociatesVoting
    Sharon Votaw LexmarkVoting
    Ms. Kelly Wolf Kentucky Chamber of CommerceVoting
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 2
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 19
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 13
    Female 8
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 3
    Board Term Limits 2
    Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
    Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 85%
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
    Board Co-Chair
    Board CoChair Ms. Lee Lamonica
    Company Affiliation BB&T
    Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
    Standing Committees
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    CEO/Executive Director
    Executive Director Marcey E Ansley
    Term Start Feb 2011
    Email marcey.ansley@lhscky.org

    Marcey Ansley, Executive Director, has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. Marcey Ansley joined the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center team in early February, 2011 as the Executive Director. Over the past twenty years, her primary focus has been public relations, fund development, volunteer and staff management at local charitable organizations including: Metro Group Homes, American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice of the Bluegrass. Ansley is an active volunteer in the community and served as the 2011 President of the Junior League of Lexington and is a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association and the National Association of Speech & Hearing Centers. In addition to her professional relationship with LHSC, she has been personally connected since 2001 as her son Alex, has a moderate/severe hearing loss. Ansley is passionate about early intervention and hearing detection, which she credits as one of the primary reasons for her son’s success academically and socially.

    Full Time Staff 42
    Part Time Staff 11
    Volunteers 120
    Contractors 0
    Retention Rate 84%
    Management Reports to Board? Yes
    Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 3
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 46
    Hispanic/Latino 2
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 2 0
    Staff Demographics - Gender
    Male 3
    Female 50
    Unspecified 0
    Former CEOs
    Lori Shepherd July 2010 - Feb 2011
    Glenna Tackett Aug 2005 - July 2010
    Senior Staff
    Title Education Director
    Title Audiology Director
    Title Speech and Language Director
    Title Associate Executive Director
    Formal Evaluations
    CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
    CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

    Hearing Services

     · Hearing Evaluations
     · Hearing Device Consultations and Fittings 
     · Preschool & Kindergarten Programs
     · Early Intervention (0-3 years)
     · Parent Education
     · Cochlear Implant Programming & Assessment
     · Aural (Re)Habilitation: Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Auditory-Oral Therapy and Listening Technology  
    Budget 600000
    Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation of Hearing Impaired
    Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,

    Speech/Language Services · Speech/Language Screenings (On-/Off-Site)

     · Speech/Language Evaluations
     · Speech/Language Therapy
     · Listening & Spoken Language Therapy
     · Parent Education
     · Early Intervention (0-3 years)

    Budget 496000
    Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation of Language & Speech Disorders
    Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
    Early Learning Center at LHSC
    Preschool and Kindergarten Programs:
    LHSC is a state licensed and state approved preschool vendor, which offers programming for children with hearing loss and speech/language delays, as well as typically developing children ages 3-5 years. Listening and spoken language enriched classroom activities, Individualized Educational Plans and parental involvement all come together to provide a positive and productive learning experience.

    On-site audiological services are an essential component of our educational programming. These services include daily checks of hearing aids and cochlear implant functioning, continual monitoring of the child’s hearing and adjustment of hearing aids, and provision of amplification equipment as needed. 


    Day School: provides a safe and appropriate early childhood environment in a 3 STAR state approved facility. Our day school operates year round serving children ages birth through seven. 

    Budget 860000
    Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
    Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
    Program Comments
    CEO Comments One challenge is we are located in one physical location in Lexington, KY while we serve families from over half of the Commonwealth.  A goal for LHSC is to create a telehealth program, so families who currently travel to Lexington could access our specialized services from their own community.  This model will increase the number of therapy and other early intervention visits due to the barrier many families have of traveling two+ hours, weekly.  Currently, LHSC is researching all reimbursement options for telehealth speech therapy for both Medicaid and private insurance families; and researching all opportunities for end-ports in eastern KY communities where families could go to access the telehealth video conferencing.   
    Plans & Policies
    Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
    Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
    Management Succession Plan? Under Development
    Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistleblower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
    Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
    Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
    Fiscal Year
    Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
    Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
    Projected Revenue $2,640,000.00
    Projected Expenses $2,640,000.00
    Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
    Detailed Financials
    Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Revenue$2,652,292$2,259,602$2,259,602
    Total Expenses$2,996,454$2,387,055$2,387,055
    Revenue Less Expenses($344,162)($127,453)($127,453)
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$0$0$0
    Individual Contributions$439,051$439,720$439,720
    Investment Income, Net of Losses--$18,566$18,566
    Membership Dues------
    Special Events$37,429$24,852$24,852
    Revenue In-Kind----$525,302
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Program Expense$2,403,242$1,775,174$1,775,174
    Administration Expense$363,280$611,881$611,881
    Fundraising Expense$229,932----
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.950.95
    Program Expense/Total Expenses80%74%74%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue48%0%0%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Assets$2,348,687$3,531,094$3,531,094
    Current Assets$25,004$364,187$364,187
    Long-Term Liabilities$1,717,499$1,549,034$159,034
    Current Liabilities--$89,270$89,270
    Total Net Assets$631,368$1,892,790$1,892,790
    Audit Documents
    2015 LHSC Audit 2015
    2012 LHSC Audit 2012
    2010 LHSC Audit 2010
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
    Campaign Purpose Comprehensive capital campaign directed at impacting program development and endowment.
    Goal $2,300,000.00
    Dates Jan 2014 to Jan 2018
    Amount Raised To Date 600000 as of Apr 2015
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
    State Registration Yes
    CEO Comments

    Cash flow continues to be an issue due to several factors, the most impactful being the timeliness of insurance and Medicaid reimbursements.  Also, living in an older building brings new challenges of regular maintenance and overhaul of systems. 

    In late 2015, we outsourced our CFO function to a local accounting firm.

    Address 350 Henry Clay Blvd.
    Lexington, KY 40502
    Primary Phone 859 268-4545
    Contact Email marcey.ansley@lhscky.org
    CEO/Executive Director Marcey E Ansley
    Board Chair Mr. Josh Markham
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Setzer Construction