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Our History

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Our History

June 8

Annual Board of Directors Meeting

Our newly-expanded Board met via video conferencing to observe social distancing guidelines.

Clockwise from top left:

  • Cara Rasmussen, Au.D., Treasurer
  • Marcus Fila, Ph.D., Vice President
  • Beth Oommen, Ph.D., Secretary
  • Brian Kreisman, Ph.D., President
  • John Curphey, M.Div., M.A., Chair of the Board


May 14

Second Reach to Teach Task Force Meeting

March 24

First Reach to Teach Task Force Meeting

Held via video conference due to Covid-19.  Discussion centered on how to develop an early hearing detection and intervention program

May 30

Reach to Teach Forum for Deaf Education

The first meeting of its kind in Jamaica, representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, and Global Village Partners spoke to a gathering of stakeholders interested in finding and educating children who are deaf.

March 19

In Jamaica to meet and observe the hearing techs at Jamaica Association for the Deaf and meetings with CCCD

January 9

GVP – CCCD Partnership Formalized

The Memorandum of Understanding between Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf and Global Village Partners was signed today.  Pictured are Tashi Widmer, Executive Director of CCCD and Brian Kreisman, President of GVP.

January 5

GVP – Shawnee Park CRC Vision Team

A group of five people from Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church went to Jamaica to determine how the church might get involved in Global Village Partners’ work.

July 10

GVP – JAD Partnership Formalized

Global Village Partners signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) to increase training of personnel for JAD Hearing Services and increase audiological services in Jamaica.

April 30

New Website

Our new website went live at the end of April. It’s just another way that Shawnee Park CRC supports Global Village Partners!

March 31

Back to Jamaica

Two of our Board members visited Jamaica for meetings with Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, and Jamaica Association for the Deaf.

February 28

Ramp Finished

The accessibility ramp for the MoBay Clinic was completed.

January 31

Rotary Club

We gave a presentation to the Grand Rapids North Rotary Club summarizing the need for hearing health care in Jamaica and our response to it.

December 31

Shawnee Park CRC

We gave a presentation to Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church summarizing the need for hearing health care in Jamaica and our response to it.

December 31

Trip to Jamaica

A group of eight, including two audiologists, a speech-language pathologist, and administrative volunteers, traveled to Jamaica to meet with CCCD leaders to discuss the new clinic in Montego Bay.

November 30


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September 30

Montego Bay Clinic

We received the dimensions of the clinic building in Montego Bay. We are hoping to have photos or videos soon. We now have 15 audiologists from across the US and Canada signed up to help, along with several speech pathologists and other allied health professionals.

August 31

Gaining Momentum

We have established working groups for audiology equipment and marketing. We also received our first donations.

July 31

Making Progress

Discussions regarding the new Montego Bay clinic continue. We also began receiving tax-deductible donations.

June 30

New Project

Global Village Partners has been asked to help establish a permanent clinic in Montego Bay, Jamaica. More details to come!

May 31

501 (c) (3)

Global Village Partners is officially designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.