Mrs. Maher comes from a family including profoundly deaf parents, aunts, and uncles. She earned her BS from Northern IL University in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling. She has a lifelong involvement and investment in the Deaf Community, and she is fluent in American Sign Language. She has served on the Transition Services Advisory Board for Hinsdale South High School’s Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as the CHOICES for Parents Coalition. She is currently a member of the Consumer Electronics Association and Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association. In her current role, she oversees sales operations and manages a sales distribution network that includes state telephone programs and other government partners, retailers, technology providers and community advocacy organizations.