Meet Our President
My wife, Jennifer, and I first came to Clarke in the autumn of 2000 with our daughter Sophia, who was an infant at the time. Like every parent who discovers their child has a hearing loss, we were full of questions and uncertainty. What would our daughter's life be like? How would she share her ideas and emotions with us? Would she have the opportunities and experiences that most other children have?
At Clarke, we met caring and knowledgeable professionals who helped us find the answers. I remember a Clarke professional saying with cheerful certainty, "Sophia's going to be OK." Those words of reassurance were difficult to believe after all our worry and concern, but they were true. Sophia is now flourishing in a mainstream elementary school. I have little doubt that she will be able to do anything she sets her mind to.
When our second daughter, Juliet, was diagnosed with a more severe hearing loss and we decided she would receive a cochlear implant, Clarke helped us navigate the process with confidence. Juliet now has bilateral implants and is thriving in a mainstream classroom.
Clarke was a godsend for our family. As president, I continue to see the passion, professionalism and dedication that first impressed me as a parent reflected at all our campuses. Every day Clarke is transforming the lives of children and families. Clarke opens up the world for children and helps them be what they want to be. I truly believe there is no work more important than that.
I hope our website will serve as a resource in answering your questions and as an inspiration as you see what is possible for deaf and hard of hearing children today. Our professionals are here to share information, offer advice and encouragement, and help you find the path that is best for your child.
Thank you for your interest in Clarke. I invite you to contact us to schedule a visit at any of our five campuses and see our students in action as they build the skills and confidence they need to succeed.
Bill Corwin Bio
Before coming to Clarke, Mr. Corwin was the Chief Strategic Development Officer for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), which is based in Seattle, WA. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of two CASA programs in California. Mr. Corwin has a law background, and has worked as an attorney in private practice, as a deputy district attorney in Santa Clara County, California, and as the director of a homeless youth advocacy program in San Jose, CA. Mr. Corwin has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, and has worked as a consultant to nonprofits on management, strategic planning, and fundraising issues. He received a BA in History from Brown University and a JD from Columbia University. Corwin and his wife, Jennifer Rosner, have two daughters who have both received services from Clarke.