3 Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Hearing Health (and steps you can take right now). 

Board of Directors

Angela Irwin, MBA

Founder & Executive Director

Angela is an international Life & Confidence Coach, TEDx speaker, trainer, and the founder of Joyful Life Solutions which specializes in helping others overcome their negative self-beliefs in order to achieve their full confidence & potential.

Prior to that, Angela spent 15 years in the corporate medical devices field, holding various positions in marketing, management and clinical education in the U.S., Australia and Europe.

In addition to her coaching training, Angela holds a B.S. degree in sociology & psychology, as well as an MBA.

Born in a small farm community in South Dakota, Angela has lived and traveled all over the world. She and her husband Colin have been living in France for the past 10 years.

Angela has been a cochlear implant recipient for 23 years. Read her journey back to hearing story HERE

Ella Dyer, M.B.A.

President of the Board

Over the past 40 years, Ella’s career has included co-founding a technology startup, owning her own business and working with Fortune 500 companies in administration, sales and marketing roles. An energetic and efficient self-starter with a high emotional I.Q., she been on both sides of the investor/innovator table.

 Ella currently serves as an advisor for eKlozet, an online luxury consignment boutique that specializes in curated dressing and shopping experiences. She also serves on the electoral role of Holy Trinity Nice.

Previously, Ella has served on the following boards:

  • The American Club of the Riviera
  • The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
  • The Plaza Midtown Homeowner’s Association
  • The Georgia Veterans Day Parade
  • The Walton High School Foundation
  • The Mt. Bethel Elementary School Foundation

Earning a degree in Theatre Arts from Los Angeles City college located in her hometown, Ella went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Kennesaw State University and an MBA from The International University of Monaco. Passionate about assisting other female founders to excel in their entrepreneurial efforts, Ella has served as a mentor with StartupChicks.org, is a member of the Professional Women’s Network, Inc., (PWN-Global) and a lover of The Lean Startup methodology. 

Author of Nice in Nice, Ella continued her love of the Côte d’Azur in a sales role for Angloinfo, an online publication for anglophones on the Riviera. Today, she is living her best life in Nice as the leading search consultant for the Adrian Leeds Group, helping other Americans rent and or, buy property in Nice.

Cicely Hand


Cicely’s marketing and brand consulting and project management experience spans over 30 years in several industries.  Her background is in broadcast television as a nightly news anchor and reporter and as the owner of a successful media production company. Cicely joined Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, providing strategic development and oversight of major brand consumer-facing healthy living events, employer/broker facility tours and business corporate sponsorships that increased the visibility and awareness of the Kaiser Permanente Healthcare brand. 

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Cicely was the principal at Hand Media Group, an independent media production company in San Rafael, California.  

Cicely received her B.A. in Communications from Oregon State University and became the first female newscaster to co-anchor the nightly news at KEZI-TV in Eugene, Oregon.   She completed a Certification Program in Marketing, with distinction, at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Cicely served on the board of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, a public-private partnership that oversees eight Beacon Centers in San Francisco public schools.   She is a past president and four-time treasurer of the Marin Ski Club Board in San Rafael, Ca.,and is an avid ski

Michael Noble, M.B.A.


Michael is currently a Senior Market Strategist at the Fortune 500 company, Medtronic, with a focus on the Medical-Surgical and Procedural Sedation areas of care in the acute-care hospital.

Michael finds immense joy in hearing life’s many sounds with his cochlear implant. He is an enthusiastic globetrotter having traveled across North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia-New Zealand. 

He loves to hear the voices of people, the sounds of nature in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the revving of a car engine, and the richness of music. 

He loves to pay it forward through activities and organizations like the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

Read Michael’s cochlear implant story here: www.jlcif.org/about/read-our-board-members-personal-ci-stories

Kymberly Cooper JLCIF Board of Directors

Kymberly Cooper


Kym is currently the Sr.  Manager of Clinical Education for the U.S. Medical Affairs organization within the Becton Dickinson Peripheral Intervention (BDPI) business. She is responsible for the strategy and execution of healthcare provider education and training activities for the business within the peripheral interventions group. The goal of her work is to ensure safe and efficacious product and procedure adoption by healthcare providers to improve the lives and safety of patients and support the advancement of healthcare.

Prior to this role, Kym held various positions with Medtronic and the Covidien clinical education team.  Before her career in the medical device industry, Kym worked as a development officer for The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Kym received her Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University. 

Kym currently resides in Columbus, OH, with her husband.