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Callier Center for Communication Disorders

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Alliance Data

Alliance Data gave the Callier Center a generous gift in the amount of $50,000 to fund technology that will equip a clinical teaching, training and research laboratory in the new Callier Center Expansion on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson. This multipurpose lab will benefit students, researchers and patients by providing a space for learning, collaboration and therapy.

“Callier’s impact on the community is comprehensive and extensive — from the clinical services and treatment they provide direct to patients, to the training and research that extends far into the community,” said Dana Beckman, director of corporate affairs at Alliance Data. “Alliance Data’s investment will have long-term and far-reaching benefits.”

Clinical Teaching, Training and Research Laboratory

“We are grateful for this generous and impactful gift,” said Dr. Thomas Campbell, Ludwig A. Michael, MD, Executive Director of the Callier Center and Sara T. Martineau Professor. “This technology will broaden students’ exposure and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. It will also increase research into the effectiveness of treatment protocols and improve the ability to teach patients communication strategies.”

Speedway Children's Charities at
Texas Motor Speedway

Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway awarded the Founders Grant in the amount of $146,830 to the Callier Center to build a state-of-the-art sensory motor gym in the children’s wing of the new Callier Center Expansion in Richardson.

The sensory motor gym will support speech and language therapy services for children struggling with communication as a result of developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, motor-speech disorder, feeding/swallowing disorder, articulation disorder or cognitive impairment.


“Making a difference in the life of a child is as good as it gets,” said Scott Murray, past president and advisory board member of Speedway Children’s Charities. “And, the more the members of our board learned about the great legacy of the Callier Center and its plans moving forward with the new sensory motor gym, the more we felt this is something we’d be privileged and most proud to be a part of.”

How Mike McCullough Made Callier History

“Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need,” said writer and theologian Frederick Buechner.

In 1963, fresh out of The University of Texas School of Law, Mike McCullough began his career at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas. As a young lawyer, he worked under the late Sol Goodell, a senior lawyer, who asked McCullough to help him with legal work for the Callier Hearing and Speech Center. Goodell’s connection with Callier was through his client, J. Erik Jonsson, co-founder of UT Dallas and prominent member of the visionary committee that formed the Callier Center.

Mike McCullough

Sara Martineau Shares Her Great Love of Callier

Sara Martineau lives by the saying "To whom much is given, much is expected." When she moved to Dallas 40 years ago as a new volunteer on the scene, she first heard it when beloved Dallas philanthropist Ruth Altshuler quoted it in a speech.

Since then, Martineau has led a life of volunteerism, giving her time and talents to the Junior League of Dallas and The Crystal Charity Ball, as well as others. It was through The Crystal Charity Ball that she became involved with Callier. Over the next two decades, she became an ardent ambassador for children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders.

Sara Martineau
Sara Martineau visits with children who are enrolled in the Dallas Independent School District deaf education component of the UTD Callier and UT Southwestern Medical Center Child Development Program.

Donors Champion Callier Center
Expansion, Further the Future of Care

Dedicated donors are helping to propel Callier's tradition of excellence into the future through the Callier Center Expansion––a new world-class 63,200-square-foot clinical and student training facility in Richardson, as well as a renovation of the current 20,000-square-foot building which will be dedicated soley to research.

Their generous contributions lay the foundation to raise $5 million for this $20 million endeavor.

Callier Center Expansion DonorsBarbara and John Stuart, Tricia George, Dr. Thomas Campbell,
Dr. Bert Moore, Dr. David E. Daniel, and David and Sara Martineau

Emilie Schepps

Firsthand Experience Inspires Callier Supporter's Generosity
A hearing problem first brought Mrs. Emilie Schepps to the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. But it was the care she received, and the compassion she witnessed, that turned her into one of its most generous advocates.

Schepps has donated to UT Dallas and Callier every year since 1997. Her gifts total more than $500,000.

Emilie Schepps

Ludwig A. Michael, M.D.

New Directorship Honors Callier Center Pioneer
Dr. Ludwig A. Michael, a beloved physician and Callier Center for Communication Disorders leader, was honored with a directorship that bears his name and will support research at Callier in perpetuity.

The directorship, which marks an important step for Callier, was established through an initial gift of $200,000 from Communities Foundation of Texas.

 Ludwig A. Michael, M.D.

Hillcrest Foundation and Hoblitzelle Foundation

Hillcrest, Hoblitzelle Help Autism Center at Callier
Two Dallas Foundations with a long history of supporting educational and medical advances are boosting efforts to build a new UT Dallas Callier Autism Center.

The Hoblitzelle Foundation and the Hillcrest Foundation each contributed $300,000 to the project.

 Hillcrest, Hoblitzelle Help Autism Center at Callier

Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Callier Care Fund
Ruth and Ken Altshuler envisioned the ability to provide care to children and adults regardless of their income level, insurance coverage or socioeconomic background.

Through the Altshulers benevolence, the Callier Care Fund was created so that patients in need could access essential care that would help them be able to hear, speak and connect with the world.

 Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Paula Dennard

For over 40 years, Paula Dennard has played a significant role in advancing the Callier Center's highly regarded standards of excellence.

"Not only do they provide technology and services that help people hear, they do it with a true spirit of caring. Once you walk in, you realize the nurturing and the love there. You can feel it when you see the interaction with patients and students, the high standards evident in every program, and the quality of services in action."

 "Joy of Sound" Sculpture
"Joy of Sound" sculpture by Annie Crawford Davis.
Mrs. Dennard commissioned the sculpture as a gift to Callier
from the Rupe Foundation to commemorate the establishment
of the Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Communication Disorders.