Stefanie and Aaron Conley believe in the Callier Center and are invested in its future.
Their planned gift of $150,000 will be used to establish the Stefanie and Aaron Conley Opportunity Fund for the Callier Center as a permanent endowment. Aaron designated UT Dallas as a secondary beneficiary of his Individual Retirement Account. The Conleys structured their gift as a source of unrestricted funds to be used by the Callier Center director to propel Callier’s mission and leave a lasting impact.
“Callier has proven its value to the community and to the cause of addressing communication disorders,” Aaron said, “and it can deliver bigger on that promise with greater private support. This was a way for us to make a meaningful contribution that made sense at this point in our lives, knowing that it would benefit Callier in perpetuity.”
Aaron is founding partner of Academic Advancement Partners, a consulting firm that helps universities advance philanthropy. Stefanie is a pharmacy clinical coordinator at UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Aaron’s connection with Callier began on a professional level, when he served as UT Dallas’ vice president for development and alumni relations. The connection became personal when he was treated at Callier for tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
“After being afflicted with something that I didn’t understand and didn’t know why it was impacting me, the care that I received at Callier made me want to get more involved,” Aaron said.
In 2017, Aaron joined the Foundation for the Callier Center board of trustees.
“We don’t have kids,” Aaron said. “So, when I see the impact that Callier has on children, I think, ‘What a great calling, what a great cause to be associated with.’
“There’s nothing more important than the ability to communicate,” he said. “You don’t realize how important it is until you are impacted by it. When it happens to you, it forces you to think how lucky you are to have a resource like Callier.”
“Our hope is to see unprecedented levels of philanthropic support for the Callier Center. If our gift helps propel that hope forward, then that is very rewarding to us.”– Stefanie and Aaron Conley
Stories to Inspire
- Hope Story: Crystal Charity Ball
In 2016, the Crystal Charity Ball awarded the Callier Center a grant for $630,000 to provide hearing evaluations, hearing aids and three years of follow-up services to approximately 360 children from low-income families. Through Crystal Charity’s generosity…
- Dr. Jun Wang, Callier Center researcher
The Callier Center gives a voice to people who don’t have one, and the research of Dr. Jun Wang is a core part of that mission. Wang is developing a silent speech processor, in which a person’s lips and tongue movements will be recognized by a sensor and then translated into spoken words. When completed,...
- David Tolstyka, audiology graduate student
At age 15, David Tolstyka suffered from an autoimmune inner ear disease. Within three months, he went from normal hearing to profound bilateral deafness. “There’s an existential dread to losing a sense,” Tolstyka said. “It’s something that no one can prepare for.” Tolstyka underwent cochlear implant surgery in Michigan. When his family moved to Texas,...
- Addy DeWolfe
Two-and-a-half-year-old Addy DeWolfe loves to sing “Wheels on the Bus,” but when she was born, she failed her newborn hearing screening and was later diagnosed with permanent hearing loss in both ears. “The day we found out she was deaf, I was pretty devastated,” said Jennifer DeWolfe, Addy’s mother. At 14 months old, Addy received...
- Giving Story: The Meadows Foundation and Ruth and Ken Altshuler
To honor longtime Callier champions The Meadows Foundation and Ruth and Dr. Ken Altshuler, the clinical wings located inside the Callier Center Expansion at The University of Texas at Dallas were recently named the Meadows Foundation Wing and the Altshuler Wing. “Al Meadows invested in Callier from the beginning…
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- Meet Cole
The people at the Callier Center make me feel like I don't need to go through difficult times anymore.
- Meet Ashish
When I was in second grade, when I first got hearing aids, I could finally hear the teacher...Thank you Callier. You are my HEAR O.
- Meet Amy
Before, I felt abnormal. I didn't feel like who I was. Coming here, it was more like God sent me here. This is what I needed.
- Meet Graycie
Because of Callier, I can hear, and they just keep my super ears [hearing aids] going, so I don’t miss a thing.
- Meet Kourtnei
Kourtnei received a bone-conducting hearing aid and benefited from hearing services.
- Meet Jack
I used to go to Callier two times a week, and we used to do speech class. Two years ago, they said I’m done, because I have perfect speech.
- Meet Jackson
Diagnosed with permanent hearing loss, Jackson has cochlear implants that he calls his “magic ears.”
- See for Yourself: Callier’s Cochlear Implant Camp
Watch the video of Cochlear Implant Camp, where children who have cochlear implants receive listening and speech-language therapy while participating in fun camp activities.
- Callier Center Honors The Meadows Foundation, Celebrates a Longstanding Relationship
Learn about the relationship between The Meadows Foundation and the Callier Center that dates back to the formation of both organizations.