Oticon focus on people awards

2019 Focus on People Awards finalists

Adult category


William Dunckelman

Houma, LA

A fierce advocate of children and the elderly, Bill has never allowed his hearing loss and visual impairments to diminish his commitment to do good. His dedication and genuine concern for others, especially the elderly and children, inspires others to do the same. He has served as an Assistant Public Defender and is currently the District Child Support Hearing Officer. Together with his staff, State officials, and the local District Attorney's office, he has helped to collect millions of overdue and unpaid dollars in support of children in his parish. An ordained Deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Bill has a special passion for nursing homes – visiting local nursing homes weekly, bringing gifts, snacks, and companionship to those living in these facilities.


Tony Reisdorff

Papillion, NE

Tony is a middle school teacher and coach who teaches by example. As a person with hearing loss and the father of a young son born with a genetic disorder that impacts speech, communication and learning, he is passionate about creating a world that accepts and respects people of all abilities. In classes throughout the school year, his hearing aids become a compelling and very personal talking point to promote inclusion among students and athletes. Tony has taught industrial technology for more than 20 years and also coaches football, wrestling, track and robotics. In his free time each summer, he volunteers with the local division of Special Olympics.


Allison Adams

Fuquay Varina, NC

Allison thrives on the adrenaline rush of a fast-paced environment and that’s obvious in her choice of professions. A registered nurse recognized for her excellence in patient care, she works in ground and flight Critical Care Transport and Emergency Medicine where quick assessments and decisions regarding treatment are essential. Allison, who was diagnosed with hearing loss as an infant, has never let her hearing loss stand in the way of accomplishing her goals and she is passionate about helping others to do the same. She is an outgoing advocate of the life-changing benefit of modern hearing solutions, speaking opening and honestly about the advantage of hearing aids and the tremendous improvement they can make on quality of life.

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