Thomas Kaufmann holds a German diploma degree in Physics and graduated from UCSB with a Master of Science degree in Chemistry. While working in music and entertainment, Thomas was always concerned about protecting his own hearing. His experiences in marketing and patent law eventually led him to the field of hearing loops. Thomas became passionate about helping other people hear and conserve their ability to communicate with the gift of hearing.
Thomas founded OTOjOY to raise awareness about hearing loop technology and to offer high-quality assistive listening services that let people’s ears smile. Besides technical design for hearing loop systems, he focuses on marketing, international partnerships, and product development.
Micah Thomas holds a Bachelor's degree in Gerontology from the San Diego State University's School of Social Work. Working in senior living environments, Micah noticed the difficulties residents face when trying to communicate in facilities that insufficiently address the issue of hearing loss. Particularly during group activities, which for many residents is their primary form of social engagement, these individuals struggle to understand and as a result become frustrated, isolated, and feel excluded.
Since joining OTOjOY, Micah's goal has been to improve hearing access not only in the senior living industry, but in any type of community space that poses a challenging listening environment. In his role as Outreach & Advocacy Specialist, Micah is able to point out these issues that frequently go unnoticed by facility management and provide tailored solutions.
Saralynn Finn holds a Master’s degree in Maternal Child Health Systems from Bastyr University. She has experience in both healthcare delivery and management as a provider and executive. Throughout her career, Saralynn has advocated for historically disadvantaged populations, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing. With a broad understanding that health is not merely the absence of disease, but rather a state of well-being, she has placed a focus on creating greater access to healthcare for these individuals.
Working for OTOjOY is an expression of this dedication to improving people's quality of life. Saralynn guides OTOjOY's day-to-day operations and helps create and improve systems and procedures within the company. Her unique perspective provides continually progressive ideas to shape how the global need for better hearing access is addressed.
Steve Cooper is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience leading companies in the semiconductor, software, and medical device industries. Mr. Cooper held various technical and management positions at Intel, Silicon Systems, Bipolar Integrated Technologies, and Etec Systems. In 1995, he took Etec public and sold the company to Applied Materials in March 2000 for $2.5 billion. In 2001, he provided seed and follow-on financing for Inogen, and served as its Chairman until 2012 and continued as a Director until its IPO in 2014.
Mr. Cooper has been advising OTOjOY since 2013 and has been instrumental in bringing OTOjOY LoopBuds from conception to market. His broad network of successful executives in both the corporate and non-profit sectors have equipped OTOjOY with access to knowledge and expertise typically unavailable to a small team. Being affected by hearing loss himself and passionate about the cause, Mr. Cooper provides advice not only from a business angle, but also from a consumer standpoint.
Tara Schoenborn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Political Science from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in International Media from American University. Tara has worked in government, public relations agencies, start-ups, and non-profits across the United States to provide comprehensive and strategic communications expertise to help reach business, social, and marketing goals.
Having a passion for music, Tara enjoys communicating how OTOjOY brings music to those who can no longer enjoy it in the same way, due to hearing loss. In her role, she provides support in storytelling, press relations, marketing, and multimedia support to enhance, communicate, and promote OTOjOY’s mission.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She is extremely passionate about helping people, and very committed to sustainability and conservation efforts.
Megan’s role as Thomas Kaufmann’s assistant allows her to participate in all areas of OTOjOY, and enables Thomas to grow the business and bring the gift of hearing to as many people as possible.
Vaibhav Sharma is a high-spirited, self-taught IT enthusiast, who oversees management of key projects at OTOjOY, ensuring resource availability and allocation and that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.
His role at OTOjOY further expands to maintaining a solid communication network with both his team and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of the project. He joined OTOjOY not only due to the challenging nature of the job, but because it inspired and pushed him to use his skills for the greater good.
Mohit Sharma is responsible for everything web and design related at OTOjOY, ranging from logo designs, illustrations, and solving code related problems to updating and maintaining multiple websites for the company and its affiliated non-profit campaigns.
Mohit has been with OTOjOY since the very beginning. He gave life to the company's brand identity as part of an online competition and was hired instantly due to his exceptional talent. Mohit considers working for OTOjOY a great cause to serve others by applying his passions.
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