September 11th, 2019


Wednesday 11th September, 2019

Cedar Falls Lifestyle Inn Lounge and Conference Center

(Formerly the Clarion Inn)

Talk to Me Technologies(TMT) Presentation & Demo

Talk To Me Technologies,, is the proud recipient of the 2018 Harold Brock Innovation Award. This award recognizes the efforts of a private sector firm for innovation in technology, advanced manufacturing or talent development. Harold was a Waterloo Technical Society Member.

Talk To Me Technologies was founded in 2006 by Matt Dunning, Marty Gallagher and Kate Dunning. They wanted to provide speech devices in a new way, using common sense and intuitive interfaces: their sales staff is comprised of Speech Language Pathologists who put their clinical expertise first and are led by the depth of their own knowledge and not by profit differentials from one device over another. Clients benefit from the simple notion of being matched with a speech device that works for them and not the other way around. Because of this, abandonment of the device is extremely rare, client satisfaction is high, healthcare expenses are minimized and they get to keep loving what they do.

Talk to Me Technologies offers two major lines of Speech Generating Devices called Wego A’s and Zuvo Eyespeak’s. There will be an interactive demonstrations on each of the different devices. This will include environmental control, eye tracking, voice banking, switch scanning and more. She will review the benefits of this technology emphasizing application to users with various needs (e.g. ALS, Autism, etc.). Handouts and more detailed information about device platforms, applications, and accessories will be available at the meeting.

Program Chair: Jim Stevenson

Speaker: Hillary Menken

Hillary Menken, Training Specialist at Talk to Me Technologies (TMT), has been with Talk to Me Technologies just shy of 3 years. She runs the Veteran and ALS Care programs as well as provides training across the United states to clients who receive a speech generating device through TMT. She is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration.

Future topics:

  • October 9, 2019. Photojournalism Drones. Daniel Hampe, KWWL.

  • November 13, 2019. Infrared Thermopile Sensor Arrays. Dr. Jeffrey Nie, UNI.

  • January 8, 2020. Education Technology, Schindler Tour. Dr. Leigh Zeitz, UNI.

  • February 12, 2020. University Avenue Reconstruction. Michelle Sweeney, AECOM.

  • March 11, 2020. Website Development. Marc Reifenrath, SpinUTech.

  • April 8, 2020. Electric Bicycles. Brent Johnson, BikeTech.

  • May 13, 2020. Hearing Devices. John Sperry, Wolfe Clinic.

Meal: Plated Dinner. includes rolls with butter, coffee, tea and milk.

  • Chef's Choice salad

  • Lasagna with breadsticks

  • Green beans

  • Raspberry / Peach pie

Price: $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

The Clarion has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Location: Cedar Falls Lifestyle Inn Lounge and Conference Center 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations can be made by emailing:


Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 9 September 2019. Guests are always welcome.

Dues: Member dues of $20.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.