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John Wyvill: Faith, Focus, and Follow-through

Motivational story of overcoming obstacles and apply those leadership principles learned in everyday life in the workplace and at home.  Speaker sharing personal story of being diagnosed with 95% hearing loss at age four and parents being told at age four would be lucky to graduate high school and that career opportunities would be limited to trade work.   Speaker went to be first one in the family to graduate college and law school and became first deaf or hard of hearing person appointed to the Governors Cabinet in Arkansas.

About the Speaker

Name: John Wyvill

Title: Executive Director

Agency/Division: Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


John received a BA degree from Hendrix College with distinction in his major and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

John currently teaches law and ethics course at Bryan College of Health Sciences and is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Previously John served as the Vice Chair of the United States Access Board and was appointed to this Board by the President of the United States.  While in Arkansas, John served on Governor Huckabee’s legal transition team, assistant legal counsel to Governor Huckabee and director of the general Vocational Rehabilitation Program which included the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  He became the first Deaf or Hard of Hearing person appointed to the cabinet when Governor Huckabee appointed him director of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education.  John was in private law practice prior to working for Governor Huckabee.  In Nebraska, John taught at Kaplan Higher Education University Campus, was the Director of the Nebraska Health and Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities and worked at the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Lincoln, NE.


John was also appointed by the US Secretary of Education to serve on the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) National Advisory Group (NAG), served as President of the Council of State Administrators in Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and was the first Deaf or Hard of Hearing Attorney to serve as president of the Pulaski County Bar Association in Arkansas.


John and Andrea live in Lincoln, NE with their two children. Andrea is a social worker.


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