Eileen Jones - Founder Gift of Hearing Foundation
Eileen is a late-deafened adult who lost her remaining hearing at
the age of 45. She is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient who has
obtained very successful results. She received her first cochlear
implant in 2002, and her second in 2009. Eileen teamed with Dr.
Daniel Lee of MEEI in 2004 (then Director of UMMC’s Cochlear Implant
Program) with the unified goal of helping others defeat deafness;
thus “The Gift of Hearing Foundation” was established.
Ms. Jones applies her business and entrepreneurial experience gained
from co-founding Software Productivity Research, Inc., with her
husband in 1986. SPR is a management software tool and consulting
firm and is still an ongoing concern. The bulk of their client base
is Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Jones and her husband, Capers Jones,
retired from SPR and now reside in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Eileen has also served on many philanthropic and fund raising
committees, most recently “The Dance of Peace Committee” in
Together with the talented and generous board members of The Gift of
Hearing Foundation and relationships forged with the CI industry,
Ms. Jones has been able to open new paths to access and awareness of
the cochlear implant technology. In a relatively short amount of
time, this group effort has resulted in several public service
informational brochures, grants, supportive legislation, and
individual assistance to name but a few accomplishments. Eileen has
become a spokesperson for the CI technology, as well as several
others on the GOHF boards.
Ms. Jones received her B.S. degree in Information Systems and
Computer Applications with honors from Bridgeport University in
1981. She is currently a member of Hearing Loss Association of
America (HLAA), A.G. Bell Association for the Hard of Hearing,
Association for Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the General Federation
of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), and Women’s Network Rhode Island (WNRI).