Board of Directors

Alyce Slater Reynolds

Board Member

Riverside, CA

As a native of St. Augustine FL and from Deaf family, she attended Florida School for the Deaf for six years before being mainstreamed at a parochial school (the word “mainstreamed” in a school was unheard of) for the next six years, before completing her HS education at St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati OH. She obtained her BA in Psychology and a MA in Deaf Education at Gallaudet University. After one year at Louisiana School for the Deaf as an elementary teacher, she spent 16 years teaching at California School for the Deaf Fremont, and finally 18 ½ years at Ohlone College as a Professor. She’s married to David O. Reynolds. She has three sons and three stepsons, all in their 30’s.


Taking Deafhood in Spring 2008 was the turning point of her life. She became very involved with the journey by participating as one of the narrators of Deafhood Discussions, teaching Deafhood course, presenting “Introduction to Deafhood 101” workshops numerous times at several state association conferences, YLC, Gallaudet’s 150/125 Anniversary Reunion, and several other places. From these experiences, she has become an activist, along with her like-minded husband, fighting against injustices in the world.  Alyce retired in December 2012. She has been busy with volunteering as a docent of two museums in San Francisco, extensive traveling with her husband and being grandma to adorable but rambunctious twins, one of them is Deaf.

Butch Zein

Board Member (second term)

Palm Springs, CA

George "Butch" Zein, an avid globe trotter who had lived in Tokyo for a year serving as ASL instructor/consultant with the Japan American Sign Language (ASL) Society and went on a solo travel around the world for a year visiting Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and Europe.


His 15+ professional highlights began in California starting off as a Linguistic Research Assistant at the famed Salk Institute studying how human brain acquires ASL and ended up working in upper management for non-profit organization and corporate environment with Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc., Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, & Referral Agency, Sprint, MCI, CSDVRS, and a brief stint with Convo. He is a proud founding board member of Deafhood Foundation, and since leaving the board, he has provided classes and workshops about Deafhood for the past 8 years.


He is married to his best friend/ally Allen Baki, a devoted son of Deaf mom, Rosemary Stapp Mcgaugh, proud bother of Deaf sister Risa Lewis and a beaming uncle of 3 beautiful Deaf children, Marika, Karita, and Rory Lewis. Thanks to Risa and Robert for continuing the long line (six generations) of Deaf lineage (for me)!

Kevin Clark

Board Member (second term)

Sacramento, CA

Bio coming soon. 

Marilyn Jean Smith

Board Organizing Chair

Seattle, WA

Born in Seattle, Washington, Marilyn Jean Smith was raised as an oralist and found her identity as a Deaf person at Gallaudet University where she graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in English and in 1977 with an M.A. in Counseling. She has been on her Deafhood journey ever since.


Marilyn is the Founder and former Executive Director (1986-2011) of the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle and is considered the “Mother” of the anti- violence movement in Deaf America. She has served on the boards of Deaf Women United, the National Association of the Deaf and Discovering Deaf Worlds. In addition to being on the board of the Deafhood Foundation since the fall of 2011, she is also on the board of Communication Service for the Deaf. Her commitment to social activism and community volunteer work is a big priority in her life.  She has been widely recognized for her work including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gallaudet University, the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award, a special award from President Clinton and many others.


After retiring from ADWAS Marilyn was a Distinguished Alumnus Fellow at Gallaudet University during 2012. She also created a new company with her partner Karen in Seattle. The Leading Edge, LLC provides consultation and services to non-profit organizations throughout the United States including grant writing, board development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and fund and donor development. She is also a motivational speaker.  She has been married since 1984. She is a voracious reader, loves British television and movies, enjoys cooking and hosting parties, spends winters on her beloved island of Maui, and calls Norway her second home.

Matt Ellis

Board Member

San Diego, CA

Matt Ellis hails from the sunny southern part of California, born Deaf to a Deaf family. Matt has experienced the full spectrum of Deaf education, attending a Deaf program at a mainstreamed setting at Taft in Santa Ana then attending a Deaf school, California School for the Deaf, Riverside til graduation in 1997. Matt is a proud alumna of Gallaudet University. He has experience as a cottage counselor at California School for the Deaf Fremont, Teacher’s Aide and ASL teacher at the Tripod program in Burbank. Matt is proud to call the beautiful city of San Diego his home, in which he currently holds the position of Customer Relations Manager at a Deaf-owned and operated business, DawnSignPress, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities.


As a long-time staunch advocate of the betterment of Deaf people, taking the Deafhood 101 course in 2013 was a life-altering and empowering event for Matt, in which it helped shift his perception regarding the existence of Deaf people on Earth. With the new lens that he has, Matt now has a deeper understanding and sensitivity towards the unique Deaf experience. His Deafhood journey has fueled his conviction that every single Deaf person should take the class at least once for the sake of truly understanding, strengthening, empowering and therefore protecting our beloved community, language and culture.

Honorary Board
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DR. PADDY LADD
Author, “Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood

Paddy was a lecturer and MSC Coordinator at the now Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol. He completed his Ph.D. in Deaf Culture at Bristol University in 1998 and had written, edited and contributed to numerous publications in the field. Both his writing and his Deaf activism have received international recognition.

He received the Francis Maginn Award “For Lifetime Achievement for the Deaf Community” from the British Deaf Association (2004); the E.M. Gallaudet Award for “International Leadership in Promoting the Well-Being of Deaf People of the World” from Gallaudet University (2009); and the Deaf Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Deaf People for activities which have extended the possibilities for Deaf communities in the UK and worldwide (1998). He was also added to the British Deaf Association Roll of Honour for “Outstanding Contributions to the Deaf Community in Deaf Education” (2007).

Founding Board Members

 

Dr. Patrick Boudreault   2007 – 2010
Clark Brooke   2007 – 2010
Mel Carter   2008 – 2014
Kevin Clark   2007 – 2017
David Eberwein   2007 – 2013
Dr. Genie N. Gertz   2007 – 2011
Judy Gough   2007 – 2019
Ella Mae Lentz   2007 – 2019
Marvin T. Miller   2007 – 2017
Colin Piotrowski   2007 – 2013
Kathy Say   2007 – 2014
Butch Zein   2007 – 2014

Past Board Members

 

Dr. MJ Bienvenu   2015 - 2018

Ritchie Bryant   2013 – 2015
Leang Hu Ngov   2015
Melvin Patterson   2013 – 2014
Timothy Riker   2013 – 2017

Barry Solomon   2016 - 2019

Elsie Stecker  2016 - 2017

Terri Waddell-Motter   2013 - 2018
Kristen Weiner (Rajarajeshwari)   2013 – 2015

Operations & Programs Team

Butch Zein

Class/ Workshop Facilitator, Seminar Presenter & Development Consultant

Palms Springs, CA

George "Butch" Zein, an avid globe trotter who had lived in Tokyo for a year serving as ASL instructor/consultant with the Japan American Sign Language (ASL) Society and went on a solo travel around the world for a year visiting Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and Europe.


His 15+ professional highlights began in California starting off as a Linguistic Research Assistant at the famed Salk Institute studying how human brain acquires ASL and ended up working in upper management for non-profit organization and corporate environment with Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc., Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, & Referral Agency, Sprint, MCI, CSDVRS, and a brief stint with Convo. He is a proud founding board member of Deafhood Foundation, and since leaving the board, he has provided classes and workshops about Deafhood for the past 8 years.


He is married to his best friend/ally Allen Baki, a devoted son of Deaf mom, Rosemary Stapp Mcgaugh, proud bother of Deaf sister Risa Lewis and a beaming uncle of 3 beautiful Deaf children, Marika, Karita, and Rory Lewis. Thanks to Risa and Robert for continuing the long line (six generations) of Deaf lineage (for me)!

Chriz Dally

Executive Director

Olathe, KS

Chriz has engaged within the Deaf ecosystem through many work and volunteer roles whether that be community-engagement, advocacy, education, counseling, and consulting for over 25+ years. She has been with Deafhood Foundation since 2008, helping the organization gain nonprofit status, manage Donor care, coordinate class/workshops events, and now provides nonprofit management and leadership consultation.

DeAnna Swope

Class/ Workshop Facilitator

Atlanta, GA

DeAnna Swope is a community advocate at heart and has been involved in different fields. She is on several boards and is currently an interpreter mentor for NAOBI-Atlanta. She is currently working as a program director of BRIDGES, a Deaf-led domestic violence program in GA. DeAnna has obtained BA in social and criminal justice and MA in public administration. She is a happily married mother of 5 children.

Elvia Guillermo Aguilar

Curriculum Development Committee

Washington, D.C.

My name is Elvia Guillermo Aguilar, I moved to Washington, D.C. from Mexico in 1999 to get a better education and life. I came from deaf parents, a deaf brother, and two CODA siblings.  I did not have an interpreting service in Mexico, thanks to my CODAS siblings for interpreting for my deaf brother and me for nine years from elementary school to preparatory school. Without my siblings, I will not be here at Gallaudet University as a Latina woman career professional.

 

I received my Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and I received my Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from El Centro Universitario Guadalajara Lamar in Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

I am a manager for Intercultural Allainces within the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (DEDI). I am responsible for providing conceptual and administrative leadership in the development, implementation, and maintenance of Division-wide efforts designed to strengthen intercultural competency, cross-cultural communication, restorative practices, and overall community belonging. I also provide presentations, workshops and training on topics of diversity and social justice. 

 

I was a co-founder of the Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan DC Area, Inc. I was the vice-president of this organization from 2005 to 2008. I was also the President of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing (now Council de Manos) from January 2013 to Jan 2015. I was vice-president from 2008 – 2012. I was the Treasurer of Deaf Women United from September  2017 to February 15, 2019. I was Vice-President of the Organization for Equity of Deaf Staff of Color (OEDSOC) at Gallaudet University. I am Treasurer of the District of Colombia Association of the Deaf. 

 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, watching movies, kayaking,  hiking, and biking to explore the beautiful DC community. I also like going to restaurants and spending time with my friends and enjoy a good conversation.

Jenny Gough, Ed.D

Curriculum Development Coordinator, Class/ Workshop Facilitator

Hayward, CA

Dr. Jenny Margarita Gough (Contreras), BA, MA, and Ed.D,  is a Deaf Person of Color (DPOC) from El Salvador with Maya, Chippewa, Lenca, Mangue, and Pipil heritage. Dr Gough is department chair and professor of American Sign Language at Berkeley City College and Vice-President of the Conference for Interpreter Trainers. She participated in Deaf Interpreter Education and Professional Development Training for Deaf Interpreters of Color and Trilinguals and the California Manos del Corazon (CMC) organization, and is a member of Mano a Mano  and the Northern California Association of the DeafBlind. She is currently training for DeafBlind Interpreting.

Marvin Miller

Class/ Workshop Facilitator, Seminar Presenter & Development Consultant

Washington, DC

Marvin T. Miller has taught over 1,000 hours of Deafhood classes, which began during his term as president of the Indiana Association of the Deaf in January 2011. A dynamic and powerful presenter, Marvin currently teaches Deafhood 101 and 201 classes as well as Deafhood and Allies workshops for sign language interpreters all over the country. His prior accomplishments include launching several monthly newspaper of, for and by the Deaf and signing community including: The Deaf Michigander and DeafNation (www.deafnation.com); he later helped launch SignNews with Communication Services for the Deaf. Marvin has worked in media, video relay service and he has consulted with organizations on business development. He is a founding board-member of Deafhood Foundation. He has a Masters degree in Sign language Education from Gallaudet University. Marvin lives in his 2001 Fleetwood Discovery 27U full-time, traveling int he West. He is currently writing his second book, "Our Deafhood Journey," and editing his first book, "Deafhood and the Art of RV Maintenance". His four Deaf children join him when they are off from their work or on a break from Gallaudet University.

Melvin "Mel" Patterson

Curriculum Development Committee & Workshop Facilitator

Modesto, CA

Melvin Patterson is a gentleman, ambitious man and proud to be a member of the Deaf Community. He is a national speaker for over 30 years. His political-related involvement in Deaf Community helped him to build a wide range of experience and knowledge on different subjects.

Misty Flowers

Bookkeeper

Seattle, WA

Bio coming soon.

Raymond Bateh

Curriculum Development Committee

Olympia, WA

Raymond Bateh has been the ASL program lead at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) since 1996. He holds a BS in Business Administration (1987) from Gallaudet University and a MS in Deaf Education (1994) from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). Prior to teaching at SPSCC, Raymond held an array of professional positions. He worked as an adjunct faculty member in the ASL Department at Seattle Central College and at the American Sign Language Interpreting School of Seattle. He taught Deaf students in the Seattle School District, first as a teaching assistant and then as an elementary teacher.  He was an ASL mentor for the Language Mentor Program at Sorenson Communications. He was a residential counselor with the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, MD and with The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framington, Mass. Finally, he was a Classification and Wage Specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. His interests include ASL Semantics and modifying existing ASL curriculum and testing to optimize student learning. He is a life-long advocate for Deaf children's well-being and literacy and a political activist who promotes issues significant to the Deaf community. In his leisure time, he enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and reading National Geographic magazine and other assorted articles.

David Cowan (Atlanta, GA) Translation Project Committee
Star Grieser
 (Washington, D.C.) Deafhood Conference Coordinator

Marika Kovacs-Houlihan (Madison, WI) Translation Project Coordinator & Workshop Facilitator
Ella Mae Lentz (Hayward, CA) The Deafhood Monologues Executive Producer & Ladd's Book-ASL Translation Project Director
Katie Murch (Austin, TX) Translation Project Coordinator & Class/ Workshop Facilitator
Jenny Witteborg (Rixeyville, VA) Class/ Workshop Facilitator

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