Malibu Barron

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Malibu Barron (she/her) is a Strategic Support Specialist with the National Deaf Center. She identifies herself as a Deaf Multiracial ciswoman, a second-year doctoral student in School Improvement at Texas State University. She received her BA in sociology and MA in School Counseling from Gallaudet University. She has provided numerous training, workshops, keynote, and spaces […]

Latoya Dixon, M.Ed.

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Ms. Latoya Dixon joins the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes as an Accessibility Resource Specialist. Latoya hails from the East coast and moved to Texas in 2010. She is a seasoned accessibility advocate who has worked extensively with transition-age youth and college students with disabilities. In her previous role, she worked in the disability […]

Leele Girma

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Leele is a Dallas, Texas raised and a proud Ethiopian with a passion for social justice, belonging, and communication accessibility. During her college years in RIT/NTID, she served as a mentor and student leader for several committees and helped lead students to receive the best tools necessary to navigate their array of journeys with much […]

Jay Mills, M.A.

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Jay is passionate about connecting individuals through digital technology and communication strategies that align with accessibility and equitable values. They found ASL and the Deaf Community later in life, forming bonds and connections through the relationships and experiences gained during their time at Gallaudet University where they earned a Bachelor’s in Deaf Studies and a […]

Benjamin Suits Baer

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Benjamin has long been passionate about education and equal access. Born into a hearing family, he did not know ASL until college and found Deaf culture while at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Canisius College emphasizing his thesis on student affairs professionals and […]

Kate Lewandowski, M.S.

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Kate Lewandowski has over 12 years of experience advising and coordinating access for deaf students in the postsecondary environment. Kate’s passion for outreach on topics of disability justice, access, and belonging is a deeply personal endeavor which stems from her experiences navigating systems as a deaf student. Kate earned her master’s degree in Disability Services […]

Karla Giese, EdD

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For Karla, deaf education has been a way of life.  Born hearing, Karla began losing her hearing as an infant and became profoundly deaf at a young age. Her parents chose to raise her with an emphasis on spoken language, using speech therapy, hearing aids, and FM systems while being educated in the mainstream setting. By middle […]

Brit Macias

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Brit Macias is a design maven who works in multiple media, and loves to solve problems. She has a bachelor’s degree in design and management from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. She also studied animation in Paris, France. Since 2013, Brit had been working as a multimedia graphic designer, with 2D motion design […]

Chase Burton

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Growing up in southern California, steeped in movie culture with major shoots happening often in his hometown, Chase Burton has had a lifelong fascination with filmmaking. He lived in Australia for one year and studied film history & film theory. Returning to Los Angeles, he studied cinematography & screenwriting, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema […]

Kent Turner

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A game designer who aims to level up self-advocacy skills for deaf youth.

Sarah Brown

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Sarah Brown became a certified sign language interpreter while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Counseling with an emphasis on deaf communities. After over 20 years buried deep in the profession of community interpreting, she’s thrilled to be at the National Deaf Center where she finds reasons to use technology in new ways to […]

Jeffrey Palmer, PhD

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Dr. Jeffrey Levi Palmer is a researcher, heritage signer, and Coda. He is interested not only in the formative factors that contribute to optimal language, literacy, and academic outcomes but also in identifying educational and social practices that can be implemented today to enhance postsecondary outcomes. For over a decade, he has worked as a […]

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