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    Danny Lacey

    - by sstuart

    Danny Lacey is a partner and advisor for Kramer Wealth Managers, where he focuses on developing the vision for clients and leads Kramer’s advisory team for the western states. He serves pre-retirees and retirees, corporate executives, business owners and not-for-profit organizations, who value Danny’s easy style, positive energy and unique approach. Danny helps to challenge assumptions and engage clients to dream and set goals, then he develops a solid plan to support their vision of the future. 

    Danny graduated with honors in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and earned a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University. He is an active leader in the deaf community and speaks frequently across the nation, including an invitation to give a TEDxIslay Talk.  He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Debbie, and two children. 

    Danny’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  This is his second term. 

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    Philip Bravin

    - by sstuart

    Philip W. Bravin is currently vice president of business development at ZVRS. He has held various positions within the deaf community and in the corporate business community over the years, including a stint at CSD until July 2005. At CSD, he held a variety of executive positions in corporate research and development, marketing, broadcasting and business development, in addition to helping pioneer the development of CSD’s video relay service. 

    Prior to joining CSD in 1999, Phil was president of Yes You Can, Inc., an organization specializing in enabling people with the latest technological advancements in addition to providing management, marketing and technical consulting to schools, nonprofit organizations and major corporations. He was formerly the president and chief executive officer of the National Captioning Institute (NCI)—at that time the largest provider of closed captioning services in the world. Prior to joining NCI, he worked for IBM Corporation for nearly 25 years in a variety of technical, marketing and management positions.  

    He is currently president of the board of the Lexington School/Center for the Deaf in New York. He also serves on the board of Austine School for the Deaf (Vermont). He formerly served on the board of trustees at Gallaudet University for 20 years, in which capacity he served as chairman from 1988–93. He is currently trustee emeritus on the Gallaudet Board. 

    Phil – who received a doctorate in humane letters from Gallaudet University – is often called on to make presentations all over the United States on how technology enhances the lives of people who are Deaf and hard of hearing, and offers consulting services to corporations and organizations from time to time. He is a member of the National Association of the Deaf and other organizations. He is a cancer survivor for 20 years and a co-patent holder for Patent No. 7333507 for a multi-modal communications system, which was awarded in 2008. He created and contributes to www.drzvrs.com, a resource blog for the video relay industry. Privately, he loves to tinker with his computers and grabs every opportunity to ski on snow or play golf. 

    A father of three grown Deaf children and grandfather of 12, Phil currently resides in Chester, Vermont with his wife Judith, a retired New York School for the Deaf librarian. 

    Phil’s term runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.  This is his second term. 

  • Marwan Elrakabawy

    Marwan Elrakabawy

    - by sstuart

    Marwan Elrakabawy is a practicing attorney and is currently counsel for the international law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP. Marwan’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation, including business torts, contract disputes, patent disputes, insurance litigation and other civil litigation matters. 

    Marwan received his bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his J.D. with honors in 2006 from the University of Texas School of Law. Marwan has a long been active in the Deaf community in Austin, having served as a volunteer and coach at the Texas School for the Deaf since 2003. He was previously an assistant basketball coach for the men’s basketball team at Gallaudet University. 

    Marwan’s term runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.  This is his second term. 

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    Rogelio Fernández, Jr.

    - by sstuart

    Rogelio Fernández, Jr. was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, México. He attended public schools until, at 16 years old, he was enrolled in the Texas School for the Deaf.  There, he learned about Deaf culture and ASL. He received numerous outstanding achievement awards at TSD. Highlight awards included the Athlete and Scholar of the Year in both 1993 and 1994, as well as being a member of Who’s Who in American Schools and Programs for the Deaf in 1994. 

    Rogelio attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1999. At Gallaudet, he served as the president and vice-president of the Hispanic Student Organization in addition to being vice president of the Kappa Gamma Fraternity. 

    Rogelio currently serves as the Business Account Executive in Austin, Texas with ZVRS. He is charged with ZVRS products in his regional states and Spanish VRS nationwide. He received a Circle of Excellence award from Communication Service for the Deaf in 2003 in recognition of his outstanding achievements at the non-profit organization. Also, he received the Salesman of the Year awards with ZVRS in 2007 and 2009 for his outstanding achievements in sales. 

    Rogelio has served on numerous committees and boards. He has been a longtime activist involved in social justice with Latinx Deaf Organizations. He is the President of Council de Manos and a board member of Texas Latino Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which he founded in 2004.  Through his consulting company, Manos Communications, he and his wife have traveled extensively to Latin countries to work with the deaf communities there, as well as with the deaf Spanish-speaking population in the United States. 

    Rogelio’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  This is his first term. 

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    Bruce Hodek

    - by sstuart

    Bruce Hodek is retired from a 37-year career in public service. He served as regional manager for the metro office, assistant director and – for the past 18 years – division director in the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD). Bruce’s accomplishments are many. He led the development of many new services for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing including the implementation of the Mental Health Program offered in the DHHSD regional offices. Bruce was also involved in the development of a consumer-directed services model for individuals who are DeafBlind, the design of the American Sign Language mentor program for families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and ongoing redesign of sign language interpreter referral services to focus on gaps in the marketplace. Additional projects included restructuring of community-based mental health services for adults who are Deaf and use sign language, development of mental health services specifically for children who have hearing loss, and implementation of TV news captioning in smaller Minnesota communities. During the recent years of significant budget reductions, Bruce led the reorganization of DHHS regional offices to maintain the infrastructure needed to support the most vulnerable Minnesotans with hearing loss. 

    Bruce’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  This is his second term. 

  • Khadijat Rashid

    Khadijat Rashid

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    Khadijat Kubby” Rashid is currently Interim Dean of the School of Education, Business and Human Services and has been a member of the faculty at Gallaudet since 1994. She has developed and taught a broad spectrum of courses across the curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of economics, social work, and international development. She has also taught in the School of International Service at American University and been an invited speaker at several universities, and colleges. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC. 

    Kubby has published scholarly articles and book chapters on subjects as varied as interpreter-Deaf professional relationships, Deaf people’s experience with implants; and Deaf communities in Africa. She is the co-author of Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan African Communities Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press (2015). She has presented widely on her areas of specialization, including at the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, the US Agency for International Development, and the White House.   

    Most recently, Kubby was chair of the Gallaudet University Faculty (2013-2016) and previously served as Chair of the Department of Business (2007-2010). In 2010-11 President Obama appointed her as a White House Fellow, and in that capacity she worked closely with senior government officials, obtaining an in-depth view into the workings of the US government at the highest levels. The governor of Maryland appointed her to the board of the Maryland School for the Deaf where she served from 2008-2014, and she just completed service on the board of Discovering Deaf Worlds, an NGO aimed at helping signing Deaf communities worldwide; she also serves as a board member of South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas.   

    Kubby served on the board of the World Deaf Leadership Program, guiding development projects for the Deaf communities in South Africa and Thailand. She has also worked with and trained people from several Deaf communities in Africa as part of Gallaudet-initiated leadership training programs. Dr. Rashid also worked with the National Deaf Business Institute, and taught several years for NDBI and Merrill Lynch’s summer program for Deaf Business. She was the first coordinator of the Gallaudet Leadership Institute’s Deaf Women’s Leadership Program, and implemented the program and curriculum that form the core of the DWLP today. 

    Kubby’s term runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.  This is her first term. 

  • Brandi Rarus

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    Mark Seeger

    - by sstuart

    Mark Seeger’s journey with communication advocacy started as the proud CODA son of Texas School for the Deaf Educators, Julius and Ruth Seeger, who both graduated from Gallaudet in 1949 and began their teaching careers in Austin that same fall. Mark was born in Austin and graduated from the University of Texas in 1984. He began his advocacy career in the field of deafness at the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Mark was instrumental in the passage of State Legislation in Texas in 1989, prior to the passage of the ADA in 1990, that set the standard for 24/7 Relay Services nationwide.   

    Mark continued his career at Sprint as an Account Manager supporting the relationship with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and then entered into advanced marketing management. By 1996, he was responsible for maintaining contract relationships with more than 36 state public utility commissions. In 2002, Mark joined the CSD team as a Government Affairs Officer working with the Federal Communications Commission to help shape the Video Relay Service regulations that established reimbursement rates and policies for the early providers of the service. At CSD, Mark also managed Human Service programs, Interpreter Operations, and Video Relay Operations.  In early 2012, Mark returned to Sprint to finish his relay career, primarily managing nationwide marketing for the Captioned Telephone Service.   

    He retired from Sprint in late 2015 and is now an officer of SeeHarp, Inc., which allows him to do freelance American Sign Language interpreting work in medical and court settings when he is in Austin. This also gives him the flexibility to travel extensively with his husband, Jeff Harper, who also recently retired, as an Electrical Engineer from IBM.   

    Mark’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  This is his first term. 

  • Headshot of Marilyn Jean Smith

    Marilyn Jean Smith

    - by sstuart

    Marilyn Jean Smith 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 received her B.A. and M.A. from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Her work at ADWAS brought many awards including from President Clinton, Gallaudet University, the National Association for the Deaf, Deaf Women United, and the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority. Other recognitions include the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award, The Sunshine Lady award, the National Network to End Domestic Violence award, Bank of America Hero Award, and the Deaf Hope Trailblazer Award, among others. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Gallaudet University in 2004. 

    Marilyn was Distinguished Alumnus Fellow at Gallaudet University in 2012 and is currently Principal of The Leading Edge, LLC and does workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, leadership, board development, fund development, grant writing, personal ethics, organizational development, and non profit management. She is also a motivational keynote speaker.  She works throughout the United States and Canada. 

    Marilyn’s term runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  This is her first term.