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.