About the Board
UAD’s Board meets 10 times a year on the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except July and December) at 5:00 pm at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (aka Deaf Center) at 5709 S 1500 W Taylorsville, UT 84123.
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Board members are elected at the biennial UAD Conference to serve a two-year term.
Our Board Members
A native of Guatemala – 4th generation, her deaf childhood was spent in Ft. Lauderdale Oral School for 11 years. She attended American School of Guatemala before she went to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB ’81). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (’86) and a Master degree in Educational Technology (’93) from Gallaudet University. She was instrumental in setting up the Educational Interpreting Program at the University of South Florida in 1995 and worked as a department coordinator for 5 years. Her family relocated to Utah from Florida in 2007 due to her job promotion at Sorenson Communications as the National Training Manager in the Outreach department. Currently, she works as an upper elementary school teacher at Kenneth Burdett School (KBS, USDB). During her spare time, she enjoys gardening, browsing books at bookstores, and watching Netflix.
Ashli-Marie was born in Alaska and is a Tlingit (Native Alaskan). She was raised in Washington State. She got involved in local politics when she was twelve years old. She has loved community involvement and advocating ever since. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now lives in Salt Lake City, where she works for Sorenson Interpreting Services. She loves traveling, reading, chatting with friends, watching movies, and playing with her deaf dog, Buzz.
Born deaf in Canada, Susan moved to Logan at 3, attended Central School for the Deaf in St. Louis, mainstreamed at Logan H.S., and got a BA in history at Occidental College. After raising 5 children, she got an elementary education teaching credential at the Univ. of CA at Riverside and a MA in Deaf Education at CA State Univ. at Northridge. After 6 yrs of teaching and subbing at CSDR, she returned to Logan and taught ASL 3 yrs. She served a full time mission at the Family History Library in SLC. She has been involved in the US Deaf Skiers/ Snow-boarders Association and Deaflympics as a racer in 1971 and as a volunteer in 2007. She also has 10 grandchildren (and one due May), and 2 great-grandchildren. Her hobbies are canoeing, family history, gardening, hiking, quilting, reading, skiing, and globetrotting.
Martin grew up in the backyard of the NAD Headquarters in Maryland where he attended public schools. Upon graduation from NTID/RIT with an associate’s degree in Computational Mathematics, he worked as a deaf advocate and information specialist in Rochester. He then went on to Gallaudet University and graduated with a bachelor’s in dual majors, Mathematics and Government. After a brief stint in working with deaf people in inner cities of Chicago and New York, he graduated from Western Maryland College with a master’s in Deaf Education. After many years as a math teacher and math curriculum specialist at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), he went to obtain a Ed.S degree from Idaho State University in Special Education which enabled him to become the principal of both middle and high schools at FSDB for 10 years. He has been involved in Jr. NAD since 1996 and was instrumental in setting up the Pages program at two NAD Conferences. While serving as a board member of the Florida Association for the Deaf, he also chaired the NAD Youth Strategy Team. Taking a break from education, he served as the National Director of Community Relations with Sorenson Communications for three years. Missing the joy of interacting with students, he returned to the education field by becoming the Director of Kenneth Burdett School of the Deaf in Ogden, Utah as part of Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind.
As an army brat, he went to three Deaf schools and graduated from California School for the Deaf in Riverside where he played different sports, especially basketball. Prior to working for the United States Postal Services for 10 years, he graduated from Utah Valley University with an associates’ degree in electronics and robotics. After a brief stint at Sorenson as a customer service representative, he has been working at Internal Revenue Service for over 11 years now. In his spare time, he enjoys learning new tips and tricks in computer software and is an avid fly fisherman. He has two beautiful daughters.
Born and raised in Missouri. He went to Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD), National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and Gallaudet University. He moved to Utah in September 2021. He works as a Support Engineer for a big tech company. He loves traveling around the USA and counties. When he is not traveling, he loves swimming, walking on trails, trying new restaurants, watching movies at the theater (can’t stay away from theater popcorn) and playing video games.
Born and raised in suburban Chicago. Graduated from Hersey High School. Moved to Utah and fell in love with the mountains. Rachel works as a Deaf Mentor and always wants to see the deaf community thrive and flourish, that’s why the decision to get involved. Rachel enjoys hiking, volleyball, and reading.
Born and raised in Utah, graduated from Cottonwood High School and was involved with USDB. Played three sports: soccer, basketball, and softball in high school. Was involved in Jr.Nad for two years. Went to Utah State University, and played soccer for Deaflypmics in Australia and World Cup in Belgium. Worked several jobs such as a deaf mentor, teacher aid, taught MTC, and worked in small family business construction. Have 4 beautiful kids. Loves to play sports, outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking gardening, socializing with friends, and many more!