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.
Mistie Owens, MS, CDI, QMHI is a Deaf small business owner and mental health and wellness professional, and she continues interpreting on occasion. Professional research, business networking and collaborating on diverse ideas are some of her best strengths and spending time in the dirt in her little farm is definitely her kind of “soul care”. She fully enjoys the different facets of her busy life, especially that of being Mimi to 7 granddaughters and her niece/nephew, who also call her Mimi! Mistie’s word for the 2021-23 UAD Board term is Perspective. Let us all have a meaningful, cohesive perspective of our service to the Utah Deaf communities going forward!
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 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.