Randall "Randy" Pope- President Elect
Since 1995, Randall has been involved in advocating on behalf of DeafBlind people in different capacities, mainly at state and federal levels. His experience with DeafBlind people began with the North Carolina Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA) as a board member, vice president, and treasurer. After moving to Maryland, he became a full time volunteer for AADB, wearing several hats: webmaster, Public Relations specialist, and Interim Executive Director.
For the past 1 ½ years, Randall still remain in touch with DeafBlind people throughout the USA and the world. He is part of an excellent team of DeafBlind volunteers in creating the DeafBlind Think Tank (DBTT), a public forum through the internet on issues affecting DeafBlind people. He continues to maintain this forum till this day.
Randall is looking forward to working with AADB to make every DeafBlind person count and our national DeafBlind community stronger.
Randall Pope is DeafBlind with Usher 2, married to Jamie McNamara Pope and both are living in Maryland. He has 7 grown sons and 11 grandchildren. His favorite hobbies are meeting people, model railroading, gardening and metal/wood working.
René was born in Quebec, Canada. He moved to Vermont at a young age. He became USA citizen at the age of 12. He graduated from Austine School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University.
He, his brother and three Aunts and Uncles have Usher’s Syndrome.
His work life has included being employed by DEAF, Inc. in Allston, Massachusetts, a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf for 2 years in Vermont and the State Coordinator for the Deaf for Vermont for 15 years. René’s last four years of work were as the Coordinator for Northern Vermont for Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
René was instrumental in the passage of laws supportive of the Deaf Community and Vermont interpreters. His community outreach and Service is well known in the State.
He has been married to an interpreter, Joan, for 32 years. They have four adult children and two teenage adopted daughters and one six year old grandson. René lives in a small town in Vermont surrounded by The Green Mountains!
Long recognized by his Deaf peers as a sought after storyteller for Deaf Club meetings and ASL skit nights, René expanded his repertoire in recent years to include hearing audiences at disability events and Community Theater. He is now re-energized, not re-tired!
Congratulations Randy and René!