American Association of the Deaf-Blind

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Board of Directors

Officers

  • Mark GasawayPresident
  • Vice President
    (Vacant)
  • Secretary
    (Vacant)
  • Adam Drake
    Treasurer

Board Members

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Last Updated: October 9, 2014

Mark Gasaway, President

Mark Gasaway
State: Georgia

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Background Information:

Mark Gasaway has been a member of AADB since 1996 and was a board member from 1998 - 2004, running for the board again in 2007 after resigning at the end of 2004.

He has a BA in Social Work from Gallaudet University and MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He enjoys running, walking, biking, and other outdoor activities.

He has been very active in promoting awareness for the Deaf-Blind, serving on many state boards, committees, and stakeholder groups as well as attendiong many different meetings where he represented the deaf-blind community.

He serves on the Atlanta area Metro Transit Authority as a representative to their Elderly and Disabled Access Committee where he brings up concerns for the Deaf and the Deaf-Blind. He also speaks up for people with other disabilities.

Mark is also the Chairman for the Georgia Deaf-Blind Awareness event, which schedules a luncheon every year to celebrate deaf-blind awareness as well as a Proclamation Signing Day with the Georgia Governor. He is also the Vice-President for the Georgia Association of the Deaf-Blind.

Mark is also a clown where he entertains people of all ages!


Vice President (Vacant)

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Secretary (Vacant)

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Adam Drake, Treasurer

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State:Washington State

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Aimee Bader

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State: Kansas

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(Will post)


Ryan Bondroff

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Jeri Cooper

Jeri Cooper
State: Oklahoma

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Jeri is the Deaf-Blind Specialist for the Department of Visual Services for the State of Oklahoma and have recently been appointed to facilitate the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for our state.

Jeri is totally blind and severely hard of hearing. She has a masters in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind and has received her Deaf-Blind Rehabilitation Certification.

Jeri attended the Oklahoma School for the Blind and is still very active in the alumni association. Jeri is active in multiple organizations too as the Vice President of the Tulsa chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind and as President of the Oklahoma Association for Education and Rehabilitation.

Jeri loves to bowl and go to the Tulsa Drillers baseball games, which is the minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Jeri and her husband love bowling so much that they just recently started a bowling league called the Tulsa Strikers and we are sanctioned by the American Blind Bowlers association.


Tim Jackson

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Chris Woodfill

Christoper Woodfill
State: New York

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Committees:

  • Bylaws

Background Information:

Christopher C. Woodfill is from Wisconsin and has Usher Syndrome Type I. He is a culturally Deaf ASL user with extensive leadership experience in the Deaf community. He joined the DeafBlind community after attending the Helen Keller National Center for the first time during the summer of 2008. Since then, he has co-facilitated the HKNC summer DeafBlind teen camp program with Angela Brown-Greer in 2009 and 2010 and with Amy Griffin-Otterberg in 2011. Chris has also served on the HKNC Advisory Council since the spring of 2010. He also serves on the Wisconsin DeafBlind Technology Assistance Project Board, which is administered by the Wisconsin Educational Service Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2009. Lastly, he has presented on topics relating to DeafBlindness in Wisconsin, primarily to the Deaf and interpreting communities. He became an AADB member in the spring of 2010 and attended his first AADB Symposium during the summer of 2011. He then joined the AADB board after the symposium, by appointment.

Chris is a cheese head being born and raised in Wisconsin. He attended and graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and spent his senior year in Merida, Venezuela as an American Field Service exchange student in 1993. Chris graduated from Gallaudet University with Bachelor's degrees in history and Spanish. Chris then received his Masters degree in Latin American Studies; specializing in history, politics and regional development from George Washington University in 1999. Chris then returned back to Wisconsin to teach high school education at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf where he has been employed since 1999. In 2005, Chris completed a second Masters degree in Secondary Deaf Education at McDaniel College.

Chris is a cheese head being born and raised in Wisconsin. He attended and graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and spent his senior year in Merida, Venezuela as an American Field Service exchange student in 1993. Chris graduated from Gallaudet University with Bachelor's degrees in history and Spanish. Chris then received his Masters degree in Latin American Studies; specializing in history, politics and regional development from George Washington University in 1999. Chris then returned back toWisconsin to teach high school education at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf where he has been employed since 1999. In 2005, Chris completed a second Masters degree in Secondary Deaf Education at McDaniel College.

In Wisconsin, he has been heavily involved in the Deaf community. Chris was secretary of the Southern Lakes Association of the Deaf from 2000 to 2004. He was also president of Wisconsin School of the Deaf Alumni Association (WSDAA) from 2000 to 2006 and a board member-at-large from 2006 to 2008. WSDAA hosted a very successful 150th anniversary celebration in 2002 and added to its programs, the Service Hall of Fame as well. Chris then joined the Wisconsin School for the Deaf Foundation board in 2003; became the secretary from 2004 to 2007, then president from 2007 to 2010. Now Chris is a board member until his term expires in 2013. Focused on fundraising and board recruitment, he became vice-president of the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf in a competitive election in 2009.

Some of his other key accomplishments are that he played a key role in shepherding the sign language interpreter licensure bill through the state legislature in 2009 and 2010. Chris is currently the Chair of the legislative and bylaws committee and he was re-elected by acclimation in 2011 for another term until 2013. Chris currently serves on the Sign Language Interpreter Council appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin until 2014. He has also completed the administrative rule-writing process and is now on the exemption request and disciplinary action subcommittees. Last, but not least, he is working on a project for National Association of the Deaf related to creating a set of composite bylaws for the various state associations of the Deaf to emulate.

His hobbies are traveling all over the United States and the world, chatting till his hands fall off, having hot political discussions, learning new things every day, eating ethnic cuisines, reading books, Deaf history, watching HGTV, History, Food, Discovery and other such channels, as well as spending time with family and friends.


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