ASDC Biennial Conference

ASDC Biennial Conference

Avonne Brooker-Rutowski

Born deaf to deaf parents, Avonne attended Gallaudet University and graduated with BA in Psychology, followed with her Masters degree in Deaf Education at McDaniel College. She concluded her work at Gallaudet Leadership Institute with an Education Specialist degree. Right after graduate school, Avonne secured her first job as a preschool teacher at Texas School for the Deaf for 8 years. She then became the Principal in Elementary for five wonderful years and was later appointed as Director of Instruction in 2006. With 20 years experience in Deaf Education, she is enjoying her second year as an Outreach Program Specialist where she is a contributing member to the future generation of deaf and hard of hearing children. Avonne is thrilled to be a part of ASDC. Working with a group of eager, passionate, and creative board members is her inspiration! Avonne is also a proud mother of two children (Alexandria, 13 who attends Texas School for the Deaf) and (Andrew, 7 who loves to declare himself as a CODA) residing in Austin with her husband, Paul Rutowski.

Beth S. Benedict, Ph.D.

A professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., has focused on family involvement in schools with deaf and hard of hearing children, early childhood education, advocacy, early communication, and partnerships between deaf and hearing professionals and early intervention programs and services. Her work has been shared in numerous publications and through her work as a national and international presenter. Dr. Benedict is very involved in different organizations and boards. She is Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, Past President of the American Society of Deaf Children, on the Council of Education of the Deaf, the Maryland Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Council and actively involved in a variety of other EHDI initiatives. Beth is married to Dwight and has two deaf daughters, Rachel and Lauren.

Board of Directors


President
Beth Benedict
Department of Communication Studies
Gallaudet University
Maryland
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Vice President

Avonne Brooker-Rutowski
Outreach Program Specialist
Educational Resource Center on Deafness
Texas School for the Deaf
Texas
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Past President
Jodee Crace
Indiana
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Treasurer

Timothy G. Frelich
Maryland
Laurent Clerc Kendall Green
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Tami Hossler
Secretary
Tami Hossler
Florida
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MEMBERS AT LARGE

 

 
Mich Bignell
Indiana
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Jeff Bravin
Assistant Executive Director
American School for the Deaf
Connecticut
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Rachel Coleman
Utah
 

Tony Ronco
California
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Lisalee D. Egbert

Assistant Professor
California State University, Sacramento
California
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Robert Hill

Superintendent
Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and
Blind
Arizona
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Erin Kane

Assistant Director of Admissions &
Visitation
NTID
New York
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Carrie Davenport
Early Childhood Education Consultant
Center for Outreach Services
Ohio School for the Deaf
Ohio
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Peter L. Bailey
Associate Executive Director
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Massachusetts
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Stefanie D. Ellis-Gonzales, MSW
Deaf Counseling Services
Ohlone College, Fremont
California
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About American Society for Deaf Children

We believe deaf or hard-of-hearing children are entitled to full communication access in their home, school, and community. We also believe that language development, respect for the Deaf, and access to deaf and hard-of-hearing role models are important to assure optimal intellectual, social, and emotional development.  Read More


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