Meet the Board

FRONT (L-R) David Martin; John Olumoya (Treasurer); Robert Davila, Ph.D. (President); Stephen Hlibok (Vice President); Sheryl Cooper, Ph.D. (Secretary); Denise Perdue BACK (L-R) Akilah English; Leo Yates, Jr.; Tania Thomas-Presswood; Jennifer Smart, Ph.D.; Ric Hernandez, Ph.D.; Katherine Hoheusle; Stephen F. Weiner, Ph.D.; Rebecca Minor, Ph.D. NOT PICTURED Corey Burton; Dennis Galvan, Ph.D.; Kristina Leitch Walker; Robert Padden; Kirsten Poston.
Sheryl Cooper Sheryl Cooper, Ph.D., is the Coordinator of the Deaf Studies program at Towson University. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's from New York University, and a Ph.D. from Gallaudet University. She has been a certified interpreter since 1980. Some of her many volunteer activities include chairing the American Association of the Deafblind Conference at Towson University in 2006 and hosting annual retreat weekends for Jewish Deafblind people since 2010.
Robert Davila, Ph.D., was born and raised in California and graduated from the California School for the Deaf at Berkeley. He graduated from Gallaudet University and later earned a Master's degree from Hunter College and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He was a teacher, program supervisor, and headmaster at the New York School for the Deaf; a professor, vice president, and president at Gallaudet University; and the CEO/Director of NTID at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the only deaf person ever to address the General Assembly of the United Nations. He is also the only deaf person to serve as an assistant secretary in the federal government. He and his wife Donna are retired and have two sons and three grandchildren. 
Dennis Galvan, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Gallaudet University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied ASL acquisition in deaf children of deaf parents compared with those of hearing parents. He has done further research in the acquisition of ASL by deaf children, the use of gesture in the acquisition of ASL by hearing adults, and the use of gesture by adults using English, Spanish, and ASL. Dr. Galvan's current research interests involve the effective teaching pedagogies at Gallaudet.
Ric Hernandez, Ph.D., is a parent of two MSD and Gallaudet graduates, Leah and David Katz-Hernandez. Dr. Hernandez is currently the Lead Research Analyst for the Office of Career and Technical Education at the US Department of Education. His work includes research on improving educational outcomes for students in career and technical education at both the high school and college levels. He is married to Lizabeth Katz and lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland.
Stephen Hlibok is a Vice President of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management specializing in strategies designed to help with financial goals for investors. His work and leadership in wealth management and the deaf community have been spotlighted in the national media. Stephen is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking. He is also active in numerous nonprofit organizations, especially with emergency management for the deaf on an international level. He has four children and lives in Clarksville, Maryland. His passion is to highlight the importance of deaf education, and he looks forward to contributing positively to the MSD community.
  Katherine Hoheusle has worked for the federal government for over 9 years, mostly working within her agency's Office of Information Technology, where she has served in a variety of roles from Information Technology Project Manager to Enterprise Architect to Project Consultant on a variety of Information Technology modernization efforts. She has also been heavily involved with the Department of Labor's Workforce Recruitment Program as an interviewer over the last few years. Most recently, she was assigned to a five-month detail focused on her agency's Customer Disability Program where she assessed the needs across the agency's facilities and services to ensure disability needs were being met. Katie graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Imaging Science (Physics of light waves) and University of Colorado at Denver with her MBA in 2006 with a specialty in Strategic/Change Management. Outside of work, Katie loves spending time with her family and friends, doing crafts, learning new recipes, and volunteering. She is a past President of the NTID Alumni Association Board of Directors.
  Kristina Leitch Walker has family ties to MSD that spans multiple generations, dating back to the 1880's. Currently, she serves as a director of Human Resource Operations and Effectiveness at Montgomery College (Maryland). Prior to that, Krista served as the director of the Center for Professional & Organizational Development where she administered faculty and staff development programs. Krista received a bachelor's degree in Government (Political Science) from University of Maryland University College and a master's degree in Administration from Gallaudet University. She is an alumnus of the HERS Leadership Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College and a 2007-2008 Fulbright award recipient to Ireland. Krista also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mark Seven Deaf Foundation, which is the governing body for Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, NY.
David Martin graduated from the Maryland School for the Deaf in 1985. He earned his Bachelors in Psychology in 1990 and his Masters in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in 1996. He is in his twelfth year as Assistant Professor and Program Manager of ASL Studies at Frederick Community College. David enjoys doing ASL vlogs and is a lifelong Orioles fan with Cal Ripken, Jr., as his favorite player. David and his wife Debbie have four children. 
Rebecca Minor, Ph.D., is a nationally certified sign language interpreter. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in May 2011. She also holds a MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor's degree from Towson University in Deaf Studies. She is the Program Coordinator of the Interpreter Preparation Program at the Community College of Baltimore County. Rebecca has conducted research and presented workshops on linguistics and interpreting pedagogy at both national and state level conferences. She has worked in the field of interpreting for the past eleven years in various settings including Video Relay Service, performing arts, post-secondary education, and healthcare.
John Olumoya ("JohnO") has been a resident of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, since 2006 and a resident of Maryland since 1981. A graduate of Gallaudet University's class of 1982, John has worked in the computer field in various capacities since 1981 and currently works at the US Department of Education as an Information Technology Specialist. John likes photography, traveling, and tinkering with computers.
Robert Padden, as both an alumnus and a retiree of the Maryland School for the Deaf, has a lifelong vested interest in education of deaf children. His deaf parents, who were professors at Gallaudet University, developed a personal style that ensured effective interpersonal skills in the family. Being an assistant principal of the Career and Technology Education Department at MSD allowed Robert to identify and define current trends in career and technology education. His graduating class (Class of 1968) will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary during MSD's 150th year reunion. 
Debra Patkin, Esq., is a staff attorney with the NAD. Her job duties include litigating civil-rights cases, advocating on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing community, handling consumer inquiries regarding legal issues, and outreach/education. Prior to joining the NAD, she worked as a litigation attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, California. Debra received her JD from the UCLA School of Law. She also has a MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a BS in Psychology from RIT. She juggles her legal job with her other full-time job - being a mother. In her spare time, she enjoys rooting for Boston sports teams and doing outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. 
Denise Perdue is a passionate educator with an MS degree in Special Education Instructional Technology from John Hopkins University, a former federal and state employee, and a seasoned sign language interpreter. In addition to serving on MSD's Board of Trustees, she works for Sorenson Communications and Sorenson Community Interpreting Services. Ms. Perdue and her family live on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Kirsten Poston is a Disability Program Manager at the Federal Highway Administration. She received a BA from Gallaudet University. Kirsten has been actively involved in the coordination of many educational and outreach activities targeting the deaf and disability communities. Among her many leadership roles, she was Secretary of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Vice President of Federal Employees with Disabilities, and Executive Director of Deaf in Government (DIG). She and her husband live in Maryland with their three daughters and one son. 
Jennifer Smart, Ph.D., is the director of the audiology graduate program at Towson University. She earned her doctoral degree from James Madison University in 2006. During her Ph.D. studies she worked as a graduate assistant at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, Virginia. She then completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is also the Director of Healthy Hearing for Special Olympics of Maryland. She has been married for thirteen years and has two children. Jennifer's family enjoys visiting the Maryland Zoo and other museums in the Baltimore area.
Tania Thomas-Presswood, Ph.D., is the director of the school psychology program at Gallaudet University and has been on the faculty of the Psychology Department for seventeen years. Dr. Thomas-Presswood was trained at Hofstra University where she obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical and School Psychology. She is also the past-president of the Association of Practicing Psychologists in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. She has been practicing as a school psychologist for over twenty years in various states such as New York, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Dr. Thomas-Presswood has presented at major conferences such as NASP and APA, and she has authored and co-authored chapters, journal articles, and books on poverty, assessment, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse children. Her most recent co-authored book, Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Adolescents, was published in 2015.