Spotlight

Natasha Ofili

Natasha Ofili’s work in fashion has been a great journey. She is a Designer for a children’s wear manufacturing company, located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, in which she designs for licensors such as Hello Kitty and Disney for Dillard’s, Kohl’s and Target.  As a fashion designer the creative adventure will never fade. With her newfound glory, the unexpected art... Read More »

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Michael Anthony Spady

Michael Anthony Spady was born in New Rochelle, New York and began acting at the age of nine.  Best known for his outstanding performance in the film The Hammer, opposite Russell Harvard and Shoshannah Stern, Spady is one of Hollywood’s most talented, motivated, determined and notable young Deaf actors working in film and television today. Spady has also appeared in... Read More »

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Jamaal Brown

Jamaal Brown is a proud alumnus and member of NBDA's Collegiate Black Student Leadership Institution. He was born and raised in New York City. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Communication. Currently, he is a graduate student at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He anticipates completing his master's... Read More »

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Isidore Niyongabo

Born and raised in Burundi, Isidore Niyongabo has been a champion for human rights and an advocate for access to education for Deaf children and hard of hearing children in developing countries. While growing up in a rural village tending sheep and goats when not in school, he became stricken with Spinal Meningitis at ten years old, and was brought home to die. However, he... Read More »

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Omar Chung

Omar Chung was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He obtained his Associate Degree in Applied Computer Technology from National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology. Omar was one of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) students selected to participate in the Collegiate... Read More »

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Cassie Simmons

Cassie Simmons is an ASL storyteller and comedienne. Born in Detroit, Michigan and the only Deaf in her family, Cassie began drama and singing hands in schools at Detroit Day School for the Deaf and Michigan School for the Deaf. In 2009, she embarjed a career in ASL comedy based on her real-life experiences and are told in her unieue and entertaining way. Watch... Read More »

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Victorica Monroe

Victorica, a Mississippi native, was recently recognized for February 2016 #NADHandwave by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). She was nominated as a Februrary #NADHandwave recipient because when at Gallaudet, she demonstrated her strong leadership in a few various positions including activism #GallyCampusRacism. In August 2015, she participated in the Collegiate... Read More »

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Christina Williams

Advocacy/Social Worker Christina Williams was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to her parents Richard Sr. and Wiona Williams. She was born hearing impaired. She has three brothers and three sisters. She is the only hearing impaired and speaks fluently in ASL in her family and only hearing impaired person in her family graduated from college. She graduated from... Read More »

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Dr. Ernest E. Hairston

Ernest E. Hairston was born and raised in West Virginia, where he attended the West Virginia School for the Colored Deaf and Blind.  In 1954, following the Supreme Court’s landmark anti-segregation ruling, he transferred to the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.  He graduated from Gallaudet College in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in Education and became the first... Read More »

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Dr, Glenn B. Anderson

Glenn B. Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Anderson, a native of Chicago, IL, earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 1982.  An alumnus of Gallaudet University, he also earned his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona.  He is an Associate Professor in the Interpreter Education Program at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock (UA-Little Rock) where he has worked since... Read More »

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