New York, 2015-2017 Term
Patrice Creamer, MSW has been a member of New York City Black Deaf Advocates for over 30 years. She was one of the NYCBDA founding members under the direction of Patricia Johnson Bailey. Patrice served as its first Vice President. Patrice also became the first Eastern Regional Alternative Representative when NBDA's Regional System was established in 2004. Patrice coordinated the first Eastern Regional Conference held in New York City.
Patrice was honored with the following awards: 1998 - National Black Deaf Advocates Iman Humanitarian Award, 2006 - National Black Deaf Advocates Leadership Award, 2007 - National Black Deaf Advocates Advocate of the Year Award, 2012 - New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates - Humanitarian Award, 2013 - New York State Senate Citation for Personal Excellence and Achievement, 2013 - City Council Citation: National Action Network, Deaf Humanitarian Award and 2013 - New York State Assembly Citation: for work as a social worker, actress and deaf advocate.
Patrice lives in Manhattan. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lehman College and a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work.
Patrice started her employment as an Instructional Assistant at Lexington High School for the Deaf in Science for 10 years before she left and entered the field of Human Services, specifically Mental Health as a case manager for Deaf adults at New York Society for the Deaf. She climbed her way up to Senior Counselor, and then to Program Supervisor and Director of Service Coordinators.
Patrice left that field and became a Public Health Project Director at National Development & Research Institutes after being promoted from Senior Research Associate. In this field, Patrice has participated on translation teams, facilitated focus groups, in-depth interviews, and authored several articles along with her research team. She has presented lectures at national conventions and has acted as an on screen sign model for various studies.
Patrice has been involved in Broadway and Off-Broadway plays as a Deaf theatrical interpreter, actress and has been the ASL director for over 10 productions. Patrice is a proud mother and grandmother and she is living with her wonderful and supportive husband Melvin, a Gallaudet alumni and co-founder of North Virginia Black Deaf Advocates.