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Jennifer Although her final college term was all about juggling school, work, California Educator Credentialing Examinations, and life, Jennifer had a great semester. She was on the committee for the Deaf CSUNians Club as a recreational chairperson and captained several intramural teams (volleyball, flag football, softball, and dodgeball). In May she graduated from CSUN with BA in Child and Adolescent Development and minor in Recreation Management. In the summer she started an MA program in bilingual education at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and has already begun her initial placement at an elementary school as part of this training. (read more)


Rivka Rivka continues in nursing school, and states that her preceptorship in an ICU was a highlight of her college career. She notes it was a lot of work, but emotionally satisfying. In April 2018, the Dean of the College of Nursing chose her to represent the school as a guest speaker at an Honor Your Doctor Luncheon with the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton. Rivka was recently officially accepted into the BSN-DNP program starting in the Summer of 2018, after having graduated college last spring. (read more)


Kellynette Kellynette graduated from Springfield College with her Masters in Social Work (MSW) in May 2018. She continues to work full-time at Springfield College as a Community Involvement and Program Liaison. Before graduation, she did her internship with Public Defenders Service in DC, and also worked as Director of Community Relations for the Student Body Government. In 2015 she went on a three-week trip to Cuba and watched the historic flag raising at the US Interest Section in Cuba on July 20th when the US and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations. (read more)


Robert Robb is a Technical Editor at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, where he helps inform diplomats about numerous countries, and edits reports for accuracy, clarity, and style. Outside of work, he's an activist for affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and social justice in Washington. He testified before the DC city council to propose funds for sign language interpreting at public meetings, which made it into DC's FY2019 budget. He's also running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the November 2018 election to represent his neighborhood in DC government. (read more)


Kylie Over the past two years, Kylie has managed to expand her audiology practice, and her expertise and talents, to meet a growing demand of patients with hearing loss. She recently added three offices. Although she works mainly with the geriatric population, she now offers her services to pediatric patients. Kylie and her husband, Kyle, are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Zoe, who was born in November 2017. While working at the office takes a lot of her time, she is spending all hours outside of the working day with her daughter. (read more)


Panagiota Tania spent the first two months of the past year in the U.S. reporting on President Trump's upheaval of the U.S. immigration system. In late February, she moved to Beirut, Lebanon to take a four-month intensive Arabic course. While there she visited much of the country and really improved her Arabic language, which she believes will help in her future reporting on refugees. This summer, she was back on campus at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, teaching a five-week summer program for budding high school journalists. She will be staying in the U.S. for another few months to continue her freelance reporting on changes to our immigration system. See a full list of her recent work here.
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Devorah Devorah continues to work at Intel Corp, where things continue to go well. She reports she's nearing the empty nest phase with only one child still at home. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BSEE in Computer Systems Engineering with Information Assurance concentration in December, 2013. She was born in Moscow, lost her hearing at age one, and was taught in the Moscow Michaelian's School #30 for hard of hearing children. At the age of seventeen she immigrated to the United States, eventually becoming an American citizen. (read more)


Lauren Lauren, our second grantee from Arkansas, was attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro at last report. She is a graduate of Southside High School in Batesville, AR, and has two siblings who have a significant hearing loss as well. She likewise comes highly recommended by her teachers and others she whom has worked with. Lauren was involved in multiple school activities, including Spanish Club and Future Business Leaders of America. (read more)


Ashley Ashley studied at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and did very well, enjoying her time in college. At last report, she was in nursing school completing her clinicals. From Louisiana, Ashley comes from a family of four, and was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss as a newborn. She was mainstreamed and did very well in high school, graduating with a GPA of 3.85. (read more)


Mara Mara graduated in December 2015. She spent much of the past year working at a farm-based renewable energy developer in New England, responsible for the development of and the permitting process for many different projects. She is now gearing to start a new job with her alma mater, Northeastern University, to work with their freshman study-abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. She is very excited for the opportunity to live abroad and to begin working in the field of higher education. (read more)


Brooke Brooke still loves living in the Upper East Side of New York. She remains at the same healthcare advertising agency that she's been at since graduating from Michigan in 2012. She's now an Art Director and works primarily on oncology brands, in particular for drugs for non-small-cell lung cancer. She tells us she's been really enjoying the wide range of cuisine that Manhattan has to offer, and has taken up yoga. In February, 2015, she received the "Future Famers Award" from the MAHF (Medical Advertising Hall of Fame), which recognizes young individuals in the medical advertising industry who are destined to leave their mark. (read more)


Lindsay Lindsay finished working for Consumer Testing Laboratories in June (three years as a chemist and four years as a project manager). In July, she began working for her church's special needs ministry as a full-time coordinator after volunteering with this program for four years. She really enjoys helping families with special needs in her church community. She is also engaged and plans to get married in November, after which she and her husband will live in Kansas. Lindsay holds a Masters of Science in Leadership and Higher Education from John Brown University. (read more)


Megan Megan has pursued a career in journalism. As of 2012 she was in Germany doing public affairs work for the military. She was considering eventually going for a Masters in journalism. Megan is from California and an honors graduate of Gallaudet University and California State University at Long Beach. She came with superb recommendations, both from her college days as well as from more recent contacts. (read more)


Gabriel Gabriel finished his engineering program at RIT and moved to North Dakota, taking courses in linguistics at the University of North Dakota. He's tentatively planning to go to Egypt to teach ASL. Gabriel was home-schooled until he entered high school as a sophomore, where he quickly earned the respect of students and staff because of his leadership abilities and remarkable intellect. He was mainstreamed part time in public schools and the local community college, and graduated with a grade point of 3.92. (read more)


Erin This spring Erin started a graduate program at George Washington University, and plans to get her master's degree in Special Education and English Language Learner with pertinent teaching certifications. This fall she'll return to her role as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, her 8th year of teaching, at DC Prep, a charter school in Northeast DC. She is currently working with her supervisor to increase their capacity to provide proactive sensory and emotional supports for students to help them be successful. (read more)


Christine Christine successfully defended her thesis on territoriality and aggression in the Cerulean Warbler, a rare neo-tropical migrant that breeds in the Appalachia. No published studies had been conducted in western Maryland, so she is among the first to do research there, and now has a Master's in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology. She is working as a consulting arborist for the Davey Tree Company under contract by the USDA to survey for the Asian Longhorned Beetle. (read more)


Soraya, of Gainesville, Florida, attended Miami-Dade Community College. She comes from a family of six children, four of whom are Deaf or hard of hearing, with a single mother. Her hearing loss was diagnosed while she was in third grade, and she's dedicated her life to succeeding in spite of it. Initially she was mainstreamed, but spent her last two years in high school at the Florida School for the Deaf with her siblings. (read more)


Alexander Alexander is enrolled or recently graduated from Northeastern University, majoring in civil engineering with a minor in environmental science. He's been on the Dean's List. Recently he's been in co-op, working for SEA Consultants Inc., a private civil engineering firm; his experience cemented his decision to major in civil engineering. He has tutored a Deaf person in math, is vice president of the Deaf Club, and is working on multiple collegiate and community service activities. (read more)


Alison Allison is a Project Manager at the University of Michigan's Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, where she oversees the deliverables and operations for two federally-funded research data archives, one containing arts and culture research and another containing disability and rehabilitation research. She helped hold a successful data management workshop at the University of Michigan last spring. Alison has completed her master's degree in Public Policy and now oversees two research projects for the Institute of Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. (read more)


Susan Susan was the very first of her family to attend college. She hoped to become a registered nurse, and studied Medical Careers Technology in high school. When she applied to college she was told she couldn't enter the nursing program because of her hearing impairment. Susan refused to give up; she knew she could handle the job, and with a new cochlear implant and a hearing aid, proved she could hear IV buzzers, patient calls, and ringing telephones. (read more)


Connor Connor, our first grantee from Illinois, was diagnosed with a severe to profound bilateral hearing loss at age one, and was mainstreamed in his local public schools. He did very well there, including in high school where, despite taking a challenging curriculum, he maintained a stellar grade point average. During his school years, Connor was involved in Boy Scouts, volunteering at his local Humane Society, (read more)


Lauren Andrea just finished her fourth year of teaching. She continues to enjoy her positions as an elementary school art teacher and a teaching artist at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition, she completed a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Reading Specialization from Kent State University. In the fall, Andrea will be teaching at Blake Elementary School in Medina, Ohio where she is looking forward to meeting many new young artists who are excited about creating art. (read more)


Jose Jose earned an associate degree with high honors (Summa Cum Laude) in Web and Mobile Computing (WMC) at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He's also involved in the Next Big Idea, an annual innovation competition at National Technical Institute for the Deaf where he and his team are working on the 'VIGN' (shortcut for 'Video Sign') that would provide entertainment of the best digital shorts, series, and documentaries from famous video content creators. He did a summer undergraduate internship at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. (read more)


Daniel Daniel graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with emphasis in the latter major this past May. He will start working in October 2016 at a Boston startup called Celect, led by two computer science professors at MIT. The company uses machine learning to help retailers increase their profits. It is his first job out of college and he is looking forward to working at the startup. (read more)


Andrew At last report, Andrew was attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a biomedical engineering major. He did find some time to participate on the Ultimate Frisbee club team during his first year, and working in a restaurant to earn some spending money for next year. Andrew is from Buffalo, NY, and was a stellar high school student, a member of the National Honor Society, and during his high school years he took and passed six AP exams. (read more)


Maya At last report, Maya was a senior at George Washington University, and an active member of the APO service fraternity and the pre-law fraternity, PAD. She interned at the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival and their sister event, Arabian Sights Film Festival, and was a founding member of "Trick or Treat for Service", the organizer of an annual charitable event, and was the group's president. She also worked at the George Washington University Lerner Health and Wellness Center, where she was promoted to Assistant Manager while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. (read more)


Scott Scott finished up year four of five in his program at Rochester Institute of Technology. He spent the spring semester on co-op, working at RIT's SITO office, which is a student-only team that produces a major academic application used by several thousand students. Among other responsibilities, he got to architect a complete overhaul of the system, resulting in a dramatic speedup for users. He also had non-technical responsibilities such as leading meetings and reviewing resumes of applicants for the next team. (read more)


Adrita is currently in her final year in computer engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. Last year, she participated in the Women in Engineering club, encouraging her female peers to achieve their goals. The past year, she gained real-world experience through an internship as a Data & IT Analyst at Financial Recovery Technologies, a technology-based services firm that helps the investment community identify eligibility, file claims, and collect funds made available in securities class action settlements. It was a very valuable experience. (read more)


David graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with a Minor in Math. He is currently working part time as a compliance analyst. David is our second grantee from California. He grew up with his younger brother and parents, and was also mainstreamed in high school. He was involved in numerous activities, including the basketball and baseball teams. He also worked at his local Jewish Community Center. (read more)



Christine Christine was our first grantee supported by the T.A.F.F.Y. Foundation.

Christine recently got married in Rochester, New York, at Frontier Field, a 10,000-seat baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins AAA Farm Club. In the meantime, she has started part time teaching at Rochester School for the Deaf, which she is really enjoying, and continues to work at Walmart.

Christine graduated from NTID/RIT in May 2015, receiving her Associate's Degree in Applied Computer Technology, specializing in Computer Security. She was one of six NTID undergraduate students to be recognized by NTID; at a special luncheon during graduation she received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning associate's degrees. (read more)



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