Born to a wonderful hearing family in Iowa, Stephen became deaf at 9 months old from meningitis. His family learned sign language and sent him to a deaf camp almost every summer. In 2006, he went to Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. He then moved to Utah in 2014 for a job at Sanderson Community Center as a case manager for the deaf and hard of hearing. He loves spending time with his beautiful wife, playing board games, traveling and spending some time outdoors.
Born deaf, Pamela Mower grew up in Salt Lake City. She earned her degrees (Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies) and (Master of Science in Administration and Supervision) from Gallaudet University. She worked at Gallaudet University for over 10 years as an Employer Specialist in the Career Center before moving back to Salt Lake City and worked at Sorenson VRS in the Marketing Department as a studio producer. After four years, in May 2013, Pamela started at Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a statewide employment specialist. She loves to read, watch TV/movies, tease people and spend time with family, friends and cats.
Ashli-Marie was born in Alaska and is a Tlingit (Native Alaskan). She was raised in Washington State. She got involved in local politics when she was twelve years old. She has loved community involvement and advocating ever since. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now lives in Salt Lake City, where she works as the secretary for Jean Massieu School. She loves traveling, reading, chatting with friends, watching movies, and playing with her deaf dog, Buzz.
Philippe was born in Paris, France. His childhood was spent in New York City and London, England. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. He and his family moved to Utah in January 2007 due to a transfer to Sorenson Communications in Salt Lake City, where he is now a database report writer. Their older daughter resides in Bay Area, California; their son is currently a student at Gallaudet and the younger daughter lives with them and attends a college in Utah. He and Yvonne have known each other for over 25 years. They reside in Lehi and love their two hyper little dogs. They love to travel all over the world and enjoy different cultures and history. Philippe is passionate about food, travelling, and hiking.
Laurie was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to Illinois when she was a teenager and was involved in soccer and cheer-leading She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Arts from Gallaudet University. She moved to Utah in 2006. She has a wonderful daughter who is 9. She works at Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is a big ALABAMA football fan and also loves to go hiking, travel, and love nature.
Roberta Dunlap, a native of Utah, is the biological daughter of Robert DeSpain (deceased) and Deborah DeSpain. She and her two sisters are adopted daughters of Jeffrey Dunlap and Marissa Clutter. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and double minors in Psychology and Family Child Studies from Gallaudet University in 2014. She was selected for the honor of speaking on behalf of undergraduates at the Gallaudet University commencement ceremony in 2014. She also earned her Master of Art degree in Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) from University in Northern Colorado.
She is currently working full-time in the Parent Infant Program (PIP) under Utah School for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) as an American Sign Language Orientation Specialist and Deaf Mentor. She is also developing American Sign Language curriculum to be used for PIP classes for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. On the side, she teaches American Sign Language classes at Utah Valley University.
She enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, traveling, and drinking coffee. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Josue Bolanos, and their dog, Koda.
Patricia M. Lowry was born deaf and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington DC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Gallaudet University. Patricia worked at several deaf schools as a residential educator for about 25 years. She served on the AWDAS board (Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services) for 5 years. She worked for Sorenson Communications, Inc. for four years. Patricia currently works at Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as the American Sign Language Coordinator. She loves outdoor camping, riding her bike and reading books. Patricia has three girls – Lucky, Bella and Daisy who have four legs (dogs).
Sari is a lifelong Utahn. Her grandparents and parents attended and graduated from Utah School for the Deaf. She graduated from Utah School for the Deaf in 1984. Sari’s Deaf son graduated from California School for the Deaf in Fremont. She has five children, including her Deaf son, and is a grandmother of three girls and three boys. She lived in California for six years, where she her man Glenn Williams. She’s a natural advocate and has worked with Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf since 2003. She loves to explore the outdoors, and loves to watch her children and grandchildren grow. Her laughter makes people feel good and when they hear her laugh, they know she is somewhere close by.
Greg is a native Floridian, and spent his younger years hunting, fishing, swimming in crystal clear springs, and exploring the gulf coast of northwest Florida. He has lived in Riverside, California, and Reno, Nevada, where he married and raised a family of his own. While in Reno, he worked for Caterpillar as an electrical specialist, and was responsible for training mechanics in systems analysis and repair, splitting his time between the classroom and the field environment.
He has made his home in Cedar Hills, Utah for the past twelve years, and began learning ASL at Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2012, after years of noise and chemical exposure led to severe hearing loss. He is currently on track to complete his bachelor’s degree in ASL and Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University in the summer of 2017, and is a passionate advocate for Deaf access and Deaf education. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, skydiving, studying history, and exploring historical sites.
I was born deaf in Santa Maria, California. Shortly after I was born my family moved to Germany. Upon learning that I was deaf at age one my family decided to move back to the states. My childhood was spent in Syracuse, Utah. I earned a CNC machinist certificate from Davis Applied Technology College. My whole life I have enjoyed the arts in all forms. My life story is still being written, and I eagerly await what the future has in store for me.
The Utah Deaf community is very fortunate to have Dave as a strong advocate for the Deaf. For many years, he dedicated a great deal of his time and energy to the Utah Association for the Deaf to promote civil and accessibility rights in the local Deaf community. If it was not for him, none of these accomplishments would have happened.