Stephen Persinger

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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.

Adam Janisieski

Vice President
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Born and raised in western part of Massachusetts, where he has that New England charm. He became deaf at 2 months old and again at 2 years old with high fever. Attended to small deaf school before mainstream full time at local public school. He graduated from Gallaudet University with BA in Mathematics and Ashford Univeristy with MBA in Marketing. He lived in several states where he gets to experience different culture with people and food. He enjoys travel, playing board games, cooking, and being outdoor to appreciate nature.

Erin Kelly


Erin grew up with her loving family in the small and cozy town of Fillmore, Utah. She attended two schools in Utah county under USDB and lived with her amazing foster family in Springville. When she was 15 years old, she transferred to Millard High School in Fillmore with an interpreter as freshmen and remained there until graduation. She went to Gallaudet University and got the enriched experience of being in the Deaf culture and environment. She found her identity as a Deaf person and earned Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Communication Studies along with a minor in Business Administration May of 2009. After graduation, she moved back to Utah. She started as a volunteer Victim Advocate in August 2009 until she was hired in October 2010. She’s the Southern Utah Victim Advocate Coordinator and living in St. George (as of June 2015). In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her fur baby Max, play with her nieces and nephews, play games with friends or family, enjoys being engaged in outdoor activities, and shopping!

Philippe Montalette

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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.

MaryBeth Baierl

Board Member at Large

Born deaf, Mary Beth comes from a big family of nine siblings. She grew up in the land of cheese, brats, and beer – otherwise as known as Wisconsin.  She enrolled and graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.  She then attended Gallaudet, earning a Bachelor of Science in Child Development. She joined the Peace Corps and was stationed as a Deaf educator in Kenya for two years. She currently works as Community Education and Events Cooridantor at Sanderson Community Center. She is truly a dog person. She has two dogs and five chickens. Other than dogs, her hobbies are jogging/hiking, Doctor Who & Star Wars Fanatic, yard sales/thrift stores, TV Addict (especially BBC series!), DIY projects, and doing puzzles.

Brandon Bowden

Board Member at Large

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.

Ashli-Marie Grant

Board Member at Large

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.

Greg Jones

Board Member at Large

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.

Pamela Mower

Board Member at Large

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.

David Mortensen

President Emeritus

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.