Meet the Board
While many Boards of Directors are loosely organized in terms of the number of members allowed to serve and the roles the members fill,
the CDHH Board composition is quite structured. CDHH’s statute specifies how many members can serve and what roles they must fill.
The Governor appoints these nine Board members.
1. Member who is deaf and who
represents an organization of persons who are deaf
Steven G. Stubbs
Term Expires 7/1/2015
Steven G Stubbs grew up in
Maine, attending both the Deaf School and the public school at the same time.
He then continued his education at Gallaudet University (Jan 1992 – Dec 1993)
and finished his degree at the University of Maryland – College Park. Steven
studied computer science with an emphasis in mathematics. As his wife is from
Idaho, they moved to the state immediately after graduation. The Stubbs now
have six children – three boys and three girls. Over the years, Steven has served in various leadership
capacities in schools, church, careers and communities. Steven is starting his 4th term on the Council and
expects to continue serving the deaf and hard of hearing of Idaho in his present capacity.
2. Member who is
hard of hearing and who represents an organization of persons who are hard of
Russ Patterson CHAIR
Term Expires 7/1/2015
Russ Patterson is a hard of
hearing individual born to Deaf parents. Mr. Patterson stands as an expert in a
number of roles: President of the Kootenai chapter of the Hearing Loss
Association of America; Vice President of the Board for Eastern Washington
Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Advisor to the North Idaho Deaf Club;
Advisory member for the Aging and Disability Resource Center Project; Member of
the Idaho Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf; and a Member of the Idaho
Association of the Deaf.
Mr. Patterson has also been
a professional interpreter for the past 25 years servicing high profile
individuals such as the President of the United States, the Governor of Oregon,
and several mayors. He has served in deaf education positions such as Dorm
Counselor and Dean of Students at the Washington School for the Deaf. He is a
veteran of the Vietnam War.
Living in Coeur d’Alene for over 10 years, Mr. Patterson currently is employed by Hamilton Relay
as an Outreach Coordinator serving several states in the northwest. Previously, he was the Coordinator
of the Learning Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing housed at the public library.
Russ’s hobbies and interests include painting in
oil and water color, bow hunting, fly fishing, Japanese water gardening, bonsai,
bowling, golf, and tinkering on his “94” Cobra Mustang convertible.
3. Member who is an interpreter
Joelynne Ball (1st term)
Term Expires 7/1/2015
Joelynne Ball, M.S., has most recently been working as an Education Specialist for the Idaho
Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind Outreach Program located in Meridian, Idaho. She received her
B.S. in Health Education and her M.A. in Deaf Education from Idaho State University in 1997.
Throughout her university experience and career Joelynne has had great passion for teaching and interpreting with
specific focus on supporting educational interpreters and the school districts that employ them. Her involvement
and work with the Educational Interpreter Inter-agency Consortium was from the inception of the concept that Idaho
needed to have a minimum standard measure for educational interpreters, to the enactment and implementation of the
Idaho Educational Interpreter Act. This passion continues to drive her professional career today.
Joelynne has recently been named the Interpreter Education Coordinator – a position funded by the State Department
of Education and housed in the Outreach Program through the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind.
This position will be dedicated exclusively to supporting educational interpreters to meet the minimum standard
required by law and continue with professional development hours and educating and supporting the Local Education
Agencies that have students that are deaf/hard of hearing that utilize an educational interpreter.
4. Member who is the parent of a child who is hard of hearing
Deseret Baker (2nd term)
Term Expires 7/1/2016
Deseret Baker first got involved with Deafness on December 6, 2005 when the audiologist that was administering her then
twenty-two month old daughter’s (Katherine, “Katie” Baker) ABR turned from her computer and said, “She’s deaf.”
Deseret’s first thought was, “What do I do? I don’t even know anyone deaf.” But it wouldn’t be long before the Deaf community
in the Treasure Valley and the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind stepped in with an amazing array of resources, and with
an even more incredible welcome. Since discovering Katie’s hearing loss, Deseret has been able to enjoy a new world of experience
that she and her family would have missed otherwise.
Deseret graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then served a full-time mission for
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anaheim, California, where she was able to work exclusively with the Spanish speaking population.
After returning from her mission, Deseret relocated to Boise where she married, and had two children. Her family is able to enjoy American Sign
Language immersion experiences weekly where they attend church, and they feel privileged to have met so many of the positive Deaf adult role-models
for their daughter.
Deseret is currently a full-time Mother, and writer. She recently finished a children’s book about the amazing gift of American Sign Language,
and is pursuing publication.
Deseret is honored to have been appointed to the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and greet the position with enthusiasm.
Member who is a physician
Dr. Richard Lee (1st term)
Term Expires 7/1/2016
Dr. Richard G. Lee, an Idaho native, returns from his education and training as a specialist in pediatric ear, nose, and throat conditions.
He graduated from Albertson College of Idaho with a degree in Business Administration. He furthered his education at Creighton University
School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. A General Surgery Internship and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency
was completed at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Lee finalized his training in The Children’s Hospital in Denver,
Colorado completing a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship. He has a focus in hearing restoration and has an association with Idaho State
University to provide cochlear implant services to the region. In addition, Dr. Lee has a particular interest in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
He has extensive training in the care of cleft lip and palate patients. Dr. Lee is a member of many local and national medical societies.
He has published articles in multiple peer reviewed journals of his specialty. Dr. Lee is an active staff member at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
in Idaho Falls.
Member who is deaf
David Gerald “Jerry” Wilding
Term Expires 7/1/2016
Jerry was born in Rexburg, Idaho in 1937, last of 4 kids, including a deaf brother, George. Jerry attended Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind (ISDB) in Gooding,
Idaho, graduating in 1955. Jerry graduated from Gallaudet University in 1960 with a major in Education. He served as class president during his junior year,
Vice-President of Lambda Delta Sigma and a member of Kappa Gamma Fraternity at Gallaudet. He lettered in cross country, basketball and track and served as President
of Block “G” Club (group for athletes). At Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, Jerry taught Science and coached track and field for 37 years. Jerry also coached
boys and girls cross country.
At Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, Jerry taught Science and coached track and field for 37 years. Jerry also coached boys and girls cross county and basketball
at ISDB. Jerry coached the United States National long distance men track team in 1973, 1977, 1985, 1989 Deaflympics and served as head coach in 1997. He participated
as a hurdler and triple jumper in the 1957 Deaflympics. Jerry was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach in Northwest Athletic Association of the Deaf and in the
Deaf and American Athletic Association of the Deaf.
Jerry served as Principal of Jean Massieu School for the Deaf (JMS) in Riverton, Utah for one year. He has served as President of the Gooding LDS Church Deaf Branch
twice from 1991 to 1995 and from 2005 to 2010.
Jerry has held the position of the President of Idaho Association of the Deaf (IAD) three times, and has held other IAD offices. He has been a member of the National
Association of the Deaf ()NAD) for many years and served as a NAD delegate several times.
Member who is an audiologist
Dr. Shannon Gower (2nd term)
Term Expires 7/1/2014
Shannon Gower, Au.D received her Master of Science degree from Idaho State University in 2001 and her
Doctorate in Audiology degree from Salus University in 2006. She has worked for Elks Hearing and Balance
Centers in Boise since 2001. Her specialty areas include auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing, pediatric
and adult diagnostic evaluations and hearing aids.