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Idaho Council for the Deaf   

and Hard of Hearing   

The Council's Board Members

 

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 hearing

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

Desert Baker (1st term)
Term Expires 7/1/2013

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.

5.  Member who is the parent of a child who is deaf

Emily Ricks (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2013

Emily Ricks was born and raised in Idaho. She attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and received her degree in Elementary Education. She worked with various grade levels throughout her teaching career.

In 2006 Emily became a stay at home mom. She and her husband continued to add to their family though adoption. Then, in 2009 they adopted two deaf sisters from Ethiopia. That experience changed their perspective on life forever.

Emily continues to work at home and advocate for her children in all settings. She along with her husband, Jared, and their 5 children live in Caldwell, Idaho.

 6.  Member who is a physician

Dr. Richard Lee (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2013

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.

 7.  Member who is deaf

David Gerald “Jerry” Wilding Term Expires 7/1/2013

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.

 8.  Member who is an audiologist

Dr. Shannon Gower (1st 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.

9.  Member who is hard of hearing and is over the age of 60

Susan Koepnick (1st term) 
Term Expires 7/1/2014

Ms. Koepnick currently works as a Mental Health Counselor in Burley four days and Twin Falls on Fridays. She is currently organizing the Mini-Cassia Federation of Republican Women Club of which she is currently the President. She volunteers as an instructor in the Women’s Shelter in Rupert.

In 1995-1996 she was one of ten people elected in the state of Idaho to be a delegate for the Small Business Conference in Washington, D.C. She attended monthly issue sessions in Boise for the year and then represented her issue for micro businesses and the FICA tax, both in San Francisco and for five days in Washington, D.C.

 

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