ESAD Board of Directors of 2015-2017

Left to Right (front row): Sean Gerlis, President; Susan Snyder, Treasurer; Pamela Conley, Secretary; Colette Steves, Capital District Regional Representative

Left to Right (back row): Merton Snyder, SWAD Representative; Michael Cross, Vice President; Vernon Bonse, Hudson Valley Regional Representative; William Wiley, UCAD Representative; Steven Redmond, Central New York Regional Representative; Dale Juneau, North Country Regional Representative

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Sean Gerlis

Hails from Rockland County, 3rd generation family to be deaf. Passionate in civil, linguistic, and access for Deaf as he is involved with several advocacy groups such as NYC Office of Emergency Management, Disability Rights of New York, National Association of Deaf, and much more. Sean is currently working as an ADA Coordinator in Board of Elections in the City of New York. Proud father of 2 Deaf boys, Asher & Rowan. An avid skier & loves to go out and camp.

Michael Cross
Vice President

I’m Michael Cross, the Vice President of ESAD and the deaf resident of New York State. I believe instead of complaining about my rights and the quality of my life, I join ESAD to take the action for the betterment of my life as well as for the deaf and hard of hearing people in NYS.

Susan Snyder

Hails from St. Mary’s school for the deaf, acquired business diploma from NTID/RIT and associate degree in Visual Communication & Business Administration from American InterContinental University. An avid bowler who continues to play in leagues. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her 9 grandchildren.

Pamela Conley

Pamela is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, teaching online First Year Writing and Deaf Literature.

Vernon Bonse
Hudson Valley Regional Representative

MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and currently serves as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Coordinator at Independent Living, Inc. Also currently teaches American Sign Language and Deaf Culture in different colleges and other places since 1987. Holds a professional certificate in American Sign Language Teacher Association. Enjoys hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities.

Steven Redmond
Central New York Regional Representative

Hailed from the beautiful Mohawk Valley east of Utica but grew up in Rome. Majored in Archaeology and interested in Celts and Vikings history. In his free time; he takes his four children to visit some historical places, places of interest and places with beautiful nature to admire. Also an avid comic books reader and science fiction genre geek.

Pamela Conley
Finger Lakes Regional Representative

Pamela is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, teaching online First Year Writing and Deaf Literature.

Dale Juneau
North Country Regional Representative

Known as “Beaver Hunter” when I removed a beaver from the child-care faculty. Retired after working 13 years as Director of maintenance for the Plattsburgh YMCA. Married to my lovely wife of 38 years, Diana. We have 3 furry kids in our family. We all enjoy camping, riding the Harley’s and helping the community. Enjoys tinkering on technological stuff and among of things.

Colette Steves
Captial Regional Representative

Grew up in Spring Valley, NY, mainstreamed until sophomore year where I transferred to New York School for the Deaf – Fanwood. Earned Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently works as BOCES substitute teacher and teacher assistant at Westmere Elementary School Saratoga Springs, NY. Has a deep love for travel with family. Longing to dye her hair purple, but doesn’t have any guts to do it!

William Wiley
Utica Civic Association of the Deaf Representative

William, also known as Will, resides in Rome, N.Y. with his partner Derek, and a 13-year-old black/tan dachshund. He is an account administrator at BNY Mellon, he investigates wire transfers from all over the world.
In Will’s spare time, he enjoys volunteering for several organizations in various roles. He is also an avid coffee drinker and enjoys checking out new coffee houses.

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Merton Snyder
Southwest Association of the Deaf (SWAD) Representative

Retiree who hailed from St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, NY with Graphic Arts degree from Minnesota Technical Vocational Institute. Enjoys babysitting the grandchildren while teaching them ASL. He’s well-known for sharing funny stories along with jokes in ASL.

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