Left to Right
Merton Snyder, Michael Cross, Sean Gerlis (Former Board), Vernon Bonse, Susan Snyder, William Wiley (Former Board), Steven Redmond (Former Board), Pamela Conley (Former Board, Dale Juneau, and Collette Steves
New Board Picture to come after the upcoming conference October 2021.

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Vernon Bonse
President and Hudson Valley 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.

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.

Colette Steves
Secretary & Capital Regional Representative

Grew up in Rockland County-Spring Valley, NY. Mainstreamed through a public school then eventally was transferred to NYSD-Fanwood during her sophomore year. Earned her Bachelors in Social Work at RIT. She is currently working at SUNY Adirondack Community College as a professor- teaching ASL. She has a deep love for travel with her family. October 2021 will be the beginning of my 7th year with ESAD continuing her passion to support individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard-of-Hearing, those with Hearing Loss throughout the community.

Heather Shaffer
Southern Tier Regional Representative

Information Coming Soon

Steve Lovi
Finger Lakes Regional Representative

Information coming soon!

David Wantuck
Niagara Region Representative

Started in 2021.
Information to come soon.

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.

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.


Vacant Board Positions

Central New York Regional Representative
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Downstate Region
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Financial Manager
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Buffalo Civic Association for the Deaf
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Utica Civic Association of the Deaf
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