ESAD BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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Merton Snyder, Michael Cross, Sean Gerlis, Vernon Bonse, Susan Snyder, William Wiley, Steven Redmond, Pamela Conley, Dale Juneau, and Collette Steves

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Sean Gerlis
President


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
Treasurer

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
Secretary
 

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.

Vacant
Central New York Regional Representative

Coming soon!

Vacant
Finger Lakes Regional Representative


Coming 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.

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 11-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.

Vacant
Buffalo Civic Association of the Deaf Representative

Coming soon!

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
Vacant Position

Downstate Region
Vacant Position

Financial Manager
Vacant Position

Buffalo Civic Association for the Deaf
Vacant Position

Niagara Region
Vacant Position

Southern Tier Region
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