BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our esteemed team of volunteer board members are dedicated to continuing and expanding our mission. We are a family of creative minds, qualified curators, and professionals in different fields who are bound by an undying passion for Deaf culture.

Meet the board of directors. Click to download a transcript.

Board Members

Chriz Dally

President

When Chriz first started the process of "finding herself" during college, she fell in love. She fell in love not with a person but with the idea of “being Deaf”. With a stronger sense of a possibilities that there is a better way to define oneself with a right to exist, she graduated and went on in search of her “Deafhood", not realizing, at that time, that there would be such a word to describe this experiencing. For over 20 years, she relished her many roles serving Deaf people through community-involvement, advocacy, education, counseling, and consulting. It is through her connections with others, where her "world-view", or how she sees her world, has evolved, arriving with a deep affirmation that being Deaf is a way of life that is wholesome… not one that is broken or in need of a fix/cure. She is thankful for all the opportunities she had to work alongside wonderful people of various backgrounds and serve hundreds of Deaf children/ youth/ adults, their parents/ families, and allies within homes, schools, colleges, mental-health/ community-based agencies, and grassroots-based social organizations that fills the fabric of life within a Deaf community. While her journey in self-understanding continues, Chriz is enjoying life in Olathe, Kansas with the love of her life (a person, this time!) and their three beautiful CODA children!

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David Wilcox

Board Member

David Wilcox has been treasurer for the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture since 2003 until present. In addition to this role, David assisted with the volunteer program and day-to-day operation of the museum and office.

David graduated from the Kansas School for the Deaf in 1969. He received his Bachelors degree from Gallaudet University in 1974 and his Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College in 1978. The two years following, David taught at Brownsville Regional School for the Deaf in Texas. He later moved to Kansas and taught Social Studies at Kansas School for the Deaf for the next 31 years and retired in 2011. At KSD, David was involved in sponsoring Jr. NAD and the CloseUp program, a hands-on activity trip to Washington, DC.

David was treasurer for the Kansas Association of the Deaf (KAD) for 8 years. He is an active member of KAD, National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and Gallaudet University. David served as curator for the Marra Museum during its original housing at Kansas School for the Deaf, but has since continued to manage the archives and artifacts at both KSD and the Museum of Deaf HIstory, Arts & Culture.

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Kimberly (Kim) Anderson

Vice-President of Governance

Kimberly (Kim) Anderson is a passionate believer and proponent of lifelong learning. Kim believes that everyone has a creative spark in them and that it should be nurtured to its fullest potential. She strives to find ways to boost creativity and learning in every aspect of living life and share it with others. Kim currently thrives on doing several tasks; as a wife to a wonderful husband/best friend, a mother of three fabulous children, as a Board Member of the Kansas Association of the Deaf, as a member of the Kansas Community Action Plan Committee (K-CAP), a volunteer website designer for the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture. Kim has worked a combined 20+ years in vocational rehabilitation and community mental health programs geared towards serving the Deaf community in Kansas.

Kim received her Master’s of Science in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, both from Kansas State University in 1992 and 1994 respectively. Kim also received her certification as a Certified Zentangle® Teacher in April 2016. Over the last 25 years, Kim has taught American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, personal enrichment and holistic wellness to a wide range of groups and individuals of all ages, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Kim was born as an army brat in Alabama, lived in a couple of states until settling in Kansas. Kim is a 1988 graduate of Lansing High, KS and continues to reside in Lansing with her husband and their two younger children, two dogs, three cats, four parakeets, a cockatiel and numerous other pets.

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Lorrie Shank

Vice-President of External Affairs

Lorrie continues to be a leader in the deaf community by being involved with Olathe Club of the Deaf and Kansas Association of the Deaf.

Lorrie was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Illinois during most of her childhood. She graduated from Wisconsin School for the Deaf and received her Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Gallaudet University. She moved back to Kansas with her family in 1988.

Lorrie is also Kansas Association of the Deaf Treasurer, President for Olathe Club of the Deaf, and Board member on Kansas School for the Deaf Endowment Association.

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Luanne Barron

Board Member

Luanne Barron, M.Ed., is the superintendent at the Kansas School for the Deaf. She received her B.A. degree from Gallaudet University and M.A. degrees in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College (currently known as McDaniel College) and in Education with an endorsement in administration from the University of Kansas. She has a 29 year career in Deaf Education as a classroom teacher for seven years in the high school at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and Iowa School for the Deaf, and for the past twenty-one years, Ms. Barron has held administrative positions as a high school principal, Director of Instruction, and a Director of Student Services at the Kansas School for the Deaf. Ms. Barron is responsible for providing leadership, management, and coordination of all instructional and boarding programs from early childhood throughout post high school as well as the statewide outreach.

She served on the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) for two terms. Currently, she is the board member of on the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and The Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture.

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Melinni Taylor

Board Member

Melinni Taylor, also known as “Mel” is a Certified Community Partner Work Incentives Counselor. She received her certification from Virginia Commonwealth University, in collaboration with the Social Security Administration in 2013. As a deaf owner of Deaf Future Works, she educates Deaf, Deaf Blind, and Hard of Hearing beneficiaries about options under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs. Mel also explains other local, state and federal resources for people with disabilities who want to work. She also holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in Social Work from Gallaudet University.

Mel collects artwork from Deaf artists and has a gallery wall in her home. In her leisure time, Mel enjoys sailing, reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and playing games. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband, two children, a dog, and a cat.

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Suzanne Dennis

Vice-President of Internal Affairs

Suzanne obtained her BA in Criminology from Gallaudet University and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her credentials are LSCSW and now co-own a Deaf-owned interpreting agency.

Suzanne has and continues to sit on numerous local and national level boards, advisory committees and task forces geared towards services for the Deaf community. Suzanne continues to be involved with a variety of projects that focuses on striving for the better services for Deaf citizens in her state and nationwide.

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Twila Latini

Board Member

Twila Latini, M.A., is the Early Intervention Specialist (birth-three) & Deaf Mentor Coordinator at the Kansas State School for the Deaf Outreach Team. She received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and M.A. degree in Deaf Education at Gallaudet University. Twila has two children Abigail (21) is currently attending Arizona State University (ASU) for her nursing major, Ricky IV (20) resides in Tucson, Arizona working at small family owned restaurant which led him to plan his next adventure as a real estate agent and/or owning a business. Twila is currently a Midwest Region (17 states) Board Member for National American Sign Language Early Childhood Education (NASLECE) and recognized as a Nationally Certified ASL Assessor/Trainer. During her free time, she enjoys nature, outdoor activities, road trips, visiting her family, or just simply staying home and watching movies with her two pets.

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Wendy Koch

Board Member

Wendy is a lifelong learner and facilitator of her children’s lifelong learning. After graduating from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, she went to support Deaf community services in employment, vocational rehabilitation, community education, advocacy, and empowerment for over 20 years. To supplement the work she did, she obtained her Masters in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. After years of working at non-profit and public services, she went off the beaten path into a Deaf TV production assisting the creative team launching a film production of No Talking Allowed. After the wrap-up, she went to help her family with their business.

Wendy is currently at metro Denver, Colorado with her husband and their three children. As a lifelong learner, she continues to pursue training to improve Deaf services. Outside of work and volunteering, she enjoys hiking, appreciating the arts, knitting, gardening, and catching up on some great reads. Wendy looks forward in helping MDHAC thrive and help educate both the deaf and hearing worlds the wonders and amazement of Deaf history, art, and culture.

Join The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are an essential part of the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture's growth and success. The MDHAC Board of Directors are always looking for enthusiastic and talented volunteers passionate about Deaf history, arts & culture. 

The talents, energy and skills of volunteers enable the Museum to serve all members of the general public, including children, families, and adults.  If you have the time, energy and talent to share, please consider becoming a volunteer to help the Museum in diverse ways to advance the Mission of the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture.