Board, Staff & Volunteers
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®.
Meet the Board of Directors
Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®
Board of Directors
Vice-President of External Affairs
Vice-President of Internal Affairs
Vice-President of Governance
Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture
Board of Directors
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!
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.
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 President for Kansas Association of the Deaf after being Treasurer for 8 years, President for Olathe Club of the Deaf, and Board member on Kansas School for the Deaf Endowment Association.
David Wilcox, Vice-President of Governance
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.
Kimberly (Kim) Anderson
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.
Jeanne (Garton) Ewald was born in Southwest Missouri and raised in Olathe, KS where she graduated from Kansas School for the Deaf. She obtained her B.S. degree from Gallaudet University in Home Economics and her M.A. degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College.
Jeanne is currently retired from California School for the Deaf, Fremont where she was a Food Education and Service Training – Culinary Arts Teacher for 32 years.
Jeanne has been a leader within the deaf community for over than 30 years. She participated in a wide variety of charitable works to support the Deaf community and her effort was to successfully raise money. She presently is a Board member of the Deaf Cultural Center Foundation.
Jeanne believes that she has a lot to give and is willing to use her talents, experience, knowledge and skills to better serve the foundation. Since serving on the Board of Directors, my passion for MDHAC has continued to grow with time. The teamwork of the MDHAC Board has been phenomenal and each Board member has made valuable contribution. The past four years have shown positive changes within the MDHAC organization. The MDHAC is very eager to continue the following goals listed below and will strive to achieve them in the future.
Increase visibility of MDHAC to the community through e-Newsletter and social media
Increase MDHAC membership
Strengthen collaboration with the community
Increase recruitment efforts through various projects
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.
Liz Brading was born in England and earned her Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Sheffield and Master’s degree in environmental engineering at Imperial College, London. She came to California in 1999 and moved to Washington D.C. in 2015 where she currently serves as the Director of Project Management at Gallaudet University. She is a certified project management professional and has the fun job of overseeing construction and renovation projects on campus.
Liz actively participates in the Deaf community and sat on the board for California Association of the Deaf (CAD) as Treasurer and for Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA), a non-profit community-based social service agency based in the Bay Area. She also chaired the Tilden 5K Walk/Run event in the name of Deaf humanity which successfully raised money for four Deaf organizations and was the Finance Chair for the DWU conference in Berkeley.
Amelia S. Dall holds a B.A. in Art History from Gallaudet University and a M.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Texas State University. She has an extensive career within the museum field for over 5 years, as proven in her various departmental positions for several museums. Her main foci are of Collections and Education Programming; she is excited to be on the Board of Directors because she feels that MDHAC is the hub for all things Deaf History, Arts and Culture.
Interested to be on Board of Directors?
Chriz Dally, Museum of Deaf History, Arts and Culture Board President is seen in this video explaining MDHAC has an opening for a board position and of how the application process works, of how one can apply.
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Available Volunteer Staffing Opportunities
Majority of our essential programs and functions are managed and/or coordinated by volunteers. We cannot thank them enough for their countless hours of work supporting the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®!
We seek to build an inclusive workforce and environment. We welcome and support people of all races, ethnicity, cultures and religions and seek to foster teamwork and effective partnerships among our staff.
When the museum receives volunteer applications from interested, qualified individuals, we do our best to match interested volunteers with available opportunities. To maximize the potential for a good fit between volunteer and prospective positions, please indicate your areas(s) of interest on the application.