President Jackie Correa-Alley is a very proud Deaf Puerto Rican. She values family gathering most of the time, loves to dance, and provides a large amount of food to the guests. She is friendly and has an open heart and loves to smile to everyone. She is trilingual in American Sign Language, English, and Spanish.
She is currently working as a Deaf Mentor with the Deaf Family Mentor Program. Her hobbies include crafting (silk flowers), sewing, going out with friends, traveling, and participating in Deaf community activities. Jackie is also the Vice-Chair of Deaf Women of Minnesota.
As President of MADC, she wants to do her best possible to support the Deaf community to improve the relationship between our community and MADC. She also wants to give her heart to unite our community, statewide.
Vice-President, Emily Smith-Lundberg was raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area and still resides in the area.
She has been a camp director for the last twenty years and is the co-director of Camp UBU, a youth camp for deaf and hard of hearing. She is also a Deaf Mentor with the Deaf Mentor Family Program here in Minnesota, where she meets with parents who have child(ren) who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, teaches them ASL, Deaf Culture, and as a role model. She is also an ASL Mentor at Central Lakes College where she teaches ASL.
She is currently a Graduate student at Gallaudet University in the MASLED, Masters in Sign Language Education program. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Deaf Studies.
Her hobbies include cooking, photography, all activities in the outdoors (of all seasons!), gardening, antique shopping, and house related projects.
Emily joined MADC because she remembers learning about MADC as a Commission Member of MNCDHH and wanted to be part of an organization that is for and run by Deaf people. She grew up with wonderful role models and advocates from our own community and wants to return those actions.
One of Emily’s goals as a Board Member of MADC is to encourage our community to come together to address what is needed to continue the high quality of life of all Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans.
Secretary, Julie Pleski
Was born and raised in the Duluth, MN/Superior, WI area. Julie attended four colleges and acquired three degrees. She attended RochesterInstitute of Technology before transferring to University of Wisconsin-StevensPoint, due to being interested in natural resources. She received a Bachelor ofScience in wildlife management and biology. She followed this degree with a BFAin secondary science teaching from the University of Minnesota-Duluth then aMaster of Education in special education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing from theTwin Cities location.
Julie has worked in various fields and jobs, from a small caféto a research scientist. She has been published in several articles while as a research scientist, working with dragonflies. She was a Deaf Mentor for a few years in Wisconsin. She also has been a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with students ranging from children to adults, while working with differences in languages, cultures, and background experiences. Julie currently works atTarget, as a Senior Specialist TCOM Guest Services where she works with online orders and resolves guests’ issues and concerns.
Julie finds peace in basket weaving. She takes her fur baby, Miley, for walks and plays with her. She loves to read books. Juliealso enjoys gardening, crocheting and puzzles. She is starting to pick up quilting and coloring books.Julie joined MADC to work with Deaf,DeafBlind, and Deaf Hard of hearing Minnesotans; to learn how we, as a community, can work toward various mission goals such as educational goals and social equality.
Treasurer, Karen Pugh is a native Minnesota and has been a member of various of deaf organizations. She is currently working part-time as a SSP and DI. She also volunteers as a Deaf Hospice. My hobbies are gardening, biking, camping, reading books, crafts and traveling.
Member At Large
Member At Large, Fardowsa Ali
Member at Large (MAL), Kelsey Dahl is a native Minnesotan graduate from Metro State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services.
Over the years, she has worked as a SSP (Service Support Provider) for deafblind, Job coaching, group homes and previously a manager at Charles Thompson Hall Deaf Club.
She still works at People Incorporated Mental Health Services non profit organization in St. Paul for 13 years serving Deaf/HH/Deafblind adults with severe persistent mentally ill (SPMI).
Her experience as a current Targeted Case Manager recognizes the system gaps in Minnesota that impact our community needs with social and legal issues to advocate to improve the quality of life.
Kelsey loves to research genealogy, read books, write poetry, antiquing, puzzles and traveling. She has three dogs and lives in Isanti, Minnesota.
Member at Large (MAL), Damon Johnson was born in the Granite State (N.H.) and grew up in the Golden State (California) and New Hampshire. A Gallaudet Alum BA-’90 and MA-’16, Damon has been an ASL teacher for 20 years and is also an ASL Mentor and Presenter. He currently teaches at Mounds View High School and Goshen College. Damon has been actively involved in different organizations and is the President of MN ASLTA and ASLTA Representative for the MIdwest. He enjoys spending time with his family, card games and chill at the family cabin up north. Damon’s goals as a member of MADC is to increase activism within the community fighting for equity for the Deaf/HH/DB/LD communities.
Member At Large (MAL), John Wilson is a Minnesota native. He grew up in Greater Minnesota, near St. Cloud. In 2016, he graduated with a degree in Sociology from University of Minnesota. He currently works with the Finance Retail Services at Target Headquarters in Brooklyn Park.
He is excited to share his experiences and perspective as a younger generation and looks forward to supporting the Minnesota Deaf community, especially college students and those who have recently graduated.
While not working, he is involved with the UMN College Bowl team as coach, participating in MN Deaf Queers events, reading, painting, cooking and dog-sitting.
Member At Large (MAL), TJay Middlebrook
Member At Large
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