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First MAD convention held at Minnesota School for the Deaf
The Association’s first President was Dr. J. L. Smith. Other officers were First Vice President, W. E. Dean, O. Hanson, and Treasurer, O. Gunderson.
Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC) was established in 1885, and is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization. MADC advocates for and promotes a better quality of life and social wellness of Deaf people through its membership, activities and advocacy.
MADC is run by a Board of Directors that is elected every two or four years at MADC's biennial conference.
MADC was organized at the first reunion held at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault on June 24-26, 1885. It was incorporated under the laws of Minnesota in June 1906. MADC was the first of the states to affiliate with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) at its biennial convention in Moorhead on August 3, 1957. The name of the Minnesota Association of the Deaf was changed to Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens, Inc., at its convention in Pengilly, Minnesota in July 1977. In August 1985, MADC celebrated its Centennial on the campus of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. The Centennial convention was an important event and the most interesting one in the long history of MADC.
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We are currently accepting applications for Board positions of Vice President and one Member-at-Large.
President 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 Workshop Presenter. He currently teaches at Mounds View High School. Damon has been actively involved in different organizations and is the ASLTA Representative for the Midwest. He enjoys spending time with his family, card games and puzzles. 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.
Secretary Julie Pleski was born and raised in the Duluth, Minnesota/Superior, Wisconsin area. Julie attended several colleges and graduated with three degrees with the most recent one being Master of Education in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has been published in several articles as a research scientist and served as a Deaf Mentor in Wisconsin for a few years. She has been a teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students ranging from children to adults, working with differences in languages, cultures, and background experiences. She currently works at Target with Guest Services. She has a dog that loves to go for walks. She enjoys basket weaving, reading, gardening, crocheting and puzzles. 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.
Treasurer Kelsey Dahl is a native Minnesotan graduate from Metro State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Over the years, Kelsey has worked as a SSP (Service Support Provider) for deafblind, Job coaching, group homes and previously a manager at Charles Thompson Hall Deaf Club. For 15 years, she has worked with Deaf/HH/Deafblind adults at People Incorporated Mental Health Services for 15 years in various roles. She now works for Volunteer of America behavioral health clinic located in New Hope as a Deaf Child Targeted Case Manager serving in 12 metro counties to assist children’s mental health needs and families. Kelsey loves to research genealogy, read books, write poetry, antiquing, puzzles and traveling. She has two dogs and lives in Isanti, Minnesota.
MEMBER AT LARGE
John Wilson is a lifelong Minnesotan. 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 Mobile App Services team at Target Headquarters in Brooklyn Park. While not working, he is involved with the UMN College Bowl team as coach, volunteering at MN Deaf Queers events, reading, painting, cooking and spending time with his cat. As a member of a younger generation, he is excited to share different perspectives and experiences. He is passionate about supporting Deaf college students and those who have recently graduated. He hopes to see MADC grow, serve our community, and adapt to changing times.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Lindsey Moon grew up in Twin Cities. She is the only DeafBlind person in her family. Lindsey attended Saint Paul College and got her associate degree in Associate Arts. Lindsey then attended American Public University and took child development classes for two years. At the age of 25, Lindsey was diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome, a discovery that changed her life. Lindsey served on the board for Minnesota DeafBlind Association (MDBA) in various positions, including the President position 2020 to Summer 2023. She was involved in providing workshops, events (such as Thanksgiving banquet), and resources. When Lindsey is not working, she loves to read, do crafts, go on road trips and explore locations, play video games, and started to pick up gardening. Lindsey joined MADC because she wanted to learn more about MADC and how she can support MADC. She also wants to work with Deaf, DeafBlind, and Deaf Hard of Hearing Minnesotans to promote DeafBlind access.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Kelsey Woodward grew up in the boonies of the woods/ hockey town of Warroad. She is the only Deaf person in her family. Kelsey currently works for Minnesota Hands and Voices as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) guide, working with families with DHH children. This includes planning events, reaching out to families, and professionals. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys checking out new places, road trips if possible, spending some quality time with the family and pets. Her goals at MADC is to help current and future generations make connections, and increase access to the resources that we all need. She also wants to work closely with members of the community to be able to meet their wants and needs.