Children of Deaf Adults, INC. 

CODA celebrates the unique heritage and
identities of adult hearing
individuals with deaf parent(s).

Board of directors

The CODA International Board consists of 9 active Board members:

7 regional representatives and 2 Member-at-Large positions. Email Board members by selecting your region below.
Elections for in-coming Board members takes place online, prior to annual conference and
transitions occur at the close of conference.

President, Adrian Bailey

Region 6, Term: 2018-2020

Represents Northern Hemisphere, excluding United States & US Territories

Vice President, Tshepiso Mokoena
Region 7, Term: 2018-2020

Represents Southern Hemisphere

Tshepiso Betty Mokoena born to Deaf parents, currently based in the City of Cape Town: South Africa, working for the University of Cape Town (UCT), worked for the South African Parliament as a South African Sign Language (SASL) Practitioner. She’s the Founder & Director of Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation (

Studied a National Diploma in Linguistics of South African Sign Language at the University of Witwatersrand in 2000. Subsequent to that transcribed and translated Deaf life stories of Gays and Lesbians in South Africa working with Dr. Ruth Morgans at Gays and Lesbian Archives (GALA ). Furthered her studies at Regenesys Business School, completed Post graduate Diploma in Business Management. In addition to that she obtained different advanced certificates in Project Management, Presentation skills and Desmond Tutu Women in Leadership program. Working alongside her paternal uncle who is also Deaf, she has initiated various advocacy programs for the Deaf communities from 2001 to date. Officially founded Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation (TMF) in 2012, a Board Member of Sign Language Education Development (SLED), Mentored SA Sign Language Interpreters, a World Pulse Community Contributor and Listener for Women Development. Advocating for change and utilising Media to raise awareness and to fight for the plight and rights of the Deaf communities of South Africa. This has been her passion and drive from the early days of 2001. She is a recipient of the 2013 Professional Fellows Distinguished Impact Award, commissioned by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S Department of State. Completed Women in Business Mentorship Program with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women based in the UK. 2016 L'oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree. All these achievements are attributed to the advocacy work she has been doing in the Deaf communities of South Africa.    

Secretary, Cedar Jones

Member at Large, Term: 2017-2019
Represents general membership without restriction to regions.

Treasurer, Abby Long

Region 3, Term: 2017-2019

My name is Abby Long, region 3 representative and Treasurer.  I have been a D/HH teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 20 years.  I’ve lived in Chicago for 20 years.  I’ve been involved with CODA Illinois for about 10 years. I look forward to working and being involved with the CODA board over the next two years. 

Represents US states: 
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Lily Pacheco
Region 1, Term: 2017-2019
Represents US states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Jarlath Bloom
Region 2, Term: 2018-2020

Represents US states & territories: Alabama, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virgin Islands

Jarlath Bloom is an OHCODA, originally from Rochester, NY. He has worked in Information Technology for 20 years, 4 of those in the United States Marine Corps, and has lived in the DC Area for the last 8 years where he enjoys traveling, camping, playing with his dog Kevin and discovering new restaurants.

Jarlath's first conference was CODALAND in idyllic Reading, England and he has been back every year since.

Stella Butora
Region 5, Term: 2017-2019


Represents US States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington 

Region 4, Vacant

Represents US states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming

Trudy Schaefer
Member at Large, Term: 2020-2022

Represents general membership without restriction to regions.

Trudy is an OCoda originally from Chicago who has lived in Boston since the early 90s.  Married to Coda, Bob Hoffmeister, she has 4 children one of whom is Deaf and 4 granddaughters, one of whom is a koda.  She has a long history of board participation with many organizations including CODA International where she served as president for 2 terms (1997-2001).  She's a certified interpreter and interpreter educator.  She had a dual career in state and local government for 12 years while interpreting.  She holds graduate degrees in public administration and interpreter education.  As a member of CODA International for over 30 years, she looks forward to serving the membership as Member at Large.


CODA International is a private organization maintained and governed by CODA International members. Codas being persons who have one or more parent with a demonstrable and verifiable hearing loss. Non Codas interested in becoming Supporting Members are encouraged and highly welcomed. Persons joining as a voting member or registering for CODA International conference or specified events, found to be non-Coda will automatically have their status changed to Supporting Member and any dues or fees paid to CODA will be forfeited. The privacy and security of all registered members is a top priority for the purpose of admittance, denials, and revocations. 

CODA International is not responsible for non-affiliated social media accounts which may not be a direct representation or share the beliefs that of CODA-International websites etc. 

Official Social Media accounts CODA International:
Facebook: Children of Deaf Adults International Inc.  ~ 
Twitter: @codaintl ~ Instagram: codainternational ~ YouTube: CODA International Inc

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