Children of Deaf Adults, INC. 

CODA celebrates the unique heritage and
multicultural 
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.
 

PresidentMateoLuis Ruiz-Williams
Region 4, Term: 2018-2020

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


MateoLuis "ML"  Ruiz-Williams is from the beautiful state of Colorado. The first generation Cuban-American in his family, he is tri-lingual in ASL, Spanish and English. He is currently working on Hindi and ISL (Indian sign language)  He attended his first CODA conference in Novi, Michigan in 2000. Since then he has attended a total of 6. He is the former founder and camp director of KODA-rado at Aspen camp for the Deaf. He is a community freelance interpreter who specializes in Mental Health. When he isn't working, he is travelling, eating, or spending time with his family and dog, Rosco. 

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 (tmfsa.org).

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.    


SecretaryJenny Blake

Member at Large, Term: 2018-2020

Represents general membership without restriction to regions.


Jenny Lambrecht Blake was born to both deaf parents in Honolulu, Hawaii where she currently resides. She grew up in a multiracial family. Mother is Chinese and Hawaiian while her father is Caucasian and Lebanese. Jenny also has 2 deaf uncles, a deaf aunt and sister- in-law. She's a mother to 3 twenty-something sons and a preteen daughter. 

Jenny attended her first CODA conference in 2001. Then hosted the 2004 conference in Waikiki. At the Las Vegas conference in 2005, she set up the first multicultural breakout group to address the additional experiences that impact the lives of our deaf parents as well as ourselves. She's very passionate about more outreach to the marginalized population so they can experience the wonders of CODA International. 

Jenny has been in the family business since 1998 and had served as president for Hawaii RID for 5 years in which HRID hosted the Region 5 RID conference in 2012.

In her free time, she goes to the beach, travels, binges on Netflix, goes shopping or sleeps. 

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


Stella Butora
Region 5, Term: 2017-2019

     


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

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.

Adrian Bailey

Region 6, Term: 2018-2020

Represents Northern Hemisphere, excluding United States & US Territories

Cedar Jones

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


MEMBERSHIP DISCLAIMER:

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. 

SOCIAL MEDIA DISCLAIMER:
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