university leadership

Leadership Dedicated to You

As an institution with a rich history of transformation for more than 150 years, Gallaudet has driven political, social, and economic impact in the signing and deaf community.

Roberta J. Cordano, President

* Roberta J. Cordano is Gallaudet’s 11th president. Appointed in 2016, Cordano is the university’s fourth deaf president, the first female president, and the first openly identified member of the LGBTQA community.

Deaf-Led Leadership

The Office of the President and its executive leadership collaborate with each other to accomplish The Gallaudet Promise and ensure that the institution’s priorities and vision are carried out effectively.

The Office of the President

Paving the way for Gallaudet’s future.

Roberta Cordano


Heather Harker

Chief of Staff

ASL And English Bilingualism

Raising the standard–two languages at a time.

Laurene Simms

Interim Chief Bilingual Officer

Scott DeLoach

Software Engineering Manager

Deborah Duren

Manager ASL Development

Christopher Brawner

ASL Language Specialist

Pauline Spanbauer

ASL Language Specialist

Suzanne Stecker

Executive Director Product Management

Mechelle Tarbox

Associate ASL Diagnostician

Angela Trahan

ASL Language Specialist

Kami Padden

User Experience Designer

Deborah Peterson

Senior ASL Diagnostician

Pamela Macias

ASL Language Specialist

Carla Masi

ASL Language Specialist

Sharon Matthews

ASL Language Specialist

Jacob Thornton

Art Lab Assistant

Ardavan Guity

Adjunct Faculty II

Claudia Giordano

Associate Family Resource Coordinator

Monica Keller

Assistant (LPPC)

Krystina Ho

Project Manager

Wanda Hoshina

Administrative Assistant

Vijay Advani

American Sign Language Educator

Jose Velasquez

ASL Language Specialist

Christy Hennessey

ASL Language Specialist

Domencia Casertano

Additional Responsibilities

Nha Kim

Additional Responsibilities

Michele Dunefsky

Additional Responsibilities

Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Promoting belonging and equity for all.

Elizabeth Moore

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Jeremy Brunson

Executive Director DEDI

Student Affairs

Providing a top-notch student experience.

Travis Imel

Dean Student Affairs

Eyob Zerayesus

Associate Dean Student Experience and Engagement

Jennifer Little

Project Manager

Tyler Naeyaert

Youth Programs Student Assistant

Kailyn Aaron-Lozano

Event Planner

Haley Freedman

Operations Specialist

Eyob Zerayesus

Associate Dean Student Experience and Engagement

Warren Keller

Director Athletics

Marketing, Communications, and Undergraduate Admissions

Bringing the world to Gallaudet.

Brandi Rarus

Chief Communications and Admissions Officer

Bryce Chapman

Integrated Marketing Communications Director

John Serrano

Executive Director Admissions

Bilal Chinoy

Manager Creative Services

Elise Nye

Director Communications

Smitha Hanumantha

Operations Manager

Robert Weinstock

Senior Public Relations Manager

Institutional Advancement

Building relationships for Gallaudet’s future.

Nicholas Kiego

Executive Director Institutional Advancement

Deborah Edwards

Operations Director

Janice Johnson

Contingent Worker

Rebecca Rydstrom

Director Alumni Engagement

Deborah Edwards

Operations Director

Allison Polk

Director Corporate and Foundation Relations


Operations and technology to support the bilingual experience.

Dominic Lacy

Chief Operating Officer

Kelly Fournier

Executive Assistant

Jennifer Heiser

Change Management Coordinator

James Cromer

Senior Cross Divisional Manager

Samuel Swiller

Senior Real Estate Manager

Jennifer Tuell

Accessibility Resources Coordinator

Tabitha Jacques

Placemaking Director

Christina Shen-Austin

Executive Director Human Resources

Earl Parks

Executive Director Gallaudet Technology Services

Davina Kwong Yu

Executive Director Campus Services

Elizabeth Brading

Executive Director Campus Design and Facilities

Caitlin Smith

Director Gallaudet Interpreting Services


Ensuring Gallaudet’s financial stability, sustainability, and growth.

Brad Hermes

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth Grazier

Executive Assistant

Crystal Harris

Director Student Financial Services

Tracy Berman-Kagan


Aldo Cornejo

Senior Accountant

Lyndsey Cox

Associate Accountant

Stephen DaSilva

Assistant Controller

Tianqi Zhou


Jamie Lafady

Student Financial Services Manager

Fritz Ann Divina

Financial Services Specialist

Rajena Guettler

Student Assistant

Mekayla Walker

Financial Services Specialist

Anley Cardozo

SFS Assistant

Kenneth Kennedy

Student Assistant

Danielle Fisher

FWS – Student Assistant

Zachary Wade

Peer Financial Aid Counselor

Tysha Battle

Financial Planning and Analysis Director

Sarah Iwamoto

Associate Accountant