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State Capitol Complex, Charleston, West Virginia
Building 6, Room 819-B

August 12, 2004

Commission Members Present: 

Doug Godfrey
Pierre Sevigny   
Jimmy Harrison  
Gary Vandevander
Dr. Charles Abraham
Melinda Siler
John Knisely
Molly Simonton
Annette Carey
Pam Roush
Dr. Michael Sullivan
J. D. Corbin

Pat Moss


Commission Members Absent:

Emily Hopta
Jennifer Burgess
Barbara King


Deanna Stone, Executive Director
Roy Forman, Deputy Director
Kari Preslar, Secretary


Dolly Ford
April Starks


Brad Siler


I. Welcome and Introductions

     Doug Godfrey called the meeting to order at 1:11 p.m.  Everyone introduced themselves.

II. Election of Chair

     Pierre Sevigny made the motion to re-elect Doug Godfrey for a one year term.  Jimmy Harrison seconded the motion.  Gary Vandevander moved that nominations be closed and Annette Carey seconded the motion.  Motion was unanimously approved.

III. Approval of the Minutes

     After reviewing the minutes from the May 13, 2004 meeting, Doug Godfrey made an amendment to the date of the WVAD picnic under the public comments section.  The picnic was August 7, not 17.  Annette Carey requested that part of Section X be revised.  Gary Vandevander made a motion to accept the minutes with the amendments.  JD Corbin seconded.  The minutes were unanimously approved.

IV. Executive Director’s Report

     Deanna Stone directed the board’s attention to her written report.  Anyone who would like to speak to her more about her report is welcome to talk to her following the meeting or email her.


V. Deputy Director Position Update

     Deanna Stone reminded the Board that interviews were held the day after the last meeting.  Roy Forman was hired following those interviews.  His start date was June 15, 2004.  Among his duties, Roy will be keeping abreast of all of the latest technology for the deaf and hard of hearing. 

VI. Board Update

     Deanna Stone reported that the Governor made the following appointments to the WVCDHH on July 15, 2004:

Pierre Sevigny to a term ending June 30, 2005.  He succeeds Delores Pyles who resigned.

Molly Simonton to a term ending June 30, 2006.  She succeeds Pierre Sevigny.

Melinda Siler to a term ending June 30, 2007.  She succeeds Alice Kennedy.

Charles “Doug” Godfrey, reappointed to a term ending June 30, 2005.

Jimmy Harrison, reappointed to a term ending June 30, 2007.

Gary Vandevander, reappointed to a term ending June 30, 2007.

Charles Abraham, reappointed to a term ending June 30, 2005.

     There is one more opening for a deaf individual.

VII. Mission Statement Review

     After reviewing the mission statement that Pat Moss wrote, Molly Simonton amended the statement to read “…equal opportunity for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in West Virginia.”  Gary Vandevander made the motion that the board adopt the amended mission statement.  Annette Carey seconded.  The motion was unanimously approved.

VIII. RID Region II Conference Report

     Deanna Stone reported that she met with RID representatives about getting a state RID chapter started again.  On June 18, about 30 people attended an informational meeting held at the Charleston Civic Center.  Glendia Boon from South Carolina and Joanne Jackowski, the Region I RID representative spoke about the advantages of having a chapter and how that chapter can get started.  Another meeting was held in Fairmont on August 3 where 16 people attended. 

     Dolly Ford is heading up the effort to get a chapter going again.  In order to be registered as a chapter, there needs to be 20 RID members.  Right now, West Virginia has 10 members.  At Fairmont, eight people were chosen to be region leaders to work on getting more members.  (The regions are the RESA regions.)  Those leaders will meet again on September 11 following the Certification Preparation Workshop in Charleston.

     One of the important advantages to having a state RID chapter is the opportunity to offer CEUs.  There will be four opportunities for interpreters to receive CEUs this fall. Gallaudet is sponsoring the National Interpreter Certification Preparation Workshop for .7 CEUs.  An Information Day on October 23 will offer .7 CEUs.  The Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is sponsoring CEUs at the “How to Work with your Interpreter/How to Work with your Deaf Client” workshops on September 25 and November 2. 

IX. NAD Conference Report

      Deanna Stone said that the conference was very good.  Jimmy Harrision, JD Corbin, Molly Simonton, John Burdette, Liz Leisure and her family were there from West Virginia. 

     Jimmy Harrison also said it was a really good time.  His secretary attended the workshops and she said that they were very beneficial.  He attended the delegate meetings.  Jimmy said the pageant was very nice and Linda Phillips (Liz’s daughter) was a participant.

     Molly Simonton said that she enjoyed being with so many deaf and hard of hearing people at one time.  She liked hearing about all of the latest technology.

X. State Fair

     Roy Forman reported that the Commission will be staffing a booth on August 21.  Staff attending are Roy Forman and Kari Preslar.  Volunteers Doug Godfrey, Pierre and Christy Sevigny and Jimmy Harrison.  Gary Vandevander brought a TTY to use as a give-away.


XI. Workshops

      Deanna Stone pointed out two brochures that were included with the board members packets.  The “National Interpreter Certification Preparation Workshop” will be held on September 11, a “Skill-Building” workshop will be held on October 2 and November 6 and the “How to” workshop will be held on September 25 and November 2.

XII. Information Day

     Deanna Stone will be attending an Information Day sponsored by the Potomac Chapter and the Virginia RID on August 21 at Gallaudet University.  She will be meeting with people over dinner on August 20 to discuss the West Virginia information day on October 23.

XIII. PARID Conference and Regional RID president’s meeting

     The Pennsylvania RID chapter has invited representatives from West Virginia to attend their meeting in October.  Deanna Stone said that either she or Roy will attend.

XIV. Deaf Communications Project

     Doug Godfrey distributed copies of the agenda from the Deaf Communications Project Advisory Board Meeting held on July 17.  He and Pierre Sevigny were invited to be a part of the board.  The goal of this project is to improve the written communication skills of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the workplace.  Doug said it was a very good meeting.  The focus of the meeting was on emergency personnel and ways that they can deal with situations that involve deaf and hard of hearing individuals.


     Jimmy Harrison thanked Roy Forman for attending the WVAD picnic.  Jimmy also encouraged everyone to attend the Deaf Festival in Louisville on September 5.

     Deanna Stone invited everyone to come to the Commission’s office to see a demonstration of the web cameras.

     Pierre Sevigny made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Gary Vandevander seconded.  The motion was unanimously approved.  The meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.


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