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West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Minutes will no longer be posted to the website until approved by the board

February 19, 2004

DRS Facility, Institute, West Virginia
F. Ray Power Building

Commission Members Present:

Doug Godfrey
Pierre Sevigny
Jim Harrison
Gary Vandevander
Dr. Charles Abraham
Emily Hopta
Annette Carey
Pam Roush

Commission Members Absent:

Jennifer Burgess
Pat Moss
Barbara King

Dr. Michael Sullivan

J.D. Corbin


Deanna Stone, Executive Director
Howard Hurd, Deputy Director
Kari Preslar, Secretary
Lori Matheny, Intern


April Hottle


I. Welcome and Introductions

Doug Godfrey called the meeting to order at 1:18 p.m. Everyone introduced themselves since there was staff attending the meeting for the first time.

II. Approval of the Minutes

Pierre Sevigny moved that the minutes from the November 13, 2003 meeting be approved as read. Emily Hopta seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.

III. Executive Directorís Report

Deanna Stone reported that she is working with Beverly Hollrah from Gallaudet to start a series of skill-building workshops for interpreters. Beverly will provide instructors and help with travel expenses through the $4,000 Gallaudet grant. The plan is to hold workshops every two or three months. The workshops will be one-day events with no overnights. Workshops will be held at different locations around the state.

There is a need for interpreters who are proficient in the legal field. Deanna is hoping to be able to send one or two interpreters to legal training.

Fairmont State is offering of series of workshops. Deanna had a list for members to take if interested.

Deafywood will be performed at Fairmont State on April 8, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Due to the tight budget some changes have been made to the amount of staff to be hired for the office. The Statewide Interpreter position may or may not be filled.


III. Board Terms Update

Emily Hopta reported that Senate Bill 199 regarding appointments to the Commission passed on February 2 and has been referred to the House of Delegates. DHHR has no concerns about bill passage and expects the House to vote on the bill in March.

IV. Mission Statement Review

Since Pat Moss was not able to attend, Emily Hopta moved that the mission statement discussion be tabled until the next meeting. Gary Vandevander seconded the motion. Motion was unanimously approved.


V. Resignation of Dr. Spencer

Dr. Spencer resigned effective December 31, 2003. He stated that since he is retired, he wanted to spend more time with his family. Doug Godfrey wrote him a letter thanking him for his years of service with the Commission.

Pierre Sevigny wondered if something more should be done besides a letter for members that resign. Board agreed to present plaques to both Dr. Spencer and Delores Pyles. Deanna will work on getting plaques made and will invite them to the May meeting.

VI. Disability Day

Deanna announced that Disability Day will be held at the Legislature on March 3, 2004. She passed around a sign up sheet for people to staff the display from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a rally at 1:00 p.m.

VII. Posting of minutes on website

Deanna expressed concern about posting the minutes on the website prior to board approval. Annette Carey moved that the office policy be changed to post minutes following approval by the board. Pierre Sevigny seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

VIII. Staff attendance at the NAD Conference

The NAD Conference will be held in Kansas City, July 6-10, 2004. Jimmy Harrison moved that the Commission pay for up to two staff members to attend the NAD Conference. Gary Vandevander seconded the motion. Motion unanimously approved.

IX. Update on staff positions

Staff members were introduced at the beginning of the meeting. Howard Hurd (Deputy Director) and Kari Preslar (Secretary) started on Tuesday, February 16 and Lori Matheny (intern) started on February 19.

X. State Fair

Emily Hopta reported that DHHR has a booth at the State Fair every year and it is staffed by the different offices each day. WVCDHH has been invited to staff the booth on Saturday, August 21, 2004. Deanna accepted the invitation. Gary Vandevanderís company will donate a TTY to give away in a drawing that day.

XI. Deaf Inmates Work Release Program Request

Deanna received a request from the prison system to let two inmates volunteer at the Commission. Several concerns were raised including the DHHR policy and the legality of a state agency serving as a work release option and whether there is actually work that the people could do. Jimmy Harrison moved that the Commission deny the request. Dr. Abraham seconded the motion. Motion was unanimously approved.


XII. Census

Pierre Sevigny asked what the status was on changing the language on the Census. Deanna said that it will be on the Legislative agenda for next year.

XIII. Adjournment

Pierre Sevigny moved that the meeting be adjourned and Jimmy Harrison seconded. The vote passed unanimously and the meeting concluded at 2:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kari Preslar, Secretary

(Minutes for the May, 2004 meeting will be posted on August 16, 2004)


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