Administrative Team – DeafTEC Central
DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
NSF ATE National Center of Excellence
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rosica Hall, Suite 1100
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
DeafTEC PI and Center Director
Donna Lange has been teaching at NTID for over 30 years. She is an associate professor and former chair of the Applied Computer Technology Department, and has taught a variety of computer-related courses in the areas of both hardware and Web development. Donna was formerly the PI of the NSF ATE projects “Deaf Initiative in Information Technology” I & II, #0070982 & #0302790, offering professional development training for deaf adults, and Co-PI of the NSF ATE dual credit program “Project Fast Forward” #0903167. Donna holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Brockport and an MS degree in Software Development and Management from RIT.
Denise Kavin has been an instructional faculty member with NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies for seven years. She has also held a variety of administrative positions at NTID: Special Assistant to the President of NTID for Strategic Decisions 2020; Associate Director for Postsecondary Education Programs Network-Northeast; Senior Project Associate, Postsecondary Education Network-International; and Employment Advisor, Center on Employment. Denise holds an Ed.D. in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies from Northern Illinois University, an M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Secondary Eeducation of the Deaf, and a B.A. in Communication Arts and Psychology from Gallaudet University.
DeafTEC Associate Director
Maureen Gallagher is the Associate Director in the DeafTEC Resource Center at RIT/NTID, and joined the DeafTEC team in September, 2016.
Maureen is responsible for directing and managing daily operations and projects in collaboration with the Director, while monitoring grant activity for institute and federal compliance. Maureen has a finance background with over twenty-five years of experience, in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Maureen holds a BS degree in Accounting from RIT, and an MS degree in Professional Studies from RIT. Currently Maureen is furthering her studies of Deaf culture and American Sign Language, at NTID. She also enjoys working with RIT/NTID students, and serves as a Business Studies Mentor to students in NTID’s AST (Administrative Support Technology) program.
Margaret “Peggie” Weeks has twice been a program officer at the National Science Foundation, helping to manage the Advanced Technological Education and other Division of Undergraduate Education programs. Peggie also serves as the external evaluator for the ATE BioBench project at St. Louis Community College and for the Technological Education Pathways Partnership project at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She was on the faculty at Corning Community College for sixteen years, where she taught in the engineering science and mechanical technology programs. Prior to teaching, she was employed as a process engineer with Corning, Inc. Peggie has an MS degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University, and a BS in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
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