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 (now Information and Computing Studies) , 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 with the RIT/NTID for over fifteen years. She presently serves as Assistant Dean for Outreach, Placement and Special Projects and Co-PI for DeafTEC. In her work, she also provides oversight of NTID’s Regional STEM Center (NRSC), a partnership with Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, serving the 12-state Southeastern region.
In addition, Denise is an instructional faculty member with NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies. Previous positions that Denise has held at NTID include Special Assistant to the NTID President for Strategic Decisions 2020 and Study Abroad Programming; Associate Director, Postsecondary Education Programs Network- Northeast; Senior Project Associate, Postsecondary Education Network-International; and Employment Advisor, Center on Employment. She also served for nearly ten years as Coordinator of Deaf/ hard of hearing services at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
Denise holds an Ed.D. in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies from Northern Illinois University, a M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, a M.S. in Secondary education of the Deaf, from NTID/RIT, and a B.A. in Communication Arts and Psychology from Gallaudet University. She also holds certification from the Training Program on Administration of Programs serving Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened Adults at San Diego State University.
Keith “Moose” Mousley
Keith “Moose” Mousley is an associate professor in NTID’s Department of Science and Mathematics. Moose has taught math for 37 years; 7 years at the high school level and 30 years at NTID. At NTID, he has taught math courses from Pre-Algebra up to Pre-Calculus. Moose has been involved in research projects involving math anxiety, problem solving, and fractions and is also involved in several research grants such as supplemental learning tools for statistics. He also developed “Online” Foundations of Algebra course with another math professor. Moose holds a BS in Computational Mathematics from RIT and a MA in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University.
Moose is leading the Khan Academy initiative for the DeafTEC Resource Center.
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.
Senior Staff Assistant
Margie Renteria joined DeafTEC as the Staff Assistant in November 2020. Her primary responsibilities are to provide general Center administration and grant management support to the DeafTEC PIs. Those responsibilities include budget monitoring and reporting, account reconciliation, travel arrangements, and supervising student workers.
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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