CCDHH was established on June 1, 2000 as a Type II agency under the Department of Human Services to address the needs and concerns of Colorado’s deaf and hard of hearing populations.
A Type II agency serves in an advisory capacity only. Being a Type II agency also means that, by law, the Board needs to follow Departmental protocol before publicly proclaiming a position on state or local legislation. That means asking for the Department’s position before going public.
CCDHH is governed by a seven-member Board appointed by the Governor for a term of four years each, with all programs and daily operations administered by an Administrator.
The Board shall, in accordance with state open meeting laws, conduct no less than four regular meetings per fiscal year as determined by Commissioners. The Board may also conduct a town hall meeting. The purpose of town hall meetings is to allow the public to address the Commission Office.
Kirk, a resident of Denver, is very familiar with the work of the Commission. Kirk received a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College and is a graduate of Front Range Community College, where he received a degree in ASL/English Interpreting. Kirk is a certified Interpreter and is active in the profession with the Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He is a very involved community member who will bring interpreting issues and concerns to the attention of the Commission.
Leslie is an adjunct English instructor at Pikes Peak Community College. Leslie holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, a Master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and an Associate's degree from the Interpreter Preparation Program at Pikes Peak Community College. She values her connections to the deaf and hard of hearing community in Colorado Springs. She also has the perspective of knowing the frustrations and challenges of communicating with a hearing loss due to developing Meniere's syndrome as a teenager. Leslie and her husband, Greg, enjoy hiking with their dogs. They have two children, Amelia and Nathan.
Lisa is a Denver resident and native who moved back to Colorado in 2008 after living in the New York City area for many years with her three young boys, one of whom is Deaf. Her professional background is as an attorney and Lisa is currently working to develop a mediation and legal counseling practice, however, she has become heavily involved in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing world, demonstrating a heavy interest in Deaf education issues. Lisa is also currently serving as a board member of Colorado Hands and Voices, the National Cued Speech Association, Cued Speech of Colorado, the parent advisory board to the annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention conference, and the Interpreter Advisory Board for the Colorado Department of Education. Since Lisa’s young son, Max’s deafness stems from auditory neuropathy, she oftentimes finds herself as a kind of resource for other families who have children who are newly identified with this confusing diagnosis. Lisa earned her B.A. from University of Colorado and her J.D. from New York Law School.
Amy's hearing loss started in her late teens, when she was first fitted with two hearing aids. As her loss progressed, she received ever more powerful hearing aids until they became marginally effective. In 2009, she had cochlear implant surgery in both ears. Amy became active with the Hearing Loss Association of America in about 1993, and has had various leadership positions with the organization in Atlanta, GA, Bentonville, AR, Boulder, CO, and her current home in Grand Junction. Amy remains connected with people with hearing loss, and wants to help them achieve their full potential using all resources available to them. Amy's husband provided great support during her years of living with hearing loss and has helped her with her advocacy efforts. Amy's professional background is in accounting, auditing, and project management.
Mary Pat first moved to Colorado when she was four years old and is currently a resident of Lakewood. She attended Clarke School for the Deaf (Northampton, MA), St. Mary's Academy (Englewood, CO), and graduated from Stephens College (Columbia, MO) with a B.A. in business administration. Mary Pat has been involved with a variety of deaf services and grassroots organizations in Colorado for over 25 years, including the Center for People with Disabilities (Boulder), Colorado Association of the Deaf, Colorado Department of Health/Home Intervention Program, Mental Health Center of Denver/Daylight Project, and Sprint/Relay Colorado. She has also worked in clothing retail sales for 19 years. She is currently an ASL instructor in the Interpreter Preparation/ASL program at Front Range Community College. She has a strong passion for deaf and hard of hearing advocacy in education, employment, and community services. Mary Pat enjoys skiing, camping and traveling with her husband and daughter.
Liz was born profoundly deaf and moved to Lakewood, Colorado from Wisconsin in 2008. Since then, she has been an independent contractor for Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind as an Integrated Reading Project Instructor and statewide Assistant Coordinator for Early Literacy Development Initiative (ELDI). Liz enjoys working with families that have young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and fostering a love of reading and providing individualized in-home sign language instruction. She also assists ELDI statewide coordinators with trainings and assessments and corresponds with all instructors in the state to manage literacy materials, all ELDI databasess and referrals. Liz received a BA with University Honors from Gallaudet University and also holds a BS degree from University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point. She is committed to advocacy rights and equal access for people with hearing loss of all ages.
Lucas first moved to Colorado from California in 1997 to attend college at CU-Boulder. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in finance and information systems and went on to receive his MBA in accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2006. While living in Australia, he was able to pursue his dream of playing competitive rugby at the international level. Due to a childhood accident, he became hard of hearing. Having recently retired from a rugby career, spanning close to 15 years, Lucas decided to be an advocate for employment and accessibility of new technologies for this growing group of Coloradoans who became deaf or hard-of-hearing later in life. He currently resides in Denver and his firm, Blue Jeans Capital, helps start-ups and emerging businesses raise capital from investors in the local community.