Tom Keydel, DEAF, Inc.’s Board President, is retiring from the Board at the end of December, 2014. For the past 7 years, Tom has been a committed member of the Board, a tireless contributor, and a wonderful fund-raiser for DEAF, Inc. Before becoming Board President, Tom served for 3 ½ years as Board Treasurer.
Tom has supported DEAF, Inc. not only with his time and energy but financially as well. He has always believed in DEAF, Inc.’s mission and goals. Throughout his tenure, Tom has contributed his time and expertise to almost all of the Board’s committees, including (but not limited to) the Strategic Planning Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the Finance Committee. You will often see Tom at DEAF, Inc. events, such as our spring Run/Walk for Deaf Pride at the James Joyce Ramble; Flatbread’s fundraiser; our Annual Community Meetings; and the Annual Deaf Community Thanksgiving dinners. Tom’s most recent initiative is a GoFundMe matching-gift campaign to support Communication Access services at DEAF, Inc.
Tom will continue working with DEAF, Inc. in an adjunct capacity, serving on our ASL Expansion Campaign Committee and our Anniversary Committee, which is planning for DEAF, Inc.’s upcoming 40th anniversary.
Thank you, Tom, for all you’ve done for DEAF, Inc. as a dedicated volunteer and member of our Board of Directors.
The Boston Evening Clinic Foundation has awarded Project HOPE a grant to support access to health information and health services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people. The Boston Evening Clinic takes a special interest in programs, like Project HOPE, that help address barriers people’s access to health information and health care. DEAF, Inc. and Project HOPE appreciate the strong partnership we have with the Boston Evening Clinic Foundation and the difference they help make for our community.
At Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, August 8, the Board honored staff with a picnic and boating at Cochituate State Park. Thank you to our wonderful and dedicated staff for all your hard work during the past year and every year. You are truly the best! Thanks also to the Cochituate State Park staff, and to Boating in Boston, who donated 2 hours on the water in kayaks, standing paddle boards, and pedal boats. Thank you for making this the best Staff Appreciation Day yet.
At the July 30th meeting of DEAF, Inc.’s Board of Directors, we bid farewell to Jon Medeiros, Board Treasurer. Jon’s term on the Board ended, and Jon is taking a break. Jon, a CPA at Fidelity Investments. He joined the Board in August, 2011, and has served since then as Board Treasurer. At the same meeting, the Board welcomed John Sullivan, our newest Board member. John, also a CPA, is a senior managing director at FTI’s Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice. John has been elected to fill the role of Treasurer. Please join us in wishing Jon Medeiros a fond farewell and in welcoming John Sullivan to DEAF, Inc. DEAF, Inc. continues to seek interested, committed members of the community for our Board of Directors. Our Board is a diverse Board with a majority of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing or Late-Deafened voting members. If you are interested or would like to recommend someone, please contact us for more information. Visit our Board page for more information about DEAF, Inc.’s Board of Directors.