Meet Our Team
De Linda Brite
Executive DirectorHello my name is De Linda Brite. I am Deaf and I grew up in Springfield, MO, with hearing parents and two older brothers, one of them was Deaf also. I grew up attending a public school with other Deaf students, and was involved in several sports and clubs. I attended Gallaudet University, from 1992-1993, but I left and went to Springfield College in Manchester, NH where I earned my Bachelor (in Human Services) and Masters (in Community Counseling and Psychology) degrees. I have been involved in serving the Deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind and the interpreter communities for 25 years. I have worked in several states, from California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Missouri. A few months ago, I was preparing to take the Deaf Interpreter test to become Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) but life took me on a different path, to Memphis, TN. I have a daughter, Courtney, age 17, who plan to become a sign language interpreter.
I am excited to start my new adventure in Memphis! I look forward working with the board and the staff at DeafConnect of the Mid-South, Inc. and most importantly, with and for you.
Director of Interpreting ServicesI am a CODA from the strong Deaf cultural environment of Talladega, home of the Alabama School for the Deaf. I earned my Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC) in 1980, and attained the Master’s Level from the National Association of the Deaf in 1995. I graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies in 1996. My employment with DeafConnect (at the time called Interpreting Service for the Deaf) began in December, 1992.
A member of RID since 1979, I primarily do community interpreting, additionally mentoring and professional development. I’ve held numerous offices such as the Tennessee Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, RID Bylaws Committee, RID Legislative Task Force, the President, Vice-President and Treasurer of Tennessee RID, and current Region 2 Representative for RID.
I also hold an associate’s degree in engineering from the US Air Force during my tour of duty from 1982 to 1992. I have also hosted a television show on the local Memphis cable system.
Director of Community ServicesHello! My name is Summer Chappell. I am a Coda, with my mother and grandparents being Deaf. American Sign Language was my first language. I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling from The University of Memphis and also hold the title of CRC, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, since September of 2015. I have been a certified sign language interpreter since 2000 and have worked with DeafConnect since 1999. I love what I do and I love working with the Deaf Community.
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Gina Barnhart Jackson
Community Services SpecialistMy name is Gina Barnhart Jackson. I was born deaf to hearing parents. I have two deaf sons who attended the Oklahoma School for the Deaf. I have a college degree in Counseling Service for the Deaf. My job at DeafConnect is Employment and Community Coordinator.
Financial AssistantI am Jackie Jones. I am hard of hearing. I went to White Station High School through a mainstream program. I work at DeafConnect as an accounting assistant. Have an awesome day!
Scheduling CoordinatorHello! I'm the new scheduling coordinator for DeafConnect. I took sign language classes from DeafConnect back when it was the Interpreting Service for the Deaf at St. Joseph's Hospital. I'm married with two children and I am a Florida Gator fan. I look forward to talking with you at DeafConnect!
Bobby Jackson II
Company Support RepresentativeBobby Jackson attended National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). After he left Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2010, he’s been involved in deaf advocacy and organizations. He is currently a member of Tennessee Association of the Deaf and National Association of the Deaf. Mr. Jackson’s passion is to see the deaf community in the Mid-South continue to grow.