About Us

Meet Our Team

Randy Chappell

Director of Interpreting Services

I 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.

Email: randy@deafconnect.org

Terri Gustin

Director of Finance

Email: Terri@deafconnect.org

Summer Chappell

Director of Community Services

Hello! 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.

Email: summer@deafconnect.org

Bridgette Mize

Scheduling Cooridnator

Email: scheduling@deafconnect.org

Gina Barnhart Jackson

Community Services Specialist

My 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.

Email: gina@deafconnect.org

Jackie Jones

Front Desk

I 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!

Email: jackie@deafconnect.org
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