Meet Our Team
Consulting ManagerGreetings! Many of you already know me from my time serving as DeafConnect's Executive Director (January 2011–June 2016). I am currently serving as Consulting Manager (a contract position) for a short time until a new Director is hired and the transition made.
My educational background includes both a B.A. in Piano and a M.S. in Counseling from the University of Memphis. Additionally, I was fortunate to receive a fellowship to the National Leadership Training Program (for individuals working in the field of deafness) at California State University, Northridge where I completed a M.Ed.
While I have no family members who are deaf, I was introduced into deafness at Tennessee School for the Deaf as the School Guidance Counselor (1973–1975). That work continued at White Station High School as Lead Teacher and Counselor for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (1980/81 –2010).
It has been a blessing and my pleasure to be involved and associated with the Deaf community. It is something that I truly treasure. Blessings to each one of 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.
Community Support RepresentativeI 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 community support representative. Have an awesome day!
Scheduling CooridnatorMy name is Bridgette (Ewing) Mize. Do I look familiar? As a graduate of White Station High School I've been involved with the Memphis Deaf Community since the late 1980s. First, as a mainstream student with deaf and hard-of-hearing friends (Rita Grivich's Deaf Drama Club); then as an ASL student at MARC, U of M, and at ISD with the most amazing teacher, Sheila Chappell. After meeting Sheila my goal was to become an interpreter.
Upon graduating with my bachelor's degree from Maryville College in ASL Interpreting, and becoming RID certified, I worked for DeafConnect for ten years as a Staff Interpreter and Social Services Coordinator.
The next ten years brought adventures in Video Relay. First, with Sorenson Communications (as the Memphis Call Center Manager), then to San Diego as a Video Interpreter for both Sorenson and Purple.
In San Diego I worked for the San Diego Unified School District as an Educational Interpreter; and worked freelance for Jennifer Clifford at San Diego ASL interpreting and Angela Jones at Network Interpreting Service. In addition, I taught ASL Interpreter Voicing classes at Mesa College.
As a native Memphian, it has been both an honor and a privilege to be reunited with our Memphis Deaf Community. Thank you for making me who I am today. I love you and appreciate you. It is my pleasure to serve you as Scheduling Coordinator.
I am married to the love of my life, Keith; and we are the proud parents to my Mini-Me, Alana.