Please join us in congratulating the appointment of two new Board Member-at Large to the organization, Charles Grote and Hector Alvair. We look forward to working with them for the upcoming year and seeing what they have to bring to DIG!
Charlie Grote is currently a Human Resource (HR) Assistant for the U.S. Forest Service's National Fire Team in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been working in that position since March 2012. Grote grew up in Indiana and Ohio and rallies for the Cincinnati Reds! :)
As an alumnus of RIT, Grote earned two college degrees in Accounting and Social Work. In the past, he volunteered at several nonprofit organizations' boards that serve, protect, and promote Deaf and Hard of Hearing people’s rights. As the new DIG Board Member-at-Large (BML), his goals are to increase market outreach to potential members outside of DC area; empower colleagues to maximize their goals of achievement in their careers with full communication access; and provide resources.
Hector Alviar is currently a Field Examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in Houston,TX. He works and travels mostly in Texas but also in regions encompassing New Mexico, Colorado, and the Midwest.
As the newly elected BML, his goals with DIG are to represent the interests of federal government employees living outside the Washington, D.C. area, influence DIG strategies, build alliances with other similar organizations to improve DIG bargaining power, and increase membership and its diversity across all hearing-challenged and deaf-culture community in the government for local, state, and federal levels.