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Below are the candidates who are interested in serving on the Board for the 2021-2023 term! Please read to learn more about each candidate.
Cham Le is the current President of Deaf In Government (DIG). He would be honored to run another term as President in order to continue advancing our DIG objectives. He is proud of the DIG Board and Advisory Board members for working together to help each other achieve their professional and personal goals. He has committed and delivered significant contributions to advance DIG capabilities. Since being elected as your President, he accomplished with revenues, and partnership that our organization can deliver you the webinars, mentoring, DIG store, and few events. He has leveraged my network with corporate partners to advance our DIG objectives and support corporations who have investment in our community.
We have aligned on our shared goals and priorities as a community, while also learning how to adapt to a virtual world. He is proud of our many accomplishments this year, and he intends to continue the beneficial programs we have implemented. He also implemented our advisory board to shape our DIG’s objectives. Our sponsors and stakeholders have seen how their contributions to DIG have shown return on their investment. Cham looks forward to continuing my vision of Accessibility, Career Advancement, and Communication to our members. His next term will focus to work with you on restructuring the organization in order to be aligned with the current environment. His goal is to serve our membership better with more agility and an expedited delivery, while working close to our Advisory Board Chair and Members. Under his leadership, he plans to ask each Board Member and Director to manage their program initiatives and collaborate with sponsors for programming. Our DIG membership’s investment and membership fee has aided our programming volunteers when securing sign language interpreters and CART services during our professional training and programs. More donations and sponsorship from you, he intended to hire a contract executive director to deliver more resources to you. Without the investments from sponsors and members like you, DIG would not be able to deliver these incredible programs to you. Our DIG Board, Advisory Board and the sponsorship corporations are amazing people who care deeply about our Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing community. The people involved with DIG want to provide excellent and innovative tools/resources for employees and users in order to achieve your professional dreams.
Kirsten Poston is a Disability Program Manager at the Federal Highway Administration. She received her B.A. degree from Gallaudet University in the early 90s. For more than 30 years, Kirsten has taken the lead in the coordination of many advocacy, educational, and outreach activities targeting the deaf and disability communities. Her long history of leadership in the deaf and disability communities includes her recent appointment as the appointed board member for the National Association, and she has served the past six years as a trustee at Maryland School for the Deaf. In 2020 she received the Maryland Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) Director's Award and at the Administrators Award at her place of employment. She is the Vice-President of Maryland Association of the Deaf. Kirsten lives in Columbia, MD with her husband, two daughters and her dog Precious.
Kirsten Poston believes that her leadership style is what Deaf in Government needs. She has been a member, an officer, a committee chairperson, and knows how to work in a team fashion. She is a strong supporter of transparency and Inclusion. She believes that DIG will continue to grow and expand its programs for the deaf government community. With continued community engagement, we all shall benefit from the wealth of resources that volunteers bring. You can count on her and all of the passionate individuals who work to make the engine of this great organization seamless. As a lifetime advocate for the deaf and disability community she promises she will listen with an open heart and mind and work her hardest to represent our dedicated current, past and future DIG members.
Onward and upwards Deaf in Government!
Shaun Pickering is a Data Engineer/Analyst professional in support of the US Government assisting with the reconciliation of transactions to the federal financial statement line of accounting balance. His previous board experience includes 2 years of performing in the role of Treasurer for the Indiana School for the Deaf Parent Teacher Counselor Organization (ISD PTCO). Originally from Connecticut, Shaun went on to attend Rochester Institute of Technology achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. Currently Shaun works for Arlington, Va based consulting firm Summit2Sea Consulting, LLC. He now resides in Fishers, Indiana with his wife and 3 young children. His hobbies include playing soccer and golf and watching his kids play competitive sports.
He is running for the Board Member at Large role with a keen interest in striving to help to continue improving opportunities for Deaf/HoH individuals seeking and/or continuing employment in the Federal sector. As a member of Deaf In Government board, he will bring a unique perspective as well as be receptive to other ideas and to share in the success as a team.
Thank you, Federal Relay!
Thank you, Federal Relay, for being DIG's exclusive sponsor for the 2021 annual meeting and election!