Five Appointed To NTID Advisory Board




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Five new people have been appointed to the National Advisory Group for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

The 16-member group concerned with education and technical training advises Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, vice president of RIT and CEO/dean for NTID, on implementation of policies that govern the operation of the institute. Those appointed include:

Andrew Brenneman is a senior government account executive for Sprint Business Solutions in Reston, Va. He is responsible for nationwide sales for Sprint Relay, including acquisitions and retention through competitive bid procurements of state and federal offerings. He twice received the President's Club Award from Sprint for being in the top 1 percent of Sprint's sales performers nationwide.

He has a bachelor of science degree in Business Management from Rochester Institute of Technology.

John Wyvill is the commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), a state agency providing vocational and independent services for people with physical, sensory, and mental disabilities. He previously served as assistant legal counsel to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and was also an associate with a private law firm and has been a solo practitioner.

He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, School of Law and has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hendrix College.

Rodney Danco, Jr. is vice president of finance and part owner of Danco Precision, Inc., a tool and die and precision stampings manufacturer based in Phoenixville, Pa. He is president of the Board of Trustees of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh and chaired the school's capital campaign that raised $3.5 million. Danco has a bachelor of science degree in Business Management from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kevin Todd Houston is executive director/chief executive officer of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the director of communication services for the Office of Education Services at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and has held faculty positions at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Houston received a doctorate and master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communication, all from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He also has an associate degree in Arts from the University of South Carolina, Union.

Jon Levy is the principal of the Orange County California Department of Education Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Previously, he served as principal of Deerfield Elementary, Venado Middle School, and University High School, all in Irvine, and the Career Adult Program of Costa Mesa.

He has a master's degree in Special Education, Communication Handicapped from California State University, Northridge; a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and administrative credentials in educational administration services from the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Long Beach.

The first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, NTID, one of eight colleges of RIT, offers educational programs and access and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world who study, live, and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, N.Y., campus.

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