Four named to NTID National Advisory Group

headshots of Karen Griffard Putz, Tracy Ivy, Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke and Scott Wills

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the appointments of four professionals to the National Advisory Group for Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Their terms will expire on December 31, 2020.

The NTID National Advisory Group advises the NTID president in developing and carrying out policies governing the operation and direction of the college. The group comprises professionals concerned with the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, professionals concerned with postsecondary education and individuals familiar with the need for the services provided by NTID.

“The wise counsel and contributions of our National Advisory Group benefit all of us at NTID,” said Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “We are grateful for their commitment to the college and our students.”

The newest members are:

Karen Griffard Putz of Bolingbrook, Illinois. Griffard Putz is the owner of Ageless Passions, a speaking, writing and coaching service. She has served on many different boards, including the Illinois Families for Hands & Voices, and the national organization of Hands & Voices.

Tracy Ivy, of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Ivy holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from RIT/NTID and was the first black female president of the NTID Student Congress. She is a certified teacher of American Sign Language and currently teaches at Minnetonka High School in Minnesota. She also has been a member of the NTID Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke of Garner, North Carolina. Lloyd-Ogoke is an RIT alumna, and currently serves as the Chief of Community Integration Services and Supports for the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. From 1998-2004 she served as RIT’s Coordinator of Disability Services and ADA Compliance Officer. She holds a master’s degree from New York University in Deafness Rehabilitation.

Scott Wills of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Willis holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and is a research scientist and group leader for the Dow Chemical Company in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He has recruited several RIT/NTID graduates to work at Dow and has served as a member of RIT/NTID’s Employer Advisory Group.

The four join current members of the advisory group:

Bedarius Bell, State Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. 

Joyce Bender, CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and host of the Internet Talk Radio show “Disability Matters with Joyce Bender.”

Lisa Dallos, founder of High10Media, a New York-based communications company. 

Christopher Lehfeldt, DDS, a dentist with the Elmwood Dental Group in Rochester, New York and a staff dentist at the Finger Lakes Community Health Center in Penn Yan, New York.

Mary Beth Mothersell, Senior Customer Relations Manager for Sprint Relay in Rochester, New York.

David Nelson, Senior Community Outreach Specialist in the Amtrak Government Affairs Department.

Gabrielle Nocciolino, Coordinator of the Performing Arts Program at the Texas School for the Deaf.

Michael Tecklenburg, Counsel to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Kathleen Treni, Principal of the Continuum of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Bergen Country Special Services District.

Sean Virnig, Associate Director of the State Special Schools and Services Division of the California Department of Education.

Douglas Watson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas.