ASLTA Committees & Programs

A great way for a member to become more involved with ASLTA is by serving on one of the committees or programs that help fulfill Association goals. There are two types of committees: Ad Hoc and Standing. Ad hoc committees focus on accomplishing specific tasks, and volunteer service ends once the intended project is completed. Standing committees are permanent and volunteers continue serving until the committee is formally disbanded, or until the volunteer decides to part from the committee.

Common Questions

  • Is ASLTA certification required to serve on a committee? No! All ASLTA members in good standing may serve on committees.
  • How do committees meet? Committees meet and work together via videoconferencing applications.
  • Do committees ever meet in person? If committee members need to gather, then those costs are covered by ASLTA or the specific program.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • You gain direct experience with a national-level organization, which can be a positive addition to your resume.
  • You develop a deeper understanding of how ASLTA works, which can be useful if you want to pursue service on the ASLTA Board.
  • You become an active rather than passive member, involved in helping shape and guide ASLTA into the future.
  • You meet members from all over the country and form new personal and professional connections with people who share a passion for ASL education.

How Does ASLTA Benefit?

  • ASLTA relies on volunteers to run the entire Association. The more volunteers that are involved is directly proportional to what ASLTA can accomplish for all of its members.
  • Development of leadership skills ensures ASLTA has members who are motivated, committed, and willing to serve the Association into the future.
  • The variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences contribute to a healthier and stronger Association, benefitting all members.

Current Committees & Programs 
2021 Conference; ASL Can-Do Statements; ASL Honor Society; ASLTA Awards Criteria; ASLTA Logo; Bylaws; Evaluation Advisory; IPPG; Membership; Restricted Funds; Strategic Planning; Writing

More information about each committee and program is below.

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2021 ASLTA Conference Committee

The 2021 conference committee oversees all aspects of ASLTA’s national conference to be held in Columbus, Ohio, in 2021. This is an ad hoc committee.

This committee is seeking volunteers. 

Questions? Contact Arlon
Questions? Contact Lori

Arlon Nash

Committee Co-Chair
ASLTA Certification: Provisional

Lori Woods

Committee Co-Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

ASL Can-Do Statements Committee

The ASL Can-Do Statements committee is developing a set of Can-Do Statements to reflect best practices in content and proficiency development for the ASL classroom. Committee members meet regularly to develop self-assessment objectives for language learners to assess what they “can do” with ASL and intercultural content. The ASL Can-Do Statements project is an example of the partnership between ASLTA and ACTFL to ensure ASL education meets the same standards and expectations as spoken languages.

The ASL Can-Do Statements focus on identifying what students are expected to do as part of their ASL education in the following domains, for students at the novice through distinguished levels:

  • Interpretive Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Presentational Communication
  • Intercultural Communicative Competence

This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Tracy Ivy

Committee Chair

John Pirone

Nicholas Lalanne

Tom Wills

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Jason Listman

ASL Honor Society Program

The ASL Honor Society (ASLHS) is an optional program for ASLTA members who teach at the high school and college levels. The ASLHS recognizes academic achievement by students studying ASL and provides language and culture enrichment opportunities via the national ASL Literature competition held each Spring, and the national Deaf Art competition held each Fall. In addition, the ASL Honor Society provides the nation’s only scholarships for college students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or Interpreter Education.

This is a permanent program. 

This program is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

ASL Honor Society website
Questions? Contact the National Coordinator

Rose Adams

Operations Chair

Melissa Ibanez

Graduation Shipping Chair

Jessica Parker

National Coordinator
 

Amy Crumrine

Graduation Support Chair

Christopher Johnson

Membership Chair

Devin Hasty

Public Relations Chair

Robin Newsom-Wuertz

Competitions Coordinator

ASLTA Awards Criteria Committee

The ASLTA Awards Criteria committee is tasked with developing nominations and selection criteria for each of ASLTA’s awards. Updating the guidelines will assure that ASLTA’s biennial awards continue to recognize the achievements of ASL educators for many years into the future. This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is seeking volunteers. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

Lorraine Flores

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

ASLTA Logo Committee

The ASLTA Logo committee is tasked with developing a new logo to represent ASLTA. This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is seeking volunteers. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

Debbie Gessinger

Meridith Green

David Martin

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Certified

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws committee oversees the development, maintenance, and updates to the policies that guide how ASLTA functions and fulfills its mission and obligations to members. Committee members typically meet to discuss issues that need clarification in the Bylaws, conduct research to see how other nonprofit organizations function, and can ultimately propose Bylaws amendments to be voted on by members. This is a standing committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Bylaws Chair

Bo Clements

ASLTA Certification: Master

Tony Park

Daniel Lunt

James Wilson

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Professional

Katie O’Brien

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Chapter Handbook & Guidelines

The Chapter Handbook & Guidelines committee is developing a comprehensive handbook for ASLTA’s regional and state chapters. This handbook will feature standardized policies, requirements, and expectations for partnering with ASLTA. This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Chapter Affiliation Director

Bo Clements

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

Jerri Seremeth

Damon Johnson

ASLTA Certification: Provisional

Ida Wilding

Brenda Schertz

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Joanna Witulski

ASLTA Certification: Certified

Evaluation Advisory Committee

The Evaluation, Revision, and Appeals committee oversees ASLTA’s Evaluation program. Only those members with ASLTA certification may serve on this committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring each element of the ASLTA certification process reflects best practices and periodically reviews the program for improvement. This is a standing committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Certification & Evaluation Director

Glenna Ashton

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Sharon Lott

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Keith Cagle

ASLTA Certification: Master

Amy June Rowley

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

Lisa Johnston

ASLTA Certification: Professional

IPPG Committee

The Information, Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines (IPPG) handbook contains all of the information needed for ASLTA to function as an organization and maintain its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. When a new Board member begins service, the IPPG helps that person understand the position, its responsibilities and role, and how ASLTA works as a whole. The IPPG committee is responsible to update the document to ensure the information, policies, procedures, and guidelines are current. Sample work includes:

  • Gathering in one place clear Board position responsibilities and expectations;
  • Developing procedures for change of leadership (having ready the necessary banking forms, e.g.);
  • Updating organization policies (archiving vs. deletion of materials, e.g.).

The IPPG handbook will be posted to the ASLTA website when the update is complete. This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

Lorraine Flores

ASLTA Certification: Master

James Wilson

ASLTA Certification: Professional

David Martin

ASLTA Certification: Certified

Jason E. Zinza

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Janice Smith-Warshaw

ASLTA Certification: Master

Membership Committee

The Membership committee is responsible to grow ASLTA’s membership by:

  • Identifying what members value in current and future ASLTA programs;
  • Developing membership campaigns;
  • Exploring innovative ways to recruit new members;
  • Improving the member experience.

This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is seeking volunteers. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

David Martin

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Certified

Regional Representatives

Regional Representatives support ASLTA members and state and regional ASLTA chapters by sharing information, collaborating on projects, and serving as points of contact in states without ASLTA chapters. Regional Representatives report to the Chapter Affiliation Director.

This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is seeking volunteers. 

Questions? Contact the Chapter Affiliation Director

Bo Clements

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

Heather Arazi

West Representative

Damon Johnson

Midwest Representative
ASLTA Certification: Provisional

Cathi C. Holst

South Representative

Brenda Schertz

Northeast Representative
ASLTA Certification: Professional

Restricted Funds Committee

The Restricted Funds committee task is to develop guidelines for appropriate use of money from each of the restricted funds. ASLTA has four restricted funds, each of which were established with different goals in mind. Guidelines will include:

  • Developing a clear mission purpose for use of each fund;
  • Outlining fund use criteria;
  • Identifying appropriate examples of fund use;
  • Creating application forms and procedures.

ASLTA’s restricted funds:

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund: Dedicated to growing, nurturing, and developing the diversity of the ASL education field by making ASLTA a place that fosters a true sense of belonging for everybody. 
  2. L1 Initiatives Fund: Supports projects that benefit Deaf children learning ASL as a native language.
  3. LF2 Fund: Supports leadership training and development. 
  4. Riggs Fund: Supports state-level ASLTA chapters.

This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

Mrs. Molly Estes

ASLTA Certification: Master

Edna Johnston

ASLTA Certification: Master

Petra Horn-Marsh

Janice Smith-Warshaw

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

E. Lynn Jacobowitz

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible to develop a 5-year plan guiding ASLTA into the future. The committee will examine where ASLTA is now, identify strengths and weaknesses, and look closely at what members desire versus what ASLTA can deliver as priorities are developed. The committee will focus on these broad areas:

  • Developing a vision statement;
  • Developing a mission statement;
  • Identifying core values;
  • Conducting a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats);
  • Developing short-term goals;
  • Developing long-term goals;
  • Developing yearly objectives;
  • Developing action plans.

This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

Brenda Falgier

ASLTA Certification: Master

Katie O’Brien

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Damon Johnson

ASLTA Certification: Provisional

Detoine Williams

ASLTA Certification: Certified

Greta Knigga-Daughterty

Jason E. Zinza

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Professional

Writing Committee

The Writing Committee prepares materials that communicate ASLTA’s perspective on matters of ASL education and advocacy. The committee will prepare documents including, but not limited to:

  • Position papers reflecting best practices in ASL education (use of voice while teaching, e.g.);
  • Developing ASLTA website content;
  • Writing advocacy letters on behalf of ASLTA to leaders, institutions, and organizations (protesting discriminatory hiring practices, e.g.).

The committee will work closely with ASLTA’s Board of Directors to ensure ASLTA remains the nation’s advocate for high standards in ASL education. This is an ad-hoc committee. 

This committee is not seeking additional volunteers at this time. 

Questions? Contact the Committee Chair

Kara Gournaris

Katie O’Brien

ASLTA Certification: Professional

Rhonda Jennings-Arey

Committee Chair
ASLTA Certification: Master

Justin Small

ASLTA Certification: Certified

Greta Knigga-Daugherty

Steven Whitworth