Foundation Board Members are active in the community and care deeply about supporting all children.
The make-up of the Board is diverse. Many of our members are deaf or hard of hearing, or have had deafness in the family. Whether a Board Member grew up with the challenges of deafness, became hard of hearing later in life, is a child of deaf adults, or grew up with deaf siblings, we know how to help, advocate and inform about deafness and impact.
Other Board Members are business people and concerned citizens who believe all children should have a voice and an opportunity to learn, grow, and belong to the community regardless of their language or communication style or ability.
Carol Richards' Bio
Carol is the Executive Director of the TSD Foundation. She has served in this position for one year. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director, Carol volunteered for the Foundation for 3 years. She has a B.A. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Pharmacology from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She also holds a certificate in grant writing from Austin Community College. Her love of research led her to grant writing and the volunteer position at TSDF, which led to her present position as Deputy Director of the Foundation. She is very happy to be involved in such a wonderful organization with the mission of providing access to language and education to the deaf and hard-of-hearing children of Texas.
Jack Busenbark's Bio
Jackson Busenbark is Director of Corporate Communications at ZVRS and has been on the Foundation’s board of directors for five years. Being from a family consisting of over one dozen current or former TSD students, Jackson is passionate about serving the needs of all deaf/hard of hearing children across the state. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys.
Mark Seegar's Bio
Mark Seeger was born and raised in Austin, Texas as the proud CODA son of Julius and Ruth Seeger. He recently retired from a lifetime of working in the field of Deafness with careers at the Texas Commission for the Deaf (7 years), Sprint Relay Services (17 years), and CSD (10 years). He now enjoys working as a part-time free-lance Sign Language Interpreter specializing in Legal and Medical Interpreting.
William Huber's Bio
Bill has worked at IBM as a software engineer since 1999. Being one of a handful of Deaf employees in a hearing powerhouse work environment, Bill, Deaf since birth, recognizes the importance of utilizing accommodations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing within his field of work. Therefore, he strongly believes in advocating for such services for himself and others. Bill brings an array of technology expertise and leadership skills to promote and raise recognition for TSD community within the Board.
Bill graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) in 2000. When Bill realized the value of companies wanting professionals who had technical knowledge and a way for him to heighten his competitive skills within the marketplace, Bill attended Pace University and completed his course work for his M.A. degree in Computer Science.
When he is not working or volunteering, Bill enjoys outings with his family and friends and road biking in his free time.
Emmy Wu's Bio
DR. EMMY WU is an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat physician) in Austin, TX. She grew up in Houston, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin prior to attending medical school in Galveston. She completed additional training in Boston and Florida before returning to Texas. She has a special interest in helping patients who have difficulty hearing, and believes in advocating for the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing patients. She also enjoys participating in international mission work, and has been a member of medical mission teams to Nicaragua, Mexico, and Rwanda.
Hal Caldcleugh's Bio
I was born in Silver City, NM, graduated from the University of Texas, studied at Columbia University and University of Wisconsin. Retired from management at Texaco Chemical Company after 25 years of service, consultant to the chemical industry in the areas of supply chain management and customer satisfaction, and retired from management at Texas County and District Retirement System.
My interest in deaf education is because my sister is deaf. This presented many challenges to our parents and my sister from early childhood education, going away to deaf school, college, additional training, and employment. I also made friends in the deaf community and have an understanding of many of the issues in the deaf community. Two leaders from the deaf community asked me to join the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation. I did and the past eight years have been rewarding seeing how the Foundation is helping students, teachers and parents.
Amber Farrelly's Bio
Amber D. Farrelly serves on the board of the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation as President since 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma at Norman and her Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with the highest distinction for her pro bono work. Amber specializes in Deaf clientele at Baird Farrelly Criminal Defense, PLLC where she is partner. She is licensed and practices throughout the state of Texas, and has worked with the Innocence Project of Texas as well as testifying as an expert witness. Amber holds BEI Advanced and Court interpreter certification. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin Interpreters for the Deaf, and serves as a director on the board for the Deafblind Service Center of Austin
Liza Chabokrow's Bio
Dr. Liza Chabokrow is a foot and ankle physician in Austin, TX who moved here in January 2013 from San Antonio, TX. She became a TSDF board member in 2014 because of her daughter Leillee who was a student at the Texas School for the Deaf. She and her family are passionate about meeting the educational and emotional needs of children and families that are deaf & hard of hearing. She is also involved in meeting the medical needs of children in Kenya and has recently travelled there. She is proud to be a member of Texas School for the Deaf Foundation.
Marilyn Galloway's Bio
Husband – Dr Victor Galloway – deceased (First Deaf Superintendent of TSD)
– Dawn Galloway – deceased
– Vance Galloway – deceased
– Shayne Galloway – Oak Hill, Texas
Eastern Michigan University – Bachelor of Science (Special Education)
University of Arizona – Masters of Education (Counseling and Rehabilitation)
Eastern Michigan University – Head Resident King Hall
Rochester New York Public System – Teacher Multiply Handicapped Students
National Technical Institute for the Deaf – first Program Counselor
Gallaudet University – Director of Placement
Northeastern Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit #19 – Consultant Career Education Programs
Texas Rehabilitation Commission – Counselor and Program Manager
California State University Northridge – Director of Internships
Gallaudet University Clerc Center – Director of National Outreach, Coordinator Transition Programs
Numerous memberships and offices in professional and service organizations
Brad Hermes' Bio
Brad joined TSD Foundation Board early 2010 to contribute his experience with TSD Foundation as Deaf person to ensure education is key aspect as education is key for success in life. Brad is current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with Communication Services for the Deaf, Inc. Prior to this, he was employed as an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP, including two years in the United Kingdom.
Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in professional accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a walk-on Longhorns football player.
Danny Lacey's Bio
Danny Lacey is a partner and advisor for Kramer Wealth Managers, where he focuses on developing the vision for clients and leads Kramer’s advisory team for the western states. He serves pre-retirees and retirees, corporate executives, business owners and not-for-profit organizations, who value Danny’s easy style, positive energy and unique approach. Danny helps to challenge assumptions and engage clients to dream and set goals, then he develops a solid plan to support their vision of the future.
Danny graduated with honors in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and earned a Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University. He is an active leader in the deaf community and speaks frequently across the nation, including an invitation to give a TEDxIslay Talk. After being board chair for four years, he currently serves as a board member for the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation (TSDF). He enjoys working with other committee members in planning the TSDF endowment. He also previously served as a member for the advancement committee at St. Gabriel¹s Catholic School. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Debbie, and two children.
Michael Moody's Bio
MICHAEL MOODY is an attorney with Craddock Massey, L.L.P. His practice focuses on general commercial litigation. Michael received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law where he served as Executive Editor on the Baylor Law Review and was a member of the Dean’s Honor List. He has served on the TSD Foundation board since 2004. Michael’s grandfather, Harry Rudolph, as well as his grandfather’s twin brother, Harol, attended TSD.
Evan Winegard Bio
Evan grew up in NYC and attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he obtained his Bachelor’s (Economics) and Executive MBA degrees. Evan is the Chief Financial Officer for Convo Communications in addition to being an entrepreneur and consultant and where he serves as CEO/CFO/principal for several different startups & companies. Evan resides in Austin, TX with his wife Jerilyn and two children Sean and Alyssa, who both attend TSD. Evan’s professional bio can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanwinegard.
John Hodnett's Bio
I am a south Austin native who grew up in close proximity to the Texas School for the Deaf. I am a 1959 graduate of the University of Texas Business School with a degree in marketing. My career in the construction industry involved sales, sales management and marketing throughout the southern and southwestern sections of the United States. I am still involved, as a member, with my professional society, the Construction Specifications Institute. I have been a member of Sertoma International for 50 years, with memberships in both the Austin and San Marcos Sertoma clubs. Sertoma’s mission is speech and hearing and the Austin club has worked with TSD since 1978.
Diana Poeppelmeyer's Bio
Dr. Diana Poeppelmeyer is an Outreach Specialist in the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf. She has worked at TSD in Recreation, Residential Services, and Instruction with experience as a parent-infant, preschool, middle school, and high school teacher as well at at the university level as a student teacher supervisor and adjunct professor. For the last 15 years her work has focused on expanding the outreach services of Texas School for the Deaf.
Bobbie Beth Scoggins' Bio
Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins joined the TSDF family. She is a native Texan born into a deaf family. She is now a Co-Director at the TSD Educational Statewide Resource on Deafness. She played the lead in the Dallas, TX stage production of Children of a Lesser God and participated in the 1973 World Games for the Deaf now known as Deaflympics as a swimmer and again, in 1977 on volleyball, receiving a silver medal. She received her BA degree in pyschology & MA degree in administration and supervision from California State University, Northridge and Ed.D. from Pepperdine University. In 1998, she was the first female president of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD), now known as the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). As the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; she was instrumental in the licensing of interpreters; expansion of education reform for deaf and hard of hearing children; and development of a program to provide telecommunication devices statewide. She has been involved with numerous professional and philanthropic organizations including serving as President of the National Association of the Deaf from 2006 – 2012.
Nathan Schroeder's Bio
Nathan Schroeder has been working with the Foundation’s Investment Committee since 2009 and became an Advisory Board member in 2014. He currently oversees the Investment Department at Austin Trust Company and received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He has earned the designations of CFA from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and CFP® from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Mr. Schroeder is currently an active member of the Charter Financial Analyst Society of Austin and the Financial Planning Association of Austin.