Directors

  STEVEN COLLINS

Steven CollinsPresident

Dr. Steven D. Collins has been active in the DeafBlind community for the past 35 years. He has attended several DeafBlind camps across the country and is a member of Metro-Washington Association for the DeafBlind. Dr. Collins is a Fulbright Scholar and has been working with international families with vision loss as well. He has published chapters and is a co-editor for the Deaf Interpreter At Work. Steven currently serves as a faculty member at the department of Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University.

KIM BEST

Kathi JefraSecretary 

Kim is a Real Estate Agent in the state of Delaware who started taking ASL classes to help support a friend who’s niece was born Deaf. She was a mentor at Delaware School for the Deaf for several years. Kim has been involved with the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland since 2009 and has volunteered as an SSP, worked on the planning committee and now serves on the Board.

KATHI JEFRA

Kathi JefraTreasurer

Kathleen Jeffra received a B.S. in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Development from College of Notre Dame of MD and has extensive experience teaching students from preschool to adult, especially in a religious setting. It was in the classroom that she became interested in American Sign Language when 2 young boys who were CODAs joined her class. Kathi began working at Christ Deaf Church and Deaf Shalom Zone in 2013 and became involved with DeafBlind Camp that same year. Since then she has contributed as an SSP, with administrative and logistics support for the camp, assisted with fundraising activities, and joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

BOARD MEMBER

INGRID MARTINEZ

Meet Ingrid Martinez, board member of the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland. Ingrid has been involved with the camp since 2002 including roles as SSP and SSP Co-coordinator. Born and raised in Maryland and a hearing legally blind individual, Ingrid brings a different perspective to our camp family. She is a graduate of Towson University's deaf studies program (class of 2003), earned two master's degrees from Gallaudet University (2006 and 2014), and is the current Vice President of the DeafBlind Camp of Texas. Ingrid is passionate about helping others, both in her personal life and career choices as a counselor and current speech-language pathologist for the elderly population. She is thrilled to extend her passion as a proud member of the DBC of MD Board!

HELENA INMAN

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Before joining the Board in 2019, Helena has been involved with the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland as a SSP, a registration coordinator and in fundraising activities.  In 2012, Helena graduated from an ASL Interpreter Training Program and it was there that she first learned about the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland.  Helena works as a Human Resources program manager for the Federal government and as a sign language interpreter.  She has a masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Certificate in Volunteer Management from American University.  Helena is originally from New York and has lived in Maryland since 1986.  She loves the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland and the campers!  She looks forward to providing an exceptional camp experience for all involved.

BRUCE DENHART

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Before joining the Board in 2019, Bruce has been involved with MWADB(Metro-Washington Association for the DeafBlind) as Board of Directors for many years and is member of MWADB. I have been attending DBCMD for about 7 times as camper.  Also I am Webmaster for the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland and dose some volunteer helping out at camp.  I graduated from NTID(National Technical Institute for the Deaf) as Associate degree in Data Processing and Accountant and Gallaudet University as Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information System.  I am still working for the Federal government.  I enjoyed attending DeafBlind camp.

SANDI JOHNSON

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Rev. Dr. Sandi E.  Johnson is celebrating her tenth year at Christ Deaf UMC. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and her Doctoral Degree at St. Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, MO. studying Wesleyan Theology and Church Leadership. Her Doctoral Thesis was "The Church is My Parish: Deaf Ministry".  She also carries Masters Degrees in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Abuse.

Pastor Sandi began working with DeafBlind individuals in the 1970's in Colorado, took her expertise of DeafBlind interpreting to the court system in Colorado, then in 2009 moved to Maryland and attended her first DeafBlind Camp.  She has been involved ever since, offering mentoring to SSPs, leading worship, teaching Bible Study, and 1:1 pastoral counseling as necessary.  She is delighted to serve on our Board of Directors.