Past Directors

Note: Brenda Talley and Toby Witte-Dix were involved with camp before became coordinators starting in 2007, when Pastor Peggy Johnson turns over the administration of the camp to four coordinators, Carol Stevens, Brenda Talley, Belinda Milligan, and Toby Witte-Dix after she becomes a United Methodist Bishop and moves to Philadelphia. Then Brenda became President and Toby became Treasurer in 2014. Brenda involved camp for 13 years and Toby involved for 15 years.


Brenda Talley

President (2014 to 2018)

Brenda has been involved in the DeafBlind community since she attended her first conference of the American Association of the DeafBlind in 1981. Since then, she has been a workshop presenter, mentor, interpreter, and active member of Deaf and DeafBlind organizations at the local and national levels. She enjoys hiking, working out, and travel.


Toby Wittie-Dix

Treasurer (2014 to 2017)

I am a CODA, for my parents were Deaf. I have been involved with Christ United Methodist Church of The Deaf for 30 years. I have been a freelance sign-language interpreter since 1997. I became involved in DeafBlind Camp of Maryland in 1999 starting out as an SSP, now one of the Coordinators and Treasurer. God has led me to be in ministry to Deaf and DeafBlind Individuals.


Steven Collins

Secretary (2016 to 2018)

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.


Picture of Lisa (Jordan) Wirkus

Former Board Member

Lisa is an ordained United Methodist pastor and a certified sign language interpreter. She credits the DeafBlind Camp of MD as being one of the most influential experiences in her life, since she responded to the call to ministry and improved her signing skills greatly by volunteering with the camp. In addition to this camp, Lisa also directs the Young Adult Deaf Camp designed for Deaf adults with developmental disabilities at West River every summer. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.