All of DeafTEC's activities are overseen by our NSF National Visiting Committee (NVC). The committee is made up of academic and industry professionals that bring a wealth of experience and expertise. Their role is to help grantees achieve the goals and objectives of their projects by assessing the plans and progress of the project and advising project staff. Members of our NVC are:

Chair: Marcia Kolvitz

Dr. Marcia E. Kolvitz is the Program Specialist for pepnet 2, which provides resources and expertise designed to improve postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities.

Seth Bravin

Mr. Seth Bravin has been with IBM for 9 years and is the Strategic Industries Program Manager with IBM's Human Ability & Accessibility Center. The Center is a recognized world leader in developing innovations that make technology and information easily accessible to people with visual, cognitive, hearing, and motor disabilities.

Elena Gomez

Ms. Elena Gomez is the acting Program Manager for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). She provides technical assistance and policy implementation and coordination to support 50 Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCD) statewide in providing quality and effective vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind.

Ken Harrenstien

Mr. Ken Harrenstien is a software engineer at Google and has been the lead engineer for Google's automatic captioning technology.

Catherine Hunt

Dr. Catherine “Katie” Hunt is R&D Director in Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Hunt is actively building collaboration teams across Dow with universities, companies, national labs, and government agencies (esp., DOE and DOD) focused on accelerating the pace of innovation.

Rich Kenyon

Michelle Maybaum

Ms. Michelle Maybaum is the Executive Director of Employee Relations at Qualcomm, responsible for disability awareness for the entire organization and overseeing accommodation needs and outreach to the disabled community. She is also involved with the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the San Diego Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (SDCEPD) to further the employment of people with disabilities.

Michael Qaissaunee

Mr. Michael T. Qaissaunee is an Associate Professor and Chair of Engineering and Technology at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey and the founding Director of the Mid-Atlantic Institute for Telecommunications Technologies (MAITT), established through funding from the National Science Foundation, to develop cutting-edge technician education programs in wireless communications.

Karen Wosczyna-Birch

Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch currently serves as the state director of the Connecticut Community Colleges’ College of Technology (COT), the executive director and principal investigator of the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, and is a professor of Science/Technology at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.