DeafTEC Center Staff

Administrative Team - DeafTEC Central

DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
NSF ATE National Center of Excellence
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rosica Hall, Suite 1100
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
585-475-6239 (v)

 

Donna Lange, DeafTEC PI and Center Director
Associate Professor

Donna Lange has been teaching at NTID for over 30 years. She is an associate professor and former chair of the Applied Computer Technology Department, and has taught a variety of computer-related courses in the areas of both hardware and Web development. Donna was formerly the PI of the NSF ATE projects “Deaf Initiative in Information Technology” I & II, #0070982 & #0302790, offering professional development training for deaf adults, and Co-PI of the NSF ATE dual credit program "Project Fast Forward" #0903167. Donna holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Brockport and an MS degree in Software Development and Management from RIT.

Contact:
donna.lange@rit.edu
585-475-5620 (v)
585-445-6897 (vp)
 

Denise Kavin, DeafTEC Co-PI
Instructional Faculty

Denise Kavin has been an instructional faculty member with NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies for seven years. She has also held a variety of administrative positions at NTID: Special Assistant to the President of NTID for Strategic Decisions 2020; Associate Director for Postsecondary Education Programs Network-Northeast; Senior Project Associate, Postsecondary Education Network-International; and Employment Advisor, Center on Employment. Denise holds an Ed.D. in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies from Northern Illinois University, an M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Secondary Eeducation of the Deaf, and a B.A. in Communication Arts and Psychology from Gallaudet University.

Contact:
dskpen@rit.edu
 

Brittany Comegna, DeafTEC Staff
Project Fast Forward Director

Brittany Comegna has been with NTID for six years. She got her start at NTID as an Admissions Counselor overseeing the western coast of the United States. During her time with NTID, Brittany has been involved with a variety of Committees on campus including the RIT Young Professionals Group in addition to the Bruce R. James Award Committee. Brittany joins DeafTEC as the Director of the dual credit program Project Fast Forward. Brittany holds a BA degree in Multimedia Production and a minor in Marketing from California State University, Northridge as well as a MS degree from RIT in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Contact:
brittany.comegna@rit.edu
VP: 585-542-4720
 

Maureen Gallaher, Senior Staff Assistant

Contact:
mhgpci@rit.edu
585-475-6239 (v)

 

Evaluation 

Margaret Weeks

Margaret "Peggie" Weeks has twice been a program officer at the National Science Foundation, helping to manage the Advanced Technological Education and other Division of Undergraduate Education programs. Peggie also serves as the external evaluator for the ATE BioBench project at St. Louis Community College and for the Technological Education Pathways Partnership project at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She was on the faculty at Corning Community College for sixteen years, where she taught in the engineering science and mechanical technology programs. Prior to teaching, she was employed as a process engineer with Corning, Inc. Peggie has an MS degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University, and a BS in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Contact:
Lamoka Educational Consulting
Fernandina Beach, FL
pegweeks@gmail.com