James Potter, President
Born to deaf parents at Windom, Minnesota. Graduated from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) in 1957. After graduating from Gallaudet with BA, taught at North Carolina School for the Deaf 1960-62, Missouri School for the Deaf 1962-63 and Minnesota School for the Deaf, now known as Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD), 1963 until retirement in 1997. Capacities served were graphic arts teacher, mathematics teacher, counselor, and assistant principal. Served two terms on Gallaudet University Alumni Association board, two terms as board member of MSAD. Happily married for 49 years to Kathy. Five sons, one living in Sacramento, California, another in Reno, Nevada, and three in Minnesota. Thirteen grandchildren. Loves golf, racquetball and spending winters in Arizona.
Mack Harris, Vice President
Born to deaf parents in Baltimore, Maryland. Grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. Attended and graduated from Virginia School for the Deaf in Staunton in 1965. Became an Eagle Scout there. Graduated from Gallaudet University in 1975. Meeting at Gallaudet, he married a cowgirl from Texas, namely Sara Stanley. Employed as Aerospace Engineer for many years at Lockheed Martin Aerospace in Fort Worth, designing military jets--F16, A12, F22, and F35. Retired in 2008. Love to travel and take pictures. Involved with and held offices in various organizations for deaf for a long time. Designed a 5,200-sq-ft. Community Center for Fort Worth Association of the Deaf. Worked as Sorenson Videophone Installer/Trainer for two years in the Dallas/Forth Worth metroplex. As a volunteer, he is a webmaster for SIGN-N-TOURS (a deaf-owned travel ageny). Current president of North Texas Deaf Senior Citizens. He has one deaf daughter, Rachel, and two grandsons. Sara and Mack just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 17.
Nancy Kensicki, Secretary
Came with a deaf brother from a hearing family. Attended three schools for the deaf in Buffalo, NY; Washington DC; and Philadelphia, PA. Graduated from Gallaudet University and Catholic University of America. Taught business writing, editing, and various English courses for 38 years at Gallaudet. Worked as department chairperson for total of nine years and as editor of a journal for teachers of deaf students for eleven years. Retired in 2004 and was granted Professor Emerita. Served as secretary and newsletter editor in deaf organizations at various times. Soon will celebrate 50 years of married bliss with Peter. Have three children, one of them an interpreter, and four grandchildren.
Joseph "Joe" S. Rose, Treasurer
Washington, D.C. was Joe's home for most of his childhood life with Deaf family of four. Kendall School and Gallaudet University were the institutions where he received his education. After his sophomore year at Gallaudet, he married a southern belle with the name of Kay Francis Moody of Alabama. As a result of the 53-year marriage, they have three children and seven grandchildren. Joe retired in 1996 after a 30-year service with United States Government Printing Office. As a retiree, joe has been involving in some organizations in leadership capacities, including as a president of the Maryland Deaf Senior Citizens, and currently is serving six years as a treasurer of DSA.
Nancy Rarus, Board Member
Born deaf and raised in New Jersey. Graduated from New Jersey School for the Deaf in 1958 and went to Gallaudet University, now known as Gallaudet University. Nancy worked in Connecticut, Arizona and the District of Columbia in the field of education. She was at National Association of the Deaf as Associate Executive Director for Programs. She is a mother of two and a proud grandmother of six.
Ronald Nomeland, Board Member
Silver Spring, Maryland
Born June 24, 1936 of Deaf parents in Faribault, Minnesota. Graduated from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in 1955. Received bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University in 1958, and earned higher degrees from University of Maryland, California State University, Northridge, and Syracuse University. Held several positions at Gallaudet University for 35 years, retiring in 1996 with the title of Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University. Working part time at National Association of the Deaf. Married to the former Melvia Miller of Houston, Texas for more than 45 years and is the father of an adult deaf daughter. Served as a treasurer of Maryland Deaf SeniorCitizens for one term, and is currently a doting grandfather of an infant granddaughter born in November 2008.
Renwick Dayton, Board Member
My parents were a strange breed; Mom was deaf and Dad was hearing, and they were married 61 years. Dad died in 1986 and Mom was able to reach a milestone; she died on April 8, 2009 at age of 100 years and 8 months. Dad did not use ASL. With Dad I had to write as a means of communication. My mother's ancestors came to America in the 1600s and their last name was Breed. Breed, strange breed, smile. My wife Beth and I have three hearing grown-up kids. The oldest daughter is a teacher of the deaf living in Pendleton, Oregon. She has interpreted several times at National Association of the Deaf events. She has two sons, and one of them is married to a Virginia girl. Second daughter is a cartographer living in Portland, Oregon. Our son is a project superintendent for Mowat Construction of Seattle and lives with his New York native girl friend.