Meet Our Board

Fred Korman
Fred lost his hearing at the age of 7. He is profoundly deaf. While growing up, Fred has experience first hand the hardships that a deaf person must endure everyday. Fred attended NTID/RIT and completed his degree in Computer Science. Fred made a career change and decided to work with H.E.S. (Hearing Education Services) at the Department of Education in NYC. Fred worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in a mainstream setting. Fred has a B.S. degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College. After working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children for 18 years, he retired in 2011. Fred now devotes his time and energy with the D.E.A.F organization, hoping to one day establish a permanent entertainment base for the deaf community.
Rodney Berger
Vice President
Rodney, a native of Frederick, Maryland, was born hard of hearing. He mainstreamed in all of his school years. Rodney became acquainted with the Deaf community in his sophomore year in High School. He then learned sign language and became a volunteer leader of Young Life and he served as a leader to the high school teens at Maryland School for the Deaf for 11 years. Rodney married his beautiful wife and later moved to New York to serve in Deaf Ministry. Rodney has served as an interpreter for over 20 plus years. Rodney always loved computers and worked in the IT department for InterDigital Communications for 15 years in New York. Today Rodney runs a home based business as an independent affiliate for Karatbars International and does freelance interpreting on the side for DHIS and Geneva Worldwide.
Cyndi Littig
Cyndi was born and raised in Ohio. In the early 1990’s she started to learn sign language from being around Deaf friends and then developed her skill to become the beloved sign language interpreter that she is today. Cyndi has lead a Deaf Ministry since 2005 at her church and has worked as a freelance interpreter for DHIS and Geneva Worldwide, both in New York City. Today Cyndi is a manager at a local Mobil gas station and enjoys what she does. She is married and has two children.
Alan Scussel
Public Relations
Alan Schussel hails from Brooklyn NY but is living in Texas now. He graduated from E. R. Murrow High School then went to NTID before transferring to Gallaudet University and obtaining his BA degree. He moved to Arizona and obtained his MA degree from University of Arizona then Doctor of Health Administration from University of Phoenix. He is an adjunct professor and teaches ASL and Health Administration courses online for Concordia University, Texas. Alan has two adult children living in Tucson, AZ. He is a frequent traveler and has been in every corner of the USA and just recently came back from a six-week journey in Europe. Alan is very active in community services and was appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from 1995 to 2001. He was also president of Arizona Association of the Deaf from 1998 to 2001. He has served on numerous boards for non-profit agencies. He is in the process of launching a new healthcare business provider. Alan is interested in ensuring that the rights to access communication and facilities are enhanced and maintained.
Steffi Stephan
Steffi Stephan is a novice freelance American Sign Language interpreter currently living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. After graduating from NTID's interpreting program in 2015, she decided to pursue her career closer to her hometown (Rockland County, New York). As a way to be more involved in NYC's Deaf community, she thought a great way to start was to become D.E.A.F.'s person of contact in the Brooklyn area. She is looking forward to continuing her time with the D.E.A.F. team as their secretary. She continues aspiring her goal of being an advocate of the Deaf community with her work as an ASL interpreter and involvement with D.E.A.F. and she hopes these opportunities will help make her mark in NYC's Deaf community.
Lois Tamiso
Hello Members ! My name is Lois Tamiso. I am one of the advisors for this non-profit organization. I am very proud of this organization providing open captioned movies out in NYC/LI area where you all can enjoy watching in public places. Also other special events. If it was not open captioned, we would not enjoy. Good places to socialized and meet other deaf/hard of hearing people. Come and watch open captioned movies with us...