Meet our Florida Board – Main HQ

Fred Korman

Founder of D.E.A.F.  The organization was founded in January 2013. Retired Educator for the NYC DOE. The organization was founded for the purpose of fighting on the behalf of the Deaf Community for equal access advocacy rights. Open Caption access should be the same for all movie patrons, no matter what your disability is. I enjoy attending open caption movies and seeing members of the Deaf Community enjoying this too. 

Robin Peterson
Vice President
Robin has a Masters in Special Education - Deaf Education and ASL Endorsement.  She is currently a South Region Director for Florida American Sign Language Teacher Association (FASLTA) since 2020;  President/Founder of American Sign Language Club of the Treasure Coast since 2013.  Robin a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in West Palm Beach and lives in Martin County.  Robin used to own a pottery studio for nine years in Port St. Lucie, FL and is familiar with running a businiess.  Robin is married and has an amazing teenage son.
Lisa Santiago
Rose Adams
Graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1984 with a BA degree in Psychology.
Graduated from FAU in 1997 with a MA in Counseling.
Teacher's Certificate in DHH and ASL
Treasurer of FASLTA from 1996 - 2008
Vice President of FASLTA from 2015 - 2018
Operations Manager of ASL Honor Society from 2016 - Present
Present several workshops to ASL interpreters since 2014
Diana Plager
Interpretering Coordinator

As a trilingual sign language interpreter with 5+ years of experience, I am passionate about my job, hard working and extremely ethical. I am caring and motivated to improve my skills and my understanding of Deaf culture on daily basis. As a person, I am a litina woman who has principles and integrity and a lot of sensitivity for other's needs with very minimal tolerance to injustices.

Sporting Events Coordinator
Webmaster at Large
Alan Schussel
Alan has extensive board experience and strong leadership background which he holds a doctorate in healthcare administration. Alan is currently living in Chicago and owns Dr. Blue Pencil, LLC, which specializes in academic editing and accessibility consultation for clients globally. Alan has two adult children and two grandchildren living in Arizona.
Steve Lovi
Executive Director