Kelly DiBenedetto is an Indiana native and currently lives in Danville with her husband and two children. Kelly and her husband Chris founded Katie’s Hear To Help Foundation in 2008 to purchase hearing aids for children in need. Kelly is the past Executive Director of Indiana Hands & Voices. She currently sits on Danville Community Schools Community Advisory Panel. She is passionate about seeing that all children who are Deaf and hard of hearing receive all the resources their individual needs require. Kelly is currently working as CMO at Link FCU in Indianapolis.
Ann Reifel served as Chair of the Vincennes University American Sign Language Program, housed on the Indiana Deaf School campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ann has earned Masters degrees in Deaf Education from Ball State University and Teaching American Sign Language Program from Western Maryland College (aka William McDaniel College). She taught for the DO IT – ECIP for a number of years; and joined the BA Interpreting program teaching ASL. She has conducted various workshops pertinent to language and cultural issues for Educational Interpreters in the state of Indiana, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, and persons in the workplace. Elected to the Board 2011.
State Representative Clere was raised in Floyd County, and went to college at Indiana University Southeast. He represents part of Clark County and most of Floyd County, which includes the cities of New Albany and Floyd Knobs, with parts of Georgetown. His involvement in community activities include: Director of the Southern Indiana Realtors Association, New Albany-Floyd County Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation, a Cub Scout leader and a Youth soccer coach. He currently resides in New Albany, with his wife Amy, and their two kids. Elected to the Board 2012.
Dr. Ray Furner
Dr. Furner entered West Virginia University in the Fall of 1961 with one hearing aid. Seven and one half years later, he had two hearing aids, a BA, MS, and Ph.D. He now has one hearing aid, a cochlear implant, and a CapTel telephone. His observations on hearing problems are intensely personal: “If a hearing problem has happened, it has probably happened to me.” He worked as a Research Associate at the University of Tuebingen in West Germany for a year, and then for two years in California, as a Research Associate at NASA. He has authored more than 75 publications in pharmacology, cancer research, psychiatry, mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry. He teaches “Evolution of Scientific Thought” and “Research Methods” at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Indianapolis. He is an active member of the Brownsburg Lions Club, where he is past treasurer and current webmaster. And, when time permits, he is an avid cyclist. Dr. Furner makes presentations about the CapTel telephone to interested groups in Indiana. Elected to the Board 2011.
Andy Leffler joined the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation (InTRAC) in 2007 as an Assistant Director. Prior to coming to InTRAC, he worked for various relay providers for more than 16 years as an outreach manager and a Video Relay Service program manager. Andy grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. Andy has a Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University in Business Management.
Andy currently serves on several local & national organizations/councils including the Indianapolis Mayor’s Advisory on Disabilities. Andy is married to Laura who works as a professional sign language interpreter. They have two boys and hail from Carmel, Indiana. Elected to the Board 2017.
Amy Waggoner manages State & Local Government Affairs for Salesforce, the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world and one of the world’s most innovative companies as ranked by Forbes for seven years in a row. She advocates on behalf of Salesforce to elected officials across the country on various matters such as cloud computing policy, economic development opportunities and equality for all.
Prior to her role with the City of Indianapolis, Amy worked for the Marion County Prosecutor, the Indiana Republican Party and interned for the Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus.
Amy has been involved in government and politics since moving to Indianapolis in late 2002. In her spare time, Amy has worked on many different campaigns at the local, state and national levels. She assisted the 2004 George W. Bush presidential campaign and the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. After Mayor Ballard’s re-election in 2011, Amy coordinated a successful 2012 Marion County slating campaign for Judge Helen Marchal.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors for both the Indiana Repertory Theater and the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. She lives in downtown Indianapolis. Elected to the Board 2017.
Lucy Witte served as the Director of Special Education for the MSD of Wayne Township Schools and West Central Joint Services Special Education Cooperative. She holds a bachelors and masters degree, and Director of Special Education license from Indiana University. Lucy is an active member of the Indiana Council for Administrators of Special Education (ICASE) and the national organization CASE, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the national Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, and the Indianapolis Pancreatic Cancer Action Network affiliate. Elected to the Board 2011.
Terri Miller served as Board Member of the Indiana School for the Deaf since elected in September 2017.
Patrick Rhodes served as Board Member of the Indiana School for the Deaf since April 2018.
School Board Members
School Board Meetings
All meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Indiana School for the Deaf, Willard Hall, Media Center, 1200 E 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN. There is no meeting in December.
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The primary function of the Indiana School for the Deaf Board is to provide the leadership, vision, accountability, and advocacy to ensure the fulfillment of the ISD mission statement.
In carrying out this responsibility, the board will establish policies, assess school performance, facilitate strategic planning efforts, oversee budget preparation, promote stakeholder communication, support statewide outreach efforts, and make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly.