Children of Deaf Adults, INC. 

CODA celebrates the unique heritage and
identities of adult hearing
individuals with deaf parent(s).

Board of directors

The CODA International Board consists of 9 active Board members:

7 regional representatives and 2 Member-at-Large positions. Email Board members by selecting your region below.
Elections for in-coming Board members takes place online, prior to annual conference and
transitions occur at the close of conference.

President, Jennifer Hensley
Member at Large, Term: 2015-2017
Represents general membership without restriction to regions.

Jennifer Scarboro Hensley, also known as "Beefa" has attended 12 conferences since 1998, and directly volunteered for the organization many of those years. In addition to CODA, she works as an administrator & researcher of deaf education, with a doctorate in early childhood education; she is a mother of 2 young children and partner to a non Coda, who loves her passion for her 'tribe'; she's the youngest coda daughter of Robert and Kaye Scarboro, and loves her family dearly. 

Jennifer looks forward to another excellent year working for C/coda brothers and sisters around the world, as she is motivated to continue seeking the pulse of the members and nonmembers for the growth and advancement of Children of Deaf Adults!

Vice President, Jayde Perry
Region 7, Term: 2015-2017
Represents Southern Hemisphere, including US Territory: Guam

Jayde Perry has been on the Board since 2011 in a variety of roles; Region Representative, Treasurer and is currently our Vice President. She has just returned back to Perth, Western Australia after residing in Queensland for the past 6 years working as an Auslan Interpreter, Deafness Awareness Trainer and Community Support Officer. During her time there she also held a variety of roles with the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association: Queensland (ASLIAQ) as Committee Member, Treasurer and acting President. Currently, Jayde works in the disability sector for the Australian Government supporting access needs for people of all disabilities. On a personal note, Jayde loves chocolate, food & wine!! She is obsessed with watching sport (especially the AFL - Go Freo!!) and is a dog person, she loves her 2 Boxers, Daisy and Boo-Boo!
Jayde has been honoured to represent her region and work on the Board for as long as she has and is always excited thinking of where our organisation has come from and looks forward to see where it can go it the future!!

Treasurer, Robin Dragoo
Region 5, Term: 2015-2017

Represents US States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Robin Dragoo has been a Board member since 2013. Currently serving as the organization Treasurer, Robin enjoys the service he is able to give to the members of CODA International. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, Robin has been a resident of Mesa, Arizona, USA since 2006. He is currently an Interpreter working in a variety of settings and has worked with the local Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) affiliate chapter as its Secretary and President.

Personally, Robin enjoys running, woodworking and working on his 1970 Chevrolet Nova. In addition, he is an avid college and professional football fan, team favorites are the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks and college football team, University of Southern California Trojans (FIGHT ON!!). When he's not doing the above. Robin enjoys spending time with his two Koda daughters, Hillary (16) and Danika (10).

Secretary, Ray Williams
Region 6, Term: 2016-2018
Represents Northern Hemisphere, excluding United States & US Territories

Ray Williams hails from Liverpool, United Kingdom. Both of his parents were deaf along with members of his extended family including 2 Deaf Aunts and 2 Deaf Uncles. Ray was raised using both British Sign Language (BSL) and Spoken English. Since a young age Ray had always aspired to become a British Sign Language Interpreter. This aspiration came to fruition back in early 2011, Ray worked mainly as a Community Interpreter, until now where he is a VRI/VRS Interpreter Part Time. The rest of his time Ray, with his partner, own and operate a chain of Subway restaurants.  

Ray has always been aware of the term 'CODA' but it wasn't until his late teens/early 20's that he started to feel more inclined to be involved with CODA activities. Ray was a Board Member for CODA UK & Ireland from 2012-2016 when he decided to step down.

 Ray's first CODA International conference was New Orleans back in July 2013 and he was hooked, been every year since! 

Heidi Zoldowski
Member at Large, Term: 2016-2018
Represents general membership without restriction to regions.

Heidi Zoldowski is an Only Hearing Coda who resides in Maryland's hilly countryside with her daughter, Emily, and Coda life partner, Alan. In no particular order; she enjoys stalking her daughter on social media, Big Ten college football, geezer naps with her cats, awkwardly articulating Yiddish, and frying up maple bacon on Saturday mornings. Her talents include lightning fast expressive and receptive sign language skills, navigating her tractor over tree roots, concealing her secret agent identity, and eating copious amounts of cheese whenever she can. 

She began her CODA journey in 2006 with MinneCODA and hasn't looked back since. Cherishing her tribe with her whole being, it's impossible to imagine life without them. In CODAZona, she proudly received her 5 year attendance pin and during the fall of 2016, she was asked and honored to be the keynote speaker for the Region 3 retreat in Indiana. 

If you should have any questions/ideas/concerns/anecdotes, or simply want to volunteer for one CODA's numerous committees, please contact her at

Region 1, Term: 2015-2017 (currently vacant)
Represents US states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Alan Abarbanell
Region 2, Term: 2016-2018

Represents US states & territories: Alabama, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virgin Islands

Alan R. Abarbanell is the youngest of four sons born to Joe and Yetta Abarbanell of Chicago, IL where he spent most of his youth and young adult years.

Alan has interpreted and managed interpreters professionally for 35 years. His first experience with CODA International was attending his first local Coda meeting in Chicago in 1989, when he was immediately placed on the planning committee for the 1991 Chicago Coda Conference. From those first moments, he has been a ‘lifer’. For almost 20 years, under his coda name “Abababa” Alan has toured extensively with his one-man show sharing his tales of growing up coda, released a critically acclaimed DVD of his stories, lectured extensively on his coda experience, sponsored numerous events including a cruise for codas and their families and a camp for adult codas, participated in, and chaired several coda retreats, and hosts a coda themed internet forum where codas are invited to share their own stories.  Needless to say, Alan is passionate about his coda identity, and the community he considers his flammy.

Alan is honored to be the Region II Representative and looks forward to working with this board toward a vision of transparency, longevity and diversity for the organization.

Sue Nace
Region 3, Term: 2015-2017

Represents US states: 
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Hail from OHIO. I am a transplant Coda, originally from Virginia. I've been residing in Ohio for 20 years, where the last 16 years I've been enjoying my Mom status. I have a daughter 16, and a son who is 4. In the chance I have a little down time, I attempt to spend time with dear friends, good food, and the occasional apple cider libations. 

I have decided in all my spare time, to return to college to finish my degree. A dual purpose. I am currently working in the family biz as an interpreter and looking to transition into post-secondary education where it is my hope to be a positive change to future colleagues while demanding a higher standard of quality for our parent's liaisons to the hearing world. Additionally, I am learning techniques to better the non-profit organizations I am affiliated. 

Larry Barnett
Region 4, Term: 2016-2018
Represents US states: 
Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming

Larry was born in 1944 in Austin, Texas the 3rd child, & 3rd son of Hoyett & Mildred Barnett (both graduated Texas School for the Deaf, class of 1928 and 1933).  He grew up across the street from the Texas School for the Deaf and played daily on those school grounds, where 4 generations of his family worked, and retired. Larry has one daughter, Dawn Anna Barnett, born 1976. He attended Baptist University and majored in history, where he learned that history isn’t the recitation of dates & places, but rather the story of people; and that history is written by the “victors” and therefore biased. Still, he finds people are always fascinating.

With the exception of Larry's service in the military, he has worked in a deaf community related capacity since June 3, 1962 and his personal & professional life have been deeply entwined throughout.  On November 26, 1965 Larry was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, and on April 10, 1966 he was Ordained to the Gospel Ministry.

Since then, Larry has retired three times: in 1996 from the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Church as a deaf ministry/deaf church starter, where he was privileged to have worked 19 countries and 34 US states in this capacity; in 2004 he retired from interpreting at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas; and, finally, Larry retired from interpreting at Sorenson Video Relay in 2011. However, he still interprets 40-45 hours a week.  

Larry enjoys maintaining his home, and landscape, traveling, and reading – he owns about 1,500 books! He
 finds himself wonderfully blessed with a rich lifetime of varied experiences with people & places, which are treasured - trials & triumphs. He can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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