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.
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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!!
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).
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 MemberAtLarge@coda-international.org
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 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.