CODA Regions

CODA International Board Members

Our board is made up of 7 regional representatives and 2 Member-at-Large positions.

You may email Board members by selecting your region below. Elections for in-coming Board members takes place online, prior to the annual conference and transitions occur at the close of conference.

Executive Officers

President

Adrian Bailey, Term: 2020-2022

I am very proud to lead this organisation as President. Having been a Director of CODA UK and Ireland, and then elected to represent Region 6, it is an honour to now lead CODA International into its next chapter.

As President, it is my goal to ensure that CODA International remains relevant to the modern world, while adhering to the mission of ‘Connecting Codas Around the World’. In a world where people are increasingly aware of their various, shifting identities, and with established norms increasingly coming under question, our work becomes more important than ever. I look forward to sharing in this work with each of our members.

Vice President

Lily Pacheco, Term: 2020-2021

Lily Pacheco is a Native New Yorker, Pace University Alumni, holding a B.A. in Business Administration, RID Certified Interpreter, and successful business owner. She is the Founder and CEO of Natural Languages, a woman and minority-owned premiere ASL and Spoken language interpreting firm in the United States.
She is currently serving as CODA International’s Vice President & Region I Director serving in the historically first diverse board. Lily is heavily involved in both the Outreach and the Volunteer Committees.
Treasurer

Abby Long, Term: 2019-2021

My name is Abby Long, region 3 representative and Treasurer. I have been a Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 21 years. I’ve lived in Chicago for 22 years. I’ve been involved with CODA in Illinois for about 10 years. I have really enjoyed working and meeting so many of our fabulous Codas and I look forward to continuing my involvement with the CODA Board over the next few years.

Secretary

Cedar Jones, Term: 2020-2021

Cedar Jones has professionally worn many hats as a teacher, interpreter, interpreter coordinator, business owner, speaker, presenter, travel guru, and Ambassador at Wonder Women Tech.

She has served CODA International in multiple ways: hosting a regional retreat, facilitating transportation in the “Coda van” for multiple conferences, and has coordinated local, regional, and international coda events. She has worked with Outreach by creating a presentation for CODA.

As secretary, she take minutes, sends out notices, reminders, and agendas to members to attend the Board monthly meetings. She has worked with the Board in implementing office hours, to engage with membership. Currently she has been instrumental working with the web team to launch the new website by using her knowledge in UI/UX design to assist in making the website user-friendly.

She has a love for Disney, and has visited all of the Disney Parks in the world. Both of her parents are deaf and she has a deaf sibling.

Board of Directors

Region 1
Lily Pacheco, Term: 2019-2023

Represents US states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Lily Pacheco is currently serving as CODA International’s Vice President & Region I Director serving in the historically first diverse board. Lily is heavily involved in both the Outreach and the Volunteer Committees.
 
Lily’s first CODA conference was in Barcelona, Spain in 2008, she has since attended CODA conferences in London, Chicago, Austin, Providence, and Tempe. Lily is thrilled to be a part of the most progressive and transitional board in CODA’s 36-year history and extremely grateful for this opportunity, she looks forward to sharing the next two years with Codas all over the world. 
Region 2
Jill Sheffield, Term: 2020-2022

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

A member of CODA since 1994, Jill Sheffield is a nationally certified interpreter (NAD V CI and CT) with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Jill has been involved with SECODA since it’s inception – over 28 years ago and has a passion for the mission of CODA and the future of our organization. She is currently serving on the Executive Board of SECODA as president since 2018.

Region 3
Abby Long, Treasurer; Term: 2019-2023

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

My name is Abby Long, region 3 representative and Treasurer. I have been a Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 21 years. I’ve lived in Chicago for 22 years. I’ve been involved with CODA in Illinois for about 10 years. I have really enjoyed working and meeting so many of our fabulous Codas and I look forward to continuing my involvement with the CODA Board over the next few years.

Region 4
Janie Powell, Term: 2020-2022

Represents US states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming

I am a coda. I live in Louisiana. I am the Region 4 representative.

Region 5
Stella Butora, Term: 2017-2019

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

I am a coda. I live in Arizona. I am the Region 5 representative.

Region 6
Adrian Bailey, Term: 2020-2022

Represents Northern Hemisphere, excluding United States & US Territories

I am very proud to lead this organisation as President and elected to represent Region 6. It is an honour to now lead CODA International into its next chapter.

I graduated with honours (BSc. Deaf Studies) from the University of Bristol in 2007. My dissertation research was entitled ‘Two cultures, one person’ and it marked a significant development of my understanding of what ‘Coda’ could be. The following years have broadened and deepened my understanding and it is becoming clearer that our Coda heritage, our lived experience and our places in the societies that we live in are unique, a source of great pride, and yet profoundly misunderstood.

It is my goal to ensure that CODA International remains relevant to the modern world, while adhering to the mission of ‘Connecting Codas Around the World’. I look forward to sharing in this work with each of our members.

Region 7
Tshepiso Betty Aina, Term: 2017-2021

Represents the Southern Hemisphere

Tshepiso Betty Aina, currently based in Upper Marlboro, USA. Region 7 Representative since 2017 to date, served as a Vice President 2019-2020 term. First conference attended in 2016, Austin Texas. Previous and Current Board liaison roles, Conference Planner Committee, Outreach Committee and 25th Anniversary Mother Father Deaf Day Committee.

In her home country South Africa, she founded tmfsa.org, this was inspired by the work of her late uncle who founded an organisation working with the Deaf Communities of South Africa and other African countries. She is a professional Sign Language Interpreter.

Member-at-Large
Trudy Schafer, Term: 2020-2022

Represents Represents general membership without restriction to regions.

Trudy is an OCoda originally from Chicago who has lived in Boston since the early 90s.  Married to Coda, Bob Hoffmeister, she has 4 children one of whom is Deaf and 4 granddaughters, one of whom is a koda.  She has a long history of board participation with many organizations including CODA International where she served as president for 2 terms (1997-2001).

She’s a certified interpreter and interpreter educator.  She had a dual career in state and local government for 12 years while interpreting.  She holds graduate degrees in public administration and interpreter education.  As a member of CODA International for over 30 years, she looks forward to serving the membership as Member at Large.

Member-at-Large
Cedar Jones, Secretary, Term: 2019-2021 

Represents Represents general membership without restriction to regions.

Cedar’s coda journey began with taking a leap of faith, when she sent a check to complete strangers to attend a conference, and found her tribe. Her leap of faith paid off.

After drinking the Coda Kool-Aid in Fremont, CA in 2010, she has been hooked ever since. You know, “that feeling,” which many of you are familiar with, which is hard to describe. (That!) Her goal is to let codas know they are not alone, and give them the opportunity to sample the Kool-Aid and meet their “flammy.” She has done so by actively recruiting codas domestically and internationally, and has raised thousands of dollars to sponsor codas to attend international conferences and regional retreats. She has met with Coda-led groups around the world and has worked to support them in planning events.

Cedar loves traveling, and has been to every continent, except Antarctica. However, she has “citzenship” there. She has completed the LA Marathon twice, and she also makes a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Past Presidents

2020-Present
Adrian Bailey

2020
Jenny Lambrecht-Blake (Interim)

2019-2020
Mateo Ruiz-Williams

2017-2018
Ray Williams

2016 – 2017
Dr. Jennifer Scarboro Hensley

2015 – 2016
Summer Chappell

2013 – 2015
Billy Collins

2009 – 2013
Allyne Betancourt

2007-2009
Carmel Batson

2003 – 2007
David Eklof

2002 – 2003
Darlene Geyer

2001 – 2002
David Eklof

1997 – 2001
Trudy Schafer

1993 – 1997
Elliot Aheroni

1991 – 1993
Alan Marcus

1983 – 1990 (until first Election)
Millie Brother

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