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The PSD Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Beth Benedict, Dr. Elizabeth Moore, and Mr. Dean Solis joined the Board in June 2018.

Dr. Beth Benedict is currently an Executive Director of Admissions and Outreach at Gallaudet University. She earned her doctorate degree, Education specializing in Early Intervention, from Gallaudet University. Prior to her current position, she was the professor of Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University and also was the coordinator of Gallaudet's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. Beth also published numerous articles and is widely sought after lecturer on diverse topics including early intervention, early language acquisition, and family involvement. She was the chair of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing and is the president of the Council on Education of the Deaf. She also received a numerous of awards including the prestigious Anotonia Brancia Mazon Award for EHDI Excellence at one of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention conferences.

Dr. Elizabeth Moore is MSW Program Director and Associate Professor at Gallaudet University Department of Social Work. Elizabeth is recently elected asa Chair of Department of Social Work, starting August 2018. She graduated from PSD in 1977. She earned a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration in 2011. Elizabeth has been involved in numerous advocacy and professional social work organizations since 1981 in different capacities. She was also a founder of Philadelphia Black Deaf Advocates. She is recently reappointed by National Black Deaf Advocates to lead the NBDA Senior Citizens Program. She also published several articles and has lectured on issues concerning Black Deaf Persons and their Families.

Mr. Dean Solis is an Audit Manager in the Not-for-Profit Services and Subsidized Housing Groups of EisnerAmper LLP, with over 11 years of experience in public accounting profession. Dean works with a variety of not-for-profits such as elementary and higher educational institutions, social service organizations, professional associations, business incubators, and biotechnology organizations, as well as several subsidized housing and real estate entities. In his work at EisnerAmper, Dean is responsible for overseeing the entire audit process from planning through the issuance of the financial statements and manages the day-to-day activities during the audit.

Peggy Steele, the newly elected Chair of the Board, stated, “We are very pleased to add such distinguished and talented members to our Board! We look forward to working with them.”

On behalf of the entire PSD community, the Board extends a warm welcome to Dr. Benedict, Dr. Moore and Mr. Solis.

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