Jeffrey S. Bravin has been employed at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT since 2002. He is currently the Executive Director responsible for oversight of the school. He reports directly to the Board of Directors with responsibility for carrying out the vision, mission and goals of ASD.
Prior to assuming this role, Jeff served as the Assistant Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of the school. Prior to that he was the Director of Special Projects which focused on logistics related to the building of ASD’s new State-of-the-Art Educational Facility, the Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center--as well as ASD’s PrintWorks as part of ASD’s Technology Center. This role also included supervising Information Technology Services, Security, Sign Language and Interpreting Services, as well as the Isola Bella Summer Camp. Jeff also assisted in fund development, special events and public relations strategies, including managing alumni relations.
He earned his B.A. Degree in Government from Gallaudet University, M.S. Degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College (formerly known as Western Maryland College), and M.S. Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Queens College.
PaulaMorabito has recently joined ASD's Executive Leadership Team as Director of Education, beginning August 15, 2019.Paulais responsible for the daily administration of all on-campus educational programs while serving as the primary liaison between ASD, Local Education Authorities (LEAs), and other state agencies.
Prior to joining the American School for the Deaf,Paulaworked for over fourteen years in educational leadership as a Director of Student Services in public schools. There, she worked collaboratively with district-wide administrators and staff providing oversight and guidance on several programs, including preschool through transition programs, and a district autism program. Paulapossesses extensive knowledge about IEP facilitation and mediation, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, and State Department of Education regulations.
Paula's previous experience as a Teacher of the Deaf at St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in New York also provides her with a firsthand knowledge about the field of Deaf Education and the unique learning styles of deaf and hard of hearing students.
Paulaearned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Trinity College, her M.A. degree in Deaf Education from Columbia University/Teachers College, and a Sixth-Year degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford.
Liz DeRosa began her career at ASD in the Institutional Advancement Department in 2014, during which time she has served as Development Associate, Assistant Director, Director of Foundations, Communications & Special Projects, before moving into her current position as Director.
The Institutional Advancement Department is responsible for all ASD fundraising activities (including grants, unrestricted giving, and planned gifts); internal and external communications, community engagement, and special events. Liz’s representation of the department on the Executive Leadership Team ensures alignment between the department’s goals, ASD’s mission, and school-wide communications.
Prior to joining the ASD family, Liz worked in the elder services industry. As Business Director at a home health care agency in Massachusetts, she was responsible for all business functions and client services. Prior to that position, she served as Community Development Program Director for a state and federally funded Area Agency on Aging where she oversaw the Title III federal grant program and executed internal and external quality assurance. Liz’s most significant role, of which she is the most proud, is as Mom to her and her husband Mike’s beautiful daughter, Grayce.
Since 2016, Liz has served on the Board of Directors for Hear Here Hartford, a chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, where she and her fellow Directors strive to empower pre-teens, teens, and young adults with hearing loss.
Liz graduated Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Regis College.
Kristin Feldman started her career at ASD in 2005 as a Teacher’s Aide, then moved on to become a Residential Counselor. She was promoted to Crisis Intervention Specialist and has been in her role as Director of Student Affairs since 2016. She oversees the management of residential services for the Core and PACES programs, supervises more than 60 residential counselors, and manages the Transportation and Athletics Departments. Kristin also oversees Camp Isola Bella, a camp designed for deaf and hard of hearing children, which she herself attended as a young child and then later as a Camp Counselor. It was her love of the camp that eventually led to her desire to work at ASD.
Kristin grew up in Massachusetts and attended The Learning Center School for the Deaf. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Child Development, and a minor in Psychology. Kristin was also member of the Deaf Olympics Basketball team where she travelled around the world and won several gold medals.
Kristin is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Jennifer Pizzoferrato has been an employee at ASD for almost twenty years. She has worked in ASD’s Business Office for the past eight years as Assistant Controller and then Controller, before moving into her current position this past summer.
Jennifer is responsible for all fiscal operations of the school, with an emphasis on the annual budget process. She oversees all organizational audits and manages all state bonding funds for capital projects. She oversees all aspects of facilities management, including Camp Isola Bella.
In addition to her fiscal responsibilities, Jennifer also leads the Information Technology Department and has provided guidance and resources to further the school’s mission regarding enhanced technology. She is the staff liaison to committees of the Board of Directors.
Patricia came to the American School for the Deaf in 2013. She is responsible for the hiring and support of all employees organization-wide. Her responsibilities include biennial negotiations with the school’s two collective bargaining units. Additionally, she is charged with developing and implementing staffing models to meet state and federal regulations that are both cost effective and flexible. She staffs the ASDs Labor Management Committee, as well as the Board's Human Resources Ad Hoc Committee. Patricia is responsible for researching and selecting the employee health benefits contract and represents ASD at Human Resources-related hearings and investigations.
Prior to her employment at the American School for the Deaf, Patricia was the Director of Human Resources at the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York. She received her BBA Degree from the Iona College Hagan School of Business and has taken graduate courses at Cornell University’s College of Industrial and Labor Relations.
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