Executive Leadership Team
Jeffrey S. Bravin
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.
Director of Education
Jennifer came to ASD in 2014 as Principal of the Pre-K-8th Grade. She assumed the Birth-to-Three Program in 2015. Jennifer’s responsibilities include overseeing all educational components of the Core and PACES programs, Parent and Family Education Services, research collaboration, TEAM/District Facilitator, Outreach Audiology, Independent Evaluations, Vocational/Transitional Programs, Summer Programs, Communication and Audiology, and ASD’s Early Childhood Education, including ASD’s Birth-to-Three Program.
Prior to joining ASD, Jennifer was Director of Special Education in Westchester, New York. She was also a Teacher of the Deaf for 12 years in a public school and was the Department Chairperson for Speech and Hearing Services for five years.
Jennifer holds a MA degree in English Education from UConn. She also received an M. ED degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College, an MS degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study) in Special Education from Fairfield University.
Director of Student Affairs
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.
Director of Finance and Operations
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 committes of the Board of Directors.
Director of Human Resources
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.
Director of the PACES Residential Treatment Program,
Coordinator of Psychological, Counseling and Evaluation Services
Karen came to ASD in 1998 after working in the community-based mental health field for many years. She works closely with the Director of Education in the Admissions process and oversees the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) program, Occupational/Physical Therapy, and Clinical/Counseling Services for the school.
From 1981-1983, Karen was a staff interpreter for a mainstreamed program in Bridgeport, CT, managed by Cooperative Education Services. She was the first staff person employed by a community services block grant initiative which led to the establishment of the Community Services for the Deaf and Their Families program at Family Services-Woodfield in Bridgeport, CT (1983). In 1987, Karen was hired by the Mental Health Association of CT to establish the first group home for deaf persons with persistent mental illness in the State. In 1998, Karen came to ASD as a School Counselor, eventually becoming the Director of Psychological, Counseling and Evaluation Services and the PACES Residential Treatment Program.
Karen received her MA degree in Counseling from Fairfield University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).