Iris A. Easley was born and raised in Austin, TX by deaf parents. She grew up immersed in Deaf culture, including joining clubs and Deaf organizations in which her parents held leading roles. Iris graduated from Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) and attended Gallaudet University and South Texas College for a brief period. She was also secretary for the Austin Deaf Club in the early 1980s.
In 1991, Iris relocated to Mission, TX and worked with McAllen ISD (the regional school for the Deaf). Later she would work for the Valley Association for Independent Living (VAIL) as Regional Specialist for the Rio Grande Valley, covering an area from Laredo to Brownsville. She served on several committees representing disability groups on advocacy, rights, and other issues.
After a fulfilling 30 year career working within the Deaf community, Iris retired in 2017 and relocated to Lubbock in late 2020. She is excited to meet people in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community in the Texas Panhandle area. She has always held a lifelong passion to pursue new opportunities and expand her horizons.