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Standing Committee

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Aliza Long
Communication
Coordinator

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Communication Committee

The Communication Committee of TAD aims to raise public awareness of Deaf issues through public policy, education, and activities. It keeps track of relevant legislative matters, informs TAD members and the public about developments, promotes coordination with other organizations, and presents issues to the Board for action. The committee also encourages Texas residents to join TAD, ensures regional information sharing, and submits activity reports to the Vice President.

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Michael Swoboda
Finance 
Chairperson

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Finance Committee

Finance Committee consists of three or more members appointed by the President with the TAD Treasurer serving as Chair. This Committee is responsible for overseeing the organization’s overall fiscal health through a variety of activities, including the fundraising done by the Board of Directors.

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Dana Stoddard
Investment
Chairperson

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Investment Committee

The TAD can receive tax-deductible donations to help support organization activities and encourages responsible fiscal growth both by the organization and among the members.

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Austin Adamson
The Deaf Texan (TDT)
Editor

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The Deaf Texan (TDT)

The Deaf Texan (TDT) is one of the oldest, continuously published newsletters in Texas. The Deaf Texan is published free of charge to TAD members four (4) times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, to keep TAD Members up-to-date with the latest news. 

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Charles Graves
Archives
Chairperson

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Archives Committee

The TAD Archives is a collection of all previous editions and copies of The Deaf Texan, whether in print or video format.  This committee seeks to preserve, catalog and secures the archives as part of the history of the Texas Deaf Community.

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2025 Conference
Chairperson

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2025 Conference Committee

The Texas Association of the Deaf is seeking a Host City and a Chairperson for the 2025 TAD Conference. This will be the 51st Convention of the TAD and will include fun activities, workshops, general meetings, elections, and more.

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Legislation
Chairperson

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Legislation Committee

The Legislation Committee is focuses on issues directly related to Deaf Priorities are established with direct input from the Deaf Community and is collected through town halls, symposiums, and public comment. Currently, TAD has a special committee focused on advocacy and government relations.

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Aaron Kellogg
Youth Ambassador
Chairperson

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Youth Ambassador Program (YAP)

Youth Ambassador Leadership wants to inspire Deaf and Hard of Hearing Texans between ages 14-30 to become empowered and develop leadership skills! This is an exciting opportunity for young Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth to become the future leaders in the Deaf Community.

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David Welker, Jr
Membership
Coordinator

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Membership Committee

Membership Coordinator shall be responsible for sending out renewal forms, welcome letters, and membership cards. Membership Coordinator shall keep an updated database of all members on a secure database software or application.

AdHOC/Special Committee

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Joseph Lara
Webmaster

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Website Committee

The Website Committee of TAD manages and updates the TAD website. They ensure the site is user-friendly, contains current information, and supports TAD's goals. The committee also works on improving the website's design and functionality to better serve members and public.

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Michael Swoboda
Community Development Outreach Liasion

Community Development Outreach
Committee

The Community Development Outreach Committee of TAD works to connect and support the Deaf community. They organize events, provide resources, and foster relationships to strengthen the community. Their goal is to improve the lives of Deaf individuals by promoting awareness and offering support.

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Disaster Relief
Chairperson

Disaster Relief Committee

Disaster Relief Committee offers assistance to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Texan survivors who went through the natural disaster event. This committee is established to offer financial support to  develop a future disaster relief fund for future survivors.

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Crystal Schwartz
Mental Health
Coordinator

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Mental Health Committee

The Mental Health Committee of TAD focuses on supporting the mental well-being of Deaf individuals. They provide information, resources, and programs to raise awareness about mental health issues. Their goal is to ensure Deaf people have access to mental health services and support.

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