Dr. Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith Chair of the Department of Counseling, Gallaudet University. I'm a native of Washington, DC, and have been a faculty member in the Department of Counseling since fall 2006. Prior to that I was a mental health counselor at Gallaudet University's Mental Health Center (now Counseling and Psychological Services) and also had a private practice.  I hold a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Counselor Education & Supervision, and earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University. I have a graduate certificate (30 hours) in Clinical Supervision from Capella University. When not working, you can find me biking, knitting, or drawing.  I donate my time and craft work at several local charitable organizations, including Siamese cat rescue.



Gerardo Castillo, CI/CT

Gerardo is a certified interpreter whose working languages include American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and English. He is located in Washington, DC, and is the owner of an interpreting agency that serves El Paso, Texas. His specialization includes working with Deaf communities and sign language interpreters across all of Latin America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, and Panama. His work with DCYIA began in 2006 at the Encuentro in Rancho Viejo. His most recent project includes establishing an intensive training for interpreters in La Antigua, Guatemala.


Mtro. Alvaro Córdova Mendoza

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Alvaro Córdova ha trabajado con DCYIA desde el año 2006 como intérprete de LSM y como formador de intérpretes en los campamentos de de Guatemala y San Luis Potosí. Fue el Coordinador Nacional de Intérpretes del Comité Promotor Nacional de la Pastoral de Sordos en México. Ha trabajado en el ámbito educativo para Sordos como educador y como intérprete. Actualmente es Maestro Formador en la Universidad de Sonora.


Álvaro Córdova has worked with DCYIA since 2006 as an LSM interpreter and as an interpreter educator at the youth camps in Guatemala and San Luís Potosí. He was the national interpreter coordinator for the Comité Promotor Nacional de la Pastoral de Sordos in Mexico. He has worked in the educational setting as an educator and interpreter for the Deaf. Currently, he is a Professional Instructor at the University of Sonora.


Maryann Barth, MA, NCC, RTC

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Maryann has been working with DCYIA since 2001 as a Board Member and Leader at the Encuentros. She is a Deaf professional educator, administrator and counselor. Educator Experience includes: high school teacher, literacy coordinator, curriculum design, assessment design and implementation, program design in k-12, degree design in college and university settings; ASL, Deaf Studies, and Interpreter Training Instructor at college and university settings, workshop and training presenter and certified counselor and ASL teacher/instructor/designer for various curricula and programs for more than 25 years.


Rafael Treviño, M.A.; NIC Advanced, BEI Trilingual Master, Florida Certified Court Interpreter

Rafael is an interpreter and translator whose working languages are American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and English. His involvement with DCYIA began in 2015 at the Encuentro in San Luís Potosí. He has collaborated on research on the challenges faced by trilingual (ASL-Spanish-English) interpreters in video relay service settings. He has also helped lead projects on the identification of the skills and competencies of trilingual interpreters and on the development of curricula for trilingual interpreters. He is currently a staff interpreter at Gallaudet Interpreting Service, and is certified as an ASL-English, ASL-Spanish-English, and Spanish-English interpreter.


Father Joseph A. Mulcrone

Fr. Mulcrone currently serves as the Director of the Catholic Office of the Deaf, a Department of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and has spent his life advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Fr. Mulcrone has had and continues to have a profound influence on the services for children with disabilities who have suffered sexual abuse. The Pilsen Wellness Center remarked that Fr. Mulcrone is “a fine and unpretentious man of great integrity”


Dr. Ian Robertson


Dr. Ian Robertson was born in Liverpool, England, grew up in Wales and Scotland. He worked within Deaf community in North West of England as a pastoral worker. He was involved with ICF (International Catholic Foundation) for over 14 years. Co-founder of MA degree in Pastoral Ministries with the Deaf at St. Thomas University, Miami. Has doctoral degree in Theology and Ministry with a concentration in Deaf Ministry. Is very happily married in South Florida and has two teenage sons. Ian has a great intelligence and charisma to work with Deaf Communities.



Laureen Lynch-Ryan,M.S.W


Laureen Lynch-Ryan is employed as a coordinator of the Office of Deaf Ministry under Department of Special Needs Ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington (Washington DC/Maryland) since 2009. She also currently serves as a Board member of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf. Laureen graduated from Gallaudet University with a Master in Social Work. She works for Gallaudet University Social Work Department part-time to work with students in their internship placements. She obtained a Certificate in Catechesis from University of Dayton (Virtual Learning Community in Faith Formation) in 2014.


Dr. Consuelo Manero Soto

Consuelo "Chelo" Manero has a degree in Psychology from Anahuac University and a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University. She earned her PhD in Education from CIPAE, graduated summa cum laude. Chelo has worked for 20 years with people with disabilities in Mexico and the United States. In the early 1990s, she worked with the team in Chicago, Illinois, that developed “Hearing Loss Link,” a center for providing services to late deafened people. In addition to her work as a clinician, educator and Director of School of Psychology of the Marist University, Chelo has used her knowledge of American and Mexican Sign Language as an interpreter since 1992. Her enthusiasm and passion for the Deaf world, is very important to help transform life stories of Deaf Youth.