Meet Family Leaders

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes and with very diverse passions, interests and skills. Click on the photos below to read or listen to stories of family leaders from across the country.

Leadership Within Their Family

These family leaders have used their leadership skills to make a difference within their own family. This may be within their community, local school district or anywhere else their family is connected to.

Patti McGowan
Pennsylvania 

Jessie Mines
Indiana

Laurie Monaco
Michigan

Leadership to Support Other Families

These family leaders have used their leadership skills to support other families who are experiencing challenges or events that are similar to what their family has gone through. This might include activities such as one-on-one mentoring to another parent or family or starting or facilitating a support group.

Julie McGuire
Nebraska

Clara Berg
New York

Roxann Davis
Michigan

Leadership Within Systems

These family leaders have used their leadership skills to help organizations, service systems, or policy makers to improve services to better meet the needs of individuals who are deaf-blind and their families. This might include activities such as serving on an advisory board or council, focus group, or sharing their family story with legislators or other decision makers.

Jamey and Amy McVicker
Missouri

Maria McCarrick
Illinois

Gay Corey
Michigan