Library Advisory Board
The Library Advisory Board provides input on initiatives that further advance the mission and goals of the Deaf Culture Digital Library.
The Maryland DCDL Advisory Board consists of 8 members who are residents of Maryland. Members include:
- A representative of the county library system;
- the State Librarian, Maryland State Library Agency (MSL) or designate;
- the Director of the Governor’s Office on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) or designate;
- Representatives of Statewide deaf and hard of hearing organizations (i.e. MDAD); and
- three (3) members of the public at large representing other organizations as agreed on by the ODHH and MSL.
Sonya continues to take advantage of opportunities to grow and to develop advanced leadership skills. Sonya is passionate about helping others to ensure that they are able to develop self-confidence, gain motivation to pursue their dreams, overcome barriers, and reject any boundaries or limits. Sonya is driven by deep faith and her spirituality.
Amy Crumrine has been deaf since the age of 10 months. She is a lifelong resident of Maryland where she grew up in Silver Spring and is now residing in Germantown. She has many hats and is involved in various organizations across the nation. Her biggest accomplishment is establishing CueSign, Inc.; this is an organization that believes all deaf children should have visual access to language. In her real life, she is an ASL teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools and is an ASL curriculum coordinator for the North Carolina Virtual School system. She is a wife to her high school sweetheart, Roy, and a mom to her two hearing adult children, Rosemary and Paul.
Howard County Library System
Allison Jessing is the Head of Adult Curriculum at Howard County Library System. Prior to joining HCLS in 2015, she worked at both the National Archives Museum and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC as an interpretive educator. Allison holds a MFA from Boston University and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she now resides in Ellicott City, MD.
Maryland State Library
Brandt Van Unen
Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library
Brandt Van Unen is the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library’s new Coordinator. He has previously worked as an academic librarian for Austin Community College District and Alamo Colleges District in Texas. He has a dual bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from Texas State University, a master’s degree in Information Studies from University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in History from Sam Houston State University. His love of puns may make anyone want to book it but his passion for serving the Deaf community is easy to check out with many happy returns.