Deaf Awareness Week Panel (past)
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Jacob Leffler currently works for the Federal Government and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He is originally from Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University - BA in Government and Masters in Public Administration. He was involved with different organizations - Empire State Association of the Deaf, Maryland Association of the Deaf, Baltimore City Association of the Deaf, and Deaf in Government in various capacities. He is currently serving on the National Association of the Deaf Board as the Region 1 Representative and on St. Mary's School for the Deaf Board of Trustees. He was involved with Jr. NAD when he was a student at St. Mary's School for the Deaf. Jacob also enjoys cruising and traveling around the world.
Maegan Shanks is Faculty and Program Assistant for the MA Program in International Development at
Gallaudet University, training students in project design and implementation for social change. Maegan is also a PhD student in the School of International Service at American University, exploring transnational education policy making and implementation angled around disability and development, language justice and intersectionality within the International Relations and International Development field.
Alex Dailey is a graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf, Class of 2008. After high school he dabbled in a few different vocations, including construction and home remodeling, landscaping and building maintenance, as well as warehousing for Fedex. In 2014 he applied for a position as a Temporary Carrier, or CCA, for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and was offered the job. After less than 18 months with the company he was offered a promotion to become a Permanent Career Carrier, a position which he still holds to this day. January of 2022 will mark his 7th year as a Mail Carrier with USPS. He and his fiancé, Kathryn, recently bought their first home and are spending all of their free time on wedding planning and home renovations, along with taking care of their crazy cat, Craig, and their beloved but goofball labradoodle, Riley. Alex is proud to work for USPS because it is a job that comes with great benefits and allows him to provide for himself and his family’s future.