Vernon Bonse


MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and currently serves as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Coordinator at Independent Living, Inc. Also currently teaches American Sign Language and Deaf Culture in different colleges and other places since 1987. Holds a professional certificate in American Sign Language Teacher Association. Enjoys hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities.

Steve Lovi

Vice President

Susan Snyder


Hails from St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, acquired a business diploma from NTID/RIT and associate degree in Visual Communication & Business Administration from American InterContinental University. An avid bowler who continues to play in leagues. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her 9 grandchildren.

Colette Steves


Grew up in Spring Valley, NY, mainstreamed until sophomore year where I transferred to New York School for the Deaf – Fanwood. Earned Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently works as BOCES substitute teacher and teacher assistant at Westmere Elementary School Saratoga Springs, NY. Has a deep love for travel with family. Longing to dye her hair purple, but doesn’t have any guts to do it!

David Wantuck

Niagara Region Representative

Jerald Creer

Finger Lakes Region Representative

Deb Pardi

Central Regional Representative

Heather Shaffer

Southern Tier Region Representative

Michael Cross

Buffalo Civic Association (BCAD) Representative

Merton Snyder

Southwest Association of the Deaf (SWAD) Representative

Vacant Board Positions

Are you seeing issues within your region and you see that there is a vacant position? Do you want to make a difference? Be the change, join us and support your fellow community members. 

  • North Country Region
  • Down State Region
  • Capital Region
  • Hudson Valley Region 
  • Utica Civic Association of the Deaf

Contact us if you want to join.

Empire State Association of the Deaf