Steve Lovi


Steve has been a member for ESAD for over 15 years. He values in n preserving our Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind communities in New York State. His envision within ESAD is to play a leading role in the creation of a statewide Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind that has a positive effect on systems change advocacy and service delivery.

Heather Shaffer

Vice President

David Wantuck


Born and raised in Buffalo, New York- values the need of change for all of the Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing community members in New York State to have equal access! Together, we build bridges, together we make our state a better place!

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!

Jerald Creer

Finger Lakes Region Representative

Deb Pardi

Central Regional Representative

Michael Cross

Buffalo Civic Association (BCAD) Representative

Is the current President of Buffalo Civic Association of the Deaf. He has been a member of ESAD since the early 2000's, and shows a big passionto fight for the rights for Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing people.

Susan Snyder

Southwest Association of the Deaf (SWAD) Representative

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.

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
  • Southern Tier Region
  • Down State Region
  • Capital Region
  • Hudson Valley Region 
  • Niagara Region
  • Utica Civic Association of the Deaf

Contact us if you want to join.

Empire State Association of the Deaf