GaCDHH Members


Parent of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child:

Kelly Jenkins


Kelly Jenkins currently serves as the Chairperson of the Commission. She is the parent of a child with hearing loss, has hearing loss herself and is the co-founder of Let Georgia Hear, a parent-led organization which advocates for better hearing health for deaf and hard of hearing children in Georgia. She also serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Speech School. Mrs. Jenkins received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Davidson College and her Master of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Email: [email protected]


Otolaryngologist and Audiologist:




DHH Adult-ASL: 
Jimmy Peterson

Jimmy Peterson has been the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2014. He has received several awards, including the National Association of the Deaf Golden Hand and the Hamilton Relay Deaf Community Leader Award. Mr. Peterson graduated from Jacksonville (AL) State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Political Science. He comes from an all-Deaf family spanning more than three generations. 




DHH Adult-English: 
Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark, a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant teacher in Georgia obtained both her bachelor’s and Master’s in Deaf Education, Elementary Education and Early Intervention in Deaf Education at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO.  For the past 20 years, she has worked with deaf and hard of hearing children ranging from 3 weeks to high school age in private and public schools, as well as GA PINES.  Jennifer was involved with Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children’s curriculum team which developed The Language Adventure Curriculum (LAC), now used in educational settings nationwide. She obtained additional certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS).  Jennifer was also a participant on Georgia’s statewide legislative team charged with developing HB844 Language to Literacy, now Act 462.




DHH Adult-English and ASL: 
Ellen Rolader

Ellen currently works as an Early Intervention Specialist and is the Lead Deaf Mentor for Georgia Parent Infant Network of Educational Services (PINES). She serves on the Board of Georgia Hands & Voices. She is an active member of various organizations related to the deaf and hard of hearing. Ellen also is trained as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor for Georgia Deaf/Hard of Hearing people. She received her master’s degree from Gallaudet University in Deaf Education and a bachelor’s degree from University of Georgia in Early Childhood Education.



Deaf-Blind Adult: 




Parent of DHH Child-ASL: 
Deshonda Washington

Deshonda Washington is the executive director of Georgia Hands & Voices and program director of the Advocacy Support & Training (ASTra) Program. Washington is passionate about supporting deaf and hard of hearing families throughout Georgia. Having a child with hearing loss has prepared Mrs. Washington for a lifelong journey of advocacy. Her goal is to empower parents and ensure deaf and hard of hearing children, including those with additional exceptionalities, reach their highest potential.


Private Provider of Services for DHH:





Person Involved w/Programs for DHH: 
Dr. Amy Lederberg

Amy Lederberg is a Professor Emerita at Georgia State University. She has published extensively on language, literacy and social outcomes of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and how to improve those outcomes.  As director of the federally funded Center on Literacy and Deafness, she led teams of researchers and teachers in the development of two novel interventions that improve language and literacy outcomes of DHH children. These evidence-based curricula are being widely used by teachers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Dr. Lederberg has a progressive hearing loss that has resulted in a severe-profound loss as an adult.


Late Deafened (after 18 years old):



At Large: 



At Large: 



Current Commissioner Position Appointee
Jimmy Peterson DHH Adult - ASL Governor
Jennifer Clark DHH Adult - English Governor
Ellen Rolader DHH Adult - English and ASL Governor
Vacant Deaf-Blind Adult Governor
Vacant Late deafened (after 18 years old) Governor
Kelly Jenkins* Parent of DHH Child - English Governor
Deshonda Washington Parent of DHH Child - ASL Governor
Vacant Otolaryngologist or Audiologist Governor
Vacant Private Provider of Services for DHH Governor
Dr. Amy Lederberg Person involved w/Programs for DHH Governor
Vacant At Large Senate Committee on Assignments
Vacant At Large Speaker of the House
  *Current Chairperson GCDHH votes