Doug Sampson



Matt Ellis

Vice Chair


Marina Lavelle


Marina Lavelle is an educator with experience teaching K – 12, adult education, and university students since 2004. She was a Literacy Instructor then Director of Instruction at DCS where she received DCS Employee of the Year award for her work. She most recently taught Deaf students from year 8 to 12 at Shenton College in Perth, Western Australia as the only Deaf teacher in the public school system. Marina has also taught American Sign Language at various community colleges and universities in San Diego and Los Angeles since 2005. She enjoys project based work as a freelance web and graphic designer and has been practicing since 2002. Her design work has been recognized nationally, receiving an award for the cover design of a novel published in 2015.

Marina Lavelle has Master of Arts degree in Bilingual Education with an emphasis in American Sign Language and English from University of California San Diego. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Gallaudet University in Graphic Design and acquired Professional Web Design certification at University of California San Diego Extension.

Marina is pursing a hospitality degree on Event Management at Mesa College. In addition, she is preparing to complete a certification in Deaf Interpreting. She resides in North Park with her fiancé and one-year-old son.


Glynda Davis


Glynda Davis is the administrator of campus diversity activities housed in the Vice Chancellor area for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC San Diego. She also serves as executive support for priorities identified and recommended by the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Glynda is the key administrative liaison to the general campus for communication about campus diversity issues as well as supporting and planning diversity related activities.

Glynda served as the Senior Student Development Officer for Engineering Student Services in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering before becoming the administrator for diversity activities. She served as an advisor to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student chapters. Under her leadership the Engineering Student Council/Triton Engineering Student Council and Engineering Student Outreach also developed. She served as an advisor and computer programming instructor for the Department of Freshman Engineering at Purdue University, as adjunct staff to the Minority Engineering Program at Purdue University, Staff Resident in the Purdue University Residence Halls, and was an active student member of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Glynda received her B.S. in Engineering, Biomedical Field of Study, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. She is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; and a former member of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators, American Society for Engineering Education and a founding member of the Concerned Parents Alliance, Inc. of San Diego, CA.


Mala Poe


Mala Poe has an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Deaf Education: Applied Linguistics as well as a Master’s degree in Linguistics, both from Gallaudet University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge in Deaf Studies. Mala has been a member of the deaf community since 1986, and holds national certification in interpreting from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and National Association of the Deaf. She has published some articles and book chapters from work done in linguistics, but put that on hiatus when she moved to San Diego.

Since 2003, Mala has worked as a staff interpreter for the Deaf faculty at the University of California San Diego. She volunteers much of her free time providing services to Deaf and DeafBlind communities; she has been a Support Service Provider (SSP), interpreter, trainer, co-coordinator and team leader for local, regional, national, and international conferences for/with Deaf and DeafBlind people. Locally, she serves as Past-President for San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SDCRID) after four years as President, and is currently SDCRID’s Professional Development Co-Chair. On the state level, she is RID’s Region V Representative for the DeafBlind Member Section. One of her passions is traveling to provide workshops within her region exposing people to the wonderful work of interpreting with DeafBlind people.

When not working, Mala actively seeks ways to raise money for DCS’ Eric Poe Memorial Fund and when possible, tries to get out for a short motorcycle ride.


Alexander Zernovoj, Ed. D.


Dr. Alex Zernovoj holds a doctorate in Teaching & Learning from the University of California at San Diego. He has taught DHH students in residential and mainstream programs since 2003 as well as college-level linguistic and culture courses. He currently is a DHH Department Chair and Teacher in the San Diego Unified School District. Prior to that, he worked as an ASL-English Bilingual Language Arts Teacher/Researcher and then as a ASL/Bilingual Curriculum Specialist at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and the California School for the Deaf at Riverside, respectively. He also publishes numerous writings and gives presentations at numerous professional and research conferences on a range of topics of expertise in bilingual education, deaf education, deaf studies and literacy acquisition.

In addition to K-12 and university teaching, administrative and research experience, Dr. Zernovoj is an active Deaf advocate. He is involved in numerous local and national deaf community and professional organizations, and served on several nonprofit and education boards and committees. Internationally, he gave a presentation at the 15th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Spain on “Deaf experiences and human rights in times of natural disaster.” He organized several charitable events for various organizations, including founding the D.C. Deaf Film Festival and chairing the first three festivals from 2008 to 2010 for the D.C. Association of the Deaf.