Nick Roquemore

Youth and Family Services Coordinator

Nick Roquemore moved to San Diego three years ago and fell in love with America’s finest town. He grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from the Michigan School for the Deaf before heading to Gallaudet University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure and played on Gallaudet’s Soccer team for four years. Nick also recently completed his Masters from California State University East Bay in Recreation and Tourism Management. He loves working with people and making sure everybody around him is smiling. Nick has explored 40 countries and is always eager to absorb new information and experiences. His passion is to provide San Diego’s Deaf youth and their families with the resources they need to achieve their goals. Nick is aiming to empower the Deaf Community, inspiring a sense of pride and accomplishment.

When not working, Nick loves to spend as much time outdoors as he can. His interests include camping, snowboarding, biking, and spending time with his friends and family.


Armando Bravo

Recreation Leader

Armando Bravo came from a very small town in Los Reyes, Mexico. He is Deaf and moved to San Diego when he was about five years old.

He recalls that one morning he saw the sun starting to rise and the sky had clouds that were very intense. He was amazed to see that San Diego was such an astonishing place. There are beautiful buildings and it is such a comfortable place to live. It also has special schools for the deaf. Armando later learned of Deaf Community Services and its resources and services; everything important for supporting him as a deaf child and now as a man. DCS has helped Armando shape his hopes and dreams and he cannot believe that he will be the first generation in his family to go to college.


Marla Marks

Recreation Leader

Marla Marks is a native of Kansas and a mother of an active daughter. Being deaf herself has given her firsthand experience with different educational programs for D/HH students: oral, total communication, mainstream and deaf schools. Moving to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Marla experienced yet another dynamic educational experience as a deaf student.

Her involvement in the San Diego Community thus far is as follows: SDCRID as a Deaf Rep, KodaWest of San Diego as an event planner, Loco Funk Dance troupe member as ASL youth group choreographer; DCS’ Unity Day Entertainment Chair; D/HH Cheerleader Coach at Madison High School; ASL teacher at Torah High School.

She also holds a Fitness Specialist Certification and therefore she incorporates a healthy lifestyle for herself and educates those of all ages. She enjoys being outdoors, camping or hiking, as well as, traveling and riding horses or her off-road ATV.

She worked at Madison High School with deaf and hard of hearing students. She has seen the hardship of building bridges between deaf and hearing students and their families and is looking forward to her Recreation Leader position which will allow for an optimal learning environment for all of the students who participate in the e5 program.


Alwayne Grim

Parents and Families ASL Class Instructor

Alwayne Grim has taught American Sign Language (ASL) levels 1 and 2 over the last 20 years in both San Diego, Vermont and in Swaziland, South Africa. In doing so, she taught parents of deaf children and provided them with resources as needed. She also taught at The Deaf Parenting.

While in Swaziland, South Africa for 27 months, Alwayne was in the Peace Corps and taught Swaziland Sign Language to the parents of deaf children as well.

She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach ASL to the families of deaf children at Deaf Community Services of San Diego. She loves to see the parents using ASL with their children. It is a great way to communicate with them, increases bonding and helps them learn ASL.