arrows forming a circle points to phrases- “Empowering People”, “Breaking Bariers”, and “Thriving Community”

Our Vision

The Center of a thriving community

Our Core Values

  • Support our community

  • Respect the rights, differences, diversity, and dignity of individuals

  • Provide a gathering place for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Act with openness, accountability, and honesty

  • Committed to excellence

  • Foster and nurture partnerships in Atlanta and across Georgia

Jimmy Peterson, Executive Director

Jimmy Peterson, Executive Director

"Life is Good."

Jennifer Frew, EDP Assistant

Jennifer Frew

"In all things do it in Love."

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Ericka Lipscomb

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said and what you did, people will NEVER forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

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Nat Skinner 

"Without community, there is no liberation."   - Audre Lorde

Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis

"Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose." - Leonardo da Vinci

Lara Garfinkel, Office Clerk

Lara Garfinkel

"Sign Language is the noblest gift God has given to Deaf people." - George Veditz

Deana Gasbaroo, Bookkeeper

Deana Gasbarro

"Honestly, Respect, and Friendship work both ways."

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In Loving Memory of 

Angelo Butler-Ricks

1982 - 2021

"Be proud of who you are, look at all you've overcome to get here."


Our Board

Cheryl Shaver, President 

Bryce Raynor, Vice President 

Jonathan DiMarco, Secretary 

Janet Myers, Treasurer 

Brian Antonelli 

Brian Leffler 

LaShunda Long 

Anne McQuade 

Stayce Michelle 

Arabella Okwara

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

For any comments or concerns, you may contact the board at

Form 990 by year