CueSign Board Members
Amy Crumrine, a native cuer and President of CueSign, Inc. obtained her B.S. degree in Social Work and M.S. in Deaf Edcuation from Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition she received her M.A. degree in School Counseling from Gallaudet University.
Amy is currently an itinerant high school teacher for the deaf and an ASL teacher for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Her passions lie in providing quality education and support to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing youth and their allies.
As a deaf cuer and signer and as an educator, it has become increasingly clear that deaf children would benefit from the use of both cueing and signing in the school systems and at home. Amy believes that both cued American English and American Sign Language is and should be an option for deaf children nationwide.
Amy currently resides in Germantown, Maryland with her husband, Roy and their two teenagers, Rosemary and Paul.
Angela Kuhn is the principal of the PK-8 program at the Illinois School for the Deaf. She is currently in her 11th year as a principal at the school and her 19th year in the field of deaf education. Mrs. Kuhn has also worked as an Early Intervention Developmental Therapist for families of deaf children, a high school reading and health teacher, and as an educator for deaf students in a mainstream setting. In addition, Mrs. Kuhn serves as the director of ISD’s annual week-long Institute for Parents of Preschool Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
She graduated from MacMurray College with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education in 1998. She then earned her Master’s degree from Lewis University in Educational Administration in 2005. Mrs. Kuhn has consistently supported ISD’s movement to incorporate Cued American English into its bilingual program for deaf students from across the state of Illinois over the past seven years. She believes that the use of both ASL and Cued Speech in bilingual programs for deaf/hard of hearing students provides those students with complete visual access to acquire both languages naturally. In addition, the use of ASL and Cued Speech helps promote the separation of the two languages, as prescribed in bilingual educational programming.
Angela KuhnVice President
Megan Thomas grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. She first went to Kendall Demonstration Elementary School for their early intervention program using ASL. Her parents learned about Cued Speech and met Dr. Orin Cornett at Gallaudet University, who told them that she would be able to learn how to cue. Megan started cueing very soon thereafter. She was mainstreamed from grades K-12 in FCPS. She used ASL more in middle and high school to communicate with deaf peers. After graduating high school, Megan realized she wanted to be involved with the deaf community and to be part of the deaf culture, so she attended Gallaudet University. She graduated in 2005 with a BA in Social Work and received Magna cum laude honors.
Immediately upon graduating, she attended Marymount University and completed her MA degree in Forensic Psychology, graduating in 2006. She went back to Gallaudet several years later, and graduated with her MSW in 2012. Megan has worked for almost a decade in both non profit organizations and government agencies providing human services/community services as well as therapy to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community both in the Washington DC area and the Denver metropolitan area, where she currently resides. Megan believes both ASL and Cued Speech can work together to provide a solid foundation for a bilingual environment for the child both at school and at home. She is very proud of what opportunities Cued Speech and ASL have given her. Megan views herself as Deaf, and is very involved in the Deaf community. She also believes that in having both Deaf and Hearing people working together, future generations of Deaf children can have communication in both English and ASL. She has two sons, who are Hearing and bilingual due to the fact that ASL is their first and most natural language. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and Netflix marathons.
Dr. Daniel Koo is the Treasurer for Cue Sign Inc. He works as a Professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University whose research interests lie in cognitive psychology and neurolinguistics. Deaf since birth, he began cueing when he was 9 and signing when he was 11.
Now father to twin boys, Aspen and Logan, and husband to Sherry Bradley-Koo, he is actively involved in the deaf community and the boys’ sports activities. He also serves on the boards of Deaf Calvary Church and Hands and Voices.
Matt C. Salerno, B.S. works as a professional, freelance American Sign Language/English interpreter. While a student at NTID in Rochester, NY he was first exposed to cued language, and ever since has seen it as the perfect tool for accessing and acquiring spoken English. Both his private practice as an interpreter and his perspective on the education of deaf children have expanded to include Cued American English.
As a progressive linguist, Matt sees the value in educating people in a signed language while also providing direct access to a majority language via cue. He hopes to see the rise of bilingualism in deaf individuals through the use of a natural language and communication system.
Matt SalernoLinguist & Sign Language Interpreter
Lauren Tribby Pruett
Lauren wants to live in a world where communication is seamless, where free time and work time are loving siblings who always get along, and where chocolate, cheese and wine are diet foods.
As a cued language transliterator and transliterator trainer with more than 28 years of experience and 15-year owner and president of Language Matters, sheʼs worked with school systems, community colleges, universities, private businesses, government agencies (and others) providing guidance, training and personnel in support of their accessibility programs. As a consultant, she has served numerous committees for state agencies creating interpreter/transliterator guidelines. She is a long-time member of RID and CIT, a nationally certified cued language transliterator and currently sits on the interpreter/transliterator licensing board in North Carolina.
Laurenʼs work with CueSign Inc. assists in creating a space that ensures clear pathways to cultural and language literacy for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Lauren Tribby PruettCued Language Transliterator & Trainer
It was not until several years after being a student at RIT student that I discovered my identity as a Deaf CueSigner. It means that I’m a native cuer who is also an ASL user. My world became so much bigger when I first became involved with the deaf community as both a cuer and signer. I believe in CueSign, Inc as the bridge between both worlds towards becoming one unified world that gives full and unlimited access to the Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Plus, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDPDDHH).
Nicole graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with three degrees: B.S. Psychology, M.S. Human Resource Development, and M.B.A. in Technology Management and Management Information Systems. She is the alumni advisor for Tiger Cues, RIT’s cued speech club and now serving on the CueSign, Inc. Board of Directors as Camp Director.
Nicole DuganCamp Director
Elena Fernsler is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools system. She grew up in a cueing household and learned American Sign Language in highschool and college. As a teacher, she currently uses American Sign Language in the classroom and code switches as needed.
She is eager to be a part of CueSign, Incorporated and actively involved in the conversations regarding bilingualism, multiple modalities and language access. She actively recognizes the importance and beauty of American Sign Language as a complete language. She also has witnessed how the use of cued languages can positively affect a child’s access to traditionally spoken languages and communications at home. She is eager to participate in continued conversations and research regarding the application of both modalities in the home and school environments.
Elena FernslerFundraising Chair
Jennifer L. Cranston has two decades of experience working within the field of Deaf Education, which includes teaching English to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in both a public school environment for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and in a residential school setting at Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) on the Gallaudet University campus, as well as working as an educational sign language interpreter and cued language transliterator (CLT) for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS).
Mrs. Cranston earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from Flagler College and earned an M.Ed. from George Mason University (GMU) in ESOL Curriculum and Instruction, as it relates to teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Jennifer is currently a doctoral candidate in the PhD Program for Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University. Through her research there, she learned about the educational benefits of providing access to content for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in both American Sign Language ASL and Cued American English (CAE).
Mrs. Cranston holds national interpreter certification from RID at the Advanced level, as well as for K-12 settings. She maintains a current Virginia teaching license and possesses endorsements in the areas of Deaf Education PreK-12, ESOL PreK-12, Elementary Education K-6, and ASL. In addition, she is pursuing CLT national certification.
Jennifer CranstonEducation Liaison