The Signing Savvy Blog Authors include members of the Signing Savvy Executive Team, Signing Savvy Advisory Board, and Guest Authors. The current blog authors include:
Marta Belsky is a third generation ASL user. She has been teaching ASL for 20 years and enjoys sharing her native language with new users. Marta is on the Lansing Community College Interpreter Training Program Advisory Board and has also been a board member for the Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Michigan Chapter of American Sign Language Teachers Association.
Brenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, well known presenter, and author of several best selling sign language and interpreting textbooks from the RID Press. For the last 30 years Brenda has been the Chair of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.
Kelley King-Spears is a mother of four children and a former Licensed Practical Nurse. She is passionate about caring for the needs of children. Kelley is always looking for ways to enhance the experience and quality of living of developmentally delayed children.
Kathleen has a degree in Deaf Community Studies from Madonna University. She is inspired to share American Sign Language in private and public schools with hearing students and hard of hearing students. She loves working with children. Kathleen strives to create an atmosphere in her classes that promotes excellence, exploration and certainly fun. Students continue to amaze her with their enthusiasm, brilliance and creativity.
Kim Martinez is a wife and mother of two girls. Their family found out that their first born was profoundly deaf at 18 months old. Now both of her girls are very grown up, but Kim continues to be passionate about deaf education.
John Miller is the "Man in the Blue Shirt" who demonstrates how to sign in the videos on Signing Savvy. John first began his work with sign language twenty-two years ago in an interpreter-training program, but after working in the mainstream classroom setting, he quickly realized his passion was in education. He went on to teach deaf and hard of hearing children in the public school setting and became a leader for incorporating sign language communication between the home and school settings and involving parents into the educational equation.
Brian Winn designs, creates, and researches interactive media. Brian’s award-winning interactive media work has been presented, exhibited, and experienced around the world. Brian has worked on several sign language educational software projects over the last twenty years and serves as the all-around technology guru for Signing Savvy.
Jillian is an experienced technology strategist and user experience designer passionate about using and creating online tools to make life not only easier, but to increase the quality of life for others. Jillian harnesses the sign language expertise from members of the Signing Savvy team and brings it to life as a technology solution. Specifically, she manages the design and development of the Signing Savvy website and mobile applications, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the company.