Signing Savvy is a labor of love by a team of educators striving to provide dynamic, easy-to-use, adaptable American Sign Language (ASL) learning tools tailor-made for parents, teachers, interpreters, and learners of all skill levels. The leadership team includes:
Marta Belsky is a third generation ASL user. She has been teaching ASL for 30 years and enjoys sharing her native language with new users.
She has Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. She has taught ASL at Michigan State University, Madonna University, and Lansing Community College's Interpreter Training Program.
In addition to serving on the Signing Savvy Sign Language Advisory Board, Marta sits on the Lansing Community College Interpreter Training Program (LCC ITP) 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. For 35 years Brenda was the Chair of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.
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.