Our Community Deaf Services Team
Director of Community Services for the Deaf
Frances Robinson has a bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Wright State University, is a Certified Interpreter, a member of RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), is trained in Mental Health Interpreting, and is an adjunct professor in the Interpreting Training Program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She previously worked at HSDC as an interpreter and, more recently, as a consultant with the Interpreting Services
Jack Baker has a bachelor’s degree in English from The Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati. He holds National Association of the Deaf level III interpreter certification and is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He has many years of experience in educational interpreting and has interpreted in medical, vocational, legal, mental health, platform, and religious settings. Jack enjoys reading comics and working puzzles on the “educational pages” of the newspaper and loves to laugh.
Caraline Browning has separate bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and ASL-English Interpretation from Eastern Kentucky University. She has experience in the freelance field, post-secondary education and community interpreting. Caraline loves making people smile and brightening their day. She also enjoys crafts, drawing, painting, playing with her two boys and her little Yorkie, Reilly.
Deaf Advocate/Program Coordinator
Deanna Herbers is originally from St. Francisville, Louisiana outside of Baton Rouge. She is a 1996 graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington DC where she earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration. She is married and has two teenage children, Kyanna and Brandon. She and her family relocated to Cincinnati from DC in 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys being her children’s biggest fan, spending time with her friends and family, and watching Hallmark movies.
CSD Program Manager
Elizabeth Whelpdale has bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University. She has 12 years of rehabilitation counseling experience and 18 years of community advocacy experience. Beth has worked with many people in the medical, educational, and vocational fields. In her spare time, she loves to do anything DIY (Do It Yourself).
Cara Wilson became involved with the Deaf community 20+ years ago when her son was diagnosed at birth with severe-profound hearing loss. She has volunteered at St. Rita School for the Deaf and is fluent in ASL. Family is at the center of Cara’s world, and she and husband Chris are so proud their 21 year old son, Brandon, will graduate from NTID in May, 2020. Cara’s hobbies include walking 5K Marathons, watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, enjoying dinners with family and friends, and traveling. Cara loves to see everyone smile and is excited by the new adventures that life brings her way!