Our Community Services for the Deaf Team

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.

Interpreting Coordinator tmccloud@hearingspeechdeaf.org




Tahnya McCloud has an Associate Degree in Social Work from Cincinnati State College.  She is a former correctional officer who not only worked in correctional facilities, but also in schools which allowed her to meet the needs of individuals of all ages.  Tahnya is passionate about sign language and serves on the sign language ministry at her church. She aspires to become a certified sign language interpreter.  She enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends and servicing the Deaf Community.

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).


Staff Interpreter

Liz Zinnecker is the newest member of our interpreting staff and we’re so glad she’s joined us.