NYSD Welcomes Sherri Turpin to their Board


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Alexis Kashar, President of the Board of New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood) announces exciting changes to their Board of Trustees. Located in White Plains, NY, the New York School for the Deaf has been providing excellence in education to deaf students for almost 200 years. Ms. Kashar stated “We are the oldest School for the Deaf in New York State and the second oldest in the nation. The School will be celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2017. One of our top priorities will be to make sure the School is well poised to continue providing deaf children with a quality education for the next two hundred years.

It is extremely timely that the School welcomes our newest Trustee, Sherri Turpin, who brings a wealth of knowledge of technology to a world where the needs of deaf consumers must be provided for equally, and sometimes even more so, than their hearing counterparts. A technology veteran, Turpin comes from a strong leadership background, with over 25+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in Business Strategy & Development, Sales, Marketing, Operations and Customer Experience. Most recently, Turpin served as Channel Chief for EarthLink, leading all aspects of the company’s indirect distribution channel, which included accountability for full profit and loss, sales and revenue growth, and EBITDA contribution for the indirect channel. Prior to EarthLink, Turpin most notably served as Executive in Residence for Kinderhook Industries and for over a decade with XO Communications in varying management roles. Throughout her career, Turpin has been awarded various honors for her leadership and innovation including being named to CRN’s 2015 Channel Chiefs list. When asked why she wanted to serve on the New York School for the Deaf Board, she responded “I am committed to raising the standard of communication access and bridging both the hearing and Deaf worlds. New York School for the Deaf has the reputation of being one of the finest schools for the deaf in the nation and I am pleased to support their mission in any way possible.”

Ms. Turpin joins Trustees, Jody C. Benard, Esq. Linda Bove,., Dixie DeLuca, Arnold L. Mintz, Stephen Pennacchio, Clifford R. Rowley, Roben Seltzer, Mario Torsiello, and Eric Wagner who have been giving of their wisdom, time and talents for some time now. The Board has representation from the deaf community, legal, business and not-for- profit world.

President of the Board, Alexis Kashar, a Civil Rights attorney, is a Scarsdale resident and an active member of the National Association of the Deaf and serves that organization as well. Ms. Kashar stressed that although these are trying times in the field of deaf education, the New York School for the Deaf stands ready to face the challenges ahead. We are excited about this infusion of additional energy onto our Board and welcome Ms. Sherri Turpin.

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