The Deaf Empowerment Abroad Foundation Team

We are a volunteer driven nonprofit, collaborating with Jamaica's Deaf schools and Deaf community leaders. We are comprised of Certified SIgn Language Interpreters, Deaf professionals, Deaf Educators,  ASL Professors, and SIgn Language Linguist. Together we strive to eliminate societies stigma of “Deaf Can’t” by showing “Deaf Can!”


Diane Black     “Give Love, Be Kind, Do Good, Help Others”

Diane is the Founder and President of D-E-A-F and has been a professional interpreter for over 22 years, specializing in Post-Secondary, Mental Health, Performance and Legal service. Diane has lived in Central Florida her entire life and loves it there. When not interpreting, she spends her time belly dancing, teaching yoga and can easily take you down in a mud obstacle running course. A doting mom, she’s very proud of her two grown sons and her husband whom she has been married to for 24 years. Diane is devoted to her other kids as well, a dog and three cats, including a Siamese cat named Larry with his own large following on Instagram (#KawlfyTawlkwithLarry).


Rachel Elliott     “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Seuss

Rachel is the Vice President of D-E-A-F and a professional interpreter who lives in Winter Park, Florida with her Pomeranian, Bella. An Illinois native, she graduated from Bethel College and moved to Florida shortly after. When she’s not interpreting, you will find her traveling across the globe and doing fabulous makeovers (a side profession of Rachels). She finds music and dancing to be a freeing experience and a fantastic way to express oneself. Rachel loves meeting new people of different backgrounds and culture, and finds it a great tool to learn more about the world.


Alexis Borochoff Kennedy     “Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth” - Oscar Wilde

Alexis works as a freelance writer and specializes in content writing, travel guides and satire. She also works on the side as a pet portrait artist (she'll paint your shih tzu in a Star Trek outfit) and spends her free time browsing through antique malls and thrift shops. Recently married, she and her husband have lived in various places including New York City, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee and South Africa (and are showing no signs of slowing down). She graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing and hopes to eventually write her own novel (that pesky writer’s block is no joke). She was born Deaf in Queens.


Jason Cole     Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” - MLK, Jr.
Jason Cole is a Deaf graphics arts and animation freelancer, and is passionate about his company, J. Cole Multimedia Digital. He went to several Universities including Rochester Institute of Technology, studying motion graphic arts and logo designs. An avid sports nut, Jason spends much of his free time doing crossfit, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches Muay Thai boxing. After a good workout, he loves to reward himself with his favorite dish, mixed corned beef and rice or seafood pasta with all the fixings like lobster, shrimp, crab and scallop. Jason also studies forensics on the side, plays video games and loves horror flicks.

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