ASL-DES Staff

Loretta S Roult - Director
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2200
Video Phone: (202) 250-2126
Voice: (866) 552-1587
Fax: (202) 651-5880

  • M.A., New York University, 1987
  • B.S., Gallaudet University, 1986
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Short Biography
Loretta Roult is the Director for ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. As Director, she provides thorough oversight of the evaluation and assessment services provided by ASL-DES. In addition to being comprehensively involved with all aspects of the services, Ms. Roult serves as the trainer for American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) evaluation. She is working closely and collaboratively with an external research firm on ongoing validity and reliability research studies on the ASLPI. Ms. Roult has served as a team leader and co-chair for ASL Placement Testing, Diagnostic Assessment service, and Classroom Discourse Observation (CDO). With ASL-DES services included in the Faculty Guidelines for the multiple measures evaluation, Ms. Roult works closely with the Faculty Senate, Faculty Welfare Committee, New Faculty Orientation and Office of Bilingual Teaching and Learning to ensure integration, transparency, clarity and efficiency. She is continually pursuing avenues in which ASL-DES services can promote and support bilingualism and improved communication in the classroom. Born to Deaf parents, Ms. Roult was raised and educated in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Gallaudet University and a Masters degree from New York University received in 1987.

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Marti Edelman Kellner - Business Operations Coordinator
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2200
Video Phone: (202) 250-2394
Voice: (866) 651-5222
Fax: (202) 651-5880

  • Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), 2007
  • B.S., University of Maryland University College, Behavioral Science, 2001
  • Certificate, Bishop State Community College, Interpreter Training Program, 1994
  • Certificate, Florida Atlantic University, Paralegal Studies, 1990
  • Southeast Missouri State University, 1984-1986
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Marti Edelman Kellner is the Business Operations Coordinator for ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. Ms. Kellner has been employed at Gallaudet University since 1994. She is also a nationally certified freelance interpreter in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Kellner spent her formative years in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton where she completed training in Paralegal Studies. While working at a prestigious West Palm Beach law firm, Ms. Kellner began taking evening ASL classes at a local community college and developed a fascination with the language. She later completed an interpreter training program at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama. After relocating to Washington, D.C., Ms. Kellner completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is currently exploring Master's programs.

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Alexis McKenzie - Support Service Specialist
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2200
Video Phone: (202) 846-8100
Voice: (866) 651-5222
Fax: (202) 651-5880

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"Do or do not, there is no try."
Yoda, Jedi Master
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Leticia Arellano - ASL Proficiency Evaluator
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2201
Video Phone: (202) 250-2082
Voice: (866) 208-5989
Fax: (202) 651-5880

  • M.A., Western Maryland College, Deaf Education, 1998
  • B.S., Gallaudet University, American Sign Language Studies, 1994
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"Smiling is quite magical. It transforms a situation. Because as soon as we smile, and we see the other person smile back, it becomes genuine.... There is movement between hearts."
Maticintin, Wisdom Master, HUMUH
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Leticia Arellano is an ASL Proficiency Evaluator at ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. Born to Deaf parents in Cd. Juarez, Mexico and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ms. Arellano graduated from the New Mexico School for the Deaf and went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in ASL Studies from Gallaudet University in 1994. After earning a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College in 1998, Ms. Arellano worked in deaf schools as a teacher and has traveled nationally and internationally providing workshops on Deaf Culture, ASL, Mexican Sign Language (LSM) and the evaluation and assessment of signed languages.

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Jean M Gordon - ASL Diagnostician
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2201
Video Phone: (202) 250-2646
Voice: (866) 552-9695
Fax: (202) 651-5880

  • M.A., Western Maryland College, American Sign Language Teaching, 1991
  • B.S., Gallaudet University, Psychology, 1984
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"You are the Masterpiece of your own life. You are the Michelangelo of your own life. The David you are sculpturing is you."
Dr. Joe Vitale
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Jean M. Gordon is an ASL Diagnostician at ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. Ms Gordon graduated in 1984 from Gallaudet University with a major in Psychology and received her Masters degree in Teaching American Sign Language (ASL) from Western Maryland College in 1991. She continues her education taking post-secondary courses in linguistics, language acquisition and assessment. Prior to attending Gallaudet University, Ms. Gordon attended the Boston School for the Deaf and Newton North High School in Massachusetts. Prior to her employment at Gallaudet, Ms. Gordon taught ASL in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Under the World Deaf Leadership fellowship, she taught courses and led seminars at Ratchasuda College in Thailand to prepare Thai Deaf people to become Thai Sign Language Teachers and has taught in Vietnam. Ms. Gordon has led workshops in the areas of ASL teaching and evaluation at conferences and post-educational settings nationally and internationally.

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Deborah Peterson - ASL Diagnostician
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2201
Video Phone: (202) 250-2116
Fax: (202) 651-5880

  • M.S., McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), Teaching ASL Program, 1993
  • B.S., Gallaudet University, Psychology, 1983
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"Show them and leave your mark"
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Debbie Peterson is an ASL Diagnostician with ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. Ms. Peterson, a Mississippi native, grew up with a Deaf family in Alabama. She is an alumna of Alabama School for the Deaf. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Gallaudet University and an M.S. in Teaching American Sign Language at McDaniel College in Maryland. Ms. Peterson taught ASL at The Bi Cultural Center, University of Minnesota and New York University. She coordinated ASL Studies at Bishop Community College in Alabama. In Minnesota, Ms. Peterson coordinated various training workshops for educational interpreters through a federal grant for two years. She taught interpreting at Seattle Central Community College for eight years as well as to both B.A and M.A. students at Gallaudet University for a year and a half. Ms. Peterson worked as an Interpreter Trainer for a VRS Company in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. She developed training tests, and also served as a board member for several organizations.

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Tamer Mahmoud - Technology & Media Developer and Programmer
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Merrill Learning Center (MLC) 2200
Video Phone: (202) 250-2455
Fax: (202) 651-5880

  • B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology, Information Technology, 2007
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"Mens sana in corpore sano"
Satire X
Short Biography
Tamer Mahmoud is the Technology and Media Technician for ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. Raised in the Great Plains of St. Louis, Missouri, Tamer went on to study Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007. The next five years marked a journey as he explored various aspects of his career ranging from working with non-profit organizations, retail stores, and corporate business before finally securing a position at Gallaudet University. He is still studying and learning various programming languages, video managements and editing, and keeping abreast of the latest technology innovations.

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