Darlene returned to Gallaudet University and joined the Office of Communications and Public Relations in 1999 and has served in several roles in the office including Public Relations Assistant, Visitors Center Coordinator and Web Editor.
As Visitors Center Coordinator she arranged campus tours, deaf awareness presentations, and appointments for prospective students, U.S. State Department dignitaries, and various school and organizations.
After taking on responsibility for web content on the university's top level pages, she helped facilitate and coordinate two university-wide website redesigns—successfully bringing a decentralized web presence with individual designs and structure, into a centralized management system with a coordinated design and tone.
Before joining the public relations team, Darlene was a scheduler of interpreters in Gallaudet's Interpreting Service. She then left the university and worked as a certified free-lance sign language interpreter in the Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. area.
Darlene received a B.A. in English with a concentration on professional writing and a minor in psychology from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa.
Darlene's mother is deaf and a Gallaudet alumni and Darlene has deaf grandparents and several other deaf relatives. She has two sisters who are also Gallaudet employees and several other members of her family are leaders in the field of deaf education.
Darlene is a long-time member of CODA, International—an organization for adult children with deaf parents, established in 1983. She was co-chair of the organization's international conference in 1998 in Alexandria, Va. She served on the organization's web team and helped redesign the website and revamp its social media presence. She is also a long-time member of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia chapter of CODA and has coordinated numerous local retreats and events and maintains the group's Facebook presence. In 2007, she was co-chair of the regional South East CODA annual retreat in Buckeystown, Md. and is currently planning the 2014 retreat.