Superintendent of the New Mexico School for the Deaf
Dr. Jennifer Herbold was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Washington DC where she was practically raised on the Gallaudet University campus. She received her B.A. degrees in English and Secondary Education in 1997, and her Master’s in Deaf Education in 1999 from Gallaudet. Her first job in college was with the campus summer intern and conference housing program. As part of her job, she became familiar with the inner workings of the U.S. Capitol and politics. In 1995, she started working directly for the Secretary-General then President of the Deaflympics in various positions. During her six years with the Deaflympics, she acquired a wealth of experience in collaboration and organization, as well as love for working with people from international cultures.
Dr. Herbold was thrilled to move to New Mexico in 1999 where she reconnected to her family’s southwestern roots and started her first full time career teaching English at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. During this time, she also attended the University of Arizona as a fourth generation graduate where she earned her PhD in Language, Reading and Culture in 2008. She eventually became a literacy specialist, assistant principal, principal, and Director of Instruction. She currently is honored to be the school’s Superintendent. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, crocheting, working on various projects, traveling, and spending time with her husband, three children and the family Aussie.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Representative of Northern New Mexico
John Hooper is a native New Mexican, born in Lovington. He attended and graduated from the New Mexico School for the Deaf. He received his Associates Degree from the New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs and Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Hooper retired from the State of New Mexico in 2014 after working 25 years and 7 of those years he was employed with the NM Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Mr. Hooper is active in the community; he officiates middle and high school basketball and is the current President of the Hearing Loss Association of America Santa Fe Chapter. In the past, Mr. Hooper has been active on the New Mexico Relay Board and Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).
New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Representative
Casey Stone-Romero has been appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve as the director of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR), effective January 10, 2022. With this appointment, Ms. Stone-Romero returns to the agency for which she worked from 1997 to 2014.
Stone-Romero’s experience with NMDVR began as a receptionist and secretary. She quickly earned promotions to training specialist, vocational rehabilitation technician, vocational rehabilitation counselor, and finally, staff development specialist.
Stone-Romero has worked for several other state agencies in addition to NMDVR, serving as community inclusion manager and statewide supported employment lead for the New Mexico Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Supports Division, human resources analyst in the state’s General Services Department, and training and development specialist in the State Personnel Office.
A life-long northern New Mexico resident, Ms. Stone-Romero and her husband Jason reside in Santa Fe with their son Tiger.
New Mexico Association of the Deaf President
Dr. Meena Mann was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Throughout childhood, she attended Vancouver Oral Center, Jericho Hill School for the Deaf, and Kitsilano Secondary School. She has a BA in Psychology and Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision both from Gallaudet University, as well as an MS in Deaf Education from McDaniel College. In 2016, she received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with track specialization in Organizational Leadership.
Her passion is to share her expertise and knowledge in organizational leadership. She enjoys providing consultations to non-profit organizations. Meena is actively involved in local, state, and national organizations. She is currently the president of the New Mexico Association of the Deaf. In the past, she served as an Appointed Board Member of the National Association for the Deaf; Advisory Committee for Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID); Organizational Advisor for Louisville Association for the Deaf; and ASL Advisory Committee for Nashville Community College.
Dr. Mann works as a Statewide Educational Consultant in the Outreach Department at New Mexico School for the Deaf. During her leisure time, she enjoys biking, hiking, and traveling. She resides in Santa Fe, NM with her husband, Bryce McMillan.