Board of Advisors
Tony Nitko, M. Ed. is the Marketing Director at DEAF, Inc. prior to his position at DEAF, Inc. he worked as a Creative & Marketing Director for Communications Service for the Deaf. Before that, He spent 12 years as a teacher, educational technology coordinator, and a supervising teacher for Arizona School for the Deaf, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and California School for the Deaf – Fremont. Tony’s fervor and years of experience in teaching, administration, designing, production and specialized marketing, has allowed him to be an excellent consultant and leader in the pre-planning, implementation and marketing of programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Jeff Patridge is a Geospatial Information Systems Specialist with the Missouri State Office of Geospatial Information. He has Bachelors of Science in History with a minor in Secondary Education from Missouri Western State University, and a Masters of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His son attended MSD, graduating in 2014.
Dr. Stephanie Logan
Dr. Stephanie Logan is the executive director of The L.E.A.D. Institute (Leadership through Education and Advocacy for the Deaf). L.E.A.D. is a non-profit organization committed to meeting the safety and accessibility needs of Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and Deafblind individuals across the state of Missouri. In over 22 years, Dr. Logan has focused her efforts on L.E.A.D. providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and crisis intervention services for Deaf Missourians. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri teaching American Sign Language for over 16 years. Dr. Logan is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and was the first Deaf graduate from the National Victim’s Assistance Academy in Washington, D.C. She has her Master’s in Business Administration from William Woods University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Logan is currently the only Deaf psychologist in the state of Missouri. She is a late-deafened adult as the result of spinal meningitis losing her hearing when she was 23 years old. Shortly after losing her hearing, she attended Gallaudet University to learn American Sign Language and it completely changed her life. She is honored to serve on the Board of Advisors for the Missouri School for the Deaf.
Kevin Symons who has been deaf since birth is a 1999 graduate from the Illinois School for the Deaf and currently resides in the St. Louis are with his wife and two daughters. Ever since he discovered AutoCAD in his freshman vocational drafting class at ISD, Kevin has used it towards his college degree from NTID/RIT, and watched it evolve into BIM technology as BIM Manager at Mackey Mitchell Architects. In his spare time, Kevin can be found rooting for the home teams – the St. Louis Cardinals (baseball) or the St. Louis Blues (hockey). Kevin was appointed to the board in 2015, and after observing his wife work in the deaf education field and not forgetting his roots, he looks forward to giving back to the deaf community.