Board of Advisors

Kevin Symons

President
Kevin Symons

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.

Jeff Patridge

Vice President
Jeff Patridge

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

Member
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.

Tom Bastean

Member
Tom Bastean

Tom Bastean graduated from the Missouri School for the Deaf in 1968. He acquired his post secondary education from Bachelors of Science from Gallaudet University in 1974, masters in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in 1975, and Educational Specialist from University of Missouri- Columbia in 1996. He currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. He returned to his al mater in fall of 1975 until retired in 2010. The positions he has held were teacher, student life director, athletic director, head football coach, assistant high school supervisor, elementary school supervisor, and assistant superintendent. Since 2000, he is the curator of the Fischback Museum (MSD museum) in Kerr Hall on MSD campus. Since retirement, Tom and his wife Judy enjoy their free time- traveling in and out of the United States, weekends at our cabin at Thunderbird Lakes and boat riding, walking together, and getting together with friends and our family.  Tom continues his favorite outdoor sports fishing and hunting as well as big supporters of Mizzou football and basketball; Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball.   

Paul Miller

Member
Paul Miller

Paul Miller graduated from MSD in 1965 and then attended Gallaudet University. In 1968, he started to get involved with deaf communities in Missouri. He has held different officer positions with the Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf (President, Secretary and Treasurer), MSD Alumni Association (President and Secretary), Max Mossel Memorial Fund (Treasurer), and Missouri Association for the Deaf (President). He retired from the United States Postal Service in 2009 with 35 years of service. He was appointed to the MSD Board Advisors in 2014. He commends his former MSD Literary Society Teacher, Mr. Stephen Koziar who taught him how to conduct board meetings.  He is the proud father of three children and grandfather to six wonderful grandchildren.