About the CSD Learns Team
The CSD Learns team came together from all walks of life to provide quality, engaging education and resources in ASL for deaf and hard of hearing learners. Through our own learning experience, we’ve come to cherish how educational resources, classroom approaches, and eLearning are developed – through a honed, collaborative process working with different, skilled members of the community. Learn a bit about us!
Meet the CSD Learns Team
We’ve been evolving in our eLearning approach! A subsidiary of Communication Service for the Deaf, CSD Learns started out by filming actors on-camera, portraying learning scenarios in the world of banking, investing, debt, and setting up your own business in American Sign Language. We have now shifted to a role-model-based approach – working with guest educators who share educational content in ASL while role models tell their relevant experiences. You can see this approach embodied in our latest offering, “Earn Your Future,” a course on personal budgeting.
Digital Media Coordinator
Keith Delk (he/him) grew up in a small urban town in Illinois and currently resides in the USA capital. He graduated with a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New Media Design with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and PR & Advertising. At CSD Learns, Delk is responsible for leading and supporting all stages of educational video production. He often imagines a world where every business, institution and venue embraces access through technology. He enjoys getting off the grid, discussing new business ideas, experimenting with access technology, jogging, biking, brewmaking and playing in virtual reality whenever he can.
A gaming wizard and digital design guru, Frank Griffin (he/him) grew up nearby the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and now resides in Greensboro, NC. With a B.A. in Economics from UNC-Greensboro and a M.A. in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University, Frank specializes in instructional design and eLearning content development. Originally in the educational field as an ASL & Deaf Studies professor (and still is, sort of), Frank became involved with instructional design when tasked with developing new curricula with ASL composition. Over the last five years, Frank has created online courses and written eLearning content for educational institutions, private companies and non-profit organizations. Challenges that fascinate Frank with instructional design involve strategies for bridging online content with social experiences where gaps are often seen. Frank’s other interests also involve early children language acquisition and Deaf education.
When not working, Frank loves pizza, disc golf, video games and a good book, but most of all, beach trips with his wife, Alicia and their three children, Amari, Natalie and Madelyn.
Vice President, Program Impact
Dr. Christina Hopewell-Albert is the Vice President of Program Impact. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with concentration in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge, a master’s degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and a doctoral degree in education with a focus on curriculum, teaching, learning, and leadership from Northeastern University. As Director of CSD Learns, Christina oversees multiple grant-funded programs and contracts driven by a dynamic team with experience in academic leadership, business management, and empathy-based and multicultural education principles. She has awarded and managed over $1.2M in grants and contracts to date.
Christina has spent more than 20 years as a pioneer in education across the United States, utilizing her expertise in K-12 classrooms all the way up to higher education, federal agencies, non-profits, and
corporations. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Project Fast Forward at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
In addition to her passion for education, Christina loves learning experiences associated with multicultural content within the curriculum in the American Sign Language virtual classroom; and exploring best practices in quality assurance through assessments of instructional content in every stage of the process of the delivery.
Fun fact: Christina once owned and managed health, beauty, and relaxation establishments, and she was a make-up artist in the entertainment industry. A Southern California native and DC transplant, Christina enjoys cultural excursions of all senses that includes cooking and eating international cuisines, watching foreign films, visiting exhibits and concerts, and traveling with her husband and son.
As the program manager of CSD Learns, LiAn Jackson (she/her) oversees all programs and projects within Learns. She formulates, develops, and implements strategies from inception to completion of all programs and projects within CSD Learns to support the organization’s strategic direction. In this role, LiAn values the importance of program and project management techniques to assess performance and applies best practices of change management to elevate CSD Learns, aiming to maximize ROI. She is enthusiastic to identify the best SaaS platform to optimize costs and increase revenues. LiAn is committed to the kaizen philosophy, striving to deliver a unique consumer experience.
She is dynamic in program and project management, logistics, entrepreneurship, business administration, CRM administration, SaaS management, digital marketing, and operations. LiAn earned her BA and MA degrees in International Hospitality & Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
In her free time, LiAn loves supporting local businesses, exploring unique eateries, preparing homemade meals, playing disc golf, doing self-home-improvement projects, and traveling or backpacking.
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