RID Organization Structure:




Elijah Sow, Ext. 205
Deputy Director
 Elijah is a native of Senegal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Networking; and an Associate in Economics. He worked for BearingPoint, formerly KPMG Consulting and came to RID with several years of Operations Management and Conference Services experience. In his spare time, Elijah enjoys cycling, reading and playing classical guitar.
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Finance and Operations

Jennifer Apple

Jennifer Apple
Director of Finance and Operations

VP: (571) 384-5201
Jennifer, originally from northeast Ohio, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Gallaudet University. She joined the staff of RID shortly after graduation, where she gained experience with many areas, including assisting with the EPS program and taking on responsibility within the accounting department. When not doting on her family, Jennifer enjoys good cooking, going bowling, taking scenic drives through the Blue Ridge Mountains, and learning new and interesting things.
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Charlotte Kinney Charlotte Kinney
Operations Specialist
VP: 571-257-3957
Voice: 414-465-9139

Charlotte hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Economics. She was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s very first internship experience.

Prior to being on RID’s team, she worked as an office manager, grant writer, and property management roles in her various career experiences.

In her free time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering her time for various organizations, traveling, playing trivia games, and especially reading books.

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Tong Song, M.P.A
Accounting Specialist
VP: 571-257-3905

Tong Song is originally from Beijing, China and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Masters’ Degree, and was the Graduation Commencement Speaker for the Graduate Program.

She formerly interned at the Finance Office in Gallaudet University, and she was also a graduate assistant and teacher assistant in economic and tax courses. She also handled on-campus departmental jobs.

In her spare time, Tong loves being outdoors such as hiking, camping, exploring, and self-discovering. She also enjoys participating in athletic activities such as swimming.

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Joshua Sechman
Accounting Specialist
VP: 571-384-4927

Joshua Sechman was born and raised in Pennsylvania.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gallaudet University. During his time at GU, he had several internships at Environmental Protection Agency as a Budget Execution, Philadelphia Insurance Companies as an Underwriter, and GU – Finance/Administration as an Accountant.

He also holds Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. He used to be a Physical Education instructor, lifeguard, teacher assistant, and camp counselor with students/campers from K-12.

When he is away from work, he enjoys his time lifting at fitness center, playing basketball and soccer, traveling, and being with his family and friends.

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Standards and Practice

Ryan Butts Ryan Butts, Ext. 203
Director II of Standards and Practices
Ryan is a native New Yorker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Before coming to work at RID, she worked at the University of Mary Washington in a community based program for minority students. In her spare time, Ryan enjoys going out with friends and spending time with her family.
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Carol Turner Carol Turner, Ext. 212
Professional Development Manager
Carol was born in Southeast D.C., but grew up in Southern Maryland. She attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her previous work experience includes working with victims of domestic violence/sexual assault as an outreach counselor and court advocate in non-profit agencies. She has spent 10 years in customer service and loves working with people. She has also spent 6 years working in non-profit agencies. Carol in her spare time enjoys listening to different genres of music, adding movies to her 300 plus DVD collection, cooking new recipes and spending time with her husband.

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Ashley Potter Ashley Holladay, Ext. 204
Certification Coordinator
Ashley was born in Vermont and raised in Maine and New Hampshire. After high school, she attended the University of New Hampshire and earned her Bachelor of Science in sign language interpretation. Upon completion of her degree, Ashley worked as an educational interpreter in a local school district. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Member Services

Neal Tucker

Neal Tucker, Ext. 207
Director of Member Services
VP: 571-384-5097

Neal was born and raised in Boston, MA, (Go Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, & Bruins). While studying at Towson University, he obtained an internship with The Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Studies, he was offered an opportunity to continue his work during legislative session. He joins RID from The Maryland State Department of Education- Division of Rehabilitation Services, where he was the Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing in Baltimore City, MD. In his free time he enjoys volunteering for various organizations, running, playing tennis, reading, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
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Khianti Thomas, Ext. 202
Member Services Specialist

Khianti Thomas was born in Augusta, Georgia and grew up in Waldorf, Maryland. She attended Morgan State University and graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Human Services. In her previous work experiences, Khianti was a Special Education Teacher and Direct Support Provider for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.

In Khianti’s leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on vacations, and learning new things. She strives to promote and advocate communication accessibility for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind community.

Communications and Outreach

. Bill Millios 
Communications and Outreach Director

Bill grew up in Lanham and Bowie, in Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Gallaudet University, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from George Washington University. Professionally, he’s been a software engineer, a software developer, a university faculty member, and a freelance photographer/videographer/web developer.


Julia Wardle Ext. 210
Communications Manager
VP: (571) 814-3556

Julia Wardle earned her Master’s degree in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Her thesis focused on political socialization factors of the Deaf community in the 2016 Presidential election and the influence of new media accessibility on civic engagement. Julia is particularly interested in the intersection of the Deaf cultural narrative and the increasing use of assistive communication technologies.

Previously, Julia worked as Editor-in-Chief of Georgetown’s gnovis journal, a student-led initiative for peer-reviewed publishing and intellectual discussion space. She also works as a part-time interpreter. Julia came into the Deaf community through an outreach mission in Southern California, promoting language education and spiritual enrichment for underprivileged Deaf individuals. There she met her husband and followed him back to DC, where he was enrolled as a Gallaudet student.

Julia grew up in a military family but calls the DC metro area home. She now lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and enjoys running, playing violin, crocheting, and adventuring with family. She is excited for the challenge of working with RID!

Bill grew up in Lanham and Bowie, in Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Gallaudet University, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from The George Washington University. Professionally, he’s been a software engineer, a software developer, a university faculty member, and a freelance photographer/videographer/web developer.


Maxann Keller Ext. 225
Communications Coordinator
VP: (571) 414-0039

Maxann was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a double minor in Spanish and Creative Writing. It is also during this time she learned to surf and ran her first of soon to be many half and full marathons.

She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science degree in ASL/English Interpretation from William Woods University. Her past career achievements include published works in three different Pulse Publishing publications, interpreting for Maryland School for the Deaf’s East Coast Track and Field Championships, infant to pre-k language development classes, and non-profit press releases and event coordination. She was also a coordinator for the rebranding efforts of The Southern States Communication Association. Her specialties include project management, social media, digital publishing, and photography.

When she is not at work, you’ll most likely see her out for a run, cooking in the kitchen, traveling to new places, or spending time with her family and friends. Her dreams include becoming a published author and helping to improve accessibility of educational ASL acquisition tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing families.


Jenelle Bloom
Communications Specialist
VP: (571) 384-5028

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenelle is a true West Coaster at heart. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and comes from a strong background in research and interpersonal communications. From her studies of why and how individuals communicate and interact the way that they do, she focuses on strengthening accessibility through visual communications on all fronts. Jenelle has a sound sense of morals, believes in social justice, and insists advocates never have a day off.  In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her fiancé and their furry family, she maintains an open-door policy for debates of any kind, is always on the lookout for authentic international cuisine, and will always find time for a good cup of Peet’s or Philz coffee. Jenelle is very excited to continue on her journey through her communications role at RID and be apart of the team.


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