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Workforce Services names new leader over programs for deaf, hard of hearing

Dan Mathis
Dan Mathis
Department of Workforce Services

SALT LAKE CITY — The Department of Workforce Services’ Office of Rehabilitation has selected Dan V. Mathis to oversee programs serving Utah’s community of deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind individuals, as well as their families.

Prior to this new role, Mathis served as an American Sign Language specialist for the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, as part of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. While there, he taught ASL and deaf studies, and he coordinated support programs for students.

In addition, Mathis has more than 20 years’ experience of educational-based work in ASL, deaf studies and interpreter training at Sorenson Communications, Davis Applied Technology College and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.

Mathis is fluent in both English and ASL, and has served as a past member of the Utah Interpreter Program Certification Board and Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Blind Advisory Council. He earned bachelor’s degrees in ASL and deaf studies, and a master’s degree in sign language education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Mathis will be based at the Sanderson Community Center in Taylorsville and will assume his duties March 5.