Marla Berkowitz is a senior lecturer of the American Sign Language (ASL) Program at the Ohio State University. She has a national certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, American Sign Language Teachers Association, and a state certification in court interpreting with the Supreme Court of Ohio, and graduated with two Master’s degrees from New York University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. A New York native, she has a younger sister and a brother and three step-siblings, and is the only sibling using ASL in her family. She resides in Columbus, Ohio.



Judith A. Jonas, is the Founder and Chair of Sister Brother Deaf Inc., a non-profit corporation designed to disseminate information about deaf and hearing siblings. She was the interpreter/editor of Rose Pizzo’s memoir, Growing Up Deaf: Issues of Communication in a Hearing World. As a co-founder of the Fair Lawn Deaf Program, an adult basic education and employment program for deaf adults, Judy co-authored Adult Basic Education for the Deaf which she used to establish similar programs in New Jersey. She has an M.A. degree in Deaf Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and studied at Union County College: ASL/Deaf Studies and Interpreting for the Deaf. She is a free-lance sign language interpreter, holding EIPA NJ Educational Interpreter Certification and resides in Maryland. As the youngest of three siblings, she has several deaf relatives: a brother, sister-in-law, nephew and a niece.