This month, Outreach welcomed its new Director, Cheryl Austin, to CSDB. Cheryl comes to us from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) with experience as an administrator in the Residential department and a teacher (TVI) in both the Residential and Short-Term Programs departments. Prior to her time at TSBVI, Cheryl worked as a TVI in a public elementary school in Dover, Massachusetts, and held several roles at Perkins School for the Blind. Special education is a second career for Cheryl, after nearly 15 years in the field of food and nutrition, with positions in hospital food service management, community food assistance programs, and clinical and public health research. Cheryl holds three Master’s degrees, in Public Health, Medical Nutrition Sciences, and Special Education-Visual Impairment, and maintains her credentials as a Registered Dietitian. She is thrilled to now be a Bulldog and experience all that the CSDB and Colorado Springs communities have to offer.
In addition, Ashley Renslow has now assumed the role of Early Education Coordinator for the Outreach programs serving children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, birth to age 8. The functions of CO-Hear, CHIP, and CSRP have not changed, but Ashley has taken on additional supervisory responsibilities for these programs and is excited for the leadership opportunities this presents. In addition to her work in EI with children and families, she loves to watch her own 2 “littles” (Seth – 4, Naomi – 8 months) grow. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Ashley exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
Welcome, Cheryl, and congratulations, Ashley!