Evan has a rich history in the civic engagement field. Principally, he served as president of Mass AG Bell for five years, developing the state nonprofit into a well-known and respected organization focused on empowering deaf children. He served on the board of directors for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for one three-year term, developing the organization’s new strategic plan and serving as chair of a committee for the 2014 convention.
Evan also has an involved history with Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, sitting on the Board of Trustees for a year. He has conducted several seminars for students, professionals and families for Clarke, and also took on a role counseling youth. Presently, Evan has created a new venture called the Deaf Access Coalition, dedicated to promoting equality and public access for the deaf community. As part of this work, he shepherds Caption Massachusetts, which creates and/or informs the community of open-captioning movies and plays.
- Resuscitated and energized dormant state 501(c)3 public non-profit (Mass AG Bell). Determined strategic direction, overhauled nonprofit initiatives and process. Directed others in event planning and implementation
- Counseled and coached professionals, educators, parents, and children on leadership, advocacy, transitions, and overall guidance in the deaf and hard of hearing field
- Advised national organizations in his role as a board member on strategic direction, organizational vision, implementing goals and strategies to execute on mission. Served as Deaf and Hard of Hearing Networking Committee chair for the 2014 AG Bell Convention, developing programming.
- Awarded Hamilton Relay‘s Better Hearing and Speech Leadership Award in 2014
- Awarded Outstanding Advocate Award by Massachusetts House of Representatives and Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2015
Volta Voices (Apr/Jun 2015): Evan discussed the importance of socializing deaf children in “Focus on Chapters, Mass AG Bell.”
Coming from a variety of mainstream schools, many of the teens who attend do not have peers with hearing loss at school and/ or have never met an adult with hearing loss. Introducing them to role models like Evan gives them a safe place to share their experiences, ask questions, and make connections that last well beyond the one-day workshop. Being a leader of this program requires a variety of skills to make the day fun, informative, and easy to follow. Evan and his co-presenter planned a day that was well balanced with opportunities for students to socialize as well as ask questions about managing life in the mainstream. Evan’s willingness to share his memories and advice from his high school and college years was well received. He addressed both his successes and challenges with humor, honesty and a positive attitude. … In my years of knowing Evan as a young student and most recently in observing his interactions with teens, I have seen him approach his work with high standards for excellence. – Melissa Griswold, teacher of the deaf