Back row, from left to right: Richard Glasgow, Helen Johnson-Peterson, Antha A. Ward.  Middle row: Ian Barraza, Phil Carmona, Kathy Rock-Veylit, Jetta Hice.  Front Row: Dawn Rechenberg, Bummy Burstein, Lisa Price.  Not pictured: Danny Blair, Dahlene Holliness, Lisa Kay Price, Laurie Waggoner, Mariana Bidart.

Ian Barraza – Chair
Member since 2010

Ian grew up as the child of a deaf adult (CODA).  His father is Deaf and his mother has worked for California School for the Deaf Riverside (CSDR) for almost 30 years.  He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in American Studies from Cal State Fullerton and published an ethnographic thesis on Deaf culture.  Ian joined the committee to help serve the Deaf community.  He believes that the Deaf are a cultural and linguistic minority that are often overlooked and hopes to make Riverside more aware of their unique position in society.


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Helen Johnson-Peterson – Vice Chair (Pro Tem)
Member since 2008

Helen is the Deaf docent for the Mission Inn Museum and a member of the Riverside Deaf Seniors.  She joined the Mayor’s Model Deaf Community committee because there was a need for more Deaf women to represent the needs of the Deaf community.  She hopes to see a better partnership between Riverside’s Deaf and hearing communities.




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Antha A. Ward – Treasurer
Member since 2003

Antha is the owner and Executive Director of QuickCaption, a full-service captioning agency located in Riverside.  QuickCaption works directly with the deaf and hard of hearing communities, providing equal access through captioning.  As a member of the Mayor’s Model Deaf Community committee, Antha hopes to advocate for the inclusion of the hard-of-hearing community and to advocate for the inclusion of captioning as a recognized accommodation for both the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.


Gerald “Bummy” Burstein – Member (extended leave)
Member since 1999

Bummy is a member of the Riverside Chapter of the California Association of the Deaf and a member of the Riverside chapter of Gallaudet University’s Alumni Association.  He was also formerly a member of a branch associated with the California Public Utilities Commission.  Bummy joined the committee to make Riverside a Deaf-friendly city.