Southeastern Region B

Our Service Area

The Southeastern Region B encompasses the following states:

North Carolina

Puerto Rico
South Carolina

What We Do

Our regional offices bring HKNC resources to you. Your regional representative knows all about the programs and services that are available to DeafBlind individuals, their families and service providers in your state and beyond, and can help you find and access the ones that are right for you.

Whether you’re interested in learning about support services near your home, would like to take advantage of the technology available through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or want to explore the possibility of training at our national headquarters, your regional representative is your link to all that HKNC has to offer ─ consultation, advocacy, assessment, training, referrals and more.

Regional Representative

Headshot Marilyn Trader
Marilyn C. Trader, MSW

Region 4B (KY, NC, PR, SC, TN):

Marilyn Trader is the Southeast Regional Representative covering Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee. Her experience related to this field ranged from a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for DeafBlind consumers under the Division of Services for the Blind in North Carolina and an Mental Health Social Worker for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind in North Carolina for 10 years under the Wake County Mental Health Services. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she worked at Gallaudet University in the Graduate School Office, and as a Lobbyist in Washington DC with Guidance from staff at the University and across the Country, presenting at Universities all over the United States on Cultural Diversity Inclusion programs.

Marilyn attended Illinois State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Political Science. Attended Gallaudet University with a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on the DeafBlind Community.

A goal of Region 4B is to continue to build capacity in each state through interagency collaboration, joint projects, events and new programs that consumers can obtain within their home state - programs ranging from Support Service Providers to expansion of field services within the states for consumers to reach their goals!

Contact Information

Marilyn C. Trader, MSW (Regional Representative)



Voice: 516-393-7733

PO Box 380

Concord, GA 30206

Voice: 516-393-7733

VP: 919-585-5428

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the deaf-blind community in the Southeast Region? Your regional representative can provide information about social gatherings, conferences, listservs and more. Check this space for announcements about upcoming events or contact your regional representative to request email notifications.

HKNC to hold Run/Walk in North Carolina!

Local Resources

You need answers about what’s out there for you, and HKNC has them.

Ask your regional representative about:

  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
  • Local services and referrals
  • On-site assessment, consultation and training
  • Making connections with other individuals and families within the deaf-blind community
  • Technical assistance and in-service training
  • Plans for youth transitioning from educational programs to post-educational services
  • Educational materials and presentations about the capabilities and preferences of people with combined vision and hearing loss

If the services you need are not available in your area, you might want to consider exploring HKNC headquarters in New York as an option for assessment and training. Check out our FAQs and contact your regional representative for more information.

Local Organizations

HKNC maintains relationships with various government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve DeafBlind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization.