P.O. Box 380
Concord, GA 30206
Regional Representative Marilyn Trader
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.
Marilyn Trader is the Southeast Regional Representative covering Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Tennessee. Her experience related to this field includes acting as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for DeafBlind consumers under the Division of Services for the Blind in North Carolina and a Mental Health Social Worker for the Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind in North Carolina for 10 years under 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 bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a concentration in Political Science. She attended Gallaudet University with a master’s 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 range from Support Service Providers to the expansion of field services to enable consumers to reach their goals.
Robert McLendon has 26 years of experience working with individuals who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind and with multiple disabilities in Alabama. His initial experience collaborating with HKNC was at the Southeast Transition Institute for Young Adults who are DeafBlind camps in Knoxville, TN and in Raleigh, NC. He has a master’s certification as a teacher of the visually impaired from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Robert was an educational specialist and has a master’s degree in Special Education from Jacksonville State University and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.
At HKNC, he is serving as the DeafBlind Employment Specialist for the states of Tennessee and Kentucky providing one-on-one services to consumers who are DeafBlind for the purpose of achieving their goals, such as but not limited to the list below:
Are you interested in getting involved in the DeafBlind community in the Southeast B 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.