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.