Steve Turner was born deaf. He attended California School for the Deaf in Riverside, California. Upon graduation, he went to Gallaudet University and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and then to California State University Northridge where he completed a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation. While attending CSU Northridge, he served two years on the Evaluation Commission for Professional Interpreter Certification. He worked as a teacher of both deaf and hearing students from K-12, and continued teaching after school, moonighting as an American Sign Language instructor in colleges. His biggest achievement has been winning the Most Outstanding College Instructor Award three years in a row. Currently, he is volunteering in as a consultant in ASL instruction and its implementation with newly certified ASL interpreters. He is a well sought-after guest speaker at many different ASL workshops and classes. For hobby, sport fishing is his greatest passion.
Robyn Gould is an associate in the Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice groups and a member of the Cooley Business department. She joined the Firm in 2008 and is a resident in the Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on the formation and representation of private equity and venture capital funds, including representation of issuers and venture capital funds in public and private financing transactions.
Ms. Gould also represents emerging growth companies in financing transactions and matters of general business and corporate law. Ms. Gould received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2008, where she co-founded the journal IMPACT and an expulsion defense student-run clinic. In law school, she earned the Moot Court Oralist Award and the Jurisprudence Award in Transnational Practice. Ms. Gould received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997, graduating summa cum laude and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gould worked in software sales, marketing and product management for over six years. During her tenure in the software industry, she joined the founding team of insuranceorder.com as Director of Marketing and Public Relations, which was later acquired by Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc.
Jamie Shatwell received her BA degree in Community and Environmental Planning (CEP) from University of Washington, Seattle and MA degree in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica.
Since 1999, she’s been actively involved in the Deaf community as a coordinator, educator, advocate, administrator assistant, teacher, behavior specialist, counselor, and training and continuing education coordinator with a concentration in providing services in the community and the general public in the domestic violence field. She worked with individuals and groups in multi-cultural settings, both private and public. She provided support in social skill and communication development to Deaf/HOH children.
She was on the board for Abused Deaf Woman’s Advocacy Services and Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence for a few years in Seattle, WA. She is currently on the Board as Vice President for San Diego American Sign Language Teacher Association and CLIP Interpreting.
She is the Department Chair for American Sign Language and a full time ASL Instructor at Grossmont College. She is also working part time as the California State Coordinator for DeafReview.
Melissa “Echo” Greenlee was born a hearing girl until the age of 8 when, for unknown reasons, her hearing started to decline. Growing up, she was mainstreamed in the hearing world and later discovered Sign Language and her deaf identity. This has given her a unique perspective on what it takes to live a balanced life in both worlds. Personal frustrations as a Deaf consumer led her to her most important life’s work: to create a deaf-friendly world for 38 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the USA. In 2012, she established a popular website, deafFRIENDLY (www.deaffriendly.com) where deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing individuals can rate, review and find deaf-friendly businesses nationwide. She believes that with mutual education, hand-holding, and a little bit of patience, we can make the world more deaf-friendly and accessible.