Deaf Adult Services Names Pamela Kefi Interim Executive Director

A national search will be conducted to find new Executive Director

Deaf Adult Services, the only community agency in Western New York which exclusively serves Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, is pleased to announce Ms. Pamela Kefi has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director.   Ms. Kefi was the Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo from 2005-2009.   She will maintain the agency’s programs and services while a nation-wide search is conducted for a permanent candidate to lead Deaf Adult Services in the new decade.

“Pamela Kefi’s experience supervising an agency which services a diverse clientele with limited English language skills makes her uniquely qualified to be Interim Director for Deaf Adult Services,” said Robert Cagle, President of the Board of Directors for Deaf Adult Services.

The Board will be seeking community representatives from Deaf and Hard of Hearing organizations in the Buffalo area to actively participate in the Executive Director search process.  The Board web page at Deaf Adult Services web site ( will have the job posting shortly.  The WNY community is encouraged to distribute the job posting to organizations, agencies and individuals, and encourage all qualified Deaf and Hearing candidates to apply for the position.

The opening for the Executive Director position was created when Tom Burns recently resigned to accept the position of Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at Niagara University.

“The board would like to thank Mr. Burns for his leadership in strengthening community networks and laying the groundwork for a new office location,” said Cagle.  “We wish Tom the best in his new position at Niagara University and recognize that he will continue to remain a strong supporter and friend of our agency.”

Deaf Adult Services is committed to creating a bridge between the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing Communities through advocacy, education, case management, counseling and interpreting services that govern equal access, symbolizing the accords of culturally affirmative principles in championing the rights of the Deaf.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at (716) 833-1637 or


One response to “Deaf Adult Services Names Pamela Kefi Interim Executive Director

  1. Yvonne gillette

    My mother is 86 years old and lives on her own. We have a very difficult time talking to her on the phone. The phone she has she is able to read, however, she has to call us due to her not having internet services. We are willing to purchase a phone, but we are very unsure as to what would work for her. She is on a very limited budget and can not afford the internet. Can someone help us as to what types of phones are the best.

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