|(Reposted from Friday, November 13, 3015)
On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Dr. Taylor served as the Official American Sign Language Interpreter for the 2015 Savannah Children’s Book Festival’s Main Stage Authors and Events. Dr. Dana L. Taylor currently serves as the Director of Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer), responsible for the daily operation and management of several colleges–the College of Criminal Justice and Security; College of Health Sciences and Nursing; College of Humanities and Sciences, to name a few– at the University of Phoenix, Savannah Campus. Dr. Taylor is the campus’ Ethics and Compliance Liaison, Media spokesperson and has served as the campus’ Disability Service Advisor.
Often sought out for her American Sign Language interpreting services when high visible guests and celebrities come to town, Dr. Taylor has interpreted for notable individuals such as President Barack Obama; Vice President Joe Biden; Ted Turner; Ellen DeGeneres; Pastor Cleflo Dollar; Whoopi Goldberg; Lee Daniels, Governor Rockefeller and is the first interpreter for the Deaf whom met with Oprah Winfrey to encourage Oprah to use “closed caption” for Oprah’s deaf fans and viewers.
Born and raised in Pittsburg, PA, Dr. Dana L. Taylor is also a certified mediator and specializes in gang intervention. She has developed courses in conflict resolution for San Diego Community College and San Diego Restitution and Mediation Center/Legal Aid. Dr. Taylor’s former experiences in the entertainment arena include staff member of WKTQ-AM and WSHH-FM radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, road management for notable (celebrity) national and international musical artists and writing contractual riders for entertainment artists.
Dr. Taylor is the founder and president of The Elijah Agency and provides corporate and educational training on sensitivity issues; diversity and inclusion; conflict resolution and interpreting for the Deaf. She has worked extensively in higher education and interpreting for the deaf for more than 35 years in Pennsylvania; Mexico City, Mexico; Texas; California and Georgia. She completed her program in linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and has held positions as a tenured faculty member, Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Affairs and university administrator at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. Dr. Taylor’s more than 39 years of interpreting for and working with the Deaf have given her a breadth of experiences and knowledge that ultimately led to her being selected by the Georgia Department of Labor to lead the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf individuals in Savannah (GA) and its surrounding areas; she was the curriculum developer for college level interpreter training programs at Savannah Technical College.
Dr. Taylor earned a Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling and has done post graduate courses in Behavior Analysis. She has a Master of Science in Education, specializing in School Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. Focusing on substance abuse, Dr. Taylor completed a Professional-in-Residence program with Betty Ford Center in Palm Desert, California. In March, 2016, she will complete a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology.
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