Biographies

President - Jessica Lalor-Slama, RN, BSN   WI School for the Deaf    jessica.lalor-slama@wsd.k12.wi.us

Hi, my name is Jessica Lalor-Slama, and I currently work as a school nurse at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.  I have been here since the 2010 school year.  Previously, I worked in an OB/GYN clinic for eight years, and in Labor and Delivery for five years.  So, needless to say, school nursing is a very different path for me, but I'm loving the change!  In addition to being a nurse at the school, I am also a part of our newly formed Wellness Committee and have a great time teaching exercise classes to school and dorm staff.  Nursing and exercise/fitness are two of my passions, so I'm very fortunate to be able to work in a setting that allows me to participate in both!

I became a member of NASND in 2013 at the conference in Iowa.  I also happened to be elected Vice President during this time, and excitedly accepted.  It was a wonderful conference, and a great opportunity to meet a lot of awesome nurses from around the country.

I am a mom of two wonderful children, Adison and Aiden.  They are very busy with various sports, and I love to watch them in everything they do.  They might say I like watching too much, as I MIGHT be rather loud in my cheering.  But I can't help it; they amaze me every day in what they can do. "Me time" includes working out and teaching group fitness classes at a local athletic club, reading, fishing, and taking trips to our place in northern Wisconsin.  I am also an avid Wisconsin sports fan...love my Brewers, Packers, and Badgers!


VP -  Traci Morrow   Alabama institute for the Deaf and blind   morrow.traci@aidb.state.al.us

Traci Morrow is the Director of Nursing at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.  She has served in this position for the past 13 years.  Traci graduated from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  In 2006, she obtained a Master of Science in  Nursing with national board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has served as the primary care provider for AIDB students and clients for the past 10 years.  In December of 2016, Traci obtained a second degree of Master of Science in Nursing, with a national board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Treasurer - Annie Wallace, RN, BSN       KS School for the Deaf      awallace@kssdb.org

Time flies! I started as the Nurse Manager at the Kansas School for the Deaf in August of 2006. I got a quick orientation to my position and hit the ground running. I had A LOT of questions. I tried to figure out the most practical and realistic choices when changes were needed. I have a great staff & we have come together as a team. I have learned so much about the Deaf Community. I really enjoy working with the students and getting to know them. We have the opportunity to teach them about their health and help them learn to make healthy choices. We are able to advocate for them while they are away from home. I love my job! I continue to feel challenged and excited about working here.

I have found great friendships and resources through NASND. I hope we are able to reach out to School Nurses for the Deaf in every state, at every school that serves Deaf children. Our network and resources are limitless. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

Secretary - Leah Haag, RN, BSN     WI School for the Deaf    leah.haag@wsd.k12.wi.us

I started working at Wisconsin School for the deaf in 2008. I started learning ASL in elementary school and had been fascinated with it that I decided to take ASL 1 and 2 in high school. After graduating high school I worked at a Deaf and hard of hearing summer camp as a counselor where I met my now husband. I have always known since I was little that I wanted to work in the medical field and thought that nursing was the best fit for me.I first learned about NASND in 2013 and attended the NASND conference in Iowa in 2013. I found it to be a great resource and met a great group of nurses.

I am a mom of two wonderful sons, Carson and Miles. I enjoy watching any sort of sporting event, fishing and being outdoors. If you come to our house in the fall football is always on our TV and you may hear some yelling and cheering.

Past President -   Mirtie Marshall, RN,  BSN     IL School for the Deaf        mirtie.marshall@illinois.gov

My name is Mirtie Marshall and I am currently the past President of this unique and important organization.  Growing up with Deaf Parents and being a part of the deaf culture, I knew at a young age that being a nurse at a deaf school was the career choice for me!   After graduating from Nursing school and being an OR nurse for several years, the opportunity came available for me to start my career as a nurse at the Illinois School for the Deaf.  It has been an amazing opportunity to work at the same school that both my parents attended and called home.  Residential deaf schools are WAY more than just an educational placement; they become each child’s home.  They build their self-esteem by opening up the doors of communication that facilitates knowledge of all the non-educational life lessons that are imperative to becoming an independent part of society.    It is a nursing career all on its own!  

The National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf was founded years ago to fill in the gap of resources for our unique place in this career of nursing!  This organization has been instrumental in providing all of us solutions to the unique challenges we face daily.   We learn so much from each other and the more of us involved, the better we all become at serving our deaf students!

Join us as we all strive to be better than we were yesterday!!