The mission of Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. is to Empower, raise Awareness, and bridge a sustainable Foundation of communication and equal access to both the deaf/hard of hearing and the hearing communities in the St. Louis metro area.


The organization’s primary vision is to provide services for deaf/hard of hearing, hearing individuals, and the community in the St. Louis metro area as a whole to ensure effective communication and cultural awareness. This purpose is accomplished through a meaningful unity of community outreach, training, education, advocacy, media, visual arts, and interpreting. The vision reflects a strong sense of community where the deaf/hard of hearing and hearing communities are empowered and aware of the importance of equal access to all.

Of, By, For and With the Deaf

DEAF, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created by deaf individuals. DEAF, Inc. provides high-quality interpreting services at the lowest prices in an effort to enable the deaf and hard of hearing to freely interact with the mainstream society. 100% of all net proceeds go to programs designed to promote awareness of issues related to deaf and hard of hearing communities.

Board of Directors



Ernest Garrett, III Executive Director

Tony Nitko, MAE

Marketing Director

James Shearburn

Community Development Officer

Michele Steele

Finance Manager

Dedicated Staff

Amber Brown

Manager of Interpreting Services

Leslie Brown

Interpreter Coordinator

Thomas Green

Community Engagement Coordinator

Annette Nitko

Support Group Coordinator

Jason Roberts

Media Specialist

Devon Whitmore

Community Advocate

Career Opportunities

Start or enhance your career path with DEAF, Inc. Be affiliated with the only organization in St. Louis Metro that completely supports and benefits the Deaf Community! Be a part of an organization that nurtures your career and appreciates you. Below is a list of job openings that we have available. Your future with DEAF, Inc. begins today.





If interested, please submit a cover letter, completed DEAF, Inc. Application (doc) and a resume.  Send the contents to careers(at)deafinc.org for consideration.

Independent Contractor Opportunities


DEAF, Inc. is seeking certified and qualified interpreters to work with us as independent contractors. If you are interested in working with DEAF, Inc., please click the link below to submit a request for more information.





Internship Opportunities

DEAF, Inc. is always offering internship opportunities.  Individuals (both deaf/hard of hearing and hearing) will receive unique hands-on experience and incorporate academic knowledge into the professional in non-profit social services.  Your internship will help strengthen your work ethic, improve your resume as you work for our organization to increase your career choices.  To be considered for an internship with DEAF, Inc., please download, fill out the Internship Application and send to DEAF, Inc. at careers(at)deafinc.org.


Accounting Intern


To apply, please download the application: Internship Application(PDF)


Contact us for more information:


Email: Click here.

Phone: (314) 714-6400

Fax: (314) 266-7427

Future Opportunities

If you wish to be considered for future positions, or to otherwise become involved in our mission, please feel free to forward your resume and cover letter to us. Please indicate in your letter the kind of assistance you want to provide, your salary requirements, and your contact information.


To apply, please download application: Employment Application(PDF)

Annual Reports

DEAF, Inc. is committed to transparency and accountability at all levels, including how and where grants and donations to the organization support our programs and services. Please take a moment to browse our annual reports.


Annual Reports

• DEAF, Inc. Annual Report 2016 [online] [pdf]

• DEAF, Inc. Annual Report 2015 [online] [pdf]

• DEAF, Inc. Annual Report 2014 [online] [pdf]


IRS Form 990

• 2016 [pdf]

• 2015 [pdf]

• 2014 [pdf]




Make a Donation

Did you know that your gift does much more than help deaf and hard of hearing people overcome their communication barriers, enabling them to become productive members of the mainstreamed community?


Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc.'s mission is to provide a diverse and affordable program of educational and supportive services designed to address communication problems experienced by children and adults who are deaf and/or hard of hearing and serve as an information and referral source for this population and the general public.


There are many ways you can gift to DEAF, Inc.   Rest assured, our donation system’s security measures keep your personal information safe.






In advance, we thank you for your support. With it, DEAF, Inc. is transforming many

lives of deaf and/or hard of hearing individuals and their families.







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FAX: (314) 266-7427

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Phone: (314) 968-8868

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