KODAheart was created to respond to frequent requests from Deaf community members for more support and resources for hearing kids of deaf adults and their families. As individuals passionately involved in CODA, KODA, and Deaf community organizations and events, we aim to utilize our unique skills and backgrounds to develop and curate educational resources and activities. We strongly believe that these can be used to build an invaluable bridge across geographic, cultural and linguistic spaces and create stronger bonds throughout our community.
KODAheart’s mission is to serve hearing kids of deaf adults (KODA) and their families by providing a variety of educational & recreational resources with the aim of encouraging the exploration of their multilingual/multicultural/bimodal experience.
KODAheart’s vision is to provide tools and resources to positively navigate and negotiate between and within the deaf and hearing worlds.
The KODAheart logo is our creative representation of what KODAheart means to us. The center of the infinity symbol highlights the intersection of our worlds, languages, and generations. The solid line encircles and connects the family in shared experiences and affection. It is a KODAheart – a little bit hearing, a little bit Deaf, and always connected in love. What does the KODAheart mean to you?
President, Jenn Legg
Jenn has over ten years experience as a KODA camp director, a role that included supervisory responsibilities as well as developing program content and resources for kodas, staff, and parents. Throughout this period she engaged in outreach activities that involved organizing family events and activities, pop-up camps and prepared presentations at national conferences on the subject of KODAs and their families. Jenn also attended Gallaudet University and is a certified interpreter in the Washington, D.C. area.
Vice President, Bobby Loeffler
Bobby is a Coda, actively involved with both KODA and CODA organizations and a well-respected ASL performer. He attended Gallaudet University where he later worked as assistant coach for the women’s and men’s basketball programs. Later he worked as head coach at the Texas School for the Deaf as well as within USA Deaf Basketball. He is currently the Interpreting Coordinator at the University of Texas and resides in Austin, TX with his girlfriend, coda artist, Kate Fitzpatrick and their 3 pets.
Treasurer, Weston Pondolfino
Weston has twelve years of experience as a counselor and Assistant Director of a KODA camp program. Utilizing his Bachelor degree in Athletic Training from Endicott College, his responsibilities involved developing age appropriate athletic and recreational activities with an emphasis on furthering the identity development of the campers. Weston also has experience implementing pop up camp activities in new communities. He is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Attleboro High School, where he is working to develop ASL courses for High School students.
Secretary, Jannelle Legg
Jannelle holds dual Masters degrees from Gallaudet University in Deaf History and Deaf Cultural Studies. After two years teaching Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University, she is currently a Digital History Fellow in the Center for History and New Media and a PhD student in the History department at George Mason University. She has given national and international presentations related to Koda/Coda Studies and her publications include a Masters thesis entitled “Both and Neither; the Hearing Line in Twentieth Century Coda Literature”.
This page does not reflect the entirety of the KODAheart board – Additional Board Members invitations have been extended and are in the process of being formally added. We encourage the community to contact us with nominations of individuals with expertise and experience who can contribute their unique skills to strengthening the direction of our programming and organization.