Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc. (DCS)

DCS Announces Executive Director Finalists


The Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCS) has two finalists for the Executive Director role. They are Monique Ball and Amy Gomme!

The finalists will visit DCS headquarters in person on January 20 and 21. Their visit will include an interview with the DCS Board and interaction with the community. The community is invited to meet the finalists in person and virtually on Friday, January 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm PST. Please read below for the DCS Executive Director finalist community event details.

Introducing the DCS Executive Director finalists:

Monique Ball

Monique Ball
A native of Bakersfield, Southern California, Monique Ball is an Afro-Latina who brings a multicultural perspective thanks to the rich experiences and traditions growing up in a multi-ethnic household. She received her B.A. in Business and Economics with a focus on Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Her professional experience with nonprofits spans 15 years and includes advocating and providing social services to the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as developmentally disabled individuals.

Her passion and drive brought her into the nonprofit sector to advocate for services and support with regional centers and other nonprofit organizations. This led to pursuing advancement opportunities in Accounting and Human Resources which involved her in organizational planning, strategic development, and growth. Monique continues to be an active member of her community by seeking out fun cultural events and giving back through her nonprofit work.

With a work hard and play hard philosophy, in her spare time she enjoys bowling, art and loves exploring California beaches and mountains by hiking and paddleboarding. Monique’s life mission is to inspire, elevate and empower members of her community to succeed and achieve their goals.


[image description: Monique Ball, Afro-Latina wearing a v- neck dark blue blouse, behind her is a cream color background.]

Amy Gomme

Amy Gomme
Amy Gomme is a native Deaf New Mexican who was born and raised in the rural region of Northern New Mexico. She comes from a family of Deaf members who have resided in the New Mexico and the Arizona area for generations. She is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Amy currently works as the Deputy Director at the Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA). She currently serves on the board for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) as Vice President. She previously was involved in three local community organizations which include the New Mexico Association of the Deaf, The New Mexico Hispanic Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the New Mexico School for the Deaf Alumni Association. Amy is an avid sports fan, with a goal of touching every sports stadium in the U.S.!

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

[image description: Amy has long dark brown hair and is wearing a black sleeveless high-collared shirt. A silver-toned hoop is visible from the left. Amy poses in front of a dark grey wall. Amy self-identifies as a Latinx with white-presenting privilege.]

DCS Executive Director Finalist Community Meet and Greet
The DCS Executive Director finalist community meet and greet will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm PST at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego – Hotel Circle
1515 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108

Please register at # to reserve your spot to attend the DCS Executive Director finalist community event. Attendance will be limited to 100 due to COVID protocols. The event will have the following mask, vaccination, and social distancing requirements:

By registering for this event, you accept the following COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Masks must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet or more must be maintained at all times.
  • You consent to have your temperature taken upon event entry. A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be denied admission.
  • You will be required to go through COVID-19 screening at the event and masks are required indoors.
  • By acknowledging the protocols, you agree to the mandatory guidelines above.

The DCS Executive Director community presentations, along with a question and answer session on Friday, January 21, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm PST, will be live-streamed on the DCS Facebook page. DCS stakeholders can also join the Zoom live-streamed event. The portion where the community event in which community members can approach the Executive Director individually will not be live-streamed. The event may be shifted to a virtual event pending the status of COVID-19 cases.

The live streaming link will be shared when it is ready; in advance of the community event.

Thank you, DCS Search Committee members
The DCS Board wishes to express their gratitude to the DCS search committee members for their commitment and support for the recommendation of the two finalists, which the DCS Board of Directors unanimously accepted at our board meeting. These are the DCS Search Committee members:

  • Nathan Brown
  • Pepe Cervantes
  • Glynda Davis
  • Callie Frye
  • Rosina Garcia
  • melissa kelley colibri
  • Lynnette Miller
  • Chris Preston
  • Ranem Shhadeh
  • Derek Shirane
  • Jennifer Woods

The DCS Board also wishes to thank the many staff and community members who contributed to the DCS Executive Director search process directly and indirectly. Your support was instrumental in bringing us to where we are today. We are excited about the finalist process in which we select the new DCS Executive Director who will lead our organization.

About Deaf Community Services of San Diego

Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCS) is an “…of, by, and for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing” agency. DCS’s mission centers on meeting the social, economic, educational, and behavioral health needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and Late Deafened Community.

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