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Dr. Rosemary Wanis

Dr. Rosemary Wanis

Facilitator

Professional/Academic Experience

Rosemary Wanis was born in Egypt to hearing parents.  She immigrated with her parents, to Monterey, CA at the age of 9 months.  At the age of 4 she was identified as being hard of hearing and started wearing hearing aids, receiving speech therapy, and attending private schools.  She grew up in self-paced, auditory-verbal classrooms until going to California Baptist College in Riverside.  There she started learning sign language, volunteering at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, and was introduced to the beauty of the Deaf-World.  After graduating with a BA Degree in Psychology, she went to Gallaudet University where she grew in her identity as a Deaf person and ASL became her beloved primary language.  She obtained her Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Administration & Supervision in 1998. After graduating from Gallaudet, she returned to California and worked as an advocate, coordinator of client services, and later an Executive Director at Deaf Service Agencies.  Rosemary became a Certified Deaf Interpreter in 2005 and in 2014 became nationally certified as a trainer using the NCIEC Deaf Interpreter Curriculum.  In May, 2018, she graduated with her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on special education administration. She currently works full time at Fresno State University in California.  She  lives in Clovis, CA (near Fresno) with her beautiful daughter who is a proud KODA.