Our People

The NZSLTA Executive Board is elected by the NZSLTA members at the BGM (every two years). The NZSLTA Executive Board meets regularly to discuss matters related to the management of NZSLTA.


NZSLTA Executive Board for 2022-2024

President - James Anderson-Pole

Responsibilities: Finances

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), partial completion of Certificate in Deaf Studies (DEAF801-804).

Teaching experience: Community classes at Onehunga High School, Auckland Deaf Society and other providers in Auckland; taster classes and NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa; mainstream and Deaf provision classes at various schools in Auckland; one-on-one tutoring for freelance clients and Merge.

Vice President - Candice David

Responsibilities: Conference, Funding Applications and Central Rep

Qualification: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: Over 5 years of experience teaching NZSL in various settings: community education, hospitals, businesses/workplaces, and school & kindergartens. And provide NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa.


Executive Committee - Mike Alley

Responsibilities: RAP and Constitution / SGM / BGM

Qualifications: Science Degree. BFOR.SC. Teaching Diploma (Primary). Post Grad Teacher of the Deaf.

Teaching experience: 14 years with Van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Including Parent Workshops in NZSL, High School NCEA NZSL; Currently teaching NZSL Full Time with Freyberg High School.

Executive Committee - Kirsten Morgan

Responsibilities: Communications, Funding Applications and Membership

Qualifications: Diploma of Computer Graphic Design, Diploma of Website Design and Diploma of Internet Technology. Partial completion of Certificate in Deaf Studies (DEAF801-803).

Teaching experience: No teaching experience but supporting NZSLTA and TeachSign. Over 20 years of experience as a Freelance Front-end Web Developer for SUTHERLANDesign.

Executive Committee - Terryn Agnew

Responsibilities: Professional Development (PD), Southern Rep

Qualifications: Partial completion of Certificate in Deaf Studies (DEAF801-804).

Teaching experience: Community classes at Rising Holme and Riccarton High School. Taster classes and one-on-one private tutoring.

Executive Committee - Wendy Orellana

Responsibilities: Mentoring and Northern Rep

Qualifications: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL. Diploma in Applied Interior Design. Bachelor of Spatial Design. Diploma of Graphic Design Communication.

Teaching experience: Ko Taku Reo - NZSL Tutor; Merge NZ for Administration / NZSL Tutor; Auckland of Deaf Society; Blockhouse Bay Community Centre - established my own NZSL class; AUT Centre for refugee education ECC - Deaf refugee.

Life members: Lynette Pivac, Shona McGhie, David McKee, Josje Lelijveld

Deceased life members: Penny Went, Dennis Tod

Last updated: 29/3/2021