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People at TDI

The TDI staff is small but extremely committed to providing excellent services while pursuing the TDI mission of providing leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for deaf and hard of hearing people. You are encouraged to contact any member of the TDI staff at anytime with questions or suggestions concerning how TDI can better serve people with hearing loss.


Claude Stout
Executive Director
Claude L. Stout has served as Executive Director of TDI since January 13, 1997. He also serves as Chair of DHHCAN, a national coalition of twenty organizations representing deaf and hard of hearing citizens, and he is a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee.

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Tayler Mayer
Director of Public Relations
Tayler Mayer graduated with two degrees, in information technology and management, from Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University. For over 10 years, he’s worked as a freelance web developer, during which time he created two well-known websites, and DeafVIDEO.TV.

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Eric Kaika
Product Manager for TDI’s speech-to-text technology and caption corrections project
Before joining TDI, Mr. Kaika oversaw marketing and sales for Communication Services for the Deaf’s multimedia services. His experience working for non-profits brings a diverse skill set to make the caption corrections project an exceptional service.

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John Skjeveland
Business Manager
John Skjeveland brings more than 23 years of accounting, auditing, and other financial experience to TDI. He graduated from Gallaudet University in 1993 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

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Past Members, Presidents And Executive Directors