Meet the Staff



Debbie Mitre-Smith has been the Director for the Deaf-Hearing Family Literacy Program since it was established in 2014. In addition to her role as the Director, she is also a full time Assistant Professor in the Sign Language Studies Department at Madonna University.








Lexy Craig

My name is Lexy Craig and I’m originally from Milford. I went to mainstream schools in the Bloomfield Hills district. I graduated from Lahser High School in 2011. I am currently a college student at Madonna University. My major is Hospitality & Tourism Management and my minor is Business Administration.
I have been working as a mentor for this great program for almost two years now. I’m thankful for being able to give back to our community while learning valuable skills as a mentor along the way and through a passion of mine. ASL ROCKS!!

Deidri Hines

Hello my name is Deidri, and I grew up with hearing family. I live in Michigan and I am currently teaching sign language  and mentoring a family with Deaf children. I love to teach different adults and children. I’m graduating from Oakland Community College in May, and I will attend Madonna University in September to get a B.A. degree for Sign Language Studies.  I’m looking forward to becoming a teacher in the future.  I am married with five children and three grandchildren.

Patty Schultz

I was born to Deaf family in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1953. I went to the Michigan School for the Deaf when I was 5 years old and then graduated in 1972. I was a basketball star and participated in many activities in leadership roles. I was junior president, student council, and president for one year and treasurer for my senior class.  I got married to my husband Christopher on September 29, 1973. We have two Deaf daughters. Also, I am grandmother to a Deaf boy (11 years old) and a hearing girl (9 years old). I am retired but work part time teaching ASL classes and mentoring with the Deaf-Hearing Family Literacy Program. I have also been an officer for  the Detroit Association of the Deaf for many years.

Larry Trayner

Bio coming soon!