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Board Members

Michael Shaw

For more than 30 years, Michael has worked in a variety of capacities as an advocate and youth worker. Currently, he is the Co-Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services at Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families. Mr. Shaw is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Iowa City Community School District and the DIAA Advisory Committee.  He is a certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor and an experienced trainer on a variety of sexual assault and domestic violence issues. Mr. Shaw received his Bachelor and Master degrees in social work from the University of Iowa.

Renee Johnson

Ms. Johnson is the daughter of Deaf parents and has been interpreting professionally for 16 years. She graduated from Scott Community College with a degree in Sign Language Interpreting in 2000. Soon after, she became certified CI/CT by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).  She has experience is in a wide variety of settings:  business, medical, educational, entertainment, legal, mental health, religion, etc. Kimberly is her smart & beautiful daughter who is almost 9 years old and signs frequently with her grandmother. In September, she will be celebrating her 2 year anniversary with her husband, Shane Johnson.

Rion Schulze

Mr. Schulze is a Firefighter, husband and father of 4 beautiful children.  He is a firefighter with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. He serves on the DIAA Advisory Board, as our liaison to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Mr. Schulze is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College, with a degree in Fire Science.

Melissa Lewis

Ms. Lewis is an attorney who's personal, education, and professional experiences have shaped her life.  Ms. Lewis was mainstreamed as a student who was deaf/hearing impaired in a public school system, graduated with honors from Iowa State University (Bachelor degree) and graduated with honors from Illinois State University for her M.S. degree.  Ms. Lewis entered the workforce as a clinical dietitian and adjunct professor.  She has constantly had to advocate for accomodations which helped her decided to obtain her J.D. from City University of new York (CUNY) School of Law. Her goals as an attorney are to apply the law to serve and assist the public with their legal issues and to help keep other Deaf people from having to face the same struggles she endured during her education and in the workforce. She was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2008. Ms. Lewis is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Guthrie County Bar Association (Treasurer), and Iowa Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in the state of Iowa and in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa.



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