Sean Gerlis grew up outside New York City and attended the New York School for the Deaf, known as “Fanwood”. He was the third generation from his family to attend this school. He attended Gallaudet University, and then transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Mr. Gerlis has a lifelong passion for advocacy and community service. Currently, he serves as a President of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kaleidoscope, which coordinates Deaf Awareness Week in New York City, President of the Kappa Phi Theta Alumni Association, Board member and occasional director, producer and actor in New York Deaf Theatre, LTD., and Board member in National Association of Deaf.

Dedicated to the field of information technology and access, Sean currently works as a Director of Field Services & Outreach at Snap! Telecommunications. Prior to Snap!, Mr. Gerlis worked for Xerox Corporation and Kyocera Mita as a software engineer, and GoAmerica as a product manager.

Sean lives outside New York City with his wife Rebecca and son Asher, who are his two biggest supporters in his passion for deaf rights advocacy.