Board of Directors



Sherry Williams, President

Sherry Williams (Lyman, SC) is currently an adjunct professor both at Spartanburg Community College and Converse College. She has worked at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind for many years as a counselor, transition coordinator, and teacher. She received her MA in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University and her BSW in Social Work from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Sherry serves on the SC Department of Education Advisory Council on the Education of Students with Disabilities and previously served on the SC Protection and Advocacy Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Spartanburg Association of the Deaf (SgAD), SC Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SCRID), National Association of the Deaf (NAD, and the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association (ASLTA). She is the recipient of the SCAD Most Distinguished Service Award (2013) and the NAD Golden Hand Award (1997). Sherry has been active in SCAD for several years, serving in numerous officers’ positions. She sees SCAD as the primary advocacy organization for the Deaf Community in South Carolina to ensure that all Deaf people have the same rights and access as hearing people. In her spare time, Sherry enjoys hiking, backpacking, gardening, quilting, and oil painting. She is married to Roger Williams and has six children, four of whom are Deaf.

Glenda McCary, Vice President

Glenda McCary (Inman, SC) is a graduate of South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB - Class of 1972). She holds a degree from Piedmont Technical College in Secretarial Science. She is currently employed with the SCSDB as an ASL instructor for the employees as well as an evaluator to help maintain the employees ASL skills. She is a member of the Spartanburg Association of the Deaf (SgAD), the South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SCRID), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and South Carolina American Sign Language Teachers’ Association (SCASLTA) and a member of the South Carolina Association of the Deaf (SCAD). She is the recipient of the 2013 Charlie McKinney Award from SCAD.   She has served in numerous officer’s positions and committees and is currently the Vice President of SCAD.  She is the former Miss Deaf South Carolina of 1975-77 and top ten of the Miss Deaf America Pageant in 1976. She also is the President of the South Carolina School for the Deaf Alumni Association (SCSDAA) and is very active with various Alumni committees. She feels strongly that SCAD is THE organization that advocates for equal access and fights for the rights of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in South Carolina.  Glenda enjoys cooking, catering, reading, traveling and spending time with her granddaughters.

Leonard Earl Wright, Past President

Leonard Earl Wright (Pauline, SC) is retired from South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) where he worked as a Testing and Textbook Coordinator. He is an adjunct Professor at Converse College in Spartanburg. He serves on several advisory boards, such as Tri-State Seminary of the Deaf, and PEPNet-South. He is a member of the Spartanburg Association of the Deaf (SgAD), the South Carolina Baptist Conference of the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Cedar Springs Education Association, and First Baptist Church in Spartanburg. He is the recipient of numerous awards from SCSDB, his church and the community. Earl believes in advocating strongly for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing of all ages. His most rewarding experience has been helping to improve the quality of education among the Deaf/Hard of Hearing students across the State of South Carolina. His hobbies include gardening, traveling, being PaPa to his three grandchildren, raising farm animals and reading. He married his wife Debbie, originally from South Dakota, in 1974 and has two daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Beth Metlay, Member At Large-Upstate

Beth received her Masters of Arts degree in Sociology and currently employed at SC Department of Mental Health Deaf Services. She has experience as a Counselor, Deaf Interpreter, and Special Service Provider for Deaf-Blind. She is a volunteer for domestic violence victims and gives presentations on co-dependence. Beth enjoys reading and knitting in her spare time. 

Jennifer Powell, Member At Large-Low Country

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree at Gallaudet University with a major in Homemaking. She received her Masters of Arts degree at Western Maryland College in Deaf Education. Jennifer retired as a Teacher of the Deaf after thirty years and is a strong advocate for the Deaf community. She has ten years of case manager skills and is currently a professional Science Technician. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, sewing clothes, and reading books. 

Ronald Howell, Member at Large-Midlands

Ronald is a graduate of SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Gallaudet University. Retired from US Postal Service after twenty-seven years and served as President of SC Black Deaf Advocate in 2012. He is a long time member of SCAD, a member of National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Midlands Association of the Deaf (MAD), and SouthEast Athletic Association of the Deaf (SEAAD). Ronald enjoys reading and fitness in his spare time. 

Anita M. Steichen-McDaniel, Ex Officio, Executive Director

Anita M. Steichen-McDaniel has served as Executive Director since January 10, 2009. She was appointed Interim Executive Director on October 2, 2008. She is also ex officio of the SCAD Board of Directors. She previously served six years as President of the Association. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for a total of 21 years. She received several awards from SCAD at the conferences. She greatly advocates to the Deaf Community in South Carolina.She is a graduate of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. She moved to the Midlands from the Charleston Area after she married her husband, Lee McDaniel. They both reside in Lexington, SC. She previously worked at the Charleston Veteran’s Medical Center as a Patient Service Assistant for 21 years.