The Center on Deaf-Blindness

CDB Staff

Linda McDowell

Linda McDowell

Center Director

Director, Center on Deaf-Blindness / Executive Director, NCDB

Dr. McDowell’s expertise in deaf-blindness includes serving as the Administrative Director of the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project since 1999, numerous publications, international, national and state presentations, and extensive service on national and statewide committees representing deaf-blindness as well as other low incidence disabilities. She has the perfect set of skills and expertise to continue the significant work of NCDB in collaboration with the National Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network and the broader OSEP TA community.

Robbin Bull

Robbin Bull

Project Specialist

Robbin Bull is the Accessibility Specialist on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Project. She earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Oregon University in 1991.
Robbin's primary areas of expertise includes accessibility, data management and design, technology support, and web support. She has worked for the The Research Institute for over 18 years, working for the National Deaf-Blind projects (TRACES, NTAC, NCDB) for most of those years. She provides accessibility, technology support and management for project resources along with assisting in the management of data for the National Deaf-Blind Child Count. Robbin has designed many evaluation tools and databases to manage and evaluate project data over the years. In addition, she provides data management technical assistance and support to project staff as well as state deaf-blind project personnel.

Jeff Denton

Jeff Denton

Lead Web Developer

Jeff Denton serves as the lead technologist and web developer for The Research Institute. Prior to his employment with TRI in 2005, he managed his own web consultancy, Upstart Productions, since 2000.

Jeff’s primary responsibilities include the design, management, and development of the main TRI website, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) website, and several other TRI project websites and mobile applications. He is skilled in UI/UX design, PHP, JavaScript, VB.Net, mobile app development, database design and maintenance, project management, infographic design, and digital strategy development.

Jeff also currently serves on the NCDB web development team and the TRI Bagels and Bites professional development committee. When not working, he enjoys designing and crafting wood products of all kinds, artisanal bluetooth enabled speakers, and tiny backyard offices.

You can find photos and more extensive write-ups of my work on my Behance profile.

Nancy Ganson

Nancy Ganson

Assistant to the Director

Nancy Ganson is the Assistant to the Director, and is housed in the Grants Management Office. She is the Todd Hall Building Manager, Supervisor of Student Work Force and Travel Coordinator at TRI. She earned her BFA from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO in 1981. Nancy’s primary expertise is in Logistical Management, Travel and Office Management.

Nancy started at TRI in 1998 as a Travel Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Deaf Blind workgroup. Several years later Nancy began working for the Director of TRI as an assistant and has now worked with the past 4 Directors. Over the years Nancy has provided project coordination and project assistance to virtually all grants housed within TRI and she brings a certain organization, efficiency, and passion for the work we do.

Nancy has served for both WOU and TRI in support of the Governor’s Food Drive. She has been the Faculty Advisor for Catholic Campus Ministries since 2003. She also served on the Abby’s House Board 2003-2005.

When not working, Nancy and her husband Greg enjoy hanging out with their dog Buddy, and being very supportive of college athletics.

Jan  Hearing

Jan Hearing


Peggy Malloy

Peggy Malloy

Implementation Practices Coordinator

Peggy Malloy has worked at TRI since 1997 on a variety of projects for children who are deaf-blind. She as a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University as well as an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master's degree in library science. Peggy is currently the Implementation Practices Coordinator for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and has a particular interest in the ways that implementation science findings inform the provision of technical assistance. Before working for NCDB, Peggy spent many years as an information specialist at DB-LINK and was the Managing Editor of Deaf-Blind Perspectives. Peggy's areas of expertise are deaf-blindness, public health, technical assistance, library services, information management, product development, and family engagement.

Shelby Morgan

Shelby Morgan

Project Specialist

Shelby Morgan is a project specialist for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness at TRI. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Oregon University. Shelby's primary expertise is in content management, deaf-blindness and web development. She has worked in the field for four years.

Shelby started at TRI as a student worker in 2009 working for the cochlear implant research project. Since then she has been hired as a Project Specialist to help maintain the national deaf-blind library, social media for NCDB, and to assist in the maintenance and development of NCDB's website.


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