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CSD Appoints Division President of California Connect

February 20, 2024

CSD Appoints Division President of California Connect

February 20, 2024
February 20, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Amanda Whyrick has been named the new Division President of California Connect. Whyrick previously served as the Vice President of Information Technology at Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD). Starting on February 26, 2024, she will be stepping into this new role. She will provide leadership support for all California Public Utilities Commission contracts held by CSD.

California Connect, known as the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), stands as a resource center for Californians with disabilities in areas of hearing, vision, cognitive, mobility, and speech. Embedded within the framework of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), this program provides telecommunication access; focusing on connectivity, offering a diverse array of accessible telecommunication equipment, relay services, and cutting-edge Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. 

“As someone who personally benefits from accessible technologies, I know that access to them is crucial to the health and well-being of the user in all aspects of life. I look forward to extending this same privilege to Californians with different accessibility needs." - Amanda Whyrick 

“With the rapid advancement of communications technology, the person who fills this role must have extensive experience in accessible technology,” stated Chris Soukup, CEO of CSD. “Amanda is perfectly suited to lead the advancement of our California Connect division as they work towards their goal of providing communication equity for communities with disabilities.” 

Whyrick joined CSD in 2016 as a Systems Administrator and held various leadership roles until her promotion to Vice President of Information Technology in 2022. During this period, she successfully implemented accessible organizational-wide technology policies, including a transition to work-from-home call centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As Division President for California Connect, Whyrick looks towards modernizing the program in a way that centers on the needs of various communities with disabilities and integrating the most up-to-date technological offerings.  

See the full press release here

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