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Roger C. Williams

    30 Wild Cherry Circle

Lyman, SC 29365

864.879.9446 Voice · 864.879.8542 TTY/FAX · 803.807.2701 VP



8/75 - 8/79                                                                                                          Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Graduated with High Honors, GPA 3.53


8/83 - 1/86                                                                           University of Illinois, School of Social Work, Champaign‑Urbana, IL

Master of Social Work, GPA 4.9; Concentration in Community Mental Health


 8/07 -                                                                                    University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, Columbia, SC

ABD, PhD Candidate, Dissertation “Communication and Attachment in Deaf Children with Hearing Parents”

                                        Anticipated completion – December, 2015




5/06 -                                                       Director, Deaf Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Columbia, SC

          Responsible for the delivery of services by the Department of Mental Health to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of South Carolina. Advise the Director and key stakeholders on how to best design and develop the provision of a comprehensive statewide program. Provide overall coordination and direction to program implementation.


5/93 – 5/06      Program Manager, Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services, Deaf Services Program, Simpsonville, SC

          Develop and supervise comprehensive statewide community based services for mentally ill Deaf adults and emotionally disturbed children. Programs include inpatient services, outpatient counseling, residential programming and psychosocial rehabilitation. Supervise 34 employees and $1,250,000 budget.


6/90 ‑ 5/93                                                                           Social Worker IV, Patrick Harris Psychiatric Hospital, Anderson, SC

          Established Deaf Services Program at hospital and served as Program Coordinator. Developed programs, policies, and procedures for 22 bed in‑patient psychiatric unit for Deaf patients.


8/87 ‑ 5/90          Community Services Consultant, Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wilmington, NC

         Supervised Regional Office of the Division, providing comprehensive services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. This included conducting workshops and in‑services training for public and private agencies on topics related to  deafness and providing counseling, skills development, and advocacy.


9/84 ‑ 7/87                                    Coordinator, Hearing Impaired Services, Community Counseling Services, Jacksonville, IL

          Provided range of mental health services including counseling, case management and crisis intervention within a Deaf Services program.


1/80 ‑5/84                                                                                School Social Worker, Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville, IL




11/89 -                          Consultant and Presenter, Center for Mental Health Services, NASHMPD, Mental Health Interpreter Training, Various State Mental Health Authorities, Professional Organizations


8/91 -                                                                              Designated Court Examiner, States of South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois


9/93 -            Lecturerer and Instructor, Interpreter Training Program, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC


8/94 - 8/97                                                    State Block Grant Reviewer, Center for Mental Health Services, Washington, DC


6/10 – 8/10                                               Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina, School of Social Work, Columbia, SC




6/85 ‑ Present                                        National Association of the Deaf

                                                                                 ‑S. C. Association for the Deaf, 1990 ‑

                                                                                                   - SCAD Language Proficiency Interview; Rater, 1994 -

                                                                                                    - SCAD Interpreter Assessment Program; Rater, 1995 - 2004


6/88 ‑ Present                                         National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

                                                                                  -Mental Health Special Interest Group; Chair, 1994 - 1999

                                                                                  ‑S. C. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

                                                                                                     - President, 1990 ‑ 1994

                                                                                                     - Chair, Certification Maintenance Program, 1993 - 2000

                                                                                                     - Member-at-Large, 2000 - 2002


8/00 - Present                                        American Society for Deaf Children

                                                                                - Web Committee Chair, 2001 – 2008

                                                                                - Vice-President, 2004 – 2005

                                                                                - Co-President, 2005 – 2007


4/03 - Present                                       American Red Cross, Upstate Chapter, Greenville, SC

                                                                                - Disaster Mental Health Responder, 2003 - 

                                                                                - Chair, Disaster Mental Health Committee, 2005 – 2009

                                                                                - Instructor, Disaster Services

6/08 - Present                                        National Coalition on Mental Health and Deaf Individuals

                                                                                - Member, Board of Directors, 2008 -


9/08 - Present                                        International Institute for Mental Health Leadership, Task Force on Deafness

                                                                                 - Appointed Representative from the United States, 2008 -




5/79                          “Robert D. Frisina Award for deaf/hearing integration” – National Technical Institute for the Deaf


6/89                          RID Certificate of Transliteration


3/90                           “Distinguished Service Award” - N. C. Governors Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities:


10/90                        South Carolina Licensed Master Social Worker #4487


7/95                          SCAD/NAD Interpreter Assessment Program Level 5


8/96                          “Outstanding Transition to Community” Award - South Carolina Mental Health Association


7/01                          “Interpreter of the Year” - South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf 


6/09                          “Service to Mankind” Award – South Carolina Sertoma Club


8/09                          Community Disaster Responder Certification

                                        FEMA IS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 704 & 800 Certified


10/10                       “Human Service Professional of the Year” – Barbara Stone Foundation


3/12                          “Certified Coder” - Adult Attachment Interview


5/12                          “Employee of the Year” – South Carolina Department of Mental Health


3/13                          “Qualified Mental Health Interpreter” – Alabama Department of Mental Health


4/13                          “Mental Health Interpreter Supervisor” – Alabama Department of Mental Health




Fram, M. S., Frongillo, E. A., Jones, S. J., Williams, R. C., Burke, M. P., DeLoach, K. P., et al. (2011). Children are aware of food insecurity and take responsibility for managing food resources. Journal of Nutrition, 42(5). 


Gournaris, M. J., Hamerdinger, S., & Williams, R. C. (2010). Promising practices of statewide mental health models serving consumers who are deaf: How to advocate for your model in your home state. JADARA, 43(3), 152-182. 


Gournaris, M. J., Hamerdinger, S., & Williams, R. C. (2012). Creating a culturally affirmative continuum of mental health services: The experience of three states. In N. Glickman (Ed.) Deaf Mental Health Care. New York, NY. Routledge. 


Williams, R. C. (2011). Effective use of peer crisis counseling in the wake of hurricanes Andrew and Floyd. The Dialogue, 7(4), 2-3. 


Williams, R. C., & Williams, S. L. (2014). Maintaining High Expectations. Odyssey, 15, 66-69.



Just Add Water; Adoption and Deafness: An overview of adoption, the adoption process and potential problems, including Reactive Attachment Disorder.


Communication Assessments: Presentations at national and regional conferences on deafness and mental health.


Coping with Chaos; Stress Management and Vicarious Trauma: Numerous events including state and regional conferences for interpreters of signed and spoken languages.


Dining Alone; The Deaf Child in the Hearing Family: Regional NASW conference and state conferences in the Southeast U.S.


Disaster Response in the Deaf Community: Workshops given for several states, under sponsorship of FEMA and/or HRSA.


Dysfluency: Keynote address for the National Healthcare Interpreting Symposium


The Future of Interpreting: A workshop looking at technological innovations and developments and their impact on the future of the interpreting profession; at state and national conventions.


Managed Care and Specialty Mental Health: State mental health conferences in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio,
Texas, Washington, DC and South Carolina.


Orientation to Deafness: Numerous events including standard training for SCDMH, SCDAODAS, NASHMPD, court and law enforcement personnel, in addition to preconference workshops.


Sign-To-Voice Interpreting: Workshops series for varied educational institutions as well as state and national


Swimming with the Sharks & Dancing with Dolphins; Mental Health Interpreting: Numerous events including state and
regional and national conferences focusing on interpreters and mental health professionals.


Towards Consistency; Developing Standards Signs in Substance Abuse: Building Bridges Conference on Substance
Abuse and Deafness, Kansas City, KS.