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FRAMINGHAM – The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) welcomes Raymond Rodgers as the new Director of Walden School. 

He received his bachelor’s from Gallaudet University, a Masters in Social Work and MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. His first job after graduating college was at TLC as a residential supervisor. Raymond grew up all around the country, including California, Colorado, Washington, DC, New Mexico and Washington state. In his spare time, Raymond enjoys camping, hiking, bicycling, films, coffee shops, working out, yoga, traveling and quality time with friends.

Prior to joining TLC, Raymond was most recently Executive Director of Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) for six years, and as Interim Executive Director for the World Federation of the Deaf for a year and a half.

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Raymond is delighted to return to TLC, where he will  help ensure services are student-centered, and continue to promote a safe and welcoming environment for all. 

“I value health, nature, cultures, human connection, compassion and empathy. In life I strive for simplicity and balance in life,” he said.

The announcement comes after a long and intensive search in which TLC partnered with organizational and leadership development consulting firm Innivee Strategies, Inc. Innivee specializes in the recruitment and placement of executives and leaders of organizations that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.

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“On behalf of the Innivee Strategies team, we deeply appreciate The Learning Center’s trust in our team’s support for the Walden School leadership search process,” said Innivee Strategies CEO Shane Feldman. “We are excited about the upcoming success at the school under Raymond’s leadership.”

Walden School is a nationally-recognized residential therapeutic and education program for deaf children and youth ages 8 to 22. Walden School students have often experienced significant adverse childhood events, as well as language deprivation, resulting in mental health challenges, and have treatment needs that have not been successfully addressed in other academic and residential settings.

The 2020 Metrowest Nonprofit Partner of the Year, 2019 Outstanding Organization of the Year MCDHH, and two-time winner as Best Audiologist in Metrowest (2019 and 2020), The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is a nationally-recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults and one of the largest private employers of Deaf individuals in the Massachusetts.

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The organization honors and celebrates Deaf culture through bilingual-bicultural education; linguistically accessible and culturally-responsive service provision; audiology and hearing aid services; public school consultation; professional consultation and training; Deaf community events; communication access and interpreting services, and more. For more information visit

Innivee Strategies, Inc. provides organizations with systemic frameworks that enable them to build strong strategic decisions toward their desired vision. We engage leaders and stakeholders in collaborating together to choose the best governance model, set leadership, staff, and volunteer expectations, align and optimize resources, and manage change. Innivee Strategies is a leading search firm in the recruitment and placement of executives and leaders of organizations that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our services also include Effective Governance, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation.

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