Kris was born with normal hearing levels. It was not until he was stricken with Spinal Meningitis that he lost partial of his hearing. Growing up, Kris had mild-moderate hearing levels. He used spoken English in home, but used spoken English and Signed Exact English during high school years. Gallaudet University provided Kris with the opportunity to learn American Sign Language.
Kris attended public school with deaf program from elementary to middle school. In high school he attended public high school with a sign language interpreter until he graduated. Kris attended Gallaudet University then graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University with B.A. in Theatre Design.
Kris has worked in the theatre industry for over 15 years as a Lighting & Scenic Designer and Technical Direction. He also did a lot of work behind the scenes, building scenery, props, hanging & focus lighting, special effects, etc. After his son was born, Kris stepped out of the theatre industry and worked 3 years as an electrician in West Virginia.
Kris has been married to Christina Vorreyer-Davis for 20 years who currently is the Deaf Mentor Coordinator at Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind and together they have a 5 years old son who is a Kid of Deaf Adults (KODA) that communicate bilingually in American Sign Language and Spoken English.
During his spare time, Kris enjoys fishing, hunting, edible gardening, and spending time with his family.
Hi! I’m excited to be a part of Arizona Hands & Voices as a DHH Guide and also as a parent of a deaf child. I was born hearing but started losing it when I was about 2 years old. I was diagnosed with progressive bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. I went to the deaf school for 3 years using Sim-Com (sign and spoken English together). In first grade, I mainstreamed at the public school using an FM system in the classroom. Except for a brief stint at the deaf school in 7th grade, I was one of two deaf kids in the public school system. I attended Utah State University where I immersed myself in the Deaf community/culture using American Sign Language, served a mission for my church in the Bronx, NY with the Deaf using ASL, then completed my Bachelors in Social Work at CSU-Sacramento.
Along the way I met and married my husband who is from New Zealand and is completely deaf. Together we attended CSU-Fresno, I for my Masters in Social Work, and he in his Masters in Deaf Education. We have 4 children, ages 9 to 2 ½ and they keep us hopping. My husband is a High School Math teacher at PDSD and I maintain a full-time job as mom. My 3rd child, Gabriel age 6, was born with unilateral hearing loss and we are on this new journey finding out what tools he needs to navigate the world with one deaf ear. Thankfully, this journey brought me to AZHV and the GBYS program. I am looking forward to serving you and your children!
Hello! I am excited to be a part of the Guide By Your Side team as a Deaf Guide. I am a mother of two children, both Deaf and Hard of Hearing. My journey began when I was diagnosed with bilateral, profound hearing loss at age 1.5 years old. Since newborn hearing screenings were not a reality when I was born, the etiology of my hearing loss was never confirmed. I was fitted with a hearing aid and I began preschool and elementary grades in an oral deaf program in Atlanta, Georgia.
Growing up, I used spoken English to communicate with my family and friends. I learned sign language when I was 8 years old and became fluent when I started using sign language interpreters in the classroom when I was in middle school. We relocated to AZ when I was a sophomore in high school and I enrolled at ASDB. This was the first time I went to a deaf school. Upon graduating from ASDB, I went to Gallaudet University for my freshman year. I completed my BS at the University of AZ and received my Master’s in Deaf Education in 2000. My teaching career started in Los Angeles, CA, where I taught in a co-enrollment middle school in Burbank. This was a phenomenal experience as I worked with Deaf and hearing teachers and students alike. I am in my 10th year as a Teacher of the Deaf, and I am a Reading and Writing teacher in the middle school at ASDB.
My son, Dominic, age 16, is Deaf since birth and my daughter, Gianna, age 13, was diagnosed at age 3 with mild to severe hearing loss. Both of my children attended the preschool program at ASDB and communicate fluently in ASL and Spoken English. They are enrolled in co-enrollment programs and participate in extracurricular activities at ASDB. They definitely have the best of both worlds!
I look forward to the opportunity to be a Deaf Guide, and to provide families with support, knowledge, and friendship.