NorthWest Region Representative
Elizabeth Merz is from a hard of hearing family including her grandmother, mother, sisters, daughter, cousins, and niece. She has lived and worked all over the U.S. and in Florence, Italy. When her daughter was young, Elizabeth and her husband bought a farm in west central Minnesota, expecting to retire. Life had other plans. Elizabeth became an advocate, which led to serving as a Guardian ad Litem for the 8th Judicial District. Some of that work was with children and parents who were deaf or hard of hearing. She also served on her school board for 12 years and represented her district on the regional 9-school Special Education Cooperative. Elizabeth has a BA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and an MA from Middlebury (Vt) College. She taught at the University of Iowa, the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and Concordia College in Moorhead. Her children live in Raleigh, NC and Minneapolis.
"I appreciate the opportunity to work on ensuring that the deaf and hard of hearing and deafblind children and adults in Northwest Minnesota have access to the same programs and services that are available in other parts of the state, and to expand those services in spite of the great distances and required travel. Where policies or statutes or funding prevent that, I’d like to be part of the team working to fix them." ~ Elizabeth Merz