Emily is the founder and camp director of Dreams and Inspirations (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Camps and Retreats) at Confidence Learning Center near Brainerd, MN. Emily was raised in rural Minnesota and mainstreamed in the public school system. Her mother advocated ensuring that she received an equal education. Emily's mother also brought her to MNCDHH meetings, deaf community events, sent her to camps with other deaf and hard of hearing youth and made sure she had the opportunity to meet other deaf peers and role models. Emily attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Emily is the vice chair of the Minnesota EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) Advisory Committee, which she has been involved with since November of 2008. She is also the chair of the Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Central Minnesota Advisory Committee since January of 2009. Emily lives in beautiful rural Minnesota with her husband and two children.
"I am honored and passionate to serve on the Commission because of the work we do to ensure our community has equal access to opportunities. I have known about the Commission since I was a little girl through my mom, who was advocating for my rights. She taught me how to advocate by example, which I hope to also pass on to my children." ~ Emily Smith-Lundberg