Darlene Zangara, Ph.D., LPC believes in servant leadership. A person of great empathy and foresight, Darlene started out as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students in a self-contained classroom. Next, Darlene became a clinical therapist, providing mental health, vocational, and educational assessments and counseling services. She was also an adjunct instructor for psychology, and later, interpreting and transliterating training courses.
Feeling a gravitational pull towards stewardship, Darlene moved on to key leadership roles. To date, she has served as a director or executive director for several organizations including,
- "Me Too!" A Substance Abuse Prevention Project for Deaf Youth, funded by the Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
- "We Too!" A Resiliency Enhancement Project for Deaf Youth with Special Needs, funded by the Ohio Department of Drugs and Alcohol Services
- DeafLink - The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Family Network Center, funded by the Ohio Department of Drugs and Alcohol Services
- Ohio Resource Center on Deafness
- CSD of Ohio, Division Director
- Centers of Excellence, CSD Headquarters
- Olmstead Implementation Office, State of Minnesota
Darlene has a Bachelor of Sciences in Deaf Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling with the Deaf from Gallaudet University, and a Doctor of Philosophy, Leadership and Change from Antioch University.
Working collaboratively is important to Darlene. She works side-by-side with her team members because she believes more is accomplished when people work together, sharing the same vision and desired outcomes.