Meet the Team

Paula Rodriguez
Director
Paula founded Deaf Focus Services in 2009 to provide community, communication and counseling support for the Deaf community and families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read More

Melodie Sparks
Assistant Director
Hi! I’m Melodie. I have a degree in Deaf Education and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf from Gallaudet University. I have over 25 years experience working Read More

Jay Isch
Advocate and Interpreting Coordinator.
A native of Boston, Jay comes to us with a fresh different perspective from outside of Louisiana of how things can be done. He comes from a Deaf family and Read More

Candi Latino
Office Manager
Candi is a strong active member, not only here at Deaf Focus, but within the Deaf community. A native of Louisiana, Candi is the mother of a young Deaf man, who thrives at school and within his community. Read More

Ashley Argrave
Communications Support
Ashley is a Doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University in Audiology. Ashley has her master in Education also from LSU and is an advocate for special education and the Deaf community. Read More