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September 25, 2006

Hamilton Relay Proudly Recognizes Leader in Iowa

From: Hamilton Relay - Sep 25, 2006

In honor of Deaf Awareness Week, Hamilton Relay is pleased to recognize Don Miksell as the 2006 Deaf Leader for the State of Iowa.

Don Miksell is a true Iowan. Having been raised in the Iowa City and Des Moines areas, he attended a couple of different school programs before going to Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) in Council Bluffs in 1968. He graduated from ISD in 1976.

Don has worked for the United States Postal Service for over 20 years as a postal clerk in the registry room. Don is a tireless leader and is always a big advocate of civil rights for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Iowans. Currently, Don is the President of Iowa Association of the Deaf (IAD), an organization that recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. He serves as a member of the Deaf Awareness advisory board, as well as the Iowa Utilities Board Dual Relay Party Council. Don also participates on the Mercy Hospital Steering Committee for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is responsible for raising funds for Deaf Awareness, and promotes IAD across the state in an effort to increase membership of IAD.

Don is happily married to his wife, April. They have a daughter, Amanda, and a granddaughter, Jade. Don’s family resides in metro Des Moines area. In his free time, Don enjoys working on computers and creating arts and crafts.

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.