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In 1911, Orson Archibald deeded his farm to establish the Archibald Memorial Home. In 1937 The Home was finally built. This small nursing home thrived in spite of economic difficulties and changing needs. Many deaf people have worked together to maintain this small home. In 1989 it was necessary to close The Home. It was nearly five years before AMH re-opened the new program at an Indianapolis nursing facility.

Come, be a part of building upon Archibald’s dream of creating a healthy, enjoyable, environment for our own elderly, and infirmed Deaf family and friends. Go to the Membership page to join the organization today. Please go to the Committee page to view how members are taking an active role with our organization.

Board Leadership


Sharon Wesley-DunnSharon Wesley-Dunn is a 1969 graduate of Indiana School for the Deaf. She retired from At&T in 2009; her last position title was Design Specialist. She has held positions across different organizations, too numerous to list by dates here: Indiana Assodication of the Deaf (IAD), Greater Indianapolis Deaf Club (GIDC), Indiana Deaf School Advisory board, and its Parents Teachers Counselors Organization (PTCO). A deaf adult of deaf parents who were friends with Orson Archibald and worked the land and nursing home, Sharon grew up in constant presence of Archibald Memorial Home. These days Sharon divides her time between serving on organizations and takes great joy in being a grandmother. Term ends 2018.



Vice President

Beatrice PfaffBeatrice Pfaff grew up in a Deaf family; parents, grandparents, three Deaf and one hearing brothers, one Deaf sister, and two Deaf sons, Daniel and Joseph. She attended NJSD, transferred to NYSD (Fanwood), graduated 1973, received BS in Physical Education from Gallaudet University 1978, MA in Deaf Education from Ball State University 1989, ASL specialist from Western Maryland College 1998. Beatrice recently retired from Indiana School for the Deaf and, in addition to teaching at other schools, (Ball State University, University of Louisville, hearing HS students through Distance Learning, and hearing community with IAD) she has a total of 35 years of teaching experience. Currently, Beatrice teaches ASL at Vincennes University. Her Deaf Community service involvement includes PTCO President and board, IAD President, board and committees, Willard ASLTA Professional Development Coordinator, WASLTA President, ICRID board member as IAD representative, currently board member for Archibald Memorial Home and Director of the Deaf Youth Sports Festival (MDO) as well as member of many Deaf organizations (ICBDA, GIDC, WASLTA, ICRID, NAD, IAD, etc). Beatrice has been Co-editor for Indy Deaf News for four years. Term ends 2020.


Michael ReisMichael Reis is a 1970 graduate of Indiana School for the Deaf. Photography and gardening are his favorite hobbies. He graduated from University of Tennessee in 1975 with a a bachelor’s degree in business and obtained his master’s degree in urban studies in 1981. He is a Democratic Party activist and enjoys being a historian of Deaf people of Indiana since 1992. Term ends 2018.





Steven StultzSteven Stultz is an Indiana native. He graduated from Indiana School for the Deaf in 1974 and is an alumni of RIT/NTID class of 1979. Steven retired from United States Department of Housing & Urban Development in December 2012 after 35 years. He previously held Treasurer position for Indiana Association of the Deaf.Steven is the long-time Treasurer for AMH and Hoosier Outdoors Club of the Deaf. Term ends 2020.





Board Members

Ann ReifelAnn Reifel currently chairs the Vincennes University American Sign Language Program, housed on the Indiana Deaf School campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ann has earned Masters degrees in Deaf Education from Ball State University and Teaching American Sign Language Program from Western Maryland College (aka William McDaniel College). She has been teaching for the DO IT – ECIP for a number of years; and recently joined the BA Interpreting program teaching ASL. She has conducted various workshops pertinent to language and cultural issues for Educational Interpreters in the state of Indiana, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, and persons in the workplace. Term ends 2018.

Lisa WilsonLisa Wilson is a 1990 Indiana Deaf School graduate. She graduated from Indiana University in 1995. Lisa has been gainfully employed since 1995. She has held board positions with the Greater Indianapolis Deaf Club and volunteered with various organizations: Indiana House Rabbit Society, Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton’s County, and General Education Diploma Deaf program. In addition to serving on the Archibald Memorial Home board, she is also a treasurer at the Indiana Association for the Deaf. Lisa currently has memberships with Greater Indianapolis Deaf Club & Healthcare Businesswomen Association.
Please take a moment to review Lisa’s Linkedlin profile, or email Lisa90Lisa @ gmail.com. She will be glad to hear from you. Term ends 2018.

Wendy WhitingWendy Whiting retired from Vincennes University ASL Program in 2014.  She graduated from New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood) in 1970 and Gallaudet College in 1975.  She started a weekly group called Happy Hands Club (HHC) for knitting, cross-stitching, and crocheting.  On Wednesdays she attends Deaf Archibald Auxiliary (DAA) to sew projects for Seniors’ needs at EVCL. Term ends 2020.


Janis Tester  is a native of Wise, VA, Janis went to MSD (Frederick), TSD (Knoxville) and graduated from VSDB (Staunton)in 1980. She attended Gallaudet as a member of Class 1983. She majored in Philanthropic Studies/minored in Religion Studies at IUPUI. Currently she works with Student Life at ISD part time. She had been secretary for several organizations since high school and most recently for IAD for 2 terms. Currently she volunteers with Hoosier Deaf Community Center (HDCC) Committee. She is a member of Greater Indianapolis Deaf club (GIDC), Silent Senior Hoosiers (SSH), Hoosier Outdoor Club of the Deaf (HOCD), Indiana Association of the Deaf (IAD) and Archibald Memorial Home (AMH). She is very much looking forward to working with senior citizens.  She has a certificate in Stephen’s Ministry. She took care of her husband’s 99-year-old Deaf grandmother for 2 years before she went Home and also took care of her husband’s father before he went Home. She loves reading, sewing, doing crafts, camping and socializing with people older than her! Term ends 2020.