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Zahna Simon (she/her) is San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, and is honored Changemaker of the year 2018 for San Francisco Live Oak School where she is a former alumni.  She is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher and Deaf advocate.  Ms Simon attended UCI double majoring in Chemistry and Dance, working with fellow peers, graduate students and distinguished faculty such as Lisa Naugle, David Allan and Donald McKayle.  She is also a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special “Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances.” Ms Zahna is currently the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter, Founder and Director and a full time office manager at a Professional Fiduciary Office. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Ikouii Creative’s Book, IN THE STUDIO, published on Stance on Dance and was a Deaf Editor for Sins Invalid Disability Justice Primer. She has also performed with Kim Epifano, San Francisco Trolley Dances, Alameda Island City Waterways, Man Dance Company and Abilities Dance Boston.