CASLI Staff support the daily operations of the organization by  providing administrative and operational support. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing exam development, maintenance and administration. Managing the exam application and registration process and providing stellar support and customer service to candidates, and all other stakeholders.

CASLI Staff Employees

Star Grieser

Director of Testing

703-988-4543 (VP)

Star G. Grieser is the new director of testing for CASLI. She relocated from Norfolk, VA where she worked as a program chair for the ASL and Interpreter Education Program at Tidewater Community College for 11 years. Star was very active in the Virginia Deaf community as well as within her profession presenting workshops and facilitating statewide conferences and events. She is currently the vice president of Virginia Association of the Deaf and holds both CDI and ASLTA-P certification.

She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (SVP ’94) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Professional & Technical Communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology and from McDaniel College, Westminster, MD with a MS in Deaf Education in 2009. Star is very excited to join the CASLI and RID team and is looking forward to tackling many new challenges with the CDI and NIC tests. Star currently lives in D.C. with her wife, Shannon, and her hyperactive Australian Sheppard puppy, Beau. Star is looking forward to exploring all the museums and memorials of DC, spending time in nature, dabbling in arts, and lounging outdoors with a good book.

Michael Raffanti

Testing Specialist

571-257-4761 (VP)

Michael hails from the state of California, where he attended K-12 at California School for the Deaf – Fremont. After graduation he moved to the east coast to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Professional & Technical Communication with a Professional Core in Business and a minor in American Politics.

Michael served as a legislative intern in the United States Senate in Washington, DC before relocating back to California. After several years of working and traveling, he began to miss the east coast, Washington DC in particular, and moved back to the area. Michael plans to obtain his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Gallaudet University. He is a big fan of the San Francisco 49ers. His hobbies include reading, hiking, and camping. He particularly enjoys attending recreational events hosted by the Deaf community in the DC metro area and working out weekly at a local fitness center.