David holds a doctoral degree from the Louisiana State University – Shreveport in Leadership Studies. His dissertation was entitled “Leader-Member Exchange and the Effect of Deaf Identity on Relationship Quality.” He received his Master of Science degree in Deaf Education from Lamar University. He has been the executive director of the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center for the past 45 years. He has provided over 35 years of professional services as an interpreter and mentor. David is one of the founding members of the Louisiana Coalition of Service Providers and People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE).
David has provided interpreting services on the college level, medical, legal, and governmental situations. He serves as an RID Local Test Administrator. He is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the Louisiana Association of the Deaf and International Leadership Association. He has conducted workshops on the national, state, and local level in the areas of sign language interpreter training, leadership and interpreting ethics, Power, Privilege, and Oppression, and American Sign Language training.
David is hard of hearing and married to Troy Hylan. He has three children and 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana and enjoys scuba diving, the outdoors and extremely scary films.