The Steps to Success program is a four day workshop offered by Rochester Institute of Technology for deaf and hard-of-hearing 9th -12th grade African American, Latino and Native American (AALANA) students. Students will spend two days learning about college prep, leadership,  business and other current event topics.

Our Presenters

Photo of Ritchie BryantRitchie R. Bryant
Ritchie R. Bryant, CDI, MA, is currently working as ASL Lecturer at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).  For the past two years, he has been working as a freelance interpreter at Gallaudet University. He is a culturally Black Deaf person who is a dynamic and innovative presenter. Mr. Bryant has experience presenting ASL/Deaf-related workshops for the past twenty years. In addition, to interpreting and presenting, he served on the RID board as the Deaf Member at Large from 2015-2017.

Photo of Ritchie BryantStephanie Albert
Stephanie was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She became deaf at age five due to spinal meningitis. She grew up in a hearing household with her mother, father, twin sisters and brother. She attended mainstream schools from kindergarten to high school.

Stephanie earned a master’s degree in school counseling at Gallaudet University, a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Wright State University, and an associate degree in accounting at RIT/NTID. Additionally, she has held secondary school counselor certification in the state of Georgia and an alternative administrative specialist license in the state of Ohio.

Stephanie M. Smith Albert has many years of professional experience in the education field as a school counselor at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia, St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the director of Student Life at Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, Stephanie works as director of Diversity and Inclusion at RIT/NTID.

Stephanie is married to Tim Albert. They reside in Rochester, NY with their black lab, Lucky.


Photo of Ritchie BryantJazzy Jones
Jazzy currently residing in Rochester, by way of Buffalo, Jazzy earned her bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2005. She spent her post-graduation years working for a major airline and travel retailer before switching gears to event planning and social media management. Years of experience has bought her back to her RIT roots, where she now serves as Assistant Director of Regional Outreach Projects. Jazzy is active with Deaf Women United and currently serves on the board as Operations Chair.