First Things First
Keri Brewer, CI & CT, BEI Level IV & Oral, NAD 5, is married and the mother of 2-year-old son, Travis. After graduating from an ITP in 1989, she moved to Austin, Texas and worked as a freelance interpreter for 7 years. She was an evaluator for the BEI for four years. She lives and works as a freelance interpreter in the Salem/Portland, Oregon area now for the last four years. She presents workshops and interpreters at conferences around the country. She loves to come back "home" to Austin every chance she gets. She's known to say, "Austin grew me up as an interpreter ".
Dr. Daniel D. Burch is the Immediate Past President of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) and Vice President of Sign Language Services International, Inc. This private practice provides Sign Language interpreting, Sign Language classes, RID continuing education units, and Consulting. His doctorate is in special education with emphasis in deafness. Dr. Burch's dissertation topic was "Essential Competencies, Responsibilities, and Education of Sign Language Interpreters in Pre-College Educational Settings." He has a Master of Arts in education of the deaf and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Certification includes Comprehensive Skills Certification from RID and Professional Certification from the Council on Education of the Deaf.
Tom R. Cox, B.G.S., Texas Level V, R.I.D. CI/CT holds a Bachelors of General Studies from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas and has more than sixteen years experience as a freelance interpreter in medical, psychological, educational, legal and community settings. Mr. Cox has been an evaluator with the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TCDHH), Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) since 1992 and is currently serving as a board member for the BEI. He has presented numerous educational offerings for interpreters at the local, state and national levels. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics at Texas Tech University.
Michael D. Moon, R.N., C.N.S., M.S.N., CEN is an instructor of clincla nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas. He has an extensive background in Emergency and Critical Care nursing. Mr. Moon is a Certified Emergency Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care. He received a Masters of Science in nursing from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. He currently serves as an instructor in Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Mr. Moon has presented numerous educational offerings regarding emergency and critical care nursing. He is currently serving as the president of the Texas Emergency Nurses Association. Additionally, he is on the Texas Nurses Association Governmental Affairs Committee, and National Emergency Nurses Association Resolution Committee.
Reginald Egnatovitch was born deaf, third generation deaf. He has been involved with the interpreting field since 1989. He has been active in helping to establish several services in the tri-state area. The 24 hour- Emergency Service was one of the biggest task he undertook. He also served as president of The Greater Philadelphia R.I.D. (GPRID) and served as a board member of Pennsylvania R.I.D. (PARID). He joined R.I.D.'s legal task force to establish the SC:L., and serving on RID's Certification Council. When Reggie became involved with the field of interpreting, there were no courses or training offered to the Deaf. With all his energy and determination, he developed and established workshops in various areas to implement training for Deaf people interested in becoming Professional Interpreters.
Steven R. Hunter, MSW, LCSW is a Regional Coordinator of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently serving on the Ad Hoc State Committee to implement new standardized Signed Communication Proficiency Interview test for all mental health professionals who work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. Prior to this, he was employed with AIDS Services of Austin as Deaf Services Coordinator. He received his Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Political Social Work. He has conducted numerous workshops for professionals who work with the deaf and hard of hearing populations all over the country.
Jeff Jaech, CI/CT, is the training specialist with the Regional Interpreter Training Project, federally funded grant project, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where he coordinates workshops and training opportunities for interpreters in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. He also interprets for the University of Kansas and on a freelance basis. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of deafness in a variety of positions, including as an interpreter in a variety of settings. In addition to being RID certified, Jeff holds the highest level of certification awarded by both Kansas and Missouri.
Kim Brown Kurz grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, where she received both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She worked as assistant director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Johnson County Community College for five years and currently teaches in the Interpreter Training Program at JCCC. Kim's interests include issues in educational interpreting, postsecondary/higher education programs for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, and ASL linguistics. She has given numerous workshops on postsecondary opportunities for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. She gave birth to her first child in early December!
Carla M. Mathers, Esquire, CSC, SC: L Provisional, is an attorney in private practice licensed in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ms. Mathers graduated magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law where she was a member of Howard University Law Journal. Ms. Mathers received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland where she graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Mathers' interpreting degree is from the College of Southern Idaho. Ms. Mathers is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland Bar. Ms. Mathers is a member of the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts' Advisory Committee on Interpreters. Ms. Mathers has traveled and taught court interpretation nationally since 1995.
Risa Shaw has based her interpreting and teaching practice in the Washington D.C. area for the past 17 years. Ms. Shaw currently specializes in interpreting in legal settings. She has been teaching courses and leading workshops around the country and in Canada for over twelve years, and is well known for teaching on the topics of Team Interpreting, Analysis of Interpretations (feedback), The Interpreting Process, and Interpreting in Legal Settings. She has degrees in Interpreting, Linguistics, and Education: Teaching Interpreting. Ms. Shaw is a member of the Maryland Administrative Office of the Court's Advisory Committee on Interpreters, the Subcommittee on Fees, Qualifications, and Usage.
Carol J. Patrie, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of ASL, Linguistics and Interpretation at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC where she was the coordinator of the Master of Arts in Interpretation for ten years. She is a past president of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers and is nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CSC, SC:L, CT, CI). In 1998 she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Faculty award at Gallaudet University. She is the 1999 winner of the Mary Stotler Award, given by RID and CIT. She is currently preparing a number of student workbook, teacher's guides and videos for publication by DawnSignPress of San Diego. These texts and videos will address various skill development areas within the interpretation process.
Brandi Rarus works for Sprint Relay as a Government Account Manager and has been with the company for 8 years. Brandi began her career with Sprint as the Account Manager for Relay Missouri, transferred to assume the position for the state of Texas and now works on a national level in sales. A graduate of NTID/RIT, Brandi holds a BSW degree in Social Work. In addition to her work at Sprint, Brandi is very active in Deaf Women United and Deaf Women of Austin. She and husband Tim call Austin, Texas home where they live with their two young boys, Blake and Chase.
Amy Kalmus is the staff interpreter working with the Sales and Marketing team at Sprint Relay based in Austin, Texas. Amy holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College in Kansas City and spent the past 10 years as a freelance/ community interpreter in Kansas and Missouri where she specialized in legal and telecommunications interpreting. Holding certifications in Kansas, Missouri, and RID, Amy has served as a trainer, state evaluator and mentor to students and working interpreters.
Cynthia Roy began her career as a houseparent and teach at the Texas School for the Deaf. She began interpreting in 1974, was certified (CSC) in 1975, and began training interpreters in 1979. He holds the Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and created the core curriculum for the first Master's degree in Sign Language Interpreting. Oxford University Press has just published her book, Interpreting as a Discourse Process, and she has published articles in the RID Journal of Interpretation, Multilingua, Interpreting, and The Translator. Her next book, an edited collection of essays on teaching interpreters, is coming out from Gallaudet Press this spring. Another book on interpreting will be out 2001. She is currently the director of a new bachelor's program in interpreting at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Gary R. Sanderson works at California State University, Northridge in the National Center on Deafness as the Coordinator of the Western Region Outreach Center and Consortia. In this position he coordinates a program that serves a 16-state region providing outreach and technical assistance to post secondary institutions. Before moving into this position he was the Coordinator of Interpreting, Notetaking and Tutoring services for 10 years. He served 3 terms as the President of the Southern California RID and on the RID Board as the Region V Representative. He represented RID to the National Task Force on Educational Interpreting and served as the Co-Chair of the RID/Council on Education of the Deaf Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Educational Interpreter Certification Standards. During the convention, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of service to the field of interpretation. This year he was appointed to the NAD/RID Task Force on Interpreting.
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