San Diego County RID (SCRID) Affiliate Chapter Update:
Hello Region V! Since we have many new board members, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to our fabulous team; San Diego County’s RID Board of Directors. We are looking for a new Community Interpreting Representative. If you are in our Chapter’s jurisdiction and interested, please do contact me. – Mala,
Mala Poe has an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Deaf Education: Applied Linguistics as well as a Masters degree in Linguistics, both from Gallaudet University. She has been a member of the Deaf community since 1986, and holds national certifications in interpreting from RID and NAD. She is a staff interpreter for Deaf faculty at the University of California San Diego. Occasionally, Mala world as a freelance interpreter and is a presenter on topics dealing with individuals who are Deaf-Blind. She is serving her third year as President for SDCRID. Prior to serving as President, Mala served as Vice-President for a few years after being the Professional Development Chair. On the state level, she continues to be the Listserv moderator for RID’s Deaf-Blind Member Section and has now transitioned back to the Region V Representative. Her passion is traveling within her region to provide workshops, exposing people to ideas of interpreting with Deaf-Blind people. In the little spare time that she has, she enjoys volunteering at Deaf Community events, whether interpreting or coordinating events and working with the annual Susan G Komen Foundation as part of the Moto Route Safety Crew. Her favorite things to do always include spending time with her husband, Eric, and dog Juno.
Judith A. Kroeger graduated with a Master of Arts in Deaf Education and holds a California teaching credential Educational Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Her background in education complements her experience as an interpreter and Associate of Arts in ASL/English Interpreting. Judith is RID certified and has interpreted in various settings including educational, both K-12 and college level, video relay, and general community. In working as a community representative with SDCRID, Judith meet with interpreters in discussion groups, not only to discuss the current issues they face on a daily basis but action items that have led to both local and national changes.
Judith is involved with RID at the national level as chair of the Video Interpreter Member Section for the last year. She is also on RID’s legislative task force currently focusing on issues facing educational interpreters and video interpreters. Along with RID, Judith is involved with CAL-ED (California Educators or the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) as the Area VII representative.
With several years of experience working with SDCRID and other organizations, Judith hopes to continue as vice president in an effort to make this a truly member-driven organization.
Jillean Reitz, graduated from a local interpreting training program to join the interpreting field in high schools, but got her start with a much younger age bracket. As a one-on-one signing aide she worked in the Pre-K forum and quickly moved to Elementary School. Then as an interpreter in high schools and has spent the past year and a half in post-secondary and community interpreting. In 2009, after earning her RID certification, she continued to pursue a variety of interpreting experiences as well as furthering her professional education. She has rejoined the interpreting staff at Deaf Community Services; as both an Educational/ Community Interpreter and as Co-Coordinator of the DCS-Internship Program. Juggling and scheduling multiple responsibilities both professionally and personally has become an enjoyable challenge and a successful balancing act.
When Jillean is not working she is a fully devoted mother of twins, ‘Soccer and Swim mom,’ loves getting in the kitchen to cook OR bake (especially with the twins) and delights in time spent with friends and family. She has enjoyed volunteering for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer walk and CPR Saturday. In the past year she has been fortunate to dive into the world of Deaf-Blind Interpreting and found an additional new family, both here and on the East Coast! This new found Deaf-Blind experience has allowed for not only new travel and friendships, but also a great and curious new vision of the future.
SaVRID members at the 2012 RID Region V Conference in Hawaii