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Photo of Anna Witter-Merithew Anna Witter-Merithew, OIC:C, SC:PA, CSC, SC:L, CI and CT
Executive Director (Interim)

Anna Witter-Merithew, M.Ed., CSC, SC:L, OIC:C, SC:PA, CI and CT is the current Interim Director of RID. She is retiring from the position of Assistant Director of the UNC DO IT Center and Director of the UNC MARIE Center where she has worked since 2000.

During her career, Anna has served as an interpreter, coordinator of interpreting services, interpreter teacher, workshop presenter, curriculum developer, program developer and program administrator. As well, she served as President of both a local and state RID chapter, a two-term Vice President and one-term President of National RID, and as the cofounder and two-term Vice President of CIT. She is a recipient of the joint CIT-RID Mary Stotler Award for excellence in the fields of interpreting and interpreter education.

Anna has also co-authored two texts: Towards Competent Practice: Conversations with Stakeholders and The Dimensions of Ethical Decision-Making, as well as creating a twelve(12)-part DVD and workbook entitled, Interpreting in the American Legal System. As well, Anna has over thirty-five (35) peer-reviewed and conference proceedings articles in both national and international publications–many co-authored with valued colleagues.

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Finance and Operations


Elijah Sow, Ext. 205
Senior Director of Finance & Operations
Elijah is a native of Senegal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Networking; and an Associate in Economics. He worked for BearingPoint, formerly KPMG Consulting and came to RID with several years of Operations Management and Conference Services experience. In his spare time, Elijah enjoys cycling, reading and playing classical guitar.
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Standards and Practice

IMG_8826 Julie Schafer, J.D., Ext. 237
Director of Standards & Practice
Julie Anne hails from Baltimore, MD, and has over a decade of education and experience advocating for communication access for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), she also served as the Office’s Communications and Special Projects Coordinator and the Senior Staff Assistant. Ms. Schafer received her Bachelor of Science in Deaf Studies and English from Towson University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore in 2009. In 2013, Julie Anne participated as a professional fellow in the EMPOWER Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and facilitated by Discovering Deaf Worlds. Julie Anne represents RID on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance, and the National Interpreter Associations Coalition. In addition, she has been appointed to serve as a Representative Member from the RID on a subcommittee of the Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Advisory Committees. In her spare time, Julie Anne enjoys traveling, cooking, and dabbling in new languages. Importantly, Julie Anne is the Baltimore Orioles’ #1 fan.
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Tressy Tressela (Tressy) Bateson, M.A.
Ethical Practices System (EPS) Coordinator
VP: (571) 384-5849
Tressela (Tressy) was born in West Virginia and grew up there until her family relocated to Virginia.  After graduating from MSSD, she obtained her BA in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and then attended Gallaudet University for a Masters of Arts in School Guidance and Counseling. Tressy worked in the counseling field, including 14 years in Mental Health Counseling before a career change to teaching ASL. She taught at Clemson University for 6 years during the development of Clemson’s ITP.  Her combined experience working with ASL Students/future interpreters as well as the empathy and expertise gained in counseling makes her a valued addition to the Ethical Practices System.
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Neal Tucker

Neal Tucker, Ext. 207
Policy & Compliance Coordinator                                                                                                                 VP: (571) 384-5097

Neal was born and raised in Boston, MA, (Go Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, & Bruins). While studying at Towson University, he obtained an internship with The Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Studies, he was offered an opportunity to continue his work during legislative session. He joins RID from The Maryland State Department of Education- Division of Rehabilitation Services, where he was the Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing in Baltimore City, MD. In his free time he enjoys volunteering for various organizations, running, playing tennis, reading, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
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Finance and Accounting

Jennifer Apple Jennifer Apple
Finance Administrator

VP: (571) 384-5201
Jennifer, originally from northeast Ohio, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Gallaudet University. She joined the staff of RID shortly after graduation, where she gained experience with many areas, including assisting with the EPS program and taking on responsibility within the accounting department. When not doting on her family, Jennifer enjoys good cooking, going bowling, taking scenic drives through the Blue Ridge Mountains, and learning new and interesting things.
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Charlotte Kinney Charlotte Kinney
Operations Specialist II
VP: 571-257-3957
Voice: 414-465-9139

Charlotte hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Economics. She was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s very first internship experience.

Prior to being on RID’s team, she worked as an office manager, grant writer, and property management roles in her various career experiences.

In her free time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering her time for various organizations, traveling, playing trivia games, and especially reading books.

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Tong Song, M.P.A
Accounting Specialist II
VP: 571-257-3905

Tong Song is originally from Beijing, China and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Masters’ Degree, and was the Graduation Commencement Speaker for the Graduate Program.

She formerly interned at the Finance Office in Gallaudet University, and she was also a graduate assistant and teacher assistant in economic and tax courses. She also handled on-campus departmental jobs.

In her spare time, Tong loves being outdoors such as hiking, camping, exploring, and self-discovering. She also enjoys participating in athletic activities such as swimming.

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Joshua Sechman
Accounting Specialist I
VP: 571-384-4927

Joshua Sechman was born and raised in Pennsylvania.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gallaudet University. During his time at GU, he had several internships at Environmental Protection Agency as a Budget Execution, Philadelphia Insurance Companies as an Underwriter, and GU – Finance/Administration as an Accountant.

He also holds Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. He used to be a Physical Education instructor, lifeguard, teacher assistant, and camp counselor with students/campers from K-12.

When he is away from work, he enjoys his time lifting at fitness center, playing basketball and soccer, traveling, and being with his family and friends.

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Programs and Services

 img_2251-edit Geneine Ratcliff, Ext. 224
Senior Director of Programs & Services
VP: 703-988-4543

Geneine is a native of Dallas, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Sign Language/English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master’s of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University. She has held state certifications in Texas and Arkansas and currently holds national certifications- CT and NIC.

Before coming to RID, she was an intern for Sign Language Associates, served as a staff interpreter for the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in Washington, DC., and a private contractor. Later, she transferred to U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Management/Program Analyst with focus on training, strategic planning, leadership development, program creation, and analysis.

As a transformational leader, her passion is to effect positive social change in service with and to the profession that she loves!

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Member Services

Ryan Butts Ryan Butts, Ext. 203
Director of Member Services
Ryan is a native New Yorker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Before coming to work at RID, she worked at the University of Mary Washington in a community based program for minority students. In her spare time, Ryan enjoys going out with friends and spending time with her family.
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Professional Development

Carol Turner Carol Turner, Ext. 212
Professional Development Manager
Carol was born in Southeast D.C., but grew up in Southern Maryland. She attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her previous work experience includes working with victims of domestic violence/sexual assault as an outreach counselor and court advocate in non-profit agencies. She has spent 10 years in customer service and loves working with people. She has also spent 6 years working in non-profit agencies. Carol in her spare time enjoys listening to different genres of music, adding movies to her 300 plus DVD collection, cooking new recipes and spending time with her husband.
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Ashley Potter Ashley Holladay, Ext. 204
Professional Development Specialist
VP: (571) 384-5163
Ashley was born in Vermont and raised in Maine and New Hampshire. After high school, she attended the University of New Hampshire and earned her Bachelor of Science in sign language interpretation. Upon completion of her degree, Ashley worked as an educational interpreter in a local school district. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Khianti Thomas, Ext. 202
Member Services Specialist I

Khianti Thomas was born in Augusta, Georgia and grew up in Waldorf, Maryland.

She attended Morgan State University and graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Human Services.

In her previous work experiences, Khianti was a Special Education Teacher and Direct Support Provider for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.

In Khianti’s leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on vacations, and learning new things.

She strives to promote and advocate communication accessibility for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind community.

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IMG_1648 Bill Millios
Communications Manager VP: (240) 422-8868
Bill grew up in Lanham and Bowie, in Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Gallaudet University, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from The George Washington University. Professionally, he’s been a software engineer, a software developer, a university faculty member, and a freelance photographer/videographer/web developer.
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Trey Gordon Trey Gordon
Communications Specialist
VP: (571) 384-5028
On February 2, 2016, Trey Gordon joined RID as the Communications Specialist.
Trey was born and raised in Talladega, AL. He graduated from Gallaudet University with degrees in Communication Studies and Government.In his spare time, Trey enjoys volunteering, playing basketball, and having deep conversations with friends and family. Trey looks forward to expanding communications in RID to new depths.
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