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Administration

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

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

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Elijah Sow, Ext. 205
Senior Director of Finance & Operations
ESow@rid.org
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

Tressy Tressela (Tressy) Bateson, M.A.
Ethical Practices System (EPS) Coordinator
TBateson@rid.org
VP: (571) 384-5849
Tressela, known as Tressy at RID, 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
NTucker@rid.org
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
JApple@rid.org

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
CKinney@rid.org
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
tsong@rid.org
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
JSechman@rid.org
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
GRatcliff@rid.org
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
RButts@rid.org
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
CTurner@rid.org

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 Holladay, Ext. 204
Professional Development Specialist
AHolladay@rid.org
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
KThomas@rid.org

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.

 


 

Communications

Maxann Keller Ext. 225
Communications Coordinator
MKeller@rid.org
VP: (571) 414-0039
Maxann was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a double minor in Spanish and Creative Writing. It is also during this time she learned to surf and ran her first of soon to be many half and full marathons.
She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science degree in ASL/English Interpretation from William Woods University. Her past career achievements include published works in three different Pulse Publishing publications, interpreting for Maryland School for the Deaf’s East Coast Track and Field Championships, infant to pre-k language development classes, and non-profit press releases and event coordination. She was also a coordinator for the rebranding efforts of The Southern States Communication Association. Her specialties include project management, social media, digital publishing, and photography.
When she is not at work, you’ll most likely see her out for a run, cooking in the kitchen, traveling to new places, or spending time with her family and friends. Her dreams include becoming a published author and helping to improve accessibility of educational ASL acquisition tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing families.

Julia Wardle Ext. 210
Communications Coordinator
JWardle@rid.org

Julia Wardle earned her Master’s degree in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Her thesis focused on political socialization factors of the Deaf community in the 2016 Presidential election and the influence of new media accessibility on civic engagement. Julia is particularly interested in the intersection of the Deaf cultural narrative and the increasing use of assistive communication technologies.

Previously, Julia worked as Editor-in-Chief of Georgetown’s gnovis journal, a student-led initiative for peer-reviewed publishing and intellectual discussion space. She also works as a part-time interpreter. Julia came into the Deaf community through an outreach mission in Southern California, promoting language education and spiritual enrichment for underprivileged Deaf individuals. There she met her husband and followed him back to DC, where he was enrolled as a Gallaudet student.

Julia grew up in a military family but calls the DC metro area home. She now lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and enjoys running, playing violin, crocheting, and adventuring with family. She is excited for the challenge of working with RID!

Jenelle Bloom
Communications Specialist
JBloom@rid.org
VP: (571) 384-5028

 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenelle is a true West Coaster at heart. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and comes from a strong background in research and Interpersonal Communications. Jenelle has a sound sense of morals, believes in social justice, and insists that advocates never have a day off.  In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her fiancé and their furry family, she maintains an open-door policy for debates of any kind, is constantly on the lookout for authentic international cuisine, and will always find time for a good cup of Peet’s or Philz coffee! Most of all, she is excited for what the future holds and looks forward to her communication role at RID!

 


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