The Board of Directors is a member-elected body of RID certified/associate professional interpreters*. The role of the board is to govern the organization by setting the direction and vision through internal and external stakeholder engagement.

The 11 member board is comprised of the executive board (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Deaf Member-at-Large, Member-at-Large*) and 5 Regional Representatives. If applicable, the Board of Directors may also have an immediate past President which serves as an Ex-Officio Member. The Executive Board is elected on odd-numbered years, is sworn in at the National Biennial Conference, and serves a two-year term in office. The 5 Regional Representatives are elected on even-numbered years. Their two-year term of office commences thirty days (30) days after elections during that year, but no later than September 1st.

*The Member-at-Large position can be held by either a certified or associate member.

2013.31- Motion to commit the RID Board of Directors to the values of Roots, Respect, Relevance, and Results as guiding principles for the 2013-2015 term. Motion Maker: LaVona Andrew


Current Officers

Melvin Walker, M.Ed., CRC, CI and CT, NAD V
president@rid.orgMelvin Walker received his B.S. in Psychology from Athens State University and M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University.  He has been employed by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services for the past 12 years and is currently in the position of Senior Rehabilitation Counselor…  (more…)
Erica West Oyedele, NIC
vicepresident@rid.orgErica West Oyedele, MA, NIC, has interpreted professionally since 2004, working primarily as an independent contractor in government, business and medical settings. She completed her interpreter training at American River College in Sacramento, CA where she now works as an Adjunct Professor teaching on the topics of discourse, translation and social justice.  (more…)
 Erica West Oyedele, Region V Rep
Josh Pennise, MA, CI and CT, NIC Advanced Joshua Pennise is a native of the Virginia coast who calls New York City home. He learned ASL from Deaf friends as a teen and interpreting through mentoring with generous professionals in the field. At eighteen, he passed the RID CI exam, later adding the CT and NIC Advanced. Josh interpreted while attending college at Old Dominion University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in human communication and a master’s degree in applied linguistics with an emphasis on sociolinguistics. During his graduate career, he focused…(more…)
 Josh Pennise, Secretary
Billieanne McLellan, CI and CT, NIC, Ed:K-12 Billieanne McLellan started interpreting in 1994 at a local community college. Since then she has worked in various venues as a freelance interpreter, a staff theater interpreter, in VRS, at church crusades, as an emergency medical interpreting service provider, and a California Disaster Relief Interpreter. She is also… (more…)
 Billieanne McLellan, Treasurer
Member at Large
LaVona Andrew, M.A., CI and CT, NIC Master, Ed:K-12
memberatlarge@rid.orgLaVona Andrew is a life-long learner, interpreter and educator. As a native ASL user and sign language professional, she maintains a full interpreting schedule in addition to teaching university ASL courses and leading interpreting workshops. Her specialties include sign-to-voice, mental health, performing arts and post-secondary interpreting. (more…)
Deaf Member at Large
Ritchie Bryant, CDI Ritchie R. Bryant is a dynamic, native American Sign Language (ASL) user and a culturally Deaf Texan. Currently working as a professor in American Sign Language and Interpreting Training program at the community college in Austin. Ritchie has been presenting … (more…)
Ritchie Bryant, DMAL
Region I Representative
Hartmut Teuber, RSC
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Region II Representative
Brenda Sellers, NIC, CI and CT
Visit the Region II PageBrenda Sellers received her B.S. in Interpreter Training from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, May of 2004.  She is currently a full-time staff interpreter for Tennessee School for the Deaf, where she enjoys interpreting in a wide variety of situations and other duties.   She continues to work a few hours as a Video Relay interpreter and occasionally freelance interpreting in the community. (more…)
Region III Representative
Sandra Maloney, CI and CT, SC:L
Visit the Region III Page Sandra Maloney is a native Michigander who graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2001. She is completeing her M.A. in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University with an expected graduation date of (more…)
 Sandra Maloney, Region III Rep
Region IV Representative
Sonja Smith, NIC
Visit the Region IV Page Sonja W. Smith was raised in southern California, but now calls Austin, Texas home.  While in high school, she played water polo with Deaf teammates, and thus began her training to become an ASL/English interpreter.  After high school, she continued her education at Baylor University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with an emphasis on Deaf Education.  She completed her Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies, with an emphasis on interpreter education, in 2016. (more…)
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Region V Representative
Michelle “Mish” Ktejik, SC:L, NIC
Visit the Region V PageMish Ktejik, MA, NIC, SC:L, has been interpreting since 2004 when she began volunteering as a student interpreter at UW-Milwaukee under the watchful eye of a supportive and warm Deaf community. With their encouragement, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006 and graduated from Gallaudet University in 2009 with an MA degree in Linguistics and an MA degree in Interpretation. (more…)



Previous RID Board Photos:

RID Board Group Photo 2015 RID Board of Directors: (front row, seated, left to right) Vice President Melvin Walker, President Dawn Whitcher, Secretary Josh Pennise; (back row, standing, left to right) Region IV Representative Connie Herndon, Region V Representative Erica West Oyedele, Region II Representative Randy Chappell, Member-At-Large LaVona Andrew, Region I Representative Lewis Merkin, Region III Representative Sandra Maloney, Deaf Member-At-Large Ritchie Bryant, Treasurer Billieanne McLellan

2015 Board of Directors

2014-2015 Board of Directors: Front (L-R) President Dawn Whitcher and Vice President Melvin Walker.
Back (L-R) Region III Rep. Sandra Maloney, Region II Rep. Randall Chappell, Region IV Rep. Connie Herndon, Region I Rep. Lewis Merkin, Region V Rep. LaVona Andrew, Treasurer Wing Butler, Deaf Member-at-Large Priscilla Moyers, and Member-at-Large CM Hall. Not present: Secretary Daryl Crouse.


2012-2014 RID Board of Directors