RID Board of Directors

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 eleven-member board is comprised of the executive board (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Deaf Member-at-Large, Member-at-Large*) and five 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 five Regional Representatives are elected on even-numbered years. Their two-year term of office commences thirty (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

Jonathan Webb, PhD, CI and CT, NIC Advanced

Jonathan Webb, facilitator, writer, activist, educator, and mentor, started learning ASL in 1986 and began interpreting in 1993. Over the years he has specialized in Visual/Gestural Communication, Mental Health interpreting, and Comedy and Storytelling interpreting. He has degrees in Interpreting, Liberal Arts, Deaf Education, and Theology, with post-doctorate work in Clinical Psychology. (more…)

Paul Glaser, MSE, CDI
Vice President

Paul Glaser is an Ohio native, however Washington State is his home. Paul graduated high school from St. Rita School for the Deaf as valedictorian. He then attended Gallaudet University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Communications Studies in 2003. Paul went on to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, achieving his master’s degree in Deaf Education with a focus in mathematics in 2005. (more…)

Kelly Decker, NIC Advanced

Kelly is highly invested in the development of the interpreting field. Since 2005, Kelly has been working throughout Region I in private practice. She is engaged in leadership at the local, regional and national level of the interpreting profession. She has coordinated and implemented countless community based projects and events primarily focusing on social justice and Deaf-parented interpreters. (…more)

Yakata Nichols, NIC

Yakata Nichols is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She found her passion for interpreting at an early age as a heritage signer. Her love for the profession has gained her vast array of professional experiences. She served as MiRID’s Member-At-Large and NAOBI Detroit’s Vice President, Treasurer, Professional Development Chair, and current President respectively. (more…)

LaTanya Jones, M.S.M., NIC

LaTanya E. Jones, M.S.M., NIC is an independent interpreter with nearly ten years professional experience in a plethora of professional and video relay settings, yet specializes in healthcare interpreting. An Adjunct Professor at both the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and Camden County College (CCC), LaTanya has recently joined the CATIE Center team at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, as the Assistant Director. (more…)

Branton Stewart, CDI, CLIP-R
Deaf Member-at-Large

Branton Stewart has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and minored in Business Administration from Gallaudet University. His experience includes involvement with volunteer positions at both NAD and RID. Some of his positions held were: four years as the Vice chairperson for the Deaf Caucus under RID, the NAD delegate for GA and NY during four NAD conventions. (more…)

Jason Farr, NIC
Region I Representative

Jason was born and raised in Orange County, California, graduating from Rancho Verde HS before joining the US Navy. After Basic Training, Jason returned to California to pursue religious and college training. Taking American Sign Language as an elective course in college opened him up to a new world and new challenges of being an outsider. During his college years, Jason worked at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside as support staff. (more…)

Brenda Sellers, CI and CT, NIC
Region II Representative

Brenda Sellers received her B.S. in Interpreter Training from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, May of 2004.  She is currently working as a Video Relay interpreter and occasionally freelance interpreting in the community. Brenda earned her CI and CT and NIC in January/February of 2009 after taking all three tests a week apart.  Brenda worked 7 years as a full time staff interpreter for a community agency.  (more…)

Kenya McPheeters, NIC
Region III Representative

Kenya McPheeters is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She has been interpreting since 2000 and became NIC certified in 2007. She currently works for Sorenson VRS centers in Louisville, Lexington, and Eastern Kentucky University, and serves on the African American advisory committee at Sorenson. In addition, Kenya works with the St. Catherine University Graduation to Certification Program and serves on the Kentucky Board of Interpreters. (more…)