HQ Staff

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RID Organization Structure

Charity Warigon
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Charity Warigon grew up at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia where six generations of Deaf, oral deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf families used all kinds of “languages” to communicate. As a hard-of-hearing person growing up, Charity often provided informal interpreting when dire situations arose and there was no one available to assist deaf individuals in the area. She also pursued RID’s provisional Reverse Sign Communication (RSC) certificate in the early 1980s. Charity focused her career on bringing access and advocacy to Deaf people, including working in West Virginia (WV) in the late 1990s as the Executive Director of the WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  She also worked for a number of years in a variety of middle- and senior management positions at Gallaudet University. She is currently serving as the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Registry Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). Charity  lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Slemo.

Elijah Sow, Ext. 205
Chief Operating Officer

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.

Jennifer Apple
Director of Finance and Operations

(571) 384-5201 VP

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.

Charlotte Kinney
Operations Specialist
(571) 257-3957 VP
(414) 465-9139 Voice

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.

 Tong Rogers, M.P.A
Accounting Specialist II
(571) 257-3905 VP

Tong Song was born and raised in Beijing, the capital of China. She came to Washington D.C. in 2008 to obtain a degree at Gallaudet University. Since then she handled on-campus departmental jobs, participated in multiple campus activities and was a part of the lead on the Gallaudet Bison swim team. Tong has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Master of Arts in Public Administration, and was the Graduation Commencement Speaker for the graduate program. In her free time, she loves traveling, collecting books, keeping active, and spending time with family and friends.

Ryan Butts, Ext. 203
Senior Director of Standards and Practices

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.

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.

Tressela Bateson
EPS Administrator
(571) 384-5849 (VP)

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.pixel space

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Ashley Holladay, Ext. 204
Certification Coordinator
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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.pixel space

Neal Tucker, Ext. 207
Director of Member Services and Government Affairs
571-384-5097 VP

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.

Dr. Carolyn Ball
Affiliate Chapter Liaison

Carolyn has been a member of RID since 1994. However, her involvement with the Deaf Community began in 1982 when she met a Deaf young man at a baseball game in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This chance meeting at the baseball game influenced Carolyn’s career and life forever. After the baseball game and many years of college, she has been teaching interpreting in higher education for the past thirty-years. Carolyn has served on several national boards and loves to be involved in the Deaf Community. She enjoys researching the history of interpreters and interpreter educators and how to become effective leaders. In her free time Carolyn enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her family.

Khianti Thomas, M.P.A, Ext. 202
Member Services Coordinator

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, and received her Masters in Public Administration from Gallaudet University. 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.

Bill Millios 
Director of Communications and Outreach
(802) 778-9201 VP

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 George Washington University. Professionally, he’s been a software engineer, a software developer, a university faculty member, and a freelance photographer/videographer/web developer.

Julia Wardle Ext. 210
Communications Manager
(571) 814-3556 VP

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!

Maxann Keller Ext. 225
Communications Coordinator
(571) 414-0039 VP

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.

Jenelle Bloom
Communications Specialist
(571) 384-5028 VP

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. From her studies of how and why individuals communicate and interact the way that they do, she focuses on strengthening accessibility through visual communications on all fronts. Jenelle has a sound sense of morals, believes in social justice, and insists advocates never have a day off.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her wife and their furry family, she maintains an open-door policy for debates of any kind, is always on the lookout for authentic international cuisine, and typically makes the time for a good cup of Peet’s or Philz coffee. Jenelle is very excited to continue on her journey through her communications role at RID and be apart of the team.

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