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

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.