Josh Pennise, Secretary

Joshua 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 on collecting and examining language samples of Deaf people using ASL who have intellectual disabilities.

Josh has been involved in interpreting leadership since 1999. Since that time, he has served on the Virginia RID board in three positions (including President), four national committee appointments, state, regional and national conference planning committees, and has twice been elected to the RID board of directors. He has additionally served as a member and now chair of the Tidewater Community College ASL & Interpreter Education Advisory Committee in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Since 2006, Josh has worked in management for Sorenson Communications in local, regional and national positions. He supplements this work with conference and freelance interpreting as well as teaching workshops around the United States. When not working, Josh enjoys traveling the country (47 states and counting), the world (only 16 countries so far), and hugging and squeezing his two nieces and two nephews.