The Nominations Committee hereby reports that we have received only one eligible nomination for each of the currently available Board of Director positions. In keeping with the Policies and Procedures Manual, when there is an uncontested election, the presiding officer shall cast one vote for the nominee. We are delighted to report that President Walker has cast one ballot for all of the uncontested positions.

The newly elected 2019-2021 Board of Directors are presented below. These individuals will be sworn into their elected positions at the RID National Conference Banquet in Providence, RI on July 9, 2019.

We thank you for the opportunity to serve the membership.


The Nominations Committee
Brenda Sellers and CM Hall

Photo courtesy of StreetLeverage

Jonathan Webb, PhD, CI and CT, NIC Advanced

President Elect

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. He has served at various levels and in multiple capacities within RID and the field at large. Currently, Jonathan teaches at CSU-Northridge, serves as a freelance/IC interpreter, presides over Sign Enhancers Inc., and teaches/facilitates learning and practice in dialogic techniques in the context of social justice and consciousness development. Hobbies include ocean and beach time with family.

Paul Glaser, CDI

Vice President Elect

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. During his graduate career, he focused on researching and collecting math signs for K-12 settings.

Since 2005, he has taught mathematics to Deaf students in K-12 settings and at the college level. Paul also developed a learning program to teach math signs to interpreters. It was through teaching that Paul came to realize his love for interpreting. In the early 2010’s, Paul began to take several interpreting classes and workshops in the greater Seattle area, at Gallaudet University, and at Spokane Falls Community College, and became a Certified Deaf Interpreter in 2014.

Paul has the pleasure of serving as Immediate Past President for the Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WSRID). He also served as WSRID Director, Treasurer, and first Deaf President, and on state and regional conference planning committees (including being the co-chair for the 2018 RID Region V conference). Paul has also worked as a Deaf interpreter in various settings including educational, medical, mental health, and video relay service (VRS).

Currently, Paul is working at Sorenson Communications as an Interpreter Educator in the Professional Development department. In addition, Paul specializes in teaching and mentoring educational interpreters in various topics, especially mathematics.

*The position of Secretary will be decided following a contested election.

Yakata Nichols, NIC

Treasurer Elect

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. A staunch advocate of volunteerism, she provides mentorship, stays involved with advisory committees, and supports community organizations.

Yakata obtained her B.S. in Business Marketing & Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She primarily works as a private practice interpreter with a niche for medical and mental health interpreting in the Detroit Metro Area. Yakata is currently a candidate for an M.S. in Healthcare Interpretation from RIT.

She believes in unity and uplifting one another through action. Together, we can be the organization that we want to be and that others seek to emulate. Yakata’s interests include community involvement, leadership, reading, traveling, and spending precious time with her two sons.

LaTanya Jones, M.S.M., NIC

Member-at-Large Elect

LaTanya is an independent interpreter with nearly ten years of 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 also recently joined the CATIE Center team at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, as the Assistant Director.

A staunch lifelong advocate for education, LaTanya earned an Associates in Applied Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from CCP, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, continued her studies at the graduate level in Linguistics of ASL at Gallaudet University, and earned a Master of Science in Management from Rosemont College.

LaTanya enjoys giving back by volunteering her time and talents. She is a past board member of the District of Columbia Chapter of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI-DC), where she served as Chapter Liaison, Bylaws Chairperson, and Volunteer Coordinator. She previously served as the Region I Representative for the Interpreters in Healthcare Members Section for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and is the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. In her free time, LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking, and watching her son compete in short sprints and relays in track and field.

Branton Stewart, CDI, CLIP-R

Deaf Member-at-Large Elect

Branton Stewart has a Bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Business Administration from Gallaudet University. His has a wealth of experience gained from volunteer positions at both NAD and RID. His service includes: four years as the Vice Chairperson for RID Deaf Caucus Member Section, NAD delegate for GA and NY during four NAD conventions, President of the Empire State Association of the Deaf, and involvement with several organizations in Atlanta, NYC, Rochester, and Southern California which primarily focus on improving the quality of communication for Deaf Interpreting, Interpreting, and Deaf communities. He was also appointed to the RID Board of Directors as interim Deaf Member at Large in fall 2013, and he is currently the chairperson for the RID Deaf Advisory Council (DAC).