First African American/Black individual to become the President of RID.
I had the good fortune of being exposed to visual language and communication from about the age of 10 to 16 at which point I entered an interpreter training program. I began interpreting in 1993 and then started work as a full-time professional interpreter in 1994. Over the years my work in ASL interpretation has taken a variety of twists and turns. While I’ve had the opportunity to really dive into different specialties in the field, I have had regular study/training and consistent experience in visual-gestural communication and mental health interpreting. Mentoring, teaching, curriculum development and facilitation also have all been important parts of my work over the years.