Compiled 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

///Compiled 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Compiled 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Dawn Bolduc, Region V Representative

Greetings Region V members, colleagues and friends:

As we welcome in this New Year and begin to create the reality that is 2011, we are saddened by the event that occurred in Arizona. This event has affected family, friends and colleagues in Region V and beyond. Events like these lead us to ask questions. We may search within ourselves or we may seek guidance from a power outside of ourselves. Our questions may differ. Our search for reason may result in conflicting truths. It is with that, however, that I encourage us all to keep in mind that our journey is the same; we all seek understanding. It is my hope that the understanding that we come to, as a community, is one that allows for us to, in the words of President Obama, “talk to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

I look forward to this year for many reasons. I look forward to holding true to my resolution of allowing myself more time away from work. (Board resolutions found here.). I look forward to a year of enjoying life with my friends, family and colleagues. I look forward to serving the membership of RID. But most of all I look forward to conversations with community members about how we can encourage a cohesive community. I invite you join me in these conversations.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
‐Edith Lovejoy Pierce

On a lighter note, this month we learn a bit more about Alaska RID and meet the board members of Oregon RID. The dedication and hard work by all of the leaders within Region V is truly inspirational. On behalf of all the members, I thank you for all you do!

Read below for information about both Alaska RID and Oregon RID. For up‐to‐date information about Alaska RID please visit For up to date information about Oregon
RID please visit

Happy reading!

Dawn J. Bolduc
Region V Representative

Alaska RID (AKRID)
President Gayle Hadley

Greetings from Alaska. We have made good progress toward our goal of reaching out to interpreters in rural areas of our vast state. On Saturday November 13, 2010, for the first time, we provided a workshop via distance technology. AKRID was able to offer training to interpreters in Fairbanks and Juneau with the assistance of Disability Support Services (DSS) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. The workshop titled, “Mathematics: What does it mean
and How do I interpret it?,” was presented live (in real‐time) in Anchorage by Terry Clayton and Mylinda Klein and was provided simultaneously to rural areas via Skype and online class software. The presenters utilized a Promethean Board and were able to e‐mail handouts to the distance interpreters as needed. HOORAY FOR TECHNOLOGY!! We extend our many thanks to DSS for their generous support of continuing education for sign language interpreters. In the future, it is our intention to offer more workshops, as well as conduct our AKRID meetings via distance technology.

Another success in reaching out to interpreters in rural areas has been made by our Educational Interpreting Committee (EIC) in establishing an Educational Interpreter Web site. The Web site, , is an ASL/English interpreter networking site for educational interpreters in all educational and instructional settings. The Web site includes events, blogs, videos and group forums and discussions. We send thanks to Laura Miller and Deborah Bigler, of the EIC, for launching and maintaining this useful Web site. With our concerted efforts, we will be able to accomplish one of our chapter objectives: “to provide professional development for interpreters; exchange ideas, opinions and experiences concerning interpreting”…regardless of location.

Oregon RID


CM Hall President, Oregon RIDCM Hall
CM Hall, NIC Advanced; Ed K:12; is the Project Coordinator of the Western Region Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon University. She holds a Bachelors in the ASL/English Interpreting Program from Western Oregon University and prior to that completed Western’s one‐year interpreter training program (1992‐93). CM holds a Master’s in Education from Oregon State University in College Student Services Administration. CM has worked in the K‐12 and various post‐secondary environments as a staff interpreter and has considerable experience with platform and deaf‐blind interpreting. CM is currently teaching in Western’s interpreting program as well.

CM is committed to equality and progressive politics and lives with her wife, Kendra and their two pups, Riley and Lucy in Portland.

Tina Buchanan Vice‐President, Oregon RID

Tina Buchanan
Tina M. Buchanan is a graduate of the interpreting program at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. She has worked in various interpreting settings including K‐12, post‐secondary, freelance, theater and VRS. Ms. Buchanan was first elected to the Oregon RID Board of Directors 12 years ago and has enjoyed holding several positions in the organization. Currently, she is a freelance interpreter in the Portland Metro area, serves as Oregon RID Vice President, CMP Coordinator and is a local test administrator for RID. Interpreting is still a job she is thrilled to do every day.


Brooke Mendez Treasurer & Membership, Oregon RIDBrooke Mendez
Treasurer & Membership
My name is Brooke Mendez. I reside in a nice place called Salem. I have been an interpreter for four years upon graduating from Western Oregon University with a B.A. in American Sign Language/English Interpreting degree in 2006. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership, through Walden University (all online), with an estimated graduation date of March 2012. I mostly work in post‐secondary education and out in the community. As of November 2010, I have been working as a TRiO disability services support specialist advisor at Chemeketa Community College and interpreting during the evenings. This is a temporary job until August 2011, and then it’s back out full‐fledged in the field of interpreting. I am happily married and have two adorable cats.


Stacey Rainey Secretary, Oregon RIDStacey Rainey
Stacey Rainey has been an interpreter in the post‐secondary and freelance settings for the past nine years. She graduated from Western Oregon University with two Bachelor’s degrees‐‐ASL/English Interpretation and Speech/Communication in 2002. Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and two adorable daughters‐‐ Maggie, two years old and Clara, almost four months old. Although her family is her priority, she finds that any spare moment that can be spent catching up on sleep is a bonus! Stacey and her family live in the quiet, cute town of Monmouth.


Mel Deleon‐Benham Member‐at‐Large, Oregon RIDMel Deleon‐Benham
My name is Melanie Deleon‐Benham. I have an AA in Deaf Studies, B.S. in ASL/ English interpreting, and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling‐Deafness. I have been interpreting for 15 years. I love interpreting in other countries; I have interpreted in 12 so far. I currently specialize in legal interpreting.


Judi Webb Member‐at‐Large, Oregon RIDJudi Webb
Judi Webb has been working as an interpreter since 1987. Most of her work has been in Oregon, but she also had three fabulous years working with the great interpreters in New York City! She received her interpreter education at Western Oregon State College and had a year of Signing for Theatre training at The Juilliard School. She is currently working as a video relay interpreter and is continuing her education toward a degree! She lives in Portland with husband Tom, and sons Max and Frank.


Cindy Holmes Scholarship Committee, Oregon RIDCindy Holmes
Scholarship Committee
My name is Cindy Holmes. I have an interdisciplinary degree from George Fox University in 1992 and graduated from Western Oregon University’s interpreter training program in 2001. I am the former treasurer for Oregon’s chapter of RID and presently am the scholarship committee chairperson. Recently I signed up to become a local test administrator for the NAD‐RID NIC exam at Oregon’s new site in Monmouth. I have been a staff interpreter in both a k‐12 setting and for a private community interpreting agency, and now freelance with time in the community and collegiate settings. Deaf‐blind interpreting is an interest of mine, as is working with individuals in and from other countries. Traveling is a passion! My husband and I love to hike, backpack and camp, and believe time outdoors is always well spent. I feel blessed to have a job that I love
and that allows me to balance work with play.

February 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Dawn Bolduc, Region V Representative

Greetings Region V Members, Colleagues and Friends,

I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend the Sacramento Valley RID (SaVRID) Board retreat in February. We were in beautiful (and chilly) Lake Tahoe. Cindy Farnham led the weekend and assisted the board in developing goals and priorities. Cindy took us outside, as you can see in the photo below, for a team building exercise. From what I understand, we blew the record out of the water, so if you have participated in a team-building exercise with Cindy and feel that your group holds the record, well then, I sense a friendly competition in our future!

SaVRID’s retreat was full of fun and lots of hard work. Through out the weekend I was constantly inspired by the work of the leadership within RID and RID’s affiliate chapters. SaVRID’s board is diverse, in both experience and background, and ready to serve their membership. I am thrilled to have been able to meet and get to know each of the board members. I am confident in saying that Sacramento Valley will be served well by this energetic board! Looking forward to seeing you all again at the membership meeting in March!

group photo, Sacramento Valley RID (SaVRID) Board retreat


You will all have the opportunity to meet the SaVRID Board via an RID eNEWS introduction in the next couple of months.

This month we have the opportunity to meet the Arizona RID Board and read a bit about what is new in Utah and Utah RID. Happy reading!

Arizona RID Board

group photo, Arizona RID Board

Front: L-R: Robin Dragoo, Lauren Greenberg, Deb Stone, Leann Smith
Rear: L-R: Victor Brown, Jack Van Rixel, Jennifer Scarboro Hensley

Robin Dragoo – President

Robin Dragoo B.A., NAD V; born to deaf parents, has worked in a variety of interpreting settings for more than 10 years. Robin became NAD certified in 2001, received as associates in sciences degree in Interpreting Training from El Camino College in Torrance, CA, in 2003, and a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies from California State
University, Northridge in 2005. Since moving to Mesa, AZ, in 2006, Robin has worked as a teacher for the Deaf, video interpreter and independent contractor. Robin received his Arizona License in October 2007.

This is Robin’s second term as President of Arizona RID. Robin is grateful to serve in this position. He is very proud of the work the members have done and is very pleased with the progress Arizona RID has made over the years.

Robin’s hobbies include the following: sports, Disneyland, woodworking and classic cars. Robin is married to Kim Dragoo and has three children; Steve (21), Hillary (10) and Danika (4).

Jennifer Scarboro Hensley – Vice President

Born and raised by a deaf mother and father in Raleigh, NC, Jennifer Scarboro Hensley attended an interpreter preparation program (IPP) in Charlotte, NC. After completion of the program she went west, way west. Since then, Jennifer has been a transplant in the Valley of the Sun going on 10 years. Currently, Jennifer works full-time as a staff
interpreter at the local school for the deaf and part-time as a legal licensed freelance interpreter. In her free time, Jennifer is wrapping up her thesis work studying social and philosophical foundations of education and beginning her doctoral work in justice studies at Arizona State University. Some semesters Jennifer is found teaching in her community’s IPP and occasionally presents workshops on a variety of topics ranging from ethics, roles and consumer perspectives. If that’s not enough, she is currently participating in an international ethnographic study that takes her abroad from time to
time. Personally, Jennifer enjoys being a mom of a rambunctious one year-old daughter and a, just as energetic, four-year-old puppy. Most recently, she has taken up running as a hobby and ran in her first half-marathon in January 2011. She has been volunteering for Arizona RID since 2007 and is finishing up her first term as Vice President.

Deb Stone – Secretary

Deb Stone, CDI, CLIP-R, Arizona Interpreter Legal License, was born to deaf parents and grew up in Connecticut. Deb graduated from the American School for the Deaf and continued education at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted, CT,
with an A.S. in Liberal Arts. Deb is married to Jeff Stone and has three deaf children. The family relocated to Arizona in 1996.

Deb completed the Interpreter Preparation Program for Deaf Persons in Boston, MA, at Northeast University. Deb has been a deaf interpreter since 1996. Deb completed her B.S. in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Deb has been ASL teacher
since 1978 and is an adjunct teacher at Phoenix College for 12 years.

Deb has been mentoring for more than five years; has taught numerous workshops; and since 1980, has held various offices for various organizations. Deb previously worked for a term of more than five years as an administrative assistant and deaf specialist for
ACDHH. Currently, Deb now is co-owner and office manager of Hands Accessing Reliable Interpreting Services, LLC (HARIS).

Deb enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, cross-stitching, rubber stamping/scrap booking, swimming, camping, play board games, and poker, walking/hiking and traveling.

Lauren Greenberg – Treasurer

Lauren Greenberg, B.A.S., NIC, attended the Interpreter Preparation Program at Phoenix College and graduated with a Certificate and associates degree in May 2004. In addition, Ms. Greenberg received her B.A.S. from Arizona State University in August 2004. Shortly after, in September 2004, Ms. Greenberg joined the HARIS team as a
temporary mentee and was then hired as full-time staff interpreter in November 2004. Ms. Greenberg was fortunate enough to mentor closely with Ms. Stone and Ms. Wilson, as well as several experienced interpreters in the field. In January 2005, Lauren was a member for the first VIP Mentor program in Phoenix through Sorenson Communication. Ms. Greenberg was able to be exposed to several different environments that interpreting has to offer and was able to take and pass the National Interpreter Certification test in May 2006.

Ms. Greenberg is one part of a trio who owns Hands Accessing Reliable Interpreting Services (HARIS). Through being an owner, she has the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of being an owner of a small business; as well as work in the community in various environments, including her most favorite, medical interpreting. She is also currently working part time as a video interpreter for Purple Communications. Lauren is currently the site coordinator and local test administrator for RID and administers certification exams, both written and performance. Ms. Greenberg currently holds the position of treasurer on the Arizona RID executive board. She enjoys attending workshops and continuing her education within the field.

Lauren Greenberg is a mother of two girls who keep her busy and are the joys in her life. If and when Lauren has spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, watching movies and scrapbooking.

Jack Van Rixel – Member-at-Large (North Region)

Jack Van Rixel is from Sedona, AZ, and serves as the Member-at-Large for the Northern Region of Arizona with Arizona RID. He also works with the Professional Development Committee of Arizona RID and is serving as the Certificate Maintenance Program (CMP) Coordinator for Arizona RID providing CEUs for Arizona RID sponsored workshops.

Jack worked in the financial services industry for 14 years in the Milwaukee, WI, area before moving to Arizona and starting his interpreting career. Jack holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Training and Development as well as numerous medical certifications. Jack earned his Certificate of Deaf Studies and Certificate of Sign Language Interpretation, both from Phoenix College.

Victor Brown – Member-at-Large (Central Region)

Vic Brown, CI and CT, joined the Arizona RID Board in 2009 for this recent term as Member-at-Large. Over the past several years, he has also been the Secretary, Web master and Moderator and Bylaws Chair. He has an eclectic experience, training and interpreting in other countries like Thailand, Colombia and the UK. He’s been trained as a mentor and tends to work with interns and new interpreters. Outside of work, Vic and his family enjoy living in Tempe where he and the kids are involved with various church,
Scouts and volunteering activities.

Leann Smith – Member-at Large (South Region)

Leann Smith, CI and CT, SC:L, has been an interpreter for over 14 years and certified since 1999. She became an interpreter after falling in love with the language and the people who use it. Leann graduated from Iowa Western Community College in 1997 with an associate’s degree in Interpreting. Additionally, Leann attended the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Educational Interpreting.

One of the most beneficial training’s Leann has attended is “Interpreting in the Theatre at Juilliard.” She believes in life-long learning and appreciates that the interpreter field enables and encourages her in that vein. Currently, Leann is a full-time freelance
interpreter in the Tucson Metro area.

Utah RID

We were lucky to have met the board members of Utah RID (UTRID) via the RID e-NEWS this past November. If you missed that issue of the e-NEWS and would like to read up on the UTRID board please see the Compiled 2010 Region V Reports.

Here’s what’s happening with UTRID:

UTRID: February 2011 RID e-NEWS Update
Dawn Duran

UTRID is thrilled to announce the certification of another CDI in our state. Mistie Owens was certified this month and currently serves as a UTRID Member-at-Large. In addition, we are back online at To better serve our members, we now have the option
to pay and register online for membership and workshops. By far, our most exciting successes have been in the increased opportunities for continuing education. The Student Involvement Committee has scheduled monthly workshops geared specifically toward interpreter training program students and interpreters new to the field. Topics
vary, but are aimed at introducing student and novice interpreters to the various areas of interpreting. Last month, Teddi Von Pingel presented “Welcome to the Waiting Room: Medical Interpreting Basics.” This month, Clint Behunin will teach “Interpreting Dramaticalness: Everything You Wanted to Know about Interpreting in the Theatre”. Additionally, our Professional Development Committee has scheduled bi-monthly workshops for all of our interpreters. “Don’t Just Sign It- Incorporate It” by Trenton
Marsh was also scheduled for February. As you can see, we have been busy at work. This new board is off to a great start!

April 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Dawn Bolduc, Region V Representative

Greetings Region V Members, Colleagues and Friends,

This month we have the pleasure of reading information from Sacramento Valley RID, San Diego County RID and Nevada RID. As a council, the Region V Presidents decided that they would like to tell you how their affiliate chapter strives to create a feeling of community within their respective chapter. We are also going through elections for several of the affiliate chapters in Region V. Within the RID eNEWS, you can look forward to “meeting” new board members.

Happy reading!

Dawn J. Bolduc

Sacramento Valley RID (SaVRID)

There are many reasons why Sacramento is a wonderful place to grow as an interpreter! SaVRID is a very community based affiliate chapter that strives to make its community members and stakeholders feel like assets within the organization. We create a feeling of community within the organization by recognizing that diversity brings strength and experience to the membership. SaVRID provides professional development for students by pairing them with experienced interpreters and creates bonds with many deaf
organizations/companies around the Sacramento area, including California Association of the Deaf (CAD) and Northern California Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. SaVRID is an active and engaged group where experienced interpreters are readily
available and eager to mentor the new ones. Our members are supportive and inclusive. We encourage one another and celebrate each other’s achievements as a group. We co-sponsor fundraising and community events to further solidify our partnership and
promote unity with stakeholders in our region. SaVRID brings diverse, yet powerful presenters to the Sacramento area for our members so stay tuned for upcoming events, both professional and just plain fun!

Meet the SaVRID Board…

Erica West Oyedele – President
Erica is a certified interpreter in the beautiful Sacramento area where she was raised. She graduated from the interpreter preparation program at American River College in 2004, and since that time, she has volunteered her time within amazing organizations, such as the National Alliance of Black Interpreters and SaVRID. She works as an
interpreter and interpreter coordinator, as well as a mentor. She has worked as an interpreter in both staff and freelance settings and loves the freelance world because of the opportunity it gives her to constantly meet new people and stay on the go. In addition, she has gone back to school at Sacramento State University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies. Although she keeps busy with work and school, she is sure to make time for her loving husband, Dare, and their two, four-legged kids, Charlie and Hailey.

Hugh Lafler – Vice President

Hugh Lafler is Vice President of SaVRID, and he currently works as a Coordinator for the BEST program (vocational training) at Northern California Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NorCal). For the past 12 years, he has worked with deaf/hard of hearing adults with the goal of working with them for job-ready skills. His interests
include numerology, politics, sports, books, movies and hanging out with friends.

Caleb Lopez – Treasurer

Caleb has been involved with the Deaf community since 1995 when he started working in his native country, Colombia, as an interpreter. His interest in sign language began when deaf members in attendance at his church did not have interpreting services. He
received a bachelor’s degree in Finance in Colombia in 1996 and an associate degree in Deaf Studies and Interpreting from American River College in 2008. He has been a member of SaVRID since 2004 and RID since 2006. He has also been involved with Mano a Mano, a national organization that focuses on trilingual interpreters (English, ASL and Spanish). Caleb co-chaired the 2009 Mano a Mano National Conference in Philadelphia and is working with RID and Mano a Mano for the trilingual track that will be offered in this year’s conference in Atlanta, GA.

Nancy Kozicki – Secretary

Nancy’s interest in interpreting started in 2000 when she became a relay operator/auxiliary trainer for MassRelay in Holyoke, MA. After three, short and enlightening weeks of learning about Deaf culture, Deaf history and the basics of sign language, she decided to pursue the language in-depth. Her ASL instructors were Lee and Diane Nettles, and in 2005, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Wanting to learn more, Nancy pursued an associate’s degree from American River College in Sacramento and graduated in 2008 from the interpreter preparation program. During these 11 years, she volunteered at many events and has passed the NIC Knowledge exam. She has met many influential people and is very thankful for their support over the years. She ran for secretary of SaVRID to give back to the community. Nancy loves to travel, and her favorite places to visit are America’s National Parks. Nancy’s goal one day is to use her skills to interpret for those traveling to enjoy nature’s beauty as well.

Sarah Blanchard – Member at Large (Fund Development Chair)
Sarah is a recent graduate of the interpreter preparation program at American River College in Sacramento, CA, and has been working as an interpreter for almost a year. She is finishing up some required classes this spring while getting ready to transfer to University of California in the fall. (Not sure which one yet, as she is still waiting for those acceptance e-mails!) Once she transfers, she will be working toward her bachelor’s degree in Art. Sarah is also getting ready to take the NIC Performance exam before the end of this year.

Jennifer Thomas – Member at Large (Publishing Chair)
Jennifer has been interpreting professionally for four years since her graduation in 2007 from the interpreter preparation program at American River College in Sacramento, CA. Though she came to interpreting later in life, her exposure to ASL came in early childhood. Her uncle married a fabulous deaf woman who taught the ASL alphabet and other signs to her, her sister and cousins. She is especially grateful to her aunt for planting the seed that has led her to this profession that she dearly loves! Jennifer lives in Sacramento with her wonderful husband, Dustin, and their “son,” an adorable, loving, 14-month-old yellow Lab mix, Colby Jack.

Jobina Navratil – Member at Large (Professional Development Chair)
Jobina is from the sunny Sacramento area (although sunny has not been the name of the game lately!). She is a child of a deaf adult (coda) and has been interpreting professionally for about the last 10 years. She is also currently pursuing her master’s degree in Instructional Communication. When asked the question, “what do you do for fun?,” her response is usually something like, “Who has time for fun?! I am in school!” But truth be told, she loves school and higher education. Jobina thinks that any education you receive is valuable to you as an interpreter whether it be in the traditional
classroom setting or hands-on, real world application.

Amie Cuevas – Member at Large (Membership Chair)
Amie recently graduated from the American River College interpreter preparation program in Sacramento, CA, in May 2010. She has an associate degree in Liberal Arts and an associate degree in Sign Language Interpreting. She initially became interested in American Sign Language as a Girl Scout. Upon taking her first ASL class in 2005, she fell in love with the language all over again. She found her passion and decided to become an interpreter and has been on that path ever since. Amie is currently working full-time in an accounting office, part-time as an interpreter at American River College,
and continues to receive mentoring from community members while working on eventually transitioning completely into the interpreting field. She has taken and passed the NIC Written exam and is awaiting the results of the NIC Performance exam. Amie loves being part of SaVRID because she gets to give back to this amazing community
and, for her, it feels like being part of a huge extended family.

San Diego County RID (SDCRID)
Submitted by Mala S. Poe, Ed.S., CI and CT, NAD IV

SDCRID is fortunate enough to be in a location where we do not have to travel across the state to attend meetings or social events. As president, I am very proud to say that our more than 200 member-run- organization is a big community. While we do not all work in the same settings or locations, we have many opportunities to grow intellectually and personally together. Cheryl Moose recently wrote an article for The European Federation of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) newsletter titled, “The Strength of an Association is as Strong as its Members.” This is very applicable to San Diego County
and its members. In recent years, our organization has created a professional community that is ever-growing.

Allow me to brag a bit… Over the last few years, our Interpreter and Deaf Community Representatives established interpreter Think Tanks and Deaf Community Forums. These two forums attract professional interpreters, students, teachers and those who
just want to see “what’s happening.” Through these activities, SDCRID’s board learns about what the collective community wants, needs and desires. Through these forums, we now have ongoing trilingual, video interpreter and educational interpreter meetings.
The student representatives also have been soliciting feedback from their colleagues, and together they have provided workshops, dinners and panel discussions. Our first government affairs program meeting is right around the corner!

These meetings are in addition to the 20 hours of professional development we provide, the successful Mentorship Program that we sponsor and the ‘just because’ social gatherings that are currently in the works.

As a participant at many of these meetings, I ask members if they feel our chapter creates a feeling of community, and here are some meaningful thoughts: “I seem to always see experienced members of the community approach newcomers to the general meetings to find out more about them. This also happened to me. It started with one,
then a second member came up and then a third. They were very welcoming.”

A student states, “Even with the disparity in language level and cultural knowledge between experienced members and some student members like myself, I have never seen anyone be cruel. That kindness alone can be such a supportive element for early members while we build our foundation.”

I know that part of the job as president is to try and engage as many members as possible, welcome new people and ‘work the room’ when we have meetings. I think this job is easy in the sense that many of our board members and chairpersons are from diverse groups and are very approachable. We, as a community, are able to voice
opinions and find support for each other easily.

I think one of our board members summed it up quite nicely, “While there may not be one community of SDCRID, we have created a special niche where everyone has the opportunity at some point to feel that they belong, their opinion counts and they are valued for who they are and what they can offer.”

Nevada RID (NVRID)
Submitted by Michael Bodak, CI and CT, Ed:K-12

NVRID prides itself on catering to ALL aspects of our membership. We have board members present information to the College of Southern Nevada Interpreter Preparation Program students to tout the benefits of NVRID. Our workshops and social events are
e-mailed to the school districts to invite our members that specialize in educational interpreting. In addition, we have a wonderful relationship with our organizational members who promote and sponsor our events. By offering workshops every other month, it allows us the flexibility to tailor our workshops to the needs of our specific membership categories and ensure that our members have a plethora of choices and opportunities. NVRID strives to include all of its members and knows that we can learn something from the student just starting their path to the interpreting profession, to the
seasoned veteran with a wealth of knowledge, and all points in between!

May 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Dawn Bolduc, Region V Representative

Greetings Region V Members, Colleagues and Friends,

We are quickly approaching the 2011 RID National Conference “Growing Globally!” I hope to see you there!

Voting for the next RID Secretary is well under way. Don’t forget to place your vote! You can vote by accessing your RID account and taking the survey. Every vote counts!

Happy reading!

Dawn J. Bolduc
Region V Representative

Washington RID (WSRID)
Eloisa Williams

Washington State’s geography includes snow-capped mountains; deserts, scattered with sagebrush; lush, green rain forests and fertile farmlands. The interpreting profession in our state offers a similar range in diversity. Meeting the needs of our members and creating a sense of community has been an ongoing challenge for our organization.

WSRID has utilized a multifaceted approach to create connections between members across the state. Taking advantage of social networking, WSRID created a Facebook page in the spring of 2009. This allows our 466 members and fans instant access to workshop notices, job announcements, social events and public meetings. Additionally, we have begun hosting social events. This provides the opportunity to visit in a casual atmosphere outside the workplace. The social events have come in the form of ‘sign and sing’ events or a gathering with hors d’oeuvres and fellowship. Finally, we continue
to foster relationships with stakeholders in order to support organizations and events that promote communication access and services to deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing citizens of our state.

WSRID is fortunate to have board members with a wide range of background, education and work experience. This offers an array of perspective as we discuss issues related to membership, outreach and our affiliate chapter responsibilities.

Go to the next page to meet the WSRID board…


Eloisa Williams, Washington State (WSRID) PresidentPresident: 

Eloisa Williams, of Spokane, served as WSRID Director for two years before becoming the current President. She graduated from the interpreter training program at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997 and later earned her CI and CT and NIC certifications. Since 2002, Eloisa has been deeply involved in the Professional Development Committee in the Spokane area and firmly
believes “If you want something done, you must be willing to assist in making it happen.” In addition to her primary work in post-secondary education, she is a freelance interpreter with a special interest in medical assignments. For fun and relaxation, Eloisa loves working in her garden and is a voracious reader.


Bob Huven, Washington State (WSRID) Vice PresidentVice President:

Bob Huven is the current Vice President for WSRID in his third year at the position. He missed the annual conference and some other things lately because he was on his honeymoon in Argentina. Bob has been a member of WSRID since he was RID certified in 1984 (though he still feels like a newbie). He served on the board as treasurer in the late 1980s and felt it was time to become more involved. He works some interpreting jobs as well as full-time as an advocate in the field
of rehabilitation. His career has always involved teaching children and adults who are deaf or deaf-blind as well as some full-or-part-time interpreting. He is looking forward to the next year and working with some new and experienced board members.


Angela Riggs, Washington State (WSRID) SecretarySecretary: 

Angela Riggs is WSRID’s Secretary–her first time on the board. She lives in Elk, a small town north of Spokane and works as a community and post-secondary interpreter as well as video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI). Angela received her NIC in 2009. In 2004 she received her A.A.S. Degree and Certificate of Interpreting from Spokane Falls Community College. She has been active in WSRID’s Professional Development Committee (PDC)-East for the past two years. She began signing at age 13 when her family moved to Spokane and became friends with several deaf families. Angela has two “babies”–son-21 and daughter-20. She enjoys camping with family and friends and loves cats.


Dawn McKenna, Washington State (WSRID) treasurerTreasurer: 

Dawn McKenna is the current Treasurer for WSRID, in her second term. She currently lives in Everett, and works primarily in the post-secondary education and freelance settings. She is certified, CI and CT. She graduated from Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) in 2000 and has her A.A.S. degree in interpreting. She enjoys crocheting and reading her Kindle.


Emily HIll, Washington State (WSRID) member-at-largeMember at Large:

Emily Hill is the current Member-at-Large of WSRID. She began learning sign language at Central Washington University while pursuing her business degree and fell in love with both the language and the people in the community. After graduating from Central, she moved to Minneapolis, MN, to receive a second degree in Deaf Studies. She moved back to Washington in 2003 and began working for the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She now manages the statewide sign language interpreter contract for DSHS.
Emily is certified, NIC Advanced, and lives in Lacey, where she enjoys reading and cross-stitch, being active in church and captaining a Relay for Life team.



Whitney Hill, Director, WSRIDWhitney Hill has been a Director of WSRID since 2009, and she currently works as a freelance interpreter in the south sound. She graduated with a B.A. in Interpreting from Western Oregon University in 2003, with a minor in philosophy so she always has something to fall back on. She has been NIC certified since early 2006. Whitney has also volunteered at the Annual Deaf Blind Retreat in Seabeck, every year for the past 12 years. Seabeck Christian Conference Center also happens to be the place Whitney’s family lived growing up. Her father, Larry Hill, was the executive director there for 22 years.


Shelby Smock, Director, WSRIDShelby Smock (Clark) is a Director for WSRID, in her first term. She currently lives in Mill Creek, and works primarily in the post-secondary education setting, with some VRS and freelance. She is certified, NIC. She first became involved with sign language in high school, and decided to become an interpreter after developing a close friendship with her ASL teacher. She completed her sign language interpreting A.A.S. and Deaf Studies A.A. at SCCC in 2007.
She also enjoys crocheting and playing with her dogs.


Melissa Klindtworth, Director, WSRIDMelissa Klindtworth is a Director for WSRID, in her first term. She currently lives in Spokane, and works primarily in freelance settings. She earned her NIC-Advanced certification in 2007. Melissa has enjoyed developing and presenting workshops and is passionate about keeping interpreting a healthy profession. She first became involved with sign language in high school with a friend
and later went to school for interpreting after her two children started school. She began her A.A.S. degree at SCCC and finished the last quarter at SFCC when she moved to Spokane. She enjoys being an active member of the PDC-East and looks forward to a productive year on the board!


Brenda AronBrenda Aron is a Director of WSRID, in her first term. Since 2006, Brenda has been a member of WSRID. Brenda has been an instructor since 2006 at Seattle Central Community College Interpreter Training Program. She has been CDI certified since 2007. She has held a RSC certification and also possesses an ASLTA Professional certification. Brenda had taught ASL for many years at several colleges and schools and had taught interpreting education at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, GA, before relocating to Seattle. She has a bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University and a Master’s degree in Teaching from McDaniel College. Brenda lives in Renton with her husband, Len, and a toy maltipoo, Sugar. Both Len and Brenda are very proud of their two grown daughters. Brenda enjoys long walks, yoga, reading books and crafting.


Jarren Kinch, Director, WSRIDJarren Kinch is a Director for WSRID, in his first term. He currently lives in Lynnwood, and works primarily in the post-secondary education setting, with some VRS and freelance. He is certified, NIC Advanced, and also a trained TypeWell transcriber. He first became involved with sign language and interpreting after working with a
deaf coworker, and then decided to use ASL as his foreign language requirement. He completed his A.A.S. degree at SCCC and then got his B.A. in General Studies: Humanities from Central Washington University. He also plays the tenor saxophone and is a lifetime member of the Husky Marching Band Alumni Association.


Jacque Knight, Director, WSRIDJacque Knight is a Director for WSRID in her first term. She graduated from SCCC ITP in 2002 and is certified, CI and CT. Jacque works mostly as a freelance interpreter with a good healthy mix of VRS and postsecondary educational work thrown in for good measure.  Jacque started learning sign language when she was 12
to be able to communicate with her younger sister, for whom she is now legal guardian. Jacque currently lives in Marysville and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, moviewatching, cross-stitching and is a voracious reader.


Student Director: 

9Colleen Jones is the current Student Director and a second year ITP student at Seattle Central Community College. Her first ASL class was at her small high school in Northern California, and she has many fond memories of the field trips her class would take to attend deaf events in bigger cities. She attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she received a B.S. in Kinesiology, then moved to the Seattle area in 2004. In 2007, Colleen started taking ASL again with the intention of becoming an interpreter. She is looking forward to the learning experiences that will come with her involvement in the WSRID board and the greater interpreter and Deaf communities.

June 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Dawn Bolduc, Region V Representative

Greetings Region V Members, Colleagues and Friends:

The 2011 RID National Conference is quickly approaching! Join the Region V Affiliate Chapter Presidents on Tuesday, 19 July, at 8:15 pm for refreshments and a meet and greet. Members will have the opportunity to chat with Region V Affiliate Chapter leadership during the Region V Caucus. Learn more about the 2012 Region V Conference, meet the Affiliate Chapter leaders, and learn more about the exciting events and activities each leadership offers in their area.
Make sure to check the RID Web site for conference updates. See you there!

This month we receive an update from Southern California RID.

Happy reading!

Dawn J. Bolduc
Region V Representative

Southern California RID

Southern California RID (SCRID) has been busy recently with elections of a new board. Unfortunately, only two positions had nominations. To counter the potential issue of having a
new board with only two members, the voting allowed for write‐in nominations for future appointments of positions that had no nominees. The current board will be reaching out to those who have voiced an interest in joining the board with hopes to have a full board of directors by September.

Diana MacDougall and Bill Rennie were honored at SCRID’s annual Lou Fant Distinguished Service Awards banquet. The Deaf and interpreter communities came together for lunch and an afternoon of entertainment by John Maucere and Paul Racci to celebrate these two deserving members of the community. Additionally, Lynsey Millan was the recipient of the NIC scholarship which is given to outstanding members of SCRID. Co‐chairs Beth D’Addario and Patty Drasin’s hard work and creativity made for an afternoon to remember.

Rounding out the membership year, SCRID had 230 members. The new Web site and online membership application assisted in increasing the numbers of members. The Web site was also
utilized for the first time with online elections. The biggest struggle for SCRID is getting the Professional Development Committee up and running. The committee’s new chair has formed a committee and is searching venues and presenters. Keep an eye out for up‐coming workshops in Southern California. SCRID’s CMP is still going strong providing CEUs for local events and independent studies.

The new Board of Directors was inducted at the June 18th meeting. For information on the meeting, visit the calendar at

July 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Dawn Bolduc, Region V Representative

Former President Gayle Hadley

Greetings from The Last Frontier. It is with great pleasure that I introduce the new AKRID Board of Directors that took office on July 1, 2011. The new board members include President Su Isakson, Vice President Rachel Day, Secretary Natalie Page, Treasurer Laura Miller and Membership Liaison Sharon Miranda. We welcome the new board with appreciation for their ability to lead our organization into the future with strong connections and collaboration with our Deaf community.

I have personally enjoyed my years of service on the board (six consecutive years this time) and would like to affirm my commitment to continue working as an active member, assisting the new board in continuing our pursuit of distance accessibility in communication for meetings and workshops, trainings, etc. I also want to thank the dedicated, service‐minded board members I have had the privilege to work with these past two years including Vice President Kathleen
Bodolay, Secretary Gina Ashman, Treasurer Su Isakson and  Membership Liaison Anne Lazenby. It was a pleasure working with each one of you.

These are exciting times in our profession as we see new leaders with new ideas, new technology, new collaborations and new visions for our future. I want to encourage each of us to re‐evaluate, re‐focus and re‐new our commitment to our organization and our own personal
growth as we enter into the next season of discovery and change. Thanks again for the opportunity to work along‐side each of you to lead and strengthen AKRID in our amazing, diverse state. It has been an honor and a privilege.

August 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Holly Nelson, Region V Representative

Dawn Duran, President

It is on the heels of the 2011 RID National Conference in Atlanta, GA, that I am honored to submit this report on behalf of UTRID. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity to network with other national and affiliate chapter officers, as well as many wonderful colleagues. I was impressed with the care and concern of so many members in addressing not only their own professional development, but also the business of maintaining our organization.

Our current board has spent time working on creating a sense of community among interpreters and the Deaf community. It is a task that requires effort on the part of the board, committees and the entire membership. However, the effort must start with the board. We have had success in our efforts and are off to a good start. Some things we have implemented thus far include the following:

  • Creating a strong bond within the board by ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to voice their thoughts, ideas and opinions.
  • Incorporating the Deaf community in our events. For example, as a board we set the policy that when we hire outside service providers we look first for Deaf‐owned businesses and failing that, look second for Deaf‐friendly businesses.
  • Connecting with the Deaf community by forming a partnership with the NAD affiliate chapter‐ UAD. We sponsored their state conference and included a booth during our conference where they could sell items to earn money for their chapter as well as
    promote membership.
  • Developing professional development activities centered on member requests. An extensive survey went out to the members to determine training needs, and the workshops provided have been centered on the survey results.
  • Inclusion of students entering into the field. Our Student Involvement Committee provides monthly workshops during the school year specifically designed at an introductory level on each topic so students can get familiar with the field without being overwhelmed.
  • Recognition and accessibility. Acknowledging members is an important part of what we do. Thank you notes and expressions of gratitude go out often. In addition, as the president, I make an effort to arrive early and use breaks to talk individually to our members and welcome them to events and activities.

It is easy to allow the day to day business of managing an affiliate chapter to get in the way of seeing the people we are serving. Taking time to show care, concern, respect and appreciation for people on an individual basis is the key to remembering why we are doing what we do and building a strong organization that benefits us all.

October/November 2011 e-News RID Region V Report

Holly Nelson, Region V Representative

The 2012 Region V Conference Planning Committee is in full swing with assistance from the Region V affiliate chapters and many volunteers throughout the region. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Region V Conference, June 13-17, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawaii! Find more information about the conference at:
Ho’olu komo la kaua!

Affiliate Chapter Updates:

Submitted by Holly Thomas-Mowery, President

A Sense of Community

IdahoRID is excited to sponsor a Saipan interpreter up to $2,400 to attend the Region V RID conference in 2012. We share this news with great humility and wish to acquaint you with the back story for this edition of IdahoRID’s eNEWS.

IdahoRID has been working on identifying ways to show gratitude to the many partners who have helped create positive change in Idaho and set us in a position to give back. Looking over the years, we’ve partnered closely with the Western Region Interpreter Education Center at WOU (originally, Western Oregon State College and Julie Simon) and have benefited beyond measure by their co-sponsorship of countless IdahoRID workshops and trainings. Our immediate Past-President, LaVona Andrew, estimates that Idaho was the beneficiary of over $20,000 in WRIEC co-sponsorship funds over the years so that training could take place across our state, at a time when we had an extremely limited budget and local resources. CM Hall has continued this tradition of finding the need and supporting it – we thank you!

Not too long ago, Idaho was a frontier state when it came to professional support and training for ASL interpreters. We were the Guam and Saipan of the day, and I can only imagine what professional interpreting looked like in the territories at that time. Due to the unfailing support of WRIEC and other partners, Idaho has blossomed into a state with a higher than typical percentage of SC:L interpreters per capita (5 SC:Ls and one more sitting soon for her performance test), one CDI and 52 certified members. We have an ITP in the state now with satellite campuses, an interpreting agency with a great reputation, ASL recognized as a foreign language at a major university and a thriving IdahoRID affiliate chapter.

This is why we feel so strongly about paying it forward. We certainly don’t have all the answers by any means – we’ve just been lucky to have had effective, timely leadership and partners who saw the need and filled it.

We hope the combined efforts of the affiliate chapters rallying around Guam and Saipan will create synergy and amazing things for the professional status and support for ASL interpreters there.

Sacramento Valley RID (SaVRID)
Submitted by the SaVRID Board

During SaVRID’s September General Business meeting, we were fortunate to swear in two new officers, Jobina Navratil and Taylor Collis. Jobina was selected by the membership to fill the vacancy of the vice president’s position on the executive board. Jobina has previous experience serving SaVRID as a Member-at-Large, Professional Development Committee Chair. Taylor Collis also joins the board with experience. Taylor was appointed to the position of Member-at-Large, Fund Development Chair in July after serving on the Fund Development Committee. With guidance from her predecessor, Sarah Blanchard, Taylor has found creative ways to help raise additional funds for the organization.

In June, we teamed with a local recycling company to raise more than $600 in just four hours for SaVRID by hosting an E-Waste fundraiser. Advertising on free community calendars meant we were able to collect old electronic devices to help us earn funds without having to once again tap our membership for funds. We partnered with Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant so that anyone possessing a SaVRID flyer when they paid for their meal would have a portion of their meal expenses donated to SaVRID. Best of all, local shops have donated to provide the refreshments during our meetings, and our silent auctions during our meetings have consisted of donated items such as park hopper tickets for Disneyland, free horseback riding lessons and wine and spa gift baskets. The results of the Fund Development Committee’s hard work has resulted in profits that will go back to benefit the membership in the form of more educational
opportunities. I hope other chapters will benefit from us sharing our ideas and they can always contact to get more details.

San Diego County RID (SDCRID)
Submitted by Mala S. Poe, President

Since the March issue of the RID e-NEWS, SDCRID has been quite active. I am proud to say that our board and chairs group is 23 strong, and what a great group of folks we have. It may seem like a lot of people, but some of our positions have co-chairs, like PDC or Mentorship. Cochaired positions are becoming more popular as they enable busy people to divide the work and not feel as overwhelmed doing it on their own.

Our mentorship has been attracting members from other areas and affiliate chapters, and I want to thank our mentors for continuing to give back to the community and hope that other affiliate chapters decide to set up their own mentorship programs as they prove to be quite fruitful for our field. Thank you to Martin Yost and Karen Boyle for your commitment as cochairs.

Our Community Representative for Working Interpreters, Judith Kroeger, continues to facilitate lively discussions and brainstorming activities with Think Tanks, Trilingual meetings, Video Interpreter meetings, and now, government affairs meetings. Judith was also one of the authors of Motion J heard at the business meeting on the feasibility of RID offering comprehensive health insurance. We hope you were able to partake in the recent survey and be a part of the new directions that our members decide to take it.

There is no better time to be a part of this field, as it is ever changing and we are becoming more knowledgeable about the roles we play. It’s also pretty exciting that our regional conference will be in Hawaii this June 2012! If you are interested in serving on the committee,
please do contact your affiliate chapter president to inquire on what is available.

We are lucky that we don’t have to fly to exotic places to earn our CEUs, because we have so many great opportunities. Locally, last month we partnered with San Diego Unified School District, where many attended an awesome workshop by Melissa Smith on “Revealing the Complexities of Interpreting in K-12 Settings.” The next day we partnered with Purple Communications where Nancy Yesbeck gave a workshop, “ICE, ICE BABY: Melt the Form Away.”
We had an exciting fall with Cindy Farnham and Debbie Peterson giving a 10 hour workshop on Classifiers October 28 – 29. Coming up, before our general membership meeting in December,
we will have a free .2 CEU workshop to members on tax preparation for interpreters. Visit our Web site for all the details

Washington State RID (WSRID)
Submitted by Eloisa Williams, WSRID President

During the opening ceremony at the national conference in Atlanta, GA, Cheryl Moose spoke about reflection. She stated that reflection not only refers to looking back in time, but also taking the time to look inward.

For the past several years, the WSRID board and bylaws committee have struggled to update and rework our bylaws. During our Annual Meeting of the Membership, members have been at odds with the form of governance used to facilitate our meetings.

WSRID, as an organization, continues to make inroads to forge alliances with the Deaf community and recruit Deaf members, but there is more work to be done. These challenges, along with the regular business meeting decisions, have presented us with some questions:
“Who are we as an organization?”
“Why do we value membership in WSRID?”

“How do we want those outside our organization to view us?”
This year, WSRID boasts 274 members served by 12 board members. After 43 years, there have been many changes in WSRID and in our profession. It is time for WSRID to look inward and truly analyze who we are as an organization within the 21st century, determine our core values and consider how we want others to view us. In order to move forward as an organization, we must take some steps back; we must reflect.

To begin this task, WSRID members will be asked to collectively identify and prioritize the core values that important for our organization. Our current mission statement provides the “what,”
however, we need more clarity on the “why” and “how.” During the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Membership, we began this process with a presentation by Amy Seiberlich titled, “Allies: Co-Creating our Vision and our Future.”

Information was gathered during the presentation and follow-up work will be done to include the entire membership in the final product.

By identifying and clarifying core values, members and leaders will have the necessary foundation for revising and updating our bylaws; clear direction for our organizational decision making processes; motivation behind the fostering or expanding of relationships with allies; and guidance as we work to satisfy our mission.

In closing, I would like to mention how the past year has provided WSRID with opportunity for growth:

  • In depth board training on Formal Consensus
  • Involvement with the Deaf Bilingual Coalition to start conversations regarding qualification standards for educational interpreters
  • WSRID provided a letter of support and procured a letter of support from RID for the Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) ITP Program; unfortunately, the SCCC board of directors decided to terminate the program
  • Successfully negotiated with a deaf webmaster to begin the creation of a new, updated and user friendly WSRID Web site
  • Sponsorship of Deaf lead events including:
    • Washington School for the Deaf, Flying Hands Poetry and Art competition
    • Washington State Association of the Deaf Biennial Conference
    • Eastern Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (now known as Hearing Loss Center) Fun Day
  • Outreach meetings with WSRID members and community interpreters from across the state regarding alarming changes in interpreting services for Medicaid clients
  • Collaboration with deaf stakeholders in order to raise awareness on recent
  • Medicaid changes
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