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 http://www.akrid.org/. For up to date information about Oregon
RID please visit http://www.orid.org/.
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, http://akedterps.ning.com/ , 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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
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.
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
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 utrid.com. 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.
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!
Dawn J. Bolduc
Region V Representative
Washington RID (WSRID)
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, 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 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