Hello.  I am Anna Witter-Merithew, Interim Executive Director for RID. The purpose of this video is to provide an update on several topics.

First, it is with sadness that we inform the membership that Tina Maggio, Sr. Director of Programs and Services has resigned.  We will definitely miss her. Tina has worked for RID for the past decade—serving in a variety of capacities and making numerous and invaluable contributions. She helped to establish the Deaf Advisory Council

[DAC] and was later recognized by this group for her Deaf-heart.  She served as the long-time editor for VIEWS and earned 4 Apex awards for excellence in publications. Recently, she was the recipient of the Region V Outstanding HQ Staff 2016 Award.  Her contributions are many.  But what we will remember most about Tina is her influence on so many of us and her commitment to people: to staff, to members, to everyone!

With Tina’s resignation, we will be posting the position of Sr. Director of Programs and Services both internally and externally in hopes of filling this key position soon.

For some time, Tina has been aspiring to a greater work-life balance.  This led her to make the decision to leave RID and transition into another professional association of otolaryngologists as part of their communications team.  Communications is Tina’s heart.  She asked if we could post a farewell message to the membership.  You will find that below in this e-mail.

We also want to update you on CASLI.  We have recently hired Michele Martinez, CI, CT, NIC Advanced, to serve as the CASLI Director.  Michele is from the Rochester, NY area and has an extensive background in interpreting, training, interpreter supervision and assessment.  In the near future you will find her bio and photo posted on the CASLI website.  We are excited about the contributions she will make and her work with the CASLI team.

The RID Board is also in the process of vetting the final two candidates for appointment to the CASLI Board of Managers.  We hope to be able to announce their appointments in the next week or two.  When the appointment process is complete, you will be able to find the bios and photos of the Board on the CASLI website.  The RID Board has worked to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing diverse communities and expertise in business, linguistics, ASL, teaching, interpreting, testing and measurement, and research.

You may note that several of the CASLI Board of Managers are from the surrounding area.  That has been an intentional focus during this first two-year appointment period in order to ensure easy access of the Board to staff and resources as the launch and building of CASLI begins.  However, all appointees bring a strong national perspective.

A contract with Comira, a vendor to deliver performance testing, has been signed and with this we move forward with the establishment of 75 test sites.  In addition, the former RID test sites—29 in total—have been invited to go through the Comira approval process and serve as a Comira site.  So far, 6 of the former RID sites have completed that process and 5 more are going through the process.  Over the next year, these 75 sites will be launched and complimented by the former RID sites that become Comira approved.  This will provide many more opportunities for individuals to take tests in locations closer to where they live.  We hope to begin scheduling performance tests at sites within the next 30-45 days.

On-time membership renewal is at an all-time high with 81% of the membership renewing prior to August 1st.  We greatly appreciate this response as it enables the staff to use their time more productively versus having to send out multiple reminders.  A gentle reminder to those of you who have not yet renewed to do so soon in order to avoid further late fees or lapses in certification that carry heavy reinstatement fees.

On-time sponsor renewal was at 94% this year.  Again, much appreciation to our sponsors for their timeliness and commitment. We are processing 20 applications from new sponsors—this the result of opening up the application process again.  We also served 558 individuals through the offering of three sponsor-related webinars this spring and summer. We look forward to offering more trainings for sponsors in the near future. We are currently piloting 6 newly developed training modules for sponsors and auditors.  Once that is complete, we look forward to having available on demand training for new sponsors and auditors.

And finally, we also have a new VIEWS board of editors comprised of 7 individuals.  They are in the process of determining how to accept online submissions for VIEWS and laying out the publication schedule for VIEWS towards the goal of renewing VIEWS as a strong publication for our members.

The seven members of the VIEWS Board of Editors are:

  • Michael Ballard
  • Jill Radford
  • Su Isakson
  • Erica Alley
  • Christina Healy
  • Jonathan Webb
  • Lianne Moccia

So, these are the key updates we wanted to provide at this time.  Look for further information on the 2017 RID LEAD Together conference and other updates in the next issue of E-News.  Thanks for your attention!

Links for additional information:
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Tina Maggio, RID HQ Director of CommunicationsFinal Editor’s Note from the Desk of Tina Maggio

Hello RID Community!  As of August 25, 2016, I will no longer be working at RID. Ten years is a long time, so before I go, I just wanted to take some time to share some of my thoughts.

First and foremost, I want to thank the RID Community for embracing me for nearly a decade. I came to RID with no experience with the interpreting profession and no connection to the Deaf community; yet, so many of you welcomed me. You opened your heart, your mind and your spirit so that I could open my own heart, my own mind and my own spirit to the community and the profession. For that, I will always be grateful. Being a part of the RID Community has made me a better person, a better mother, and a better professional. “Thank you” just cannot say enough for how my heart has grown with this awakening in perspective.

It has been an honor and privilege working alongside the dedicated staff at RID HQ. These are people who are not only committed to the mission and goals of the organization but who also have an inner-drive and an inner-connection to the profession and Deaf Community. They are an inspiring group indeed who are rooted in the foundation of RID’s future success.

And we have been blessed with Anna Witter-Merithew as our Interim Executive Director. She has gifted us with her steady leadership and resolve to work with the staff and among the leadership structure to right the RID ship. Her positive impact has resulted in a collaborative working environment to be ready-set-go for the next Executive Director. What an honor it has been to be mentored by one of the icons in the profession who has nothing but heart for RID and the Deaf Community.

The Board and volunteers of this organization are also an amazing group of committed folks. They give up so much, again, for that common goal. I have witnessed Board Presidents and all Board members sacrifice so much of their time, attention, and resources – often at the expense of family and a paycheck – all to move the organization and the profession forward to serve the Deaf Community.

While RID has offered so many blessings, I would be remiss if I didn’t share what it was that made it difficult at times. And what was that? Simply put, it is just how people treat each other. As a supervisor of staff, I have witnessed staff in tears and watch them leave because the negativity is just too much to take. I have seen criticism to the point of cruelty in a variety of social media platforms. In business meetings, I have seen attempts to embarrass and question the integrity of Board members who have done nothing but sacrifice for their professional organization. I am not sure how all of you feel about this or how it has impacted you, but for me, it has been this level of negative discourse within the RID Community that wore on my spirit over the years.

For 10 years, I have had a dual perspective of the RID Community. So while my heart is full from what is really at the core of this community and how the community embraced me, my heart has ached many times for the way I see people respond to each other. I am sure I am not alone. I hope I am not alone.

So with my never-ending gratitude, I also leave you this…

“I’ve learned that people
will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou