I began my interpreter training in 1988 at University of New Hampshire’s interpreter training program. In 1991 I transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and graduated in 1993. I have specialized in different genres of interpreting including medical, counseling, addiction treatment, and video relay service interpreting. I also have extensive experience interpreting in business, college educational and other training settings as well as other opportunities as they present themselves if I am qualified.
As an interpreter I strive to continually challenge and improve myself. I do this by honing existing areas of skill and knowledge, learning new ones and revisiting ones that proved difficult in the past.
I have earned three certifications – the Certificate of Interpretation (CI) in 1998, the Certificate of Transliteration (CT) in 2002, and the National Interpreter Certificate – Master Level (NIC-M) in 2004.
In addition to interpreting I offer my service to other interpreters in the form of mentor, workshop presenter, and teacher. In May of 2017 RID approved me as a CMP/ACET sponsor.
I have attended Northeastern University in Boston twice. The first time was through the Teaching Interpreting Educators and Mentors online (TIEM online) program which focuses on mentoring ASL-English interpreters and training people to become mentors. The second time I earned a Masters of Education specializing in interpreter pedagogy; a teaching degree that specially qualifies me to teach interpreters. My research can be found here. I taught at Seattle Central Community College’s interpreter training program from 2009 until its closure in 2013.
Since 2001 I have been researching areas of interpreting and linguistics and putting them in presentable format to offer as workshops to other interpreters and interested deaf people.
Additionally I have published three books – professional journals about interpreting. The first one is out of print and the copyright has reverted back to me. I am in the process of updating it now and will hopefully be self-publishing it and distributing it through this site. I updated my second book and the 2nd edition is now available (see home page).
In my personal life I am happily married to a childhood friend and we adore the company of our animals. We are trying to renovate our 100 year old house in a way that is both comfortable and green. I enjoy watching and performing improv, and have been on the Board of Jet City Improv for a year.
I am a wedding officiant who has been honored to marry my sister and her husband as well as several friends who were finally able to marry now that the law has become just.