I am a nationally certified signed language interpreter, an interpreting educator, and a Ph.D. candidate.
During my 22-year history, I have worked in a variety of settings including: video relay service, corporate, healthcare, mental health, performance, post-secondary, social service, and legal. For the past 6 years, I have specialized in healthcare interpreting with both patients and medical professionals, and for 4 years as a designated interpreter for a Deaf physician.
For the past 8 years, I have worked as an interpreting educator and as of 2018, have served as lecturer in the ASL Interpreting Education Department at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology. I primarily teach 3rd and 4th year English-ASL interpreting skills courses, along with the Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting and Introduction to Mental Health interpreting elective courses. In addition to teaching the Bachelors degree courses, I am also an instructor in the RIT Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting program.
Lastly, I am Ph.D. candidate at Gallaudet University in the Department of Interpretation and Translation and am currently working on my dissertation exploring effective communication access in US hospitals. In 2011, I graduated with a Master of Education degree in Interpreting Pedagogy from Northeastern University where I conducted action research on using ASL as the language of instruction in the interpreting classroom. In 2003, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies from California State University, Long Beach.