Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

2016 Board of Directors

Picture of the 2016 WSRID Board

Pictured: [front row] Kelly Russo, Kim Wahlberg, Nicole blue, Eloisa Williams, Mark Hoshi, Caroline Allen [2nd row] Cindie Beaulaurier, Paula Bazinet, Jenna Schellenberger, Cameron Larson, Josie Krueger, Paul Glaser [3rd row] John Plecher

Officers:

President Paul Glaser

Picture of WSRID President Paul GlaserPaul Glaser, MSE, CDI, is a first Deaf president in his first term. Before that position, he was WSRID Director and Treasurer for about 3 years. Paul has a CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter) certification from RID. Paul is a high school teacher for Deaf students at a public school in the Seattle area and Mathematics instructor at Edmonds Community College. Paul has a teaching certification in advanced mathematics, Deaf Education and American Sign Language. Paul taught Math and ASL for a few years at several colleges and schools before his current positions in Seattle, Washington. Outside of his teaching, Paul has been involved with interpreting for Deaf and Deaf-blind people, presenting Math signs workshops, and mentoring for interpreters. He has a Bachelor's degree in Math and Communication Studies from Gallaudet University and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Rochester Institute of Technology. He also took few interpreting courses at Spokane Falls Community College and Gallaudet University as well as Deaf-Blind community classes in Seattle. When Paul can, he enjoys travelling, collecting stamps on his passport from National Park Service, Photography, drinking different kinds of coffee, and playing Phase 10.

Video greeting by Paul

Vice-President Nicole Blue

Picture of WSRID Vice President Nicole BlueNicole, our WSRID Vice President, was born and raised in the beautiful northwest. Her love of ASL, interpreting, and the Deaf community started in high school with her first ASL class. It was then she decided that this passion needed to be a career. After high school, Nicole went to Western Oregon University graduating with her BA in interpreting and her NIC. She looks forward to being an innovative member and serving to better connect the Deaf community and the interpreters therein. Beyond interpreting, Nicole enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga. She is happiest laughing with friends and family that live both near and far.

Video greeting by Nicole

Secretary Jenna Schellenberger

Picture of WSRID Secretary Jenna SchellenbergerJenna Schellenberger, NIC, Ed:K-12, is in her first term on the WSRID Board. Jenna works as an Educational Interpreter and also in the VRS setting. Learning sign language to communicate with deaf friends in elementary school sparked her interest in becoming an interpreter. She holds a B.A. in ASL/English Interpretation from Western Oregon University graduating in 2007 and has been certified since 2009. She enjoys working in collaboration and support of Educational Interpreters and Deaf Education. As she feels strongly that every situation deserves to have highly qualified professionals out in the community and in the classroom with our youngest students. When time allows Jenna enjoys reading and traveling.

Video greeting by Jenna

Treasurer Kim Wahlberg

Picture of WSRID Treasurer Kim WahlbergKim Wahlberg is serving her first year as Treasurer. She is a Montana native, but has called Seattle home for the past fourteen years. From a young age Kim has had a passion for learning American Sign Language, and moved out West to pursue her goal of becoming an interpreter. She lives near Shoreline but freelances anywhere from Everett to Tacoma. In 2004 she graduated from the Seattle Central ITP with two degrees. Kim has her NIC certification and mainly works in the VRS setting, but continues to freelance as much as possible. In her free time she likes to be with friends, reading almost anything she can get her hands on, and going home to Montana to be with family as often as possible.

Video greeting by Kim

Deaf or DeafBlind Community Member-at-Large Mark Hoshi

Picture of WSRID Deaf/DeafBlind Community Representative Member at LargeMark Hoshi is the Deaf/DeafBlind Community Representative Member at Large of WSRID. Former ASL instructor at SCCC. Formerly RSC (now called CDI) certified. Previously served three or four terms as Director on WSRID Board in ’80 and early ’90. Staunch supporter of interpreter’s process and growth. Demands professional integrity and continuous self-assessment. Licensed commercial electrician. Current chairperson for TADA! Enjoys surfing, fishing, camping, traveling, concerts, reading his NOOK, runs the Children’s program at Deaf Family Retreat (Ellensburg) and is a Senior Facilitator for the Deaf Teen Leadership camp at CISPUS, last but not least has been to over 125 Grateful Dead shows.

Video greeting by Mark

Directors:

Caroline Allen

Picture of WSRID Director ***Caroline Allen completed her first term as a Director and is deeply honored to be nominated again for another two year term. Born & raised in Spokane, Washington she has great pride that ASL is her first language due to both parents being Deaf. Her professional career started as a community interpreter in 1989 and feels her proudest professional accomplishment was when she became nationally certified by RID in 2008. Caroline has been actively involved in many projects, presenting at the Deaf Teen Leadership Camp, the showing of Audism Unveiled in Spokane and the planning committee for the WSRID Together 2014 Conference. When she is not interpreter focused she really enjoys being a grandmother to her grandkids and a daughter to the sweetest Deaf person she knows.

Video greeting by Caroline

Paula Bazinet

Picture of WSRID Director Paula BazinetI am Paula Bazinet, NIC & Ed:K-12, from Kennewick, and I am honored and excited to be joining the WSRID Board of Directors. I see my membership on the Board as a way to give back to the Deaf and Interpreting communities who have taught me so much and who continue to allow me to have such a rewarding and exciting career. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business & Social Work, and am the former Executive Director of the SouthEastern Washington Service Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2006-2010). I began interpreting in 2007, and have experience in a variety of community interpreting settings. In my rare free time, I enjoy traveling with my family, crocheting, and reading.

Video greeting by Paula

Cindie Beaulaurier

Picture of WSRID Director Cindie BeaulaurierHello my name is Cindie Beaulaurier I hail from Eastern Washington and moved to the emerald city in 2011. As a certified interpreter my profession has allowed me to work in a variety of setting. Freelance, VRS,Coordinating in post secondary, As well as K -12 educational system. I am honored to be nominated as Director. I appreciate all those who have given if their time and efforts to make WSRID a viable organization. I look forward to giving back and serve as director. I am fortunate to have a rich and rewarding career, and for that I am grateful to my parents, daughter and my aunts and uncles who have shared their language and culture with me.

Video greeting by Cindie

Josie Krueger

Picture of WSRID Director Josie KruegerJosie Krueger is deaf transgender woman with multiple sclerosis. She comes from a deaf family. She grew up at California School for the Deaf, Fremont and attended Gallaudet College/University. Yeah, She went there when they were still a college then went back when they became an university. Josie has lived in 6 different states, living here for 5 years. Passed her CDI written exam and will have to wait to take performance exam as RID has suspended exams for a while.

Video greeting by Josie

Cameron Larson

Picture of WSRID Director Cameron LarsonCameron Larson is grateful for the opportunity to serve in his first year on the board of WSRID as a Director. Cameron is currently the Program Director of SignOn at HSDC in Seattle. He moved to Washington from Austin, TX after completing a degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Cameron has been a certified interpreter for over 17 years - first certified by the Texas BEI, and subsequently RID. He is honored to be a guest in such a rich and beautiful community. When Cameron is not working, you can find him on the trails, running, in the water, swimming, or at a park with his dog and partner.

Video Greeting by Cameron

John Plecher

Picture of WSRID Director John PlecherJohn T. Plecher is a former WSRID board director and pleased to be back on the board again with a renewed sense of purpose. John graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Psychology and worked for the Boeing company for over 15 years. In 2005 he graduated from ASLIS, under the tutelage of Dr. Theresa Smith and received his CDI. With the support of NCIEC, John is currently pursuing his SC:L. Besides interpreting, he is an assistive technical specialist training DeafBlind people to use telecommunication technology. John is the proud father of three adult children and one loving granddaughter. He is married to fellow interpreter, Anne Del Vecchio, and together they enjoy traveling, eating and discovering good wine.

Video Greeting by John

Student Director Kelly Russo

Picture of WSRID Student Director Kelly RussoHi! My name is Kelly Russo and I will be serving on the WSRID board as student director this year. Currently, I am a second year ITP student at Spokane Falls Community College. I will be graduating in June, 2016, and plan to pursue a career in educational interpreting. My life outside of school includes two active dogs and one cat. I enjoy walking my dogs every day and teaching them new tricks! In addition, I work as a part-time teacher in a large child care center. Balancing the needs of eight infants, ranging from 1-12 months, definitely involves multi-tasking! In December 1998, I graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance. I look forward to becoming involved with the WSRID as part of my career preparation.

Video Greeting by Kelly

Immediate Past President Eloisa Williams

Picture of WSRID Immediate Past President Eloisa WilliamsEloisa Williams, of Spokane, Washington, is beginning her 8th year on the WSRID board in a new position of Immediate Past President. Prior to her current position, she has also served as WSRID President and Board Director. A graduate from the ITP at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, she later earned her CI, CT, and NIC certifications. Since 2002, Eloisa has been deeply involved in the WSRID 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 as a freelance interpreter, she works as a Video Interpreter and, on occasion, in post-secondary settings. When she can, Eloisa spends time in her garden or reading books. However, the most cherished time is spent with grandchildren.

Video greeting by Eloisa

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