2019 WSRID Board

A group photo of your current WSRID BOARD will be taken at the Annual Board Retreat early next year.

WSRID OFFICERS:

President Caroline Allen

Picture of WSRID President Caroline AllenCaroline Allen, NIC Advanced is a Deaf Parented Interpreter. She has been serving on the WSRID Board since 2013 as a Director, Secretary, and now President. Born & raised in Spokane, Washington, she has an enormous amount of pride in the fact that ASL is her first language. Her professional career started as a community interpreter in 1989 and she says her proudest professional accomplishment was when she became nationally certified by RID in 2008. Caroline has been active with the WSRID Professional Development Committee-East, frequently presenting at the Deaf Teen Leadership Camp, and is currently involved with the annual hAndSfuL of Stories event in Spokane. Her heart is dedicated to the field of sign language interpreting, educating the public about the use of interpreters, and having a healthy relationship within the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & Deaf-Blind community at large. When she is not focused on interpreting, Caroline is embracing the role of being a daughter to the sweetest Deaf person she knows.

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Anna Mansell Karagiannis

Picture of WSRID Vice President Anna Mansell KaragiannisAnna Mansell Karagiannis, NIC, is a freelance sign language interpreter living in Seattle. A Wisconsin native, and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2007 BFA), Anna tries to never complain about the rain. Returning to ASL several years after college, Anna feels fortunate to have graduated amongst the “last class” of ITP students at SCCC. She is excited to continue her journey on the WSRID board, recently accepting the position of vice president, and to contribute her skills and experiences to support community strengthening and professional development for interpreters here in Washington. Prior to joining the board in October of 2016, Anna coordinated the Professional Development Committee-West (2014-2018), and contributed as a member of the Bylaws Committee, (2016-2018). When not working or volunteering, Anna spends her time with her young family and good friends. Although she’s not sure what a hobby really is, she thinks spending time with people she loves, eating, drinking, and laughing, are hers.

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Secretary Elsa Svensson

Picture of WSRID Secretary Elsa SvenssonElsa Svensson is a certified sign-language interpreter with degrees in both interpreting (AA, SCCC 1994) and special education (M.Ed., WWU, 2000). She worked for seven years as a resource room teacher on her beloved Vashon Island before working for almost ten years in video relay. Her current interpreting work is in post-secondary settings and freelancing throughout Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. Elsa became a member of the Seattle Choral Company this year, and enjoys many hobbies including swimming, hiking, writing, working on her container cabin, and hanging out with her two cats, Sampsa and Fafnir, in their too-big house in Arlington. A lifelong Washingtonian born and raised in Edmonds, Elsa feels a deep affinity for her home state and is honored for this opportunity to serve the Deaf community and her fellow interpreters.

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Treasurer Paula Bazinet

Picture of WSRID Treasurer Paula BazinetPaula Bazinet, NIC, SC:L, Ed:K-12, from Kennewick is honored and excited to be continuing her work on the WSRID Board of Directors. Paula sees her membership on the Board as a way to give back to the Deaf and Interpreting communities who have taught her so much and who continue to allow her to have such a rewarding and exciting career. Paula has a bachelor's degree in business & social work, and is the former executive director of the SouthEastern Washington Service Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2006-2010). It is her work in that role that has prepared her to serve as our current treasurer. In her rare free time, Paula enjoys traveling with her family, crocheting, and reading.

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Deaf/DeafBlind Community Member-at-Large Mark Hoshi

Picture of Deaf DeafBlind Community Member-at-Large Mark HoshiMark Hoshi is the Deaf or DeafBlind community representative member at large for WSRID. He is a former ASL instructor at SCCC and is formerly RSC (now called CDI) certified. Mark previously served three or four terms as a director on the WSRID board in ’80 and early ’90. He is also a staunch supporter of interpreter’s process and growth and demands professional integrity and continuous self-assessment. In addition, Mark is a licensed commercial electrician and currently serves as a chairperson for TADA! He enjoys surfing, fishing, camping, traveling, concerts, and reading his NOOK. Mark runs the children’s program at the Deaf Family Retreat (Ellensburg) and is a senior facilitator for the Deaf Teen Leadership camp at CISPUS... last but not least... he has been to over 125 Grateful Dead shows.

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Immediate Past President Paul Glaser

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Paul Glaser, MSE, CDI, was the first Deaf WSRID President in WSRID history (4 years) and has now moved to the position of Immediate Past President. Before that position, he was a WSRID director and treasurer for several years. He was also the co-chair for the 2018 RID Region V Conference. Paul has his CDI certification from RID and is a professional development specialist at Sorenson Communications. He was a high school and college math instructor for Deaf students for over ten years. He has a teaching certificate in advanced mathematics, deaf education, and American Sign Language. Outside of his teaching, for over 20 years, Paul has been interpreting for Deaf/DeafBlind people, presenting various workshops, and mentoring 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. When he can, Paul enjoys traveling (especially to various towns in Alaska with his partner), collecting National Park Service stamps, photography, and drinking different kinds of coffee.

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WSRID DIRECTORS:

Elizabeth Bass

Picture of WSRID Director Elizabeth BassAs a Navy wife and mother, Elizabeth has had the opportunity to experience many different “mini” careers, mainly involving art, computers, and (believe it or not) mechanics. A new opportunity presented itself every time her husband transferred to a new duty station. These experiences have worked together to give her a unique background. After graduating ITP in 2011, Elizabeth went to work at the Deaf-Blind Service Center to increase her language and cultural experience while using her previous office and Braille skills to support the DeafBlind community she dearly loves. In 2015, she started working as an educational interpreter. She looks forward to what the future holds as a wife, mom, grammie; and, as an interpreter and friend to the Deaf/DeafBlind Community! Elizabeth is now serving a second term on the WSRID Board of Directors. 

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Smiley face with sign that says - Image Coming Soon!Your current elected board is working diligently to fill this position. As per WSRID's bylaws.

[In the event that there are no nominees or candidates for President or Vice-President, the general membership shall elect the number of Board members necessary to satisfy the requirements of Article IV, Section 1. The newly-elected Board shall have a minimum of three certified members, in accordance with Article IV, Section 6, Item A. From its membership, the Board shall elect the President and Vice-President at its first meeting following the general election. This initial meeting shall take place no more than thirty days following the general election. Until the Board election, the person assuming the position of Immediate Past President shall serve in the capacity as President..]

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Gabby Hopkinson

Picture of WSRID Treasurer Paula BazinetGabby Hopkinson moved to Seattle from her home state of California 13 years ago and has been heavily immersed in the Seattle and Washington scene ever since. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from Gallaudet and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from San Francisco State, and has enjoyed involvement in local organizations namely Deaffriendly, Deaf Spotlight, ADWAS, HSDC and more. She left her 9-5 gig as the Human Resources Director at HSDC to become a stay at home mother to her three Deaf sons and that was when a long time DeafBlind friend threw her the idea to become a Deaf Interpreter. She’s never looked back. She’s been working steadily as a Deaf Interpreter in different settings, and is eagerly working towards her certification. As a Deaf person and a Deaf Interpreter, she has experience being on both ends and one of her goals is to continue to bring all the communities closer together. She gets a kick out of traveling, being outdoors, photography, running her Etsy shop Happy Shock, being a mother to her amazing sons, and much more.

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Director pending...

Smiley face with sign that says - Image Coming Soon!Your current elected board is working diligently to fill this position. As per WSRID's bylaws.

[In the event that there are no nominees or candidates for President or Vice-President, the general membership shall elect the number of Board members necessary to satisfy the requirements of Article IV, Section 1. The newly-elected Board shall have a minimum of three certified members, in accordance with Article IV, Section 6, Item A. From its membership, the Board shall elect the President and Vice-President at its first meeting following the general election. This initial meeting shall take place no more than thirty days following the general election. Until the Board election, the person assuming the position of Immediate Past President shall serve in the capacity as President..]

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Rhesa Durgin

Picture of WSRID Treasurer Paula BazinetRhesa Durgin grew up with a HOH mother. At 13, she asked her mom to learn ASL with her. While her mom was only able to attend a few classes, Rhesa fell in love with sign. After that, she continued taking ASL classes - jumping to four different colleges because each discontinued their program. After a seven-year intermission, a Deaf woman encouraged Rhesa to rejoin the Deaf community. This led to her passing the EIPA, attending many workshops and Deaf gatherings to improve skills, and to establish a proud career as an educational interpreter. Rhesa loves to spend time with family and friends… and to learn. She can usually be found at Deaf events or interpreter trainings. She’s honored to serve on WSRID’s board and give back a little of what the Deaf and interpreting communities have given her!

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Angie O'Bleness

Picture of Director Angie O'BlenessAngie O'Bleness is excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of WSRID as Director. Angie has her BA in interpreting from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently working on her MA in Interpreting Studies through Western Oregon University. She is certified through the alternate pathway of RID: K-12 and has interpreted for over 27 years in a variety of settings ranging from Broadway performance interpreting, VRS, K-12, to post secondary. Angie currently teaches at the Spokane Falls Community College. She loves to read and spend time with her husband and 2 children and thinks about exercising from time to time.

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Student Director [position vacant]

Are you currently an ITP student or do you know one? If so, consider inquiring about this position for next year!

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