Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Conference Presenters


PAUL BERT
Workshop: Sign Less, Mean More

Paul has been interpreting since 1985. He found ASL when he was young, he was lucky enough to meet some Deaf people. He has interpreted in a wide variety of settings. Recently, he has been the Interpreter Coordinator for the Deaf Program in the Tacoma School district, as well as working with interpreters statewide in his role as the Interpreter Support Person for CDHL. He continues to try to figure out how to align the interpreting field with the needs and desires of Deaf Communities.


SHAWN BRODERICK
Workshop: Sign Less, Mean More

Shawn is a Deaf trainer, teacher, and consumer of interpreting services. He has been presenting workshops for non-certified and certified interpreters both on local and national levels for many years. He has extensive experience educating interpreters as a faculty member in interpreting programs at a variety of institutions, including at the graduate level, as well as a trainer for video relay interpreters. Shawn comes to you with a passion for the interpreting process and hopes to engage his audience in a rich dialogue that will improve upon their knowledge of interpreting for Deaf people.


JAMES "DINO" CHRISTIANSON, JR.
Workshop: The Legislative Process and How it Benefits Our Community

Dino has been a Deaf client advocate and presenter of Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center in Bellingham, Washington State for fifteen years and a camp co-director, workshop educator, and certified challenge course facilitator of Deaf Teen Leadership (DTL) camp in Randle, Washington State for nine years. He graduated at the College of Fine Arts of Rochester Institute of Technology with communication support of National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. In addition, Dino was a board member of Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD) for ten years, including a 4-year term as president and a 4-year term as treasurer. He learned more about legislation by attending legislators’ hearings and public forums in Olympia and got to know who his representatives were. He provided workshops about the legislation to Deaf teen delegates at DTL and the Deaf community. He attended some local, county, and state political events to develop relationships with representatives and political candidates. Dino’s interests have been changing lately, but he mostly enjoys reading and watching comic books, crime stories, warrior women, and political dramas. Also, he enjoys hiking, biking, cooking Mexican food, and having quality time with his wife and two daughters.


EILEEN FORESTAL
Workshop: Translation and Inclusion of Socio-cultural Perspective (Part 1 & 2)

Eileen Forestal retired after 36 years as coordinator/senior professor of ASL-English interpreting programs at a college in New Jersey and as a visiting professor at the University of Southern Maine for the year of 2016-2017. She has been certified as a Deaf interpreter since 1979 and interprets primarily in legal and medical settings. Eileen has presented about Deaf-Hearing teams numerous times. She is also a national and international educator. Forestal has been widely published, including “Deaf Interpreters: Exploring Their Processes of Interpreting,” "Deaf Interpreters at Work: International Insights" in Gallaudet University Press (2014), "Emerging Professionals: Deaf Interpreters and Their Views and Experiences on Training" in Interpreting and Interpreter Education: Directions for Research and Practice, Oxford University (2005), and “Deaf Perspectives in Interpretation Research: A Critical Element Long Overdue” in selected papers from the 2014 International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research, Gallaudet University Press (2015). Her latest article with a co-author, “Deaf Translation: A Socio-cultural Perspective,” was published in Conference of Interpreter Trainers Conference Proceedings (2018). Eileen is a proud recipient of Street Leverage’s National Treasure 2018 Award and CIT/RID’s Mary Stotler Award (presented at 2018 CIT Conference).


aj granda
Workshop: The Law of Reciprocity

aj granda is a DeafBlind queer mom, teacher, social justice activist, and textile artist. She hails from Carlsbad, California and has lived everywhere before making Seattle her home. aj has been active in bringing changes and new ideas to Seattle’s DeafBlind community for the past 18 years. aj worked alongside the Seattle DeafBlind community as the forerunners of the famous Protactile Movement. aj co-authored the first article on "The 7 Principles of Protactile" and is developing a new curriculum to teach Protactile ASL to DeafBlind and sighted people. aj also has worked with the famous DeafBlind Retreat Team of the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc for the past 17 years. aj strives to connect people and build bridges between communities. "...making textile art saves the world everyday"


ANGIE O'BLENESS
Workshop: Common Core: Resources to Support Classroom Content and Goals of the Educational Interpreter

Angie O'Bleness is an interpreter with 30 years experience in a variety of settings ranging from Broadway, VRS, to community. The bulk of her experience is working with children in the K-12 setting. Angie received her MA in Interpreting Studies through Western Oregon University studying the self-efficacy of the interpreter in education. Angie is RID: K-12 certified and currently teaches at the Spokane Falls Community College and is the member director of the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE). Angie loves to read and spend time with her husband and 2 children and enjoys working with practicing interpreters in education.


OCTAVIAN ROBINSON
Workshop: Making Words and Actions Matter: Epistemic Justice and Interpreting

Octavian Robinson earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in gender and women’s history with a focus on U.S. history since 1877. He also holds a M.A. in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet. Octavian has published on deaf women’s history, ableist rhetoric, citizenship, disability justice, and linguistic rights. He is currently working on a history monograph about deaf respectability politics. He is an assistant professor of American Sign Language and Interpreting at St. Catherine University.


NAOMI SHENEMAN
Workshops: Making Words and Actions Matter: Epistemic Justice and Interpreting & Making Ethical Discussions Matter: Promoting an Open and Honest Dialogue About Ethical Decisions

Naomi Sheneman, Ph.D. & CDI, has been working professionally in the interpreting profession since 2000 in various roles. She is currently a freelance consultant, researcher, educator, and interpreter. Naomi recently completed her Ph.D. in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. Her dissertation study focused on the impact of extralinguistic knowledge on interpreters’ work. In addition, Naomi co-developed the ASL-English Interpreting Diagnostic Assessment Rubrics, co-authored a case study of hearing and Deaf interpreters’ work in an international conference involving several sign languages, and published a study on Deaf interpreters’ ethics. 


ELLIE SAVIDGE
Workshop: Community Accountability 

A Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), Ellie works full-time freelancing, which includes, but is not limited to: being an ASL coach for performance interpreters, consulting, advocating, teaching, and coordinating interpreters. She is a native Washingtonian and lives in Seattle with her partner and dog.


JONATHAN WEBB  [Keynote Speaker]
Workshop: Moving with Curiosity: Exploring Identity Within Systems of Power & Oppression (Part 1 & 2)

Jonathan Webb is a facilitator, writer, activist, educator, and mentor who started learning ASL in 1986 and began interpreting in 1993. He has specialized in visual/gestural communication, mental health interpreting, and comedy & storytelling interpreting. Jonathan has degrees in interpreting, liberal arts, deaf education, and theology, with post-doc work in clinical psychology. He has served at varying levels and in multiple capacities within RID and the field at large. Currently, Jonathan teaches at CSU-Northridge, serves as a freelance/IC interpreter, presides over Sign Enhancers Inc., and teaches/facilitates learning and practice in dialogic techniques in the context of social justice and consciousness development. His hobbies include ocean and beach time with family.

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