Stephanie M. Clark is a Deaf interpreter with 20 years of experience as a freelancer in settings ranging from legal/court to platform work after attending
Elaine Ducharme - from Waltham, MA. is the Director of the Deafblind Community Access Network, (DBCAN) program for Massachusetts. DBCAN is a program under D.E.A.F Inc-(Development Evaluation Adjustment Facility) located in Allston, MA. In 1990, Elaine received her Associates Degree in General Studies from Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winstead, CT. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Connecticut in Human Services on May, 1995. Elaine graduated in May of 2009 with a Masters Degree in Human Services/Administration..Elaine has been Deafblind since 1983. Born Deaf, Elaine has Ushers Syndrome, which eventually caused her to loose her sight. Some of Elaine’s success have been that she established a non-profit organization in Connecticut called the Deafblind Association of Connecticut This program is for Deafblind persons to learn to be leaders and to build relationships that allow them to make positive change in their lives. This program has been in existence for almost twenty years- having been established in 1987.Elaine is the current Vice President for MSAD for a two year term beginning in January of 2010. Elaine is a very active member of Deafblind Association of Connecticut, (DBAC) Deaf-Blind Contact Center (DBCC), and the American Association for the Deafblind (AADB) for which she has been a member since 1984. Elaine also participated in The Helen Keller National Center for the Deafblind in Sands Point, New York. This was for a nine month intensive training to learn to read in Braille, improve job and independent living skills. Elaine was in this program from 1984-1985.
Jim Lipsky has been an ASL coordinator and ASL/Deaf Studies/Interpreter instructor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA since 1992. For a part-time evening teaching job he also teaches ASL classes at Tufts University in Medford, MA. He was one of the first graduates of the Northeastern University Interpreter Preparation Program for Deaf Persons (IPPDP) in 1996. He is now nationally RID Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). He has been a freelance Deaf interpreter for about nineteen years and a Deaf-Blind community interpreter for twenty-six. He has received a master degree in Deaf Studies at Boston University in 1999. He also has completed a legal interpreter training program by Advancement Seminars, Inc. in 1997. He has a Professional Certification through the National ASLTA. He is the first person in American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) history to certify Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) ASL Full Rater certification.
Starting last April 2008, he is currently co-coordinator for 1st Road to Deaf Interpreting Workshop series (seven weekend workshops and practicum together) and continues to provide coordinating the 4th RDI workshop series in the early spring 2010. He is also co-teaching a few weekend workshops for Deaf participants who want to learn how to become a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). He is currently a Massachusetts State Screened Interpreters Evaluator for Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MDCHH), Boston, MA from 1999 to 2012. He was also a screener for New Hampshire State Screened Interpreters starting from 2009 to 2010. From 2004 to 2008, he was a President of MassRID after serving as a Vice President for two years and was a President of Massachusetts Chapter of ASLTA from 1998 to 2002.
Cynthia Napier is a Certified Deaf Interpreter living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She has worked in the field of interpreting since 1981 and obtained her certification as a Deaf Interpreter (CDI) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. in 2001. She has mentored interpreters and intern interpreters and has developed several trainings and presented workshops to improve the interpretation skills and knowledge of interpreters working in the legal, educational and community settings as well as trainings for aspiring CDIs. She is a member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Center’s (NCIEC) Deaf Interpreter Work Team, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. CDI Exam Task Force and currently works as a freelance interpreter and as a Language Mentor with Sorenson Communications.
Fatima M Silvestre works in Mental Health for 13 years and then she decided to change her career and was the first group, participated the Deaf to Road Interpreting in 2008. She received Certified Deaf Interpreter in 2009 and CLIP-R in 2015 after of few years of legal training. She is currently freelancer in Massachusettes and few other states. She received Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield College at Machester, New Hemisphere in 2005. She also participated ASL mentorship for few years.
Beth Lucey is a Deaf Massachusetts native from all-hearing family. Her educational background included a self-contained class, mainstreaming programs and Clarke School for the Deaf. She graduated from Gallaudet University twice: in 1997 with triple Bachelors degrees (ASL, Deaf Studies, and Psychology) and in 2002 with a Masters degree in Interpretation, both with honors. She completed a yearlong intensive mentorship program with Gallaudet Interpreting Service and maintained RID certified status since July of 2000. She currently works as a full time freelance CDI in Massachusetts.