Meet the Presenters


Meet SB Morgaine...

SB Morgaine is originally from Washington state, lived in Oregon for a while, moved to Missouri for college, and just bought a house in Maryland.  SB graduated from William Woods University with a B.S. degree in ASL Interpreting, and has been living and working in DC as both a staff and freelance interpreter and is now happily working for the Northern Virginia Recource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Peoples (NVRC) and moonlighting as a stand up comic. SB started working at age 14, and since then has had many, many different jobs until she found interpreting! Some of them include: dancing in a 50’s diner, managing a low-income apartment complex in Seattle, working for Animal Control, boiling water in a radiation testing lab, working at a Deaf school, and many others!


Meet Marcie Murphy...

Marcie Murphy, CI/CT, has interpreted nearly 20 years in a variety of situations including educational, community, international, video and conference interpreting.  Marcie earned her degree in interpreting in Boston, and participated in the year long Visiting Interpreter Program (VIP) at Gallaudet University.  Marcie was a staff interpreter at Gallaudet and a faculty member in the Interpreter Training Program at San Antonio College. She has been both a mentee and mentor and has presented a variety of workshops.  Marcie also provides skills enhancement workshops for the Professional Development department at Sorenson Communications. She was recognized by the president of Pikes Peak Community College as the New Faculty Member of the Year (2008). Marcie was also an adjunct faculty member at Front Range Community College. Currently, Marcie is a staff interpreter at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB and lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children.


Meet Franky Ramont...

Franky Ramont, M.A., has been a Senior Lecturer in the ASL program at the Department of Linguistics at University of Texas at Austin since 2000. She has experience teaching from ASL courses to advanced ASL Literature courses as a foreign language and minor ASL studies and the Interpreter Training Programs at various universities and presenting the use of linguistics, interpreting, and culture at past conferences for 18 years. Franky's project grant include three series of ASLonline at UT to develop supplementary online tutorial videos for ASL students and nationwide.  Additionally, Franky is a certified Texas BEI interpreter and works as a freelance Deaf Interpreter. For more information, please visit: www.frankyramont.com


Meet Kristie Casanova de Canales...

Kristie Casanova de Canales, B.S., CI/CT/NIC, BEI Trilingual Advanced, currently lives near Columbus, OH. She has worked as an ASL/English interpreter since 2000 and as a trilingual interpreter since 2004. In addition to interpreting, Kristie is the founder and moderator of the Network of Trilingual Interpreters, a listserv founded in 2006 whose 250+ members focus on issues relating to working with the Deaf Latino community. As a presenter, she provides interpreting-related workshops at the state, national and international level. Kristie also has a passion for research and has conducted and published research related to the unique challenges of Spanish/ASL/English interpreting. She recently completed her M.A. in Applied Linguistics (University of Massachusetts, Boston) and hopes that what she has learned will not only help her as an individual but will help her better serve the Deaf Latino and trilingual interpreting communities.


Meet Michelle Monahan...

Michelle Monahan is originally from Chicago but has been in Arizona for 15 years. She has been a professional sign language interpreter since 1997. In addition to interpreting, Michelle teaches, mentors and trains interpreters just entering the field. Michelle completed a Masters Degree in Legal Studies from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and holds CI/CT, NIC-Master and SC:L certifications from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. In 2010 she worked as the staff interpreter for the Maricopa County Superior court and has returned to freelance interpreting. When she is not working, Michelle enjoys cooking, yoga and spending time with her husband, Bob and her two sweet boys, Mason and Dempsey.


Meet Paul Glaser...

Paul Glaser graduated from St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has a BA degree in Mathematics and minor in Communication Studies from Gallaudet University and an M.S. degree in Deaf Education with a concentration in Mathematics from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. His master thesis topic was "A Study of Perceptions of Mathematics Signs: Implications for Teaching." Paul holds his teaching certification in Advanced Mathematics, American Sign Language, and K-12 Deaf Education from Washington State. He is currently teaching high school mathematics for the Seattle School District and college math for Edmonds Community College. He has taught Math and ASL from elementary to college levels for eight years. His work has helped teachers, students, and interpreters improve their use of mathematical signs.  Paul lives in Seattle, WA.




Meet Mala Poe...

Mala S. Poe, Ed. S., CI, CT, NAD IV has an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Deaf Education: Applied Linguistics as well as a Masters degree (MA) in Linguistics, both from Gallaudet University. She has been a member of the deaf community since 1986, and holds national certification. She has been interpreting since 1989 and specifically working with Deaf-Blind persons since 1992. She is a staff interpreter for Faculty at the University of California San Diego. She also works as a freelance interpreter and presenter on working with individuals who are Deaf-Blind. Mala has interpreted for, coordinated and been a Team leader for the American Association of Deaf-Blind and other National and regional conferences for/with Deaf-Blind people. She attended the Deaf- Blind Interpreter training at Helen Keller National Center and continues to train others. After three years as Vice-Chair, she currently serves as Region V Representative for the Deaf-Blind Member Section under RID, and is serving her second term as President of the San Diego Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.



Cindy Farnham
M.A., Master Mentor, RID Certified Interpreter, is a freelance interpreter, mentor and trainer. She earned her M.A. in Education from California State University, Sacramento. Cindy received her Master Mentor certificate in 2002.  She has a private training and mentoring practice assisting interpreters pursuing certification.  Cindy specializes in training interpreters desiring to become professional mentors.  She is the Lead Mentor for the School-to-Work program at the VRS Interpreting Institute and is adjunct faculty in the Interpreter Preparation Program at American River College.  She served eight years on the board of directors for the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Inc.


Meet Joy Marks...

Joy is a second year PhD in Interpretation student at Gallaudet University where she also does freelance interpreting on campus.  Prior to pursuing her PhD, Joy provided Sign Language interpreting services and coordination as an independent contractor for over 15 years in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and served as a staff interpreter for several agencies.  In addition to interpreting, Joy has presented workshops related to interpreting and ASL to various corporations and organizations in several states.  She has taught the Educational Interpreting class at Phoenix College and been actively involved in mentoring interpreters.  Joy has degrees in Education, Business Management, Sociology, and Interpreting.  She served for almost 10 years for ASDB/Desert Valleys Region as the Interpreter Coordinator/Trainer.  In 2009, Joy was the first recipient of the AzRID Distinguished Contribution to Educational Interpreting award.  Her passion is to see the quality of educational interpreting raised to meet the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.  
~Joy Marks, M.A.Ed., EIPA Secondary PSE 5.0 (Ed:k-12), NIC Advanced, CI/CT

 

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