BIOS of Speakers
Roberto Cabrera is a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf, DeafBlind,
Deaf-Disabled, Late-Deafened and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDLDHH), and in evening hours Roberto is teaching American Sign Language at local community colleges. Besides working in the big city in the west—Los Angeles, Roberto is one of the California Association of the Deaf’s Employment Taskforce Committees and is a board member of California Manos del Corazon.
During his off hours, Roberto Cabrera is active in leading discussions on a wide range of mental health and social psychology topics within the DDBDDLDHH community. As an active community member, Roberto has embraced his intersectional identities —Second Generation DeafBlind, Dominican and Queer. Roberto received her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton and his Bachelor’s degree in Human Service with an emphasis on Mental Health from California State University, Fullerton. As an active person, Roberto loves chatting with people and loves learning new technology to make life easier.
Tommy Korn is an Assistant Professor of ASL at Riverside City College. Tommy has been deeply involved in the Arts and in support for Deaf and Hearing students who identify as LGBTQ. He believes strongly is creating safe spaces for LGBTQ Deaf and Hearing people in all settings, and is a dynamic presenter on recognizing our individual and social biases.
Jeff Pollock is Coordinator and Lecturer of the Interpreter Education Program at CA State University, Northridge. He has taught ASL and Interpreting at several colleges and universities since 1995. A Certified Deaf Interpreter, he is passionate about issues of access, equite, and social justice. AS a privileged, straight, white male, he continues to learn and grow as an ally it marginalized and underrepresented communities and share this passion with his students at CSUN.
When he’s not in the classroom, he enjoys snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, and all other outdoor sports. His three kids are growing up too damn fast (22, 18, & 17), but he will always be as young at heart as they are of age.
Jodi Mowrey is an Associate Professor of American Sign Language at Riverside City College. She holds an AA degree in Interpreting for the Deaf, a BA degree in Deaf Studies and an MA degree in Teaching and Learning, with an emphasis on ASL curriculum. Her past research focused on the challenges of learning ASL facial grammar for hearing, second language learners and strategies for improving outcomes in this area. Jodi had worked as a certified interpret for 15 years in a variety of settings, primarily in an array of educational settings, ranging from the elementary school level to the university level. She later found a passion for teaching ASL, which she has been doing since 1989. She has been teaching ASL at Riverside City College since 2001.
Gary is currently employed as the Director of the Special Resource Center, (DSPS) at El Camino College. In addition to overseeing the Special Resource Center, Gary oversees the American Sign Language/Interpreter Training Programs at El Camino.
Gary hails from Connecticut where his Aunt, parents, wife and son attended the American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT.
Gary is also a nationally certified interpreter, and has enjoyed doing Theatrical Interpreting for many years. Gary owes his training as a Theatrical Interpreter from working with various actors with the National Theatre of the Deaf. He has performed numerous shows for the Hartford Stage Company, The Yale Reparatory Theatre, and The Bushnell Memorial in Connecticut, as well as working as an interpreter for the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Gary currently works as an ASL Consultant for the Bushnell Memorial, and is a Board Member of the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Gary currently lives in the South Bay with his wife Rose, and youngest son Marcus. Their oldest son Nico, who is also a CODA/SODA, resides in Pennsylvania.
Gary has an Associate’s of Science Degree in Interpreting, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Services, from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., and a Master’s of Education Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, also from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.
Lisa Price is the CEO of CODIE—Center of Deafness, Inland Empire. She is an internal part of our Deaf Community. Her grassroots approach to running CODIE’s day-to-day business has made her a valuable member to the Inland Empire Deaf world. She is also a powerful tool and mentor to the RCC Interpreting Program, and the student have benefited greatly from her firm but loving direction. She is a “team” to the ASL and Interpreting faculty in guiding the courses and activities as an active Advisory Committee for the program.
Diana MacDougall is Professor at Riverside City College and Coordinator of the ASL/Interpreter Education Program. She holds a BA degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, and a MA degree in Sociology, from the University of California, Riverside. She currently teaches in the Anthropology and Sociology departments of her college, as well as teaching ASL/English Interpreting. Her past research focused on a social constructionist approach to the intersectionalities of race, class, gender and sexuality expectations performed through speech acts, and how such socially constructed discourse plays out in the ASL-to-English interpreting process. Her past research of interest in the classroom was bilingual vs. monolingual students and the role that language brokering may play on the cognitive development of students in Interpreter Education Programs. Diana has been interpreting for over 39 years as a professional ASL/English interpreter, and has held the RID CI and CT certifications since 1989. In 2008 she was selected by the Riverside City College Academic Senate as Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. In 2011 she was selected for the SCRID Lou Fant Distinguished Service Award. In 2013 she was awarded the RCCD Glenn Hunt Distinguished Faculty Service Award. In 2016 she signed/wrote for Street Leverage online on the issues and concerns of Civility within our profession.