Student Association for Interpreter Development

Mission Statement:

The Student Association for Interpreter Development (SAID), an educational student organization at Riverside City College (RCC), is dedicated to training and educating future American Sign Language interpreters through classroom instruction, hands-on experience, and collaboration with our local Deaf Community, our pool of local interpreting mentors, and our office staff. Upon completion of the RCC Interpreter Education Program, graduates will possess the necessary tools and skills to enter the Interpreting profession at an entry level.

The Student Association for Interpreter Development (SAID) was founded in 2008 as The Student Association of Interpreters for the Deaf by Danny Frank, Lisa Almilli, and Diana MacDougall.

SAID Office Staff

Diana MacDougall

Diana E. MacDougall is a nationally certified interpreter through the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and has been working as a professional interpreter for over 38 years. She holds a Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and a Certificate of Transliteration (CT). She has a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, and an MA in Sociology, both from the University of California at Riverside. In both degrees, her focus of research is within Gender and Interpreting. She is a Professor and the Coordinator of the ASL/Interpreter Education Program at Riverside City College.


Danny Frank

Danny Frank helped establish SAID in 2008. He is a nationally certified ASL Interpreter with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication studies from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in ASL Interpreting from Riverside City College.

Danny has provided Interpreting services since 2009 in three states: California, Arizona, and Minnesota where he currently lives. Danny and has experience in Performing Arts, Postsecondary, Community, and Video Relay Services.

Danny works with SAID as the Practicum Agency Representative where he coordinates student interpreting requests and is the Admin for the SAID website.


Myrna Palacios

Myrna Palacios is a former SAID student, having graduated in 2017 and has been working with various agencies since. She has her Associates of Science in American Sign Language Interpreting from Riverside City College as well as Associates of Arts in Math and Science and Associates of Arts in Social Behavior both from Chaffey College. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University San Bernardino.

Myrna is currently working with the SAID program as the Coordinator’s Representative, helping to develop the program further.