I am happy to serve as CSID's President for the 2017 - 2018 year. I have loved serving as CSID's Treasurer since 2009, when the Lubbock interpreter community established this local chapter. I graduated from Tyler Junior College's ITP in 2004 and worked in post-secondary from 2004 - 2006. I moved back home (Lubbock) to begin a full time job at Texas Tech University's Student Disability Services Office in 2006. I enjoyed my time as a full time staff interpreter with TTU SDS from 2006 - 2012 because I had opportunities to team with seasoned interpreters daily and grow my skill set. In 2008, I was given an opportunity to apply at Sorenson Communications and continue to worked part-time as a Video Relay Interpreter. Currently, I am an Instructor of ASL at Texas Tech's Classical Modern Languages and Literatures Department and serve as the Program` Coordinator of ASL Studies. Interpreting in the community is my favorite type of work, due to the constant diversity of consumers and schedules.
My Masters of Education is from the University of North Florida, in Special Education with an Emphasis in ASL/English Interpretation. Currently, I hold the BEI Advanced Certification and the RID NIC.
I enjoy spending time with my family - we love watching movies, playing at the park and exercising whenever possible.
Ethan Stephens earned his BA in English at the University of North Texas before moving back to his hometown of Austin, TX where he fell in love with the Deaf community. Picking up ASL through friends and then Austin Community College, Ethan then started his interpreting career. Mostly working in the community, Ethan's specialties are queer and sexuality settings. Recently, Ethan has relocated to Lubbock, TX and serves the schools and community there.
Melissa has been active with CSID since it's beginning as well as it's predecessor (Heart of the Plains Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). She has served as president as well as other positions. She is also chairs the mentorship committee for Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf. Melissa has lived in Lubbock since 1998 and has worked at Texas Tech most of that time as an interpreter, interpreter coordinator and coordinator of ASL Studies. She currently is a part-time staff interpreter at TTU and also works in VRS and community interpreting. She has also volunteered with DeafBlind Citizen's in Action since 2011. Melissa is married with two children.
I'm 28 years old and originally from Big Spring, TX. After graduating high school, I moved to Lubbock, TX where I attended and graduated from Texas Tech University. I still live in Lubbock and work for the Lubbock Independent School District in the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.
Kyle Stephens was born deaf and grew up in Kansas City, MO. He moved to Austin, TX and attends Austin Community College for General Studies with concentrations in ASL and Communication Studies; he has relocated to Lubbock, TX and will transfer to a 4-year University next year. In 2004, Kyle began to work with and educate interpreters. Being involved with both the Rainbow + Deaf Communities since high school, he recognized how often the interpreters' bias influenced the community and how it impacted him. Kyle's goal is to break down the barrier of these biases and to raise awareness and knowledge of vocabulary to reduce the risk of harm to these communities in the future. In addition to his passion for partnering with interpreters, Kyle loves to travel and do rope/zip line challenges as well as other outdoor activities.
Jess went through her interpreter training program in San Diego, CA, which is where she was born and raised and ultimately found her love of interpreting through the wonderful Deaf community there. Jess moved to Lubbock in 2012 and is thankful to live in such a supportive community of Deaf people and interpreters. She works full time as a staff interpreter at Texas Tech University, and picks up hours in the community at VRS whenever possible. Jess has been a member of CSID since 2013 and holds a BEI Advanced Certification. Jess misses California and makes it a point to travel back often with her husband and son.
I graduated from Canyon High School in 2015. Since then I spent a semester studying American Sign Language at Lamar University and then transferred to Texas Tech, majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in American Sign Language. I have enjoyed spending last year serving as Silent Raider's Event Coordinator and am looking forward to serving as its President this year. After graduating college I hope to become an interpreter and pursue my Masters Degree in Deaf Education!