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Jenna CurtisJenna Curtis

Jenna Curtis is a freelance interpreter in the Portland area, working primarily in post-secondary, business, and community settings. She graduated from the ASL/English Interpreting Program at Western Oregon University and received her RID:NIC in 2011.

Jenna has been presenting workshops and training interpreters on the Demand-Control Schema and supervision sessions since 2012. She also coordinates Western Oregon University's Professional Supervision for Interpreting Practice (PSIP) Program, a one year post-graduate program that provides mentoring and supervision for recent graduates entering the field.

Jenna believes input from all stakeholders is the foundation of a strong organization. She hopes to facilitate a statewide discussion on professional standards and interpreter education. She would like to see positive change in the Oregon interpreting community, resulting in increased quality of services for Deaf and hard of hearing communities.

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Andrew WeaverAndrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver attended Portland Community College's interpreting program and graduated in 2012. From there, he earned his BA in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University in 2014. He has been interpreting in the Portland-Vancouver area for the past 4 years, mainly in post-secondary, freelancing, and theater.

Andrew has attended many national and region RID conferences and is honored to serve on the board as Vice President. Prior to serving on the board, Andrew was involved in developing a new website for ORID and forming the Website Committee. Part of his duties include uploading content and running light back-end maintenance for the site. He hopes to encourage member involvement and expand mentoring and networking in the area. Andrew is also the cohost of East Side Terp Talk, where he enjoys drinking coffee and interacting with local colleagues.

Outside of interpreting, Andrew enjoys trying various hard ciders, reading epic tales of science fiction and fantasy, and traveling.

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Tara TroupTara Troup

Tara Troup is product of the Pacific Northwest having grown up in Washington and now residing in Oregon. She graduated from Western Oregon University’s interpreting program in 2009 and has since been working in various settings in the field. After primarily working post-secondary then K-12, she has now happily settled into Portland and been working the last 2 years as a full time freelance interpreter with some time in VRS.

Tara’s goal in being involved with ORID as secretary is to garner more involvement from the greater interpreting community of Oregon with a more specific desire to work towards developing mentorship opportunities for new interpreters. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise from seasoned interpreters that could be utilized to safely usher new graduates into the field. Tara is hopeful to see more mentoring happen to both support the profession as well as instill confidence for consumers.

During her off time Tara enjoys hiking the beautiful outdoors that Oregon has to offer and tasting the many delicious microbrews produced locally.

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Jake SparksJake Sparks

 

Jake Sparks is a certified interpreter in the Portland area. He graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at Portland Community College in 2010 and has been a freelance interpreter ever since, with the addition of some VRS work in recent years.

Jake is the current treasurer of ORID and enjoys working with numbers and forms. Any questions regarding payment/reimbursements or memberships should be directed to him.

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lori2Lori Salus

My name is Lori Salus, and I am so happy to have been selected to serve on the ORID Board, replacing Jean Miller as the new Member at Large #2 position.

I graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at WOSC (now WOU) in 1986, when it was a one-year program and before any ASL was required for admission. After graduation, I interpreted for more than 10 years, first in a mainstream classroom, then at WOSC and as a freelance interpreter. In 1997, I took a break from interpreting to be at home with my kiddos, as we were homeschooling. In 2007, I returned to interpreting and am loving it this time around.

Currently, I work mainly at ZVRS, in addition to a range of freelance interpreting. I feel thankful and lucky to work with the best interpreters and the most amazing people. I learn so much from my co-workers everyday.

I often take workshops and attend conferences and because continuing education is so important and inspirational to me, I am excited to be part of helping bring new workshops to all of you. I am happy to be giving back to our profession and being of service to our community

I look forward to meeting you all.

Cheers, Lori

Christina HealyChristina Healy

Christina Healy is thrilled to have returned to the Pacific Northwest after living on the east coast for several years during her graduate studies. She is working as a freelance interpreter in the Willamette Valley and getting reacquainted with the wonderful Deaf and interpreting communities in Oregon.

She earned her B.S. in Interpreting from WOU in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Gallaudet in 2015 and is certified with her CI/CT and Ed:K-12. While on the east coast, she taught linguistics courses at Gallaudet and interpreting courses at the Community College of Baltimore County and served on the Potomac Chapter of RID as Member-at-Large/Director of Community Relations.

As a Member-At-Large for ORID, her primary objective is to hear from you! That is, to continually learn what our membership is looking for from ORID, and to work with the board on finding ways those needs can be served. She especially seeks input from our current and future colleagues who come from under-represented cultural and geographic communities. In her free time, Healy loves exploring the world with her toddler niece, theater, and playing outdoors on hikes, bikes, and road trips.

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