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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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unnamed 1Audrey Ramirez-Loudenback

I am a native Oregonian, born and raised in the Portland area. I have lived in Salem for the past 8 years with my husband and two kids. I mainly work in post-secondary settings and some freelance work in the Salem area. I completed my BA in ASL/English interpreting from WOU in 2009 and attained my NIC in 2009. In December of 2015 I completed my MA in Interpreting Studies, in which I wrote a thesis on the topic of Motivational Values of interpreters, which remains a passion of mine. I am deeply passionate about issues of social justice and how they impact our work and interactions with the Deaf community. As Vice President I would commit to giving my time and energy to improving our field and improving our relationship with the Deaf communities we serve. I am also hoping to establish a support network for interpreters of color in Oregon. I look forward to finding new innovative ways to make better connections between ORIDand the interpreters across the state. I have been gifted with many amazing colleagues in my Interpreting life. Colleagues that encourage me a scaffold my learning and push me to grow. I see serving on ORID's board as a way to give back to a community that has given me so much. Thank you for considering me for this position!  

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TaraTara 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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unnamedLaurielle Aviles

Laurielle Aviles, a New York native, began their immersion into the ASL and Deaf community during their freshman year of college while working on their degree in Linguistics. American Sign Language and the community they surrounded themselves with became the driving force in the completion of this degree and the foundation for their passion of working with the Deaf community. In 2013, they decided the next step of their journey was to move out West to pursue their post-baccalaureate degree in ASL/English Interpreting.

Upon graduation from Western Oregon University in 2015 with their second B.A. they received their NIC. This allowed them to dive into work throughout the Willamette Valley in areas such as the K-12, post-secondary, and freelance interpreting, mainly for the LGBTQ community. During this time they also, enjoyed taking on larger interpreting projects with the Northwest Children's Theater (Rock the Presidents and Elephant & Piggy's: We're in a Play) and Portland Actors Ensemble (Taming of the Shrew).

Currently, Laurielle works mainly at Purple VRS and enjoys the flexible schedule that allows them to adventure with their new puppy, Vanilla Bean. Despite having lived in Oregon for 4 years, they are finally now able to take in all it has to offer.

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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