Debbie learned sign language from the Deaf communities in the New England area. She has been a certified sign language interpreter since 1999; Debbie also holds a degree in Psychology with a focus in crisis intervention.
She has worked in the video interpreting industry since 2007 and has served as the Operations Manager for two different VRS companies (both also provided VRI services). Debbie has managed more than 160 interpreters - all of whom worked from independent call centers all over the country. Debbie's interpreting passions are in medical environments and is where she focuses much of her training and continuing education. Her medical interpreting experience is varied and comprehensive, in both remote and onsite settings. Debbie has completed an intensive Certificate of Healthcare Interpreting (CHI) Program for ASL interpreters established by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). She has also completed specialized medical trainings, such as, oncology with the University of California San Diego (UCSD), various medical systems with the CATIE Center, and mental health through Troy University, the Alabama Department of Mental Health and ADARA. Debbie is an interpreter for and the Director of ASL Services with InDemand Interpreting, a national company specializing in medical settings. All of her experience and education have significantly contributed to her strong leadership skills and the ability to cultivate the skills and talents of her peers.
Debbie is deeply grateful for the cultural and linguistic knowledge she has gained from being a part of the Deaf community and continuously strives to improve the standard of medical interpreting services. When Debbie isn't working she keeps busy with her fiancé, 4 teenagers and 3 very active dogs.
Amanda grew up in Roswell, Georgia and attended Centennial High School. During her freshman year, Amanda met a deaf student and the student’s interpreter in their band class and knew that American Sign Language Interpreting would be her passion and the career she would pursue.
Amanda attended Valdosta State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in interpreting in May, 2009. During her senior year internship at Valdosta State, Amanda had the opportunity to interpret VSU’s production of Footloose and discovered her love of interpreting theatre. Amanda lived in South Georgia for six years after graduation from VSU. While in South Georgia she was employed as an interpreter for Colquitt County Schools as well as doing some community interpreting. In 2015 she decided to move back to the Atlanta area to be closer to her family. She continues to enjoy educational interpreting and is glad she gets to work with a great team of interpreters.
Amanda enjoys being with friends and spending time with her family and especially her five year old Maltese, Zoey. She attends Birmingham United Methodist Church where she plays hand bells and sings in the choir. Since moving to Woodstock, Amanda has participated in at least eight 5k races and hopes to do more in 2017.
She looks forward to working with the Board!
Meghan is a Georgia native. She graduated from the Georgia Perimeter College Sign Language Interpreting Program in 2004. She then went on to California State University, Northridge and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Deaf Studies, with a concentration in interpreting in 2006. After graduating from CSUN, she moved back to Georgia and began working as an interpreter. Meghan earned a Certificate of Interpretation and a Certificate of Transliteration from RID in 2008. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2009.
Meghan currently works as a staff interpreter at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, as well as in freelance and theatrical settings. When she’s not interpreting you can either find her on the soccer fields or riding her bicycle. Meghan is glad to be joining the GaRID Board.
Feeling the constant pull of two cultures, Erika Mercedes Munro grew up interpreting between her Cuban refugee family and her American friends in Miami, Florida. During summer camp Erika met Deaf and hearing school mates who communicated in ASL and became determined not to be left out, igniting a passion to learn ASL. Erika took ASL classes for three years during high school, where ASL was offered for foreign language credit, and she continued exposure to ASL from a Deaf community of children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Flagler College while working at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind as a bus chaperone and instructional assistant.
In 2000, Erika moved to Oregon with a full tuition grant for the bilingual/bicultural deaf education program run by Laurene Simms (then Gallimore) at Western Oregon University. The cohort consisted of 8 people - 6 Deaf and 2 hearing. Living and working at OSD, while studying in a master’s program where most classes were taught in ASL, continued to improve her fluency in ASL. In 2001, Erika returned to FSDB to work as an ESOL specialist for Deaf children and later worked there as well as an educational diagnostician until 2008.
Erika received her NIC in 2013 after a great deal of mentorship and encouragement to dispel fears that she did not possess the ability to pass such a test. Erika is so grateful for the path in which she is consistently being led. Currently, Erika works as a freelance interpreter, a church interpreter, and a video relay interpreter.
Erika is happy to contribute to the Deaf community, which includes the community of interpreters. When not with the Deaf community, Erika spends time with her husband, two kids, Evan and Elena, and her doggy, Neo.
Richard grew up on Long Island in New York. While in high school, he became close friends with a Deaf peer in a youth group. This sparked his love of the Deaf community and ASL. After earning his BA in English from the University of Rochester, Richard’s original intent was to become a elementary teacher for the Deaf. In 1992, his friends in the Deaf community encouraged him to pursue a career in interpreting. In New York, Richard worked as a staff interpreter for a Deaf-owned interpreting agency. For fourteen years, Richard specialized in K-12 public schools settings in New York, Georgia and North Carolina. He served as Coastal (North Carolina) RID’s Educational Liaison.
In Georgia, he worked in conjunction with state departments to help educational interpreters obtain qualification or certification. He was also a former co-chair of the Georgia RID Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings. Since 2001, he has presented locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Currently, Richard lives in Atlanta, GA and works as a full-time community interpreter. He is honored to be a part of Georgia RID’s Board and looks forward to working with the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deafblind and interpreting communities!
Currently, her time is divided between freelancing in the community, hanging out with the world's cutest nieces, and traveling as much as time and finances allow.
Becca is honored to be a member of the GA RID Board as a Member at Large and is excited to see what the upcoming year holds for our Deaf and Interpreting Communities in Georgia!