Born and raised in the Bay Area by Deaf parents, I feel very fortunate to be part of the NorCRID Community.
I was one of those CODAs who was “NEVER” going to interpret... but when I began a professional life with Deaf individuals and witnessed the amazing skill of the Bay Area interpreters - I was inspired. I began volunteer interpreting in 2007 - and was finally certified in 2016.
I joined NorCRID in 2013 to “help with the Conference” and was sucked into the NorCRID vortex. It’s been a true pleasure to work hand-in-hand with Deaf people and with ASL Interpreters who are committed to improving the interpreting field and Deaf people’s lives. In these past 5 years, I have had the honor and opportunity to learn alongside an amazing group of committed individuals to serve our local community. I’ve made lifelong friends who have made me a better person.
One of the deepest pleasures of serving on the board has been to listen to the concerns of Deaf people who use interpreters in most facets of their lives - attempting to address these concerns through education and community, creating educational opportunities for interpreters who wish to improve their skills and knowledge, and offering opportunities for interpreters to commune with their peers to unpack, discuss and grow awareness and understanding.
In my last year on the NorCRID Board - I can truly say I have enjoyed the experience. I have several people tasked to knock me off the stage if I run for another term - not because I didn’t enjoy or appreciate it - only because I wish to put the time and energy into my personal growth and to spend it with my soon-to-be teenaged daughters <3
Vice President LAURA KEEN (SHE/HER)
Laura lives in Santa Cruz and has worked as an interpreter for over 15 years. She attended Gallaudet University and graduated with a M.A. in Counseling. Then she returned to Gallaudet to take summer courses in interpreting prior to taking the RID written, CI & CT exams. Laura decided to join the board in order to benefit her local community as well as the greater Bay area interpreting and Deaf community.
Secretary Norma Elena Sánchez (she/her)
Norma Elena is a Queer Chicana, daughter of immigrant parents. Born in East Los Angeles, CA, she moved to the San Francisco, Bay Area 20 years ago and never looked back.
Norma Elena studied ASL at Berkeley City College and received her certificate of interpreting from the Ohlone Interpreter Preparation Program in 2017. She is a native Spanish speaker and serves as a trilingual interpreter. She comes to the field with 15 years’ experience in Human Resources in the corporate world and has a deep commitment to social justice.
Norma Elena joined NorCRID as an expression in which she is committed to making positive change in the field of interpreting. She is also a committee member of BAYTOC (Bay Area Terps of Color), which is working to create a space for social and professional development within the POC interpreting community, and Mano a Mano, the national trilingual interpreter organization.
When Norma is not working or in a meeting for the various organizations she belongs to, you can find her in the Redwoods trails taking her dogs on a hike or cooking Mexican food for her family and friends. She lives in the East Bay with her wife and three fur babies, Diego, Chicle and Chula.
TREASURER Sheridan Laine (She/her)
I’m Sheridan Laine and I’m serving your NorCRID Board as your treasurer. I was born in Santa Cruz and grew up in the small farming community of Hollister, Ca. I moved to San Luis Obispo where I attended Cuesta college as a graphic design/advertising major but after taking some ASL classes fell in love with the language. I transferred to CSUN and finished my BA in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in interpreting in 2005. Shortly after graduation I started working hourly at Ohlone Community College in Fremont. I became staff in 2006 and then got certified, NIC. I quit my work at Ohlone in 2015 when my oldest son was diagnosed with Autism. I knew some of the parents I admired most learned ASL so I knew I needed to learn the language of Autism. I started freelancing and have worked in a variety of settings all around the South Bay. I am the mother of 3 children and my hobbies include reading, crafts, hanging out with my family and finding fun.
MEMBER AT LARGE
MATT MOYERS (HE/HIM)
Matt, a Bay Area native, was born in Oakland and grew up in Pleasanton. He became certified as a CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter) in July of 2015. In June 2018 he will graduate from CSU (California State University) East Bay with a B.A. Matt is serving his fifth consecutive year as a member of the board. He is a father of 3 college-aged children, two daughters and one son. His hobbies include sports, reading, and watching movies.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Shylynn Barlow (She/her)
Shylynn Barlow, a California native, was born in Granada Hills, near Los Angeles. She grew up in Southern and Northern California. Shylynn currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA. She just earned her B.A. in Deaf Studies with a focus on Deaf community, from California State University Northridge in May 2018.
She have taken various workshops in preparation for the RID CDI Certificate. She have been a “Girl Friday” for many years, doing dog walking, gardening, house/pet sitting, painting, etc. She has worked as a freelance Deaf interpreter. She volunteered for various non-profit organizations such as Annie's Blankets 2007-2011, collecting used blankets and towels and delivering them to animal hospitals & shelters. When she has a chance she loves to travel with friends, go hiking, go swimming and spend time with dogs. She is also a motorcyclist.
Shylynn is determined to be a part of the NorCRID Board (even traveling back and forth from LA during her college studies) because she is passionate about supporting the Deaf community through fundraising and public awareness events. It makes her happy to contribute by serving. In addition to NorCRID, she is a member of many clubs and organizations, including California Association of the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Deaf Women United. She is the originator of NorCal ASL Bikers on Facebook and the organizer of a yearly motorcycle rally in Santa Cruz, CA to benefit NorCRID.
ALTERNATE MEMBER REID MICHAEL (THEY/THEM)
Reid is a queer trans ftm non-binary west coast transplant from Massachusetts (no, not Boston). They have been living in the Bay for the last three years with no intention of leaving! Reid holds a B.S. of Political Science from Salem State University, a Certificate of Deaf Studies from Holyoke Community College, and a Certificate of Interpreting from Ohlone Community College. When they are not working as an interpreter or attending board meetings, you can find Reid using their time with the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP), the Queer Sex Ed podcast, and as a mentor to trans and gender diverse youth. They decided to join the NorCRID Board as a way of becoming more involved with and giving back to community.
Reid enjoys crafting and costuming, dancing, meditating, learning a little bit about a lot of things, being in nature, music, and cooking.
DEAF COMMUNITY MEMBER AT LARGE ARIEL BAKER-GIBBS
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NorCRID is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 2134 Fremont, CA 94536