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2020 NOrCRID Board— Bios

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Sheridan Laine will be serving as President of NorCRID. She grew up in the small farming town of Hollister (nothing like the surfer clothing brand).  She is a NERDA who fell in love with ASL while attending Community College in San Luis Obispo. Sheridan transferred to CSUN and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Interpreting. She spent the first 7 years of her career as a staff interpreter at Ohlone College. She left Ohlone to learn how to become the parent of a child with Autism. Freelance interpreting allowed her to spend more time with her kids, volunteer and learn new things. Sherida has three children, a husband and a big black dog. She enjoy reading, crafts and volunteering.

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Vice President


  Christine, as she says, really “began her life” when she was enrolled at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont at the age of 13 and graduated in 2003. This is where she found her identity, forged lifelong friendships and began her immersion and active support of her community. 

  Christine has a thirst for knowledge and loves to learn so she knew she wanted to attend college,  but was not sure which career path she wanted to pursue. She began her higher education and took a plethora of classes, looking for her niche. In 2009 she also began doing some work as a Deaf interpreter;  thoroughly enjoying the challenge and the service it provided to the Deaf community. Finally, in 2016, she enrolled in a two year Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) at Ohlone College. She graduated in 2018 and was recognized as the first Deaf person to graduate from the program.

       Currently, Christine is a local Deaf Interpreter who specializes in interpreting for Deaf-Plus, dysfluent and atypical language individuals and works at DPAC (Deaf Plus Adult Community).

  Furthermore, Christine very actively supports and fights for Deaf rights, especially focusing on the Deaf LGBTQ and Deaf Plus communities.

  When Christine has leisure time, she and her service dog, Abby, enjoy spending their free time white-water-rafting, camping, reading, painting, watching sitcoms, and going on walks. Christine is very excited to serve as the NorCRID Vice President and do what she can to make our community a better place.


Micheal Boucher (He/Him)

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Kate Lubeck (She/Her)

Kate grew up in the Bay Area and lives now in Mountain View with her wife. She is a white hearing queer trans woman, and a graduate of the Ohlone IPP, class of 2018. She also holds an AA degree in ASL & Deaf Studies from Ohlone College. Her interpreting practice is primarily focused on post-secondary education interpreting, where she pursues constant and continuous education for herself and aims to provide access to knowledge at the best of her ability. When not interpreting, she often spends her time playing board or computer games, and has a long standing love of math and linguistics. Kate is excited to be able to serve her community by coordinating finances for NorCRID, bringing her attention to detail to the Board to help make our goals a reality.

Janaee Cobbs

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Valerie Avila

Valerie Avila is a transplant from Southern California and has lived in the Bay Area since 2016. She is a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in a Spanish speaking house hold. Valerie began learning ASL in 2009 while attending Community College and served as Vice President of the ASL Club there. She transferred to California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2013 where she further delved into the Deaf community. While at CSUN, she served
as board member of the Deaf Studies Association and frequently worked as a pro-bono interpreter throughout the city of Los Angeles. In 2016 she graduated with BA in Deaf Studies with a concentration in ASL-English Interpreting.

Shortly after, Valerie transferred to Mills College in Oakland, California to further broaden her knowledge as a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical student. She worked in the Emergency room at Alta bates in Berkeley until 2017 when Valerie realized her passion to bridge the medical field and interpreting. She began working as a free lance and VRS interpreter, completed Mills with a Pre-Medical Certificate, and has since grown as a passionate full time tri-lingual interpreter.
Valerie lives in Oakland with her partner and her two adorable puppies. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, learning, and a good cup of coffee (although McConnell’s toasted almond coconut chip ice cream- or any ice cream- is her weakness).

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Reid is queer, non-binary, and trans (ftm). Originally from a small town in Western Massachusetts, they have been living in the Bay for the last several 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 serving as a mentor to trans and gender expansive youth, practicing in various sanghas around the Bay, crafting, reading, or watching their favorite tv shows.

They decided to join the NorCRID Board as a way of becoming more involved with and being of service to community. They joined as an Alternate Member in 2018 and became a Member at Large in 2019.



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SECOND Alternate Member
ANdrea K. Smith

Andrea is a recent transplant to the Bay Area after having completed a two-year assignment in Dublin, Ireland.  Prior to that, she had a private practice in the DC metro area.  She started her career as an interpreter at Seattle Central Community College and has earned her Bachelors from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters through the EUMASLI programme at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal.  Her primary practice is in legal interpreting and technical/scientific work.  Andrea has held several Board and committee positions with other affiliate chapters and with the national organization and has a strong passion for giving back to the profession.  When not doing things related to interpreting, Andrea can be found reading, crafting, Volksmarching, and chasing her twins.

THIRD Alternate Member
Shanette Fee

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