I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. After graduating from Los Angeles Pierce College with an Associate of Arts in Sign Language Interpreting, I worked for 15 years at the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). While there, I received training as a mentor and diagnostician and participated in the Pep-Net West Video Outreach Program as a long distance mentor.
I moved to Tulsa in 1999, and since then I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies from the University of Oklahoma. After 16 years working full or part-time for Tulsa Community College, I have recently returned to private practice and video relay interpreting. I run this small cottage industry mentoring fellow interpreters via Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangout using techniques learned while working at CSUN. I love music, mime, my family, my pets, computers, Disneyland and writing, not necessarily in that order.
I would love if every interpreter knew and trusted the quality of his or her own work. I began in this industry just certain that someone was going to realize they were paying me too much. That sort of self-doubt got in my way and blocked my growth for many years. At last, I had a mentor in Gary Sanderson (among many others) who helped me to see my strengths and use those strengths to improve my weaknesses. I hope to pass those lessons on to any who wish to work with me.