Christina Kelley, CI/CT; SC:L, President
Chris graduated from Iowa Western Community College with an AAS degree in Interpreting and AA degree in psychology in 1985. She began her freelance practice at that time. She moved from Iowa to accept a position at NTID as a staff interpreter in the Department of Interpreting Services. While there, she obtained her BS in Criminal Justice from RIT.
After working at RIT, she was the first Director of Interpreting for The Health Association. At the same time she continued to freelance in community interpreting as well as in educational settings.
Currently, Chris is a full-time freelance interpreter; specializing in legal interpreting. She is part of a Cohort group for mentoring interpreting students and is the liaison for the Student and Professional Interpreters Network (SPIN). She serves on the board of two community organizations: Partners in Deaf Health (PDH); focusing on education and access to medical/mental health services for the Deaf Community, and Hands In Entertainment (HIE); established to provide qualified, creative and credentialed interpreters in performing venues.
Kathryn Pedersen, AAS, BS, CI, CT and Certificate of Health Care Interpreting, Vice President
Kathryn has been interpreting in the Rochester, NY area for more than 20 years. She earned an AAS in Educational Interpreting in 1995 from NTID and her Bachelors in Psychology, Deaf Studies and Philosophy from RIT in 2001. She has worked in various realms over her career. She was a staff interpreter at RIT on the business and computer science team until 2001 when she took a position at Monroe #1 BOCES as a K-12 interpreter. After a short time there she transitioned to private practice. In 2003 she was hired at Interpretek where she worked until 2010. She has interpreted in a variety of settings such as business meetings, interviews, medical appointments, post secondary and post graduate level classes, PhD programs, Video Relay and many others. She has mentored many graduating interpreting students and continues to be a sounding board for her previous interns. Kathryn is currently working at Strong Memorial Hospital (URMC) as the Highland Hospital ASL Interpreter. In her free time she enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, volunteering at Genesee Country Village and spending time with her family.
Tristan Wright, BA, BS, NIC, Secretary
Tristan Wright is a certified member of both GVRRID and RID, having passed the NIC exam in November of 2017. He is an alumnus of the ASLIE program at NTID where he graduated suma cum laude and Outstanding Graduate in 2014. He has been a full time interpreter since 2015. Presently, Tristan is a staff interpreter with Sign Language Connection as well as a freelance interpreter in Rochester. He works primarily in higher education and mental health settings.
Tristan’s future plans are to attend graduate school with an aim towards researching the impact of legislation on the field and the work of interpreters as well as the potential for a cooperative model for providing interpreting services. Other interesting facts about him include that he hasn’t eaten meat in 20 years, he spent three years living on communes in rural Virginia, he holds a BA degree in community theatre and French from the University at Buffalo, and that in his spare time he corresponds with a half dozen LGBTQ incarcerated people.
Eliza Fowler, Treasurer
Eliza Fowler was born and raised in Northern Vermont until she came to RIT and matriculated into the ASLIE program. She graduated in 2016 and has spent the last couple years working in the Department of Access Services at RIT as a staff interpreter.
Eliza has been looking for additional ways to get involved in the interpreting community outside of RIT’s campus and ways to give back to the interpreting field post-graduation and finds that serving on the GVRRID Board is the perfect way to do that.
Kat Daviton-Burland, Member-at-Large
Hailed from New York City, Kat Daviton-Burland lives and works in Rochester, New York as an American Sign Language Interpreter since 2015. She just received a certification in CDI in February 2016. She wants to be a part of the GVRRID community, such as serving as its Member-at-Large, for she feels she would maintain liaison between the interpreting community and the Deaf and Deaf/Blind communities.
Kat has had 30 years of professional experience as a social worker for New York Society for the Deaf and Federation of Employment & Guidance Services; and, for the last 22 years, as a program director assistant for the Program for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY. During her tenure, she has served on several advisory boards and committees.
Kat earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Social Work at New York University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work at the School of Social Work, Hunter College/CUNY. Furthermore, she has performed various interpreting and translating tasks over the past few decades – either as a part of her prior employment, as a direct contractor, or as a volunteer, such as interpreting meetings at Helen Keller National Center or as an ASL translation consultant at a musical festival. She has also been actively involved in both Deaf and Deaf/Blind communities.
Andreanna Durkin, Member-at-Large
Andreana grew up in RI, and has been interpreting in the Rochester community since 2005. She has worked at Monroe One BOCES, RIT, VRS, and in the community. She also worked on a research grant from 2013-2016 as a research associate/project interpreter for the Center for Education Research Partnerships at NTID. In 2008, she became certified NIC: Master. She has been a member of GVRRID since 2004, serving as Director from 2009-2012, Bridge Program chair from 2010-2013, and Interim Professional Development Coordinator in 2017. She regularly provides workshops on the NIC performance and interpreting in the Middle East, and presented one of her research papers at the RID National Convention in New Orleans in 2015. She is currently the Interpreter Supervisor at Monroe One BOCES in Fairport. In her spare time, Andreana enjoys cooking Italian food and being outdoors with her family.
Haley York, Member-at-Large
Haley relocated to Rochester from Connecticut in 2016 after graduating from Northwestern Community College with an A.S. in ASL-English Interpreting. She transferred into RIT/NTID’s ASLIE program and graduated in May of 2018. Apart from interpreting she has worked as a C-Print Captionist in a secondary school and Behavioral Specialist in an elementary school. Currently Haley is working at Convo Communications, is a staff interpreter for Sign Language Connection Inc., and continues to freelance. The majority of her work is based in post-secondary, 12 Step meetings, and supporting Deaf professionals. In her spare time Haley enjoys volunteering at One Love Pet Adoptions as well as going on hikes and kayaking with her rescue pup, Howl.
William Windhorn, Deaf Member-at-Large
Billy Windhorn was born in South Carolina. Upstate NY is the fifth state he has lived in. His jobs are: Freelance ASL instructor, Freelance Certified Deaf Interpreter, Legalshield Associate and Mr. Dad.
His favorite quote is: “Life is a river, learn to explore above and below the water.”
Billy is currently involved as a member at large. He shares concerns from the community to the board. He is also a liaison between the Board and Professional Development Chair, as well as the CMP. Additionally, he is a temporary mentor to a few interpreters in the community.
Billy lives in Webster, NY with his family: Karen (wife), Will (son), Leo (son), Sophie (GR dog), Papi (cat), wild rabbits and wild squirrels (hahaha, they keep the dog and cat busy).
Quinn Webb, Student Interpreter Representative
Quinn is a 4th year ASLIE student from the Syracuse area. She is a student interpreter at DAS on the Science and Health Sciences team and worked as an interpreter/teacher’s assistant at WholeMe Inc. this past summer with their Summer Youth Employment program. Her goal for her time at GVRRID is to increase student involvement and create strong ties between GVRRID and Student Interpreting Association, as she is the acting Public Relations Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year. In her free time she enjoys cooking, making crafts, and playing with her cat, Friday.