Eliza Fowler, President

2020-2022, two year term (took over April 1st, 2021)
The previous president resigned and Eliza was appointed by special election in March 2021 to serve the remaining term.

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.

Email: President@GVRRID.org

Alyssa Vaisey, CI, CT, Vice President

2019-2021, two year term
The previous Vice President resigned Alyssa was appointed by the board in January 2021 to serve the remaining term. 

Alyssa is from Rochester, NY and got into interpreting because of her Deaf family members. As a graduate of RIT/NTID, she began interpreting professionally in 2000 and has experienced pretty much every interpreting setting you could name. She currently works full-time at the University of Rochester Medical Center serving their Deaf Professionals. She has been involved with GVR in one way or another since 2011, including doing two terms as Treasurer. She also currently serves as the CMP Coordinator and Website Committee Chair.

Email: VicePresident@GVRRID.org

Eric Severson, Secretary, Social Media Committee Chair

2020-2022, two year term

Eric Severson is from Salem, OR. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in ASL and English Interpreting, a minor in Criminal Justice, and an immersion in Public Policy in 2019. Before arriving in Rochester to study interpreting, he went to the University of Oregon where he got a BS in Sociology with a focus in Criminology and a minor in music. Currently, he is in the Apprentice Program through the Department of Access Services at RIT.


Even though he’s newer to the field, Eric has been seeking ways to stay connected and involved with the community; serving on the GVRRID board is one of the best ways for him to achieve that.

Email: Secretary@GVRRID.org

Eliza Fowler, Co-Treasurer

2019-2021, two year term

Eliza Fowler (she/her), NIC, moved to Rochester for the ASLIE program in 2012 from Northern Vermont where she grew up. She graduated in 2016 and has worked at the Department of Access Services (DAS) at RIT and Sorenson VRS since her graduation. She focuses on assisting the Professional Development manager with programming for DAS and has also been involved in mentoring interpreting students. Eliza is working toward her MBA and will finish the degree in May 2022. 

Email: Treasurer@GVRRID.org

Kat Daviton-Burland, Member-at-Large

2019-2022, 3 year term

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.

Email: KatDavitonBurland@gvrrid.org

Shannon Tracy, Member-at-Large

2020-2023, three year term

Shannon is originally from Homer, NY but has lived in the Rochester area for 7 years now. She graduated from RIT/NTID in 2017 and currently works as a staff interpreter at Monroe One BOCES. In addition to working in the K-12 setting, she also works as a freelancer in the Rochester area as well as spends some of her time volunteering in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and learning. She is always searching for more ways to be involved and is looking forward to having a more active role in GVRRID.  

Email: ShannonTracy@gvrrid.org

John Dunleavy, CDI, Member-at-Large

2019-2022, three year term

John is currently a freelance interpreter and translator who has worked in Rochester, NY since 2015.  He worked in Deaf Services and Independent Living in Maine from 2001 to 2015.  In Maine, his work frequently involved translating documents into ASL for Deaf consumers.  He also taught workshops and classes for both Deaf consumers and interpreters in academic and community venues, including a sight translation course for interpreters at the University of Southern Maine (USM).  John worked in information technology from 1980 through 2001, ending as Systems Administrator for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Before moving to Maine, he taught English as a Second Language courses at DEAF, Inc. in Boston and computer classes for the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf.  He has been married to Brenda Schertz since 1994. 

Email: JohnDunleavy@GVRRID.org

Keven Poore, Deaf Member-at-Large

2019-2021, two year term 
The previous Deaf Member at Large resigned and Keven was appointed by special election in March 2021 to serve the remaining term.

My name is Keven Poore and I am a CDI.  I have been certified for 10 years now and have worked in a range of settings.  Prior to relocating to Rochester from the Philadelphia area, I worked as a freelance CDI for 7 years.  I have provided multiple trainings to individuals who are pursuing their DI certification, to interpreters re: interpreting in Behavioral health settings as well as training on Deaf/Hearing teaming.  With my behavioral health background (MA in Mental Health Counseling) I bring both interpreting and a working knowledge of mental health and substance use disorder to the table.  I was a content expert for Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI) Training - Module 3 and a content expert for CATIE's Introduction to Addiction and Recovery Interpreting Training module.  I am a facilitator for the Supervisor Module in CALI's Training series with my second year coming up this spring.  I am also the co-chair for the Test Development Committee at the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI).  Currently, as Director of Substance and Addiction Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD) at NTID/RIT, my work as a CDI is limited to On-call opportunities at Strong Memorial Hospital and a few press conferences here and there.  I am interested in the Deaf Member At Large position because I enjoy the ever evolving field of interpreting and want to be part of normalizing the use of deaf interpreters in the GVRRID region.  

Email: KevenPoore@gvrrid.org

Renee Burns, Student Interpreter Representative

2020-2021, one year term

Renee is a native to the Rochester area, raised primarily in Canandaigua where she graduated with her AA degree in ASL from Fingerlakes Community College (FLCC). She currently studies as a second-year ASLIE student at NTID/RIT and is always searching for ways to become involved in the Deaf and Interpreting communities. She felt it was a great honor to be offered the position of Student Representative on the GVRRID Board for the 2019-2020 term and looks forward to the diverse opportunities this organization has to offer not only her, but the members of the Deaf community and her peers at RIT. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, studying the medical sciences, learning other languages, and baking.

Email: ReneeBurns@GVRRID.org

Don Heinz, Membership Committee Chair and Co-Treasurer

Board appointed position with no specific term

Don Heinz is originally from Houghton, NY and is a graduate of NTID. Beginning in 1994, he worked at several different public schools, before he joined Monroe 2 BOCES in 2003 as an Interpreter for the Deaf. Don has served on the GVRID board since 2008 in different positions, such as membership chair, treasurer, and member at large. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Email: info@GVRRID.org

Lola Johnston, Professional Development Committee Chair

Board appointed position with no specific term

Lola Johnston is a transplanted Washingtonian residing in Rochester since 1991.  After obtaining her B.A. degree from Western Washington University in 1988 she proceeded to obtain her A.S degree in ASL - English Interpreting at Seattle Central Community College, graduating in 1991. Since then, she has worked at RIT's (Rochester Institute of Technology) DAS (Department of Access Services) as a staff interpreter providing services for the extra-curricular events and activities. Additionally, she interprets VRS as well as performing arts.

In addition to her duties as the Professional Development Chair for GVR, she serves on the Board of Directors for Hands In Entertainment. Further, she is involved in a Cohort mentoring group for students and recent graduates, as well as serving as a mentor for numerous students and DAS Apprentices.

Email: PDChair@GVRRID.org

Alyssa Vaisey, CI, CT, CMP Coordinator and Website Committee Chair

Board appointed position with no specific term

Alyssa is from Rochester, NY and got into interpreting because of her Deaf family members. As a graduate of RIT/NTID, she began interpreting professionally in 2000 and has experienced pretty much every interpreting setting you could name. She currently works full-time at the University of Rochester Medical Center serving their Deaf Professionals. She has been involved with GVR in one way or another since 2011, including doing two terms as Treasurer. 


Website Email: Admin@GVRRID.org

The GVRRID Board meets monthly on the second Saturday of the month, 9:30-11:30am. All members are welcome to attend!



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