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Voting will be from Saturday March 14th to Sunday March 20th.
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Candidate for President - Eliza Fowler
Candidate for Vice President - Nikki Cherry
Candidate for Treasurer - Emily Call
Candidate for Deaf Member at Large - Keven Poore
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. She is the current treasurer for GVRRID (2018-present).
Nikki Cherry (she/her), M.Ed., NIC, moved to Rochester in 2013 and has since made this her home. She worked for 7 years as a designated interpreter prior to joining the freelance community full-time in January 2021. She works in all variety of settings and enjoys mentoring students and newer interpreters.
Nikki is honored to have been nominated for the position of GVRRID Vice-President and is pleased to accept the nomination. She has a passion for inspiring positive action within the communities which she is involved and looks forward to this opportunity to be a part of enacting change as we all move forward in the unique time of a pandemic, and the not-so- unique time of systemic racism and oppression of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Emily Call (she/her) has lived in Rochester since 2007, and graduated from the ASLIE program in 2014. She has worked at the Department of Access Services (DAS) at RIT since 2015, and recently joined Sorenson VRS. She regularly mentors student and apprentice interpreters and cofacilitates the weekly meetings for the DAS Apprenticeship Program. In addition to her undergraduate in ASL-English Interpreting, Emily holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The College at Brockport (2007), a masters degree in Management from the Saunders College of Business at RIT (2020) and gained her NIC in 2019. She’s looking forward to taking on the role of treasurer.
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.