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Candidate for President
Eliza Fowler for President
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 works in the Department of Access Services at RIT as a staff interpreter and interim professional development program coordinator. She recently graduated with her Masters in Business Administration from RIT.
Eliza has previously served one term as Treasurer and a year as President of GVRRID and has been actively involved in several other GVR projects and committees including the 2022 Region 1 Conference Planning Committee.
Donna graduated from Rochester School for the Deaf and received a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburg at Bradford, Pa. I am active in our community and serve as a Board President of the Deaf Refugee Advocacy and past clinical service director. I also serve as a member of the board at the National Alliance for Mental Illness. I also serve on several committees for the Monroe County and the City of Rochester.
My husband is Bob Nelligan-Barrett, a retired interpreter from RIT, and Sorenson. We have 2 dogs and 3 cats. My hobbies are weaving / fiber arts, hiking, traveling, and reading.
Jeanette Corso for Member At Large
I am from downstate New York, Queens/Long Island to be more specific. I relocated to Rochester in 2007 following the completion of my Interpreter Training Program. I attended Northeastern University and graduated in 2006 with a double major in American Sign Language Interpreting and Human Services. I later returned to the University of Rochester to pursue a graduate degree; I graduated in 2021 from The Warner School of Education with a Masters of Science in Human Development.
Currently I am a staff interpreter at Strong Memorial Hospital, a freelance interpreter, video relay interpreter, as well as a video remote interpreter with higher education institutions that provide distance learning opportunities. Since graduating from U of R, I have had the opportunity of teaching the curriculum I created, which focuses on my thesis work, and look forward to more of those opportunities in the future. I was involved with GVR in the past when I served on the Professional Development Committee; I loved finding presenters and exciting resources to bring in and share with our fellow community of interpreters.
Lisa Prinzi for Member At Large
Dr. Lisa Prinzi is a native of the Rochester area and has worked as an interpreter for over 20 years (community, VRS, educational). She obtained her associate degree in educational interpreting in 2001 and her bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language-English interpretation in 2004, both from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She also earned her master’s degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing from NTID at RIT in 2007. Lisa completed her Ph.D. in educational culture, policy, and society from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2020. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) at RIT/NTID. Statement of Interest I firmly believe in the idea of life-long learning. Education is an individual journey yet a collaborative effort. People learn and grow best when they feel safe, supported, and seen. My interest in serving as a Member-at-Large is to liaison and support the local community, ensuring that the membership’s interests, needs, and desires are addressed and collaboratively met.
Sarah Morgenthal for Student Representative
A native of Long Island, New York, Sarah Morgenthal is a student in the RIT Honors Program, studying American Sign Language-English Interpretation at NTID/RIT. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society. Sarah began working as a member of the GVRRID Social Media Committee in 2021, and will be the Student Interpreter Representative for the 2022-2023 election term. She serves as a Board Member for the NTID Student Congress and as a Research Assistant in a joint study conducted by NTID and Gallaudet University. Sarah is a Student Interpreter for the Department of Access Services, with a focus in interpreting for engineering and NTID classes.
Amy Parr for Student Representative
My name is Amy Parr. I am originally from Arlington VA about 5mins outside Washington DC. Currently, I am a third-year, soon-to-be fourth year in the ASLIE program at NTID/RIT. At NTID/RIT I have enjoyed interacting with my peers to help support and grow together. For the past two semesters, I have been a Learning Assistant (LA), working with the first years to help foster their studies and welcome them into the community that I have gotten to know and love. In my spare time, my hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee as well as being a coffee enthusiast. I have nominated myself for the student rep position as I am interested to learn more about GVRRID and seeing how I can get more students to know about the opportunities you all have to offer. I will be honest I was unaware of GVRRID until my 3rd year. I wish to get the younger years more involved sooner rather than later.