RID Board of Directors 2018-06-08T11:18:22+00:00

RID Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a member-elected body of RID certified/associate professional interpreters*. The role of the board is to govern the organization by setting the direction and vision through internal and external stakeholder engagement.

The 11 member board is comprised of the executive board (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Deaf Member-at-Large, Member-at-Large*) and 5 Regional Representatives. If applicable, the Board of Directors may also have an immediate past President which serves as an Ex-Officio Member. The Executive Board is elected on odd-numbered years, is sworn in at the National Biennial Conference, and serves a two-year term in office. The 5 Regional Representatives are elected on even-numbered years. Their two-year term of office commences thirty days (30) days after elections during that year, but no later than September 1st.

*The Member-at-Large position can be held by either a certified or associate member.

2013.31- Motion to commit the RID Board of Directors to the values of Roots, Respect, Relevance, and Results as guiding principles for the 2013-2015 term. Motion Maker: LaVona Andrew

Current Officers​


Melvin Walker, M.Ed., CRC, CI and CT, NAD V
Melvin Walker received his B.S. in Psychology from Athens State University and M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University.  He has been employed by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services for the past 12 years and is currently in the position of Senior Rehabilitation Counselor…  (more…)

Vice President

Sandra Maloney, CI and CT, SC:L
Sandra Maloney is a native Michigander who graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2001. She is completing her M.A. in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University with an expected graduation date of (more…)



Josh Pennise, MA, CI and CT, NIC Advanced
Joshua Pennise is a native of the Virginia coast who calls New York City home. He learned ASL from Deaf friends as a teen and interpreting through mentoring with generous professionals in the field. At eighteen, he passed the RID CI exam, later adding the CT and NIC Advanced. Josh interpreted while attending college at Old Dominion University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in human communication and a master’s degree in applied linguistics with an emphasis on sociolinguistics. During his graduate career, he focused…(more…)



Billieanne McLellan, CI and CT, NIC, Ed: K-12
Billieanne McLellan started interpreting in 1994 at a local community college. Since then she has worked in various venues as a freelance interpreter, a staff theater interpreter, in VRS, at church crusades, as an emergency medical interpreting service provider, and a California Disaster Relief Interpreter. She is also a workshop presenter and adjunct ASL professor. (…see more)


Member at Large

Dr. Len Roberson, Ph.D., CI and CT, SC:L

Dr. Len Roberson is excited for his newly elected position RID’s Member at Large, he strongly believes the bylaws this position in being responsible for helping to communicate with the members of the organization and to coordinate various activities. Len is from Florida, which means he is from region two. He enjoys serving, volunteering and providing his time, skills and experience in volunteer leadership. Over the years he has had a variety of experiences serving with organizations. He has been an interpreter for more than 25 years, is a professor at a University and is a researcher and published author. He enjoys a variety of perspectives that his experience has provided him in the past. (…see more)

Deaf Member at Large

Branton Stewart, CDI & CLIP-R

Branton Stewart has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and minored in Business Administration from Gallaudet University. His experience includes involvement with volunteer positions at both NAD and RID. Some of his positions held were: four years as the Vice chairperson for the Deaf Caucus under RID, the NAD delegate for GA and NY during four NAD conventions, President of Empire State Association of the Deaf, and involvement with several organizations in Atlanta, NYC, Rochester and Southern California which primarily focused on issues to help improve the quality of communication for the Deaf Interpreting, Interpreter and Deaf communities. He was also appointed for interim RID Board of Directors in fall 2013. He is currently chairperson for Deaf Advisory Council (DAC) for RID for 3rd terms.

Region I Representative

LaTanya E. Jones, M.S.M., NIC
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LaTanya E. Jones, M.S.M., NIC is an independent interpreter with nearly ten years professional experience in a plethora of professional and video relay settings, yet specializes in healthcare interpreting. An Adjunct Professor at both the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and Camden County College (CCC), LaTanya has recently joined the CATIE Center team at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, as the Assistant Director. (more…)

Region II Representative

Brenda Sellers, CI and CT, NIC
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Brenda Sellers received her B.S. in Interpreter Training from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, May of 2004.  She is currently a full-time staff interpreter for Tennessee School for the Deaf, where she enjoys interpreting in a wide variety of situations and other duties.   She continues to work a few hours as a Video Relay interpreter and occasionally works as a freelance interpreter in the community. (more…)

Region III Representative

Byron Behm, NAD V, NIC
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Byron Behm grew up on the east coast, never living in a state longer than seven years.  He is a native sign language user from an all-deaf family. Growing up, he shared a unique homeschooling experience with his two deaf brothers.  He attended college at North Central University in Minneapolis for his Bachelor’s degree in Interpreting.  He then continued on for his Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in Deaf Education. (more…)

Region IV Representative

Sonja Smith, NIC
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Sonja W. Smith was raised in southern California, but now calls Austin, Texas home.  While in high school, she played water polo with Deaf teammates, and thus began her training to become an ASL/English interpreter.  After high school, she continued her education at Baylor University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with an emphasis on Deaf Education.  She completed her Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies, with an emphasis on interpreter education, in 2016. (more…)

Region V Representative

Mish Ktejik, NIC, SC:L
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Mish Ktejik has been interpreting since 2004 when she began volunteering as a student interpreter at UW-Milwaukee under the watchful eye of a supportive and warm Deaf community. With their encouragement, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006 and graduated from Gallaudet University in 2009 with an MA degree in Linguistics and an MA degree in Interpretation. (more…)

Current RID Board Photo:

Current 2017-2019 RID Board of Directors 

Front row (Seated left to right): Vice President Sandra Maloney and President Melvin Walker

Back row (left to right): Region IV Representative Sonja Smith, Secretary Josh Pennise, Region I Representative LaTanya Jones, Deaf Member at Large Branton Stewart, Region V Representative Mish Ktejik, Member at Large Dr. Len Roberson, Region III Representative Byron Behm, Treasurer Billieanne McLellan, and Region II Representative Brenda Sellers.


2012-2017 RID Board Photos:

2017 Board of Directors:

Front row (Seated left to right): Vice President Sandra Maloney and President Melvin Walker

Back row (Standing left to right): Region V Representative Mish Ktejik, Region I Representative Hartmut Teuber, Treasurer Dr. Carolyn Ball, Member at Large Dr. Len Roberson, Secretary Josh Pennise,Region II Representative Brenda Sellers, andRegion IV Representative Sonja Smith.
Not Present: Deaf Member at Large Branton Stewart

2016 Board of Directors:

2016 RID Board of Directors (above)

Front row (Seated left to right): Vice President Erica West Oyedele and President Melvin Walker

Back row (Standing left to right): Treasurer Billieanne McLellan, Region I Representative Hartmut Teuber, Region III Representative Sandra Maloney, Secretary Josh Pennise, Deaf Member-At-Large Ritchie Bryant, Region V Representative Mish Ktejik, Immediate Past President Dawn Whitcher, Region IV Representative Sonja Smith, Member-At-Large LaVona Andrew, Region II Representative Brenda Sellers.

2015 Board of Directors:

RID Board Group Photo

2015 RID Board of Directors (above):

Front row (Seated left to right): Vice President Melvin Walker, President Dawn Whitcher, Secretary Josh Pennise

Back row (Standing left to right): Region IV Representative Connie Herndon, Region V Representative Erica West Oyedele, Region II Representative Randy Chappell, Member-At-Large LaVona Andrew, Region I Representative Lewis Merkin, Region III Representative Sandra Maloney, Deaf Member-At-Large Ritchie Bryant, Treasurer Billieanne McLellan

2014-2015 Board of Directors:

2015 Board of Directors

2014-2015 RID Board of Directors (above):

Front row (Seated left to right): President Dawn Whitcher, Vice President Melvin Walker

Back row (Standing left to right): Region III Representative Sandra Maloney, Region II Representative Randall Chappell, Region IV Representative Connie Herndon, Region I Representative Lewis Merkin, Region V Representative LaVona Andrew, Treasurer Wing Butler, Deaf Member-At-Large Priscilla Moyers, Member-At-Large CM Hall.
Not Present: Secretary Daryl Crouse

2012-2014 RID Board of Directors


2012-2014 RID Board of Directors (above):

Front row (Seated left to right): Vice President Melvin Walker, President Dawn Whitcher, President Emeritus Brenda Walker, Region I Representative Janice Teuber.

Back row (Standing left to right): Region V Representative CM Hall, Region IV Representative Connie Herndon, Region II Representative Josh Pennise, Treasurer Wing Butler, Secretary Daryl Crouse, Region III Representative Shelley Engstrom-Kestel, Member-At-Large LaVona Andrew, Deaf Member-At-Large Priscilla Moyers.