Hello, my name is Melvin Walker and I am the current President of RID. I’m thrilled to continue serving as President for the next two years. I took some time to truly consider the pros and cons of running again or consider stepping aside so that someone else could lead our organization. One major factor that had to be considered was the time commitment. To serve as President requires a huge commitment and is equivalent to a full time job. One must consider their work, family and other commitments when considering volunteer leadership. If you are willing to step up and volunteer then you have already made a commitment to MAKE the time needed to serve. In considering all of this, I decided that I have been able to manage fairly well and find the time that is required. Also, we must remember that the Board as a whole is making this commitment and it’s not only up to me.
I feel that there are many projects that we have worked on as a Board and I would like to see these things to completion. We have worked to set RID up for success and are now strengthening the foundation so that we can last another 50 years. RID should continue to be a well respected and established organization for the profession of interpreting.
I thank you for your time and look forward to working with you all over the next two years.
Hello! I’m Sandra Maloney- candidate for RID Vice President.
I received my Bachelor degree in Interpreting from Northeastern University. This spring I will graduate with my Masters in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University.
I hold a Michigan BEI-3 (also called BEI Master), CI/CT, and SC:L. I have been an interpreter and RID member for 16 years.
I serve as the current Region III Representative on the RID Board of Directors. I have held this position since 2014. My role as Region Representative leads me into why I am running for Vice President and why I am qualified for the position.
Serving as a Region Representative has been an amazing and inspiring experience. I have become a better interpreter and RID member due to my time on the board. I’ve been fortunate to be able to engage in dialogue with members, Deaf community members, and Affiliate Chapter leaders in Region 3 and around the country. Through those conversations, I have heard your concerns and what is most important to you.
In my time as a Region Representative I have also gained a deeper understanding about our whole organization including the various programs and services available through RID. I appreciate how various groups work together for a common goal. For example, Member Sections, Affiliate Chapters, HQ staff, and the RID Board are intertwined and work together for the to serve the Deaf community and promote the interpreting profession. The experience and knowledge gained through serving as Region Representative will be beneficial in my role as Vice President.
The Bylaws state that the Vice President has two major duties. Those are to support the President and assist in training incoming board and committee members. My time as Region Representative has given me the depth of organizational knowledge to confidently take on these responsibilities. I am ready and qualified for the task.
Lastly, I’m running for RID Vice President because this is an exciting time for RID. It’s true that we have experienced some challenging years but we are now entering a phase of organizational innovation and prosperity. All of this is why I am qualified and the best candidate for the job. I am ready serve as your next Vice President.
I’m Joshua Pennise, your current RID secretary and I am running for re-election to the 2017-2019 board term. I’d like to tell you a little about myself. I’m a grassroots ASL user and interpreter. When I was young, I met Deaf people who brought me into their world and taught me their language. I also met interpreters who mentored me into the profession. I was certified by RID when I was eighteen and started my career as a freelance and academic interpreter. I moved into coordinating interpreting services at a school for the Deaf, and later joined Sorenson Communications as a manager. I’ve spent the last eleven years working in various management positions at Sorenson, including my present role as the national director of its community interpreting program.
During the span of my career I have been involved in various aspects of RID leadership. I started as a board member of my affiliate chapter, Virginia RID, where I spent nine years as a local representative, vice president and president. After completing this service, I joined various national level committees eventually leading to my first term on the RID board representing Region II. At the completion of this term I had plans to move out of the region, so I did not run for re-election. Following my relocation to New York City, I decided to run for my first term as secretary. The end of my second year as secretary, and fourth year on the board marks a total of sixteen years of RID service.
One remarkable aspect of my four years on the RID board has been the tremendous turnover of board leadership. In four years, I have served with some 26 different board members, and three executive directors. This fact impresses on me the need now for RID to have stability in leadership. With several of the current executive board retiring and a slate of new members set to come on board at conference, it is my hope that I’ll be able to provide history and context as we consider new business of the association.
During my term I plan to focus on two important issues. First, it is critical that the board sets CASLI, our fledgling testing subsidiary, up for success. This will be a focus for me over the next two years. Secondly, it is important that RID strengthen our ties to community organizations. This obviously includes our long-standing friendship with NAD, as well as organizations that represent the multitude of Deaf communities and experience across America.
It is important that we remember that RID is not for interpreters; RID is for the Deaf communities interpreters serve. RID is a tool for the promotion of communication equality across the United States, and that aim should be our primary focus. I hope that I get the opportunity to continue to serve you over the next two years. Thank you for your attention!
Hi my name is Dr. Carolyn Ball and I am running to be the Treasurer of RID.
Today I want to explain the three reasons that I want this position.
For the past 23 years, I have been a member of RID. I have been able to be involved on committee’s and attend the national conferences. One of the most important things to me is the history of our organization. Because I have been able to study the history of RID and to interview many of the original members of RID I feel a deep responsibility to ensure that our roots are not lost. There have been many things that have changed since 1964 when RID began. Of course things need to be different than they were but I want to ensure that we do not forget our past and that we continue to remember and honor the philosophy and heritage that established RID in the first place. That we look back and look forward and connect the information so that we keep our roots.
The second reason I want to be the next treasurer is my experience as a honored guest in the Deaf Community. I took my first ASL class in 1982. There were no Interpreter Training Programs at the time and I was so lucky that the Deaf community honored me to be able to mingle with the Deaf Community to learn Deaf Culture and ASL. That led me to understand the importance of having certification.
I have six certifications: BEI, Utah, RID CI,CT, MO Comprehensive, EIPA and NIC. I think it is very important to maintain certification and learn from the Deaf Community. I have learned that I need to not stop learning and continue to try and improve my skills and honor the Deaf Community. I am very thankful for the Deaf Community helping me know ways that I can always improve.
The third reason that I want to become the Treasurer is based on my qualifications and experience serving non profit organizations.
My qualifications to become the next Treasurer are that I have served as the Treasurer for two non-profit organizations, CIT and CCIE. Both of these experiences have taught me about budgeting, filing for taxes for 501c (3) organizations and working with people and strategic planning for a balanced budget. My goals for RID will be to assist in preparing the annual budget, maintain open communication with members and with HQ staff. I look forward to working with the members and the HQ staff to monitor and honor the incoming and outgoing spending of the Budget. I look forward to maintaining the financial records and working with Affiliate Chapters to provide support so that members will feel the financial transparency of their funds. I feel strongly that we can work together and understand the needs of the membership together.
The last and final reason that I want to become the Treasurer is that you know RID was established in 1964 at Ball Sate University. I was born in 1964 and my last name is Ball. So, that means it is meant to be that I can serve this organization. I hope that I get the opportunity to serve you as members of RID as Treasurer. Thank you for watching this video and please consider me as your next RID Treasurer.
Hello! My name is Dr. Len Roberson and I am running for the RID Member at Large (MAL) position on the RID Board of Directors. I think this is an exciting position because according to the bylaws this position is responsible for helping to communicate with the members of the organization and to coordinate various activities. I’m from Florida which means I am from region two. I really enjoy serving, volunteering and providing my time and skills and experience in volunteer leadership. Over the years I have had a variety of experiences serving with organizations. I have been an interpreter for more than 25 years and I am also a professor at a university and I am a researcher and published author as well. I enjoy the variety of perspectives that my experience has provided me in the past.
I have served RID in the past as a Certification Council member, I have also been involved with some of the NIC working groups and I’ve had the pleasure of serving as co-editor of the JO I for the last six years. These experiences serving our organization have provided me with the national perspective which I believe is important for the MAL position. The Member at Large position doesn’t represent one particular group of people, but rather than MAL represents a broader perspective of our organization by helping with coordinating activities and communication and I believe I have the skills necessary to be effective in this position.
I believe for the future of our organization it’s important that we continue to experience the positive changes that we’ve seen in recent years. I want to be involved with continuing those positive changes. I want to help RID become a stronger organization. I believe our priorities over the next few years should be number one to continue to experience a financial change to become a financially healthy organization. Secondly, I think that we need to continue to partner with key organizations in our field and establish new partnerships with organizations. I would love to see RID establish formal partnerships with organizations like CCIE. I also believe it would be important for us as an organization to help the state affiliates with their work at the local level. I’m ready to make sure that our communication is open and transparent and regular with all of our members.
I want to become part of the positive changes for the future of RID and I believe that my experiences over the years will be of value to that position. I think I’m the perfect person for the MAL position and I know that I can work collaboratively with many different people to see these things happen. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to establish significant partnerships and collaborative relationships at the state, national and international levels. I believe this is very important and I am ready to serve you. I hope that you will vote for me and support me in my candidacy for your next Member at Large. Thank you!
Branton Stewart, CDI & CLIP-R (15 years certified)
Bachelor’s degree in Government & minored in Business Administration at Gallaudet University
My experience includes involvement with volunteer positions in both NAD and RID. Some positions held are; 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. I was appointed for interim RID Board of Directors in fall 2013. I am currently chairperson for Deaf Advisory Council (DAC) for RID for 3rd terms.
Deaf Member at Large
Branton Stewart CDI and CLIP-R
(15 years certified)
Please see below for our election results in ASL followed by the English transcript.
The voting period for the RID Board of Directors 2017-2019 term has ended. We now present you the next Board of Directors.
As a reminder, there were 2 uncontested elections:
President: Melvin Walker
Secretary: Joshua Pennise
Congratulations to both!
Now for the results of the contested elections. We will show the results of each contested seat along with the total number of votes cast and the percentage received by each candidate. Here are the results.
Total number of votes: 2517
Vice President Sandra Maloney (71.3%) Brenda Dencer (28.7%)
Deaf Member at Large Branton Stewart (52%) Pauline Ballentine (48%)
Member at Large Len Roberson (59.4%) Shonna Magee (40.6%)
We express our congratulations to the prevailing candidates. We thank everyone who ran and to those who voted. Board members will make the transition following this summer’s 2017 conference in Salt Lake City.