Deaf Interpreters

Deaf Interpreters are specialists that have particular linguistic knowledge and cultural experience which are often fundamental for successful communication access, and essential in high stakes situations. Deaf Interpreters are fluent with various visual and tactile communication modalities used by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Plus, Late Deafened and Hard of Hearing.

Personal experience and professional training give Deaf Interpreters a unique skill set. Deaf Interpreters have distinct formative linguistic, cultural, and life experiences that enable nuanced comprehension influenced by region, culture, age, literacy, education, social economic status, as well as physical, cognitive, and mental health challenges.

Deaf Interpreters have the ability to incorporate successful communication across all types of interpreted interactions, both routine and high risk scenarios. These specialists work with hearing Interpreters to ensure the most successful and effective communication.

If an Interpreter, or an Interpreter Referral Agency recommends a Deaf Interpreter for a specific appointment, the recommendation is made to ensure effective communication. If you need more justification or clarification, please feel free to contact ODHH.                                                         

Interpreter Name

City of Residence

Initial Certification Date

Glaser, Paul

Marysville

10/15/2014

Hafer, Sarah

Vancouver

02/05/2012

Holt, Monique

Seattle

02/14/2013

Plecher, John

Mountlake Terrace

06/18/2008

Quiroga, Jeremy

Seattle

12/11/2011

Rogers, Buck

Tacoma

06/01/2010

Shannon, Robin

Battle Ground

10/08/2009

Stubbs, Steven

Boise

06/18/2008

Thayer, Colleen

Salem

04/21/2001

 

Qualified Deaf Interpreters

Due to the small pool of Certified Deaf Interpreters, ODHH has implemented a training plan for Qualified Deaf Interpreters. To be a Qualified Deaf Interpreter, you must receive a score of 3+ or better on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview. QDI’s also submit 3 letters of recommendation: 1 from a Certified Deaf Interpreter, 1 from a Certified Interpreter, and one from a Deaf/DeafBlind community member. QDIs work through an agency. 

 

Interpreter
Name

City of
Residence

Initial Certification
Date

Babb, Myroslava
 
Olympia 7/1/2017

Barreras, Ronise

Tacoma

09/06/2016

Belo, Ariele

Seattle

06/18/2016

Bonny, Malena

Snohomish

 2/21/2019

Castillo, Dina Marie
 
Edmonds 7/1/2018

Dockter, Terry

Everett

05/01/2016

Gonzalez, Changer

SeaTac 7/31/2019
Kozlowski, Veronica

Seattle

7/1/2020

Ledet, Suzette

Seattle

07/01/2018

LeMieux, Darcie

Beaverton 12/05/2017

Novsam, Adam

Shoreline

06/18/2016

Painter, Braden

Seattle

07/01/2015

Peterson, John

Seattle

06/18/2016

Phillips, Jessica

Seattle

06/18/2016

Philo-House, Karen

Renton

06/18/2016

Riabinin, Aleksandr

Vancouver 7/1/2020

Scheir, Eric

Shoreline

08/06/2001

Stelzer-Dockter, Zoia

Everett

07/01/2018

Summers, Adam
 
Seattle 7/1/2020

Sweeney, Elaine

Monmouth 7/1/2018