Halene (Hal) Anderson grew up immersed in ASL and English with a Deaf father and hearing mother. She has been interpreting professionally since 1995, is RID certified CI/CT, holds a BA in ASL/English Interpreting and a MS in Deaf Education. She has taught courses in the interpreting program at Western Oregon University and has presented workshops on discourse analysis, interpreting in educational settings, and working in Deaf/hearing interpreter teams. Additionally, she contracts with DBI to provide consultation, interpretation, and voice narration for online PTASL video materials. Halene enjoys creatively exploring language and the interpreting process and when she is not freelance interpreting, she can be found swimming, knitting, and hiking with her family.
For more than 40 years, Pauline has enjoyed a career as an interpreter practitioner, postsecondary interpreter educator and administrator, and as a nonprofit advocate, primarily at the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness. Pauline is actively involved in the national Grant Professionals Association, where she has served as president and lead architect of the Grant Professionals Certification (GPC). Today, Pauline is the principal of Nonprofit Navigators, a private consulting firm dedicated to nonprofit management and grant development, but mostly she is enjoying the spoils of retirement.
Melanie Thornton, MA, CPAAC, is the Coordinator of Access and Equity Outreach at the University of Arkansas Partners for Inclusive Communities. She provides professional development and technical assistance on topics related to digital access, accessible design, disability, diversity, and leadership. She is very interested in working with organizations to create more accessible environments and to reframe perspectives of disability as an aspect of diversity.
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