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Meet the board

Shannon Morrison, MA, NIC

President (2023-2024)

president@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her

Image Description: Shannon is a black woman standing in front of greenery holding her daughter. Shannon wears square earrings, a wavy fro, green sleeveless turtleneck, glasses, and jeans. Her daugher wears a pastel striped romper.

Identities & Background: A black hearing queer professional woman interpreter.

Interpreting Background: Business, mental health, social events

3 things I like about interpreting are:

  • Making connections with other humans
  • Always learning something new
  • The cognitive process of interpreting

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: Gentleness, grace, and transparency. I hope through my leadership I am able to model a kindness and honesty that stays with people as they navigate not only the field of interpreting but in their own lives too. 

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Claire Hatton, NIC
Vice President (2022-2024)

vicepresident@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her

Image Description: White woman wearing black glasses, black turtleneck, and shoulder length brown hair smiles into the camera.

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Emily Dittmer, NIC

Secretary (2023-2025)

secretary@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Image Description: Emily is a white woman with a shaved head. She is smiling at the camera while sitting on a log at the beach. She is wearing a gray sweater, jeans, gray sneakers and sunglasses on her head. The sky is a bright blue behind her.

About Me: Hello, PCRID members! My name is Emily Dittmer. Since 2019, I've had the privilege of working as a freelance interpreter in Washington, D.C. My favorite thing about my job is the novelty of each day! The people I have the pleasure of working with challenge me to be both a better human and better interpreter. Through my position as secretary, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to give back to the interpreting and Deaf communities in a tangible way.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: I hope to bring eagerness and creativity in supporting the PCRID vision and board for the next two years. In my time here, I commit to prioritizing connection and inclusion in the spaces we create with our community. I hope I leave PCRID having shown a willingness to listen, an ability to take responsibility for my mistakes, and a courage to show up and act in my position as secretary.

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Ciara Morales, NIC

Treasurer (2022-2024)

treasurer@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her

Image Description: Ciara is in front of a blue background. She has tan skin, long curly hair and glasses looking and smiling at the camera.

About Me: I am a Latina, queer, hearing, professional interpreter and dancer. I have been interpreting for a little over 6 years in the domains of business, government, medical, community and higher ed.

What I hope to bring to PCRID: In my role as Treasurer, I hope to bring organization and transparency to the team. I also hope to bring lots of laughter and connection!

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Vacant

Member Relations
Director

membership@pc-rid.org

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Melchior Fernandez, NIC

Professional Development
Director (2022-2024)

pdc@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: He, him

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History Varner, NIC

Community Relations
Co-Director (2022-2024)


communityrelations@pc-rid.org

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William Mendez Gallardo

Community Relations
Co-Director (2022-2024)

communityrelations@pc-rid.org

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Meet the Committees

Shelby Abdilah, CI/CT

Committee: Licensure
Role: PCRID-MDAD Liaiso
n
(2023)

sabdilah@pc-rid.org

(View Bio in ASL)

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Image Description: White woman with glasses looks toward camera smiling. She sits in front of blue background and wears a black top.

Identities & Background: White, hearing, professional interpreter.

Interpreting Background: Interprets in the domains of scientific, medical, government and higher education.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: One thing I appreciate about PCRID is that it creates a community of interpreters from all over the region and gives interpreters a space to talk about how to make our work and community better. As liaison, I would like to bring MDAD and PCRID members together to create opportunities to learn from each other and collaborate on common goals.

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Tara Brown

Committee: CMP
Role: Independent Study CMP
(2023)

tarab@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Image Description: White woman with light brown/dirty blonde hair wearing a black shirt smiling, looking at the camera. Green background of trees, grass and bushes.

Identities & Background: White, hearing, professional interpreter.

Interpreting Background: Interpreting for 2 years in the domains of business, k-12, post-seconday, community, and social events.

3 things I like about interpreting are:

  • The variety of jobs and experiences that this field brings to my life;
  • The constant challenges that this work involves; and
  • The access and exposure to different cultures that entering this world has brought to my life, which I inevitably bring to the various communities in my life, as well.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: In my position of the Independent Study CMP Volunteer, I will be processing the CEU's for any Independent Study that is submitted. I'm also trying to be involved in PCRID to be able to contribute and give back in any other way that may surface. I don't yet know how I will be able to insert my own flare or use my skills to grow and develop PCRID but I am looking out for those opportunities of possibilities to surface and will jump on them when that happens.

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