Meet the board

Antonio Burkett

President (2021-2023)

president@pc-rid.org

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Pronouns: He, him

Image Description:  Black male with cornrows in a suit, white oxford and striped tie, with a plain background.

Identities & Background: Black, hearing, professional interpreter.

Interpreting Background: Interprets in the domains of business, justice, spiritual/religious, and VRS.

3 things I like about interpreting are:

  1. Flexible schedule;
  2. Meeting different and new people; and
  3. The cognitive process of interpreting various concepts and conveying meaning.

3 of my professional aspirations are:

  1. Present a workshop;
  2. Interpret overseas; and
  3. Get into performance and legal interpreting.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: I hope to bring our communities together to strengthen the profession. I plan to cultivate current and future generations, create "seats at the table" and afford everyone the opportunity to bring out the leader within themselves.

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Vacant
Vice President (2020-2022)

vicepresident@pc-rid.org

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Sherly Jacob, NIC

Secretary (2021-2023)

sherlyj@pc-rid.org

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Pronouns: She, her, hers

Image Description: Gray placeholder of a cartoon vector figure.

Identities & Background: Hearing, professional interpreter.

Interpreting Background: I have interpreted for many years in the domains of medical, government, business, education, and more.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: I hope that in my role as PCRID secretary, I can best prepare this organization for the future by being organized and having good recordkeeping so that PCRID may positively contribute to our profession.

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Nicole Morgan

Treasurer (2020-2022)

treasurer@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Image Description: Black and white image of a Black woman smilling into the camera. Her long twists are pulled back and cascade past her shoulders. She is wearing pearl earrings, lipstick, and a bright winning smile.

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Lucas King, BA, NIC

Member Relations
Director (2021-2023)

lucask@pc-rid.org

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Pronouns: He, him

Image Description: A white male with glasses is wearing a grey coat and black scarf while smiling straight ahead. In the background is the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline at sunset.

Identities & Background: White, hearing, professional interpreter.

Interpreting Background: Interpreting for 5+ years in the domains of medical, government, business, the arts, post secondary, community, and social events.

3 things I like about interpreting are:

  1. Seeing the strengthened relationship building that happens between individuals once they are able to communicate effectively with each other; and
  2. I love the constant exposure to new and different topics that I would not typically encounter in my everyday life; and
  3. The professional community; my fellow interpreters are some of the most tenacious and self-driven professionals I have met, and they continue to better the field with their commitment and passion.

3 of my professional aspirations are:

  1. Continue my medical education and obtain a medical interpreting certification;
  2. Interpret abroad and eventually add another spoken language; and 
  3. Work as a designated interpreter for a Deaf professional.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: As Director of Member Relations, I want to ensure that effective two-way communication occurs between the PCRID board and the membership community in order to help align PCRID with the values and priorities of its membership.

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Vacant
Professional Development
Director (2021-2023)

professionaldevelopment@pc-rid.org

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Tricia Vazquez, BA, NIC

Community Relations
Co-Director (2021-2023)


triciav@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her, hers

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Identities & Background: Chicana, hearing, professional interpreter.

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Mónica Gallego, MA, NCC, BEI Trilingual-Adv

Community Relations
Co-Director (2021-2023)

monicag@pc-rid.org

Pronouns: She, her, ella

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Identities & Background: Hearing, professional trilingual interpreter.

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Meet the Committees

Shelby Abdilah, CI/CT

PCRID-MDAD Liaison
(2021)

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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Marylourdes Gayles (she, her)
Special Projects (2021)

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Shannon Morrison, MA, NIC

Special Projects (2021)

smorrison@pc-rid.org

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Pronouns: She, her, hers

Image Description: Shannon is a dark skinned Black woman. She is smiling joyfully whilst looking into the camera. She is wearing large round glasses and a black button down polo. Her curly hair frames her face.

Identities & Background: Black, African-American, hearing, professional interpreter.

Interpreting Background: Interpreting for 3 years in the domains of community, business, justice, and social events.

3 things I like about interpreting are:

  1. The cognitive process of making meaning;
  2. Meeting new people from all over; and
  3. Making connections with other humans.

3 of my professional aspirations are:

  1. Interpret overseas; 
  2. Venture into technical interpreting; and
  3. Attain national certification.

What I hope to bring to PCRID is: I hope to provide technical assistance and bring innovation to the team in part through technology. I'm also excited to work with other members of the leadership team and asisst where possible.

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Tara Brown

Independent Study CMP
(2021)

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:

  1. The variety of jobs and experiences that this field brings to my life;
  2. The constant challenges that this work involves; and
  3. 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.
3 of my professional aspirations are:
  1. I am currently working towards getting my NIC certification;
  2. Taking the EIPA; and
  3. After that, I am looking forward to the world returning to normal so that I can get back to working in person and connecting with people in the interpreting and Deaf community.

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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