President- Heather Fultz, MS, CI and CT, Jerome
I became interested in interpreting when I was seven after seeing an interpreter on television. I graduated from the Sign Language Studies/Interpreter Training Program at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI)in 1990 and have been interpreting for about 28 years. I have worked as an educational interpreter for the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind for 24 years. In my spare time I do free-lance interpreting and work for Sorenson Video Relay.
In addition to interpreting, I have both a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Deaf Education from Idaho State University (ISU). I briefly taught as adjunct faculty for CSI’s Sign Language Studies program (05-08) and ISU’s Summers Plus Interpreter Training Program (02-04). After completing these degrees, and teaching in various capacities, I realized that interpreting is my true passion and haven’t strayed since.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this profession, there is truly nothing better! It is an incredible honor to be allowed to be part of the lives of the Deaf community and to have earned such a sacred trust. I look forward to the challenge of being the president of IRID and hope I can meet the high standards already in place.
Vice President- Dawn Wells, NIC Master, Boise
I have been interpreting professionally for over 25 years and currently work as a freelance interpreter in the Treasure Valley. I have interpreted in both California and Idaho in various settings including medical, post-secondary, K-12, VRS, and community settings. Growing up with four generations of Deaf family, I quickly found my niche and passion as an interpreter. I am equally passionate about supporting our profession and local Deaf community with Idaho RID. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Steve and our three beautiful children. I look forward to serving as Vice President with Idaho RID.
Secretary- Lauren Seale, BS, NIC, Boise
I am an Idaho native and have been interpreting in the community for four years. I graduated from Idaho State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting and earned my National Interpreter Certification (NIC) in January of 2018. For three years, I enjoyed working at the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind as an interpreter in Outreach. Currently I am the Executive Staff Interpreter for the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and love getting to see the impact CDHH has on the Idaho Deaf Community. I also enjoy working in the community and working as a VRS interpreter. When I’m not interpreting, I enjoy playing disc golf with my husband, Zach, watching movies, and hanging out with our cute dog, Grady.
It is an honor to be able to serve as your Idaho RID Secretary. I am passionate about supporting interpreters as we work with our Deaf Community in Idaho.
Treasurer- Fran Bennett, MA, NIC Master, SC:L, Eagle
I have been working as an interpreter for over 16 years and have had the opportunity to work in various countries, states, and communities over the years. I have dedicated my career to supporting the development and growth of the interpreting field with the goal of supporting the communities we serve. My family and I moved to Idaho in 2016 from the DC area and it was the best decision we have made. Our family is flourishing and we love the amazing communities that have welcomed us to the area. I am honored to be serving my second term as the Idaho RID Treasurer, while managing the money is a challenge and I enjoy interacting with all our awesome members. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community through this position.
Professional Development Chair- Jami Stirewalt, BS, EIPA Qualified, Gooding
Scholarship Chair- Michelle Schoonderwoerd, NIC Master, Boise
Hospitality Chair- Vacant
Eastern Idaho Member-at-Large- Casey Quiroz, BS, Idaho Falls
Northern Idaho Member-at-Large- Teresa Ford, NIC Advanced, Rathdrum
I am a resident of beautiful Northern Idaho and I have been signing for over 30 years. I have been working as a state certified interpreter since 2001 and became nationally certified in 2008. Married to a deaf man for over 24 years I am immersed in the language and culture and completely enjoy the challenges and rewards of interpreting. I am member of both WSRID and Idaho RID, and I also serve as the PDC Coordinator for WSRID PDC East. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, quilting and being creative with fiber arts, knitting, crocheting and felting.
Fundraising/Historian - Sarah Spellman, MA, NIC
I have a Masters degree in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. After six years immersed in the DC Metro area Deaf community as an interpreter, I moved back West to be near family and took a position interpreting in the post secondary setting. I have been in the the Treasure Valley for two years employed as the full-time Staff Interpreter and Disability Specialist at Idaho State University Meridian Campus where I also help bridge the gap for new interpreters by serving as a mentor.
Social Media Chair- Sierra McIver, NIC, Boise
I am an Idaho native born in Gooding, Idaho and later moved to Boise. I graduated from the interpreting program at Western Oregon University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in ASL/ English Interpreting in 2016. During my undergraduate studies I spent a term in Siena, Italy where I studied Italian, Italian Sign Language and Italian Deaf culture. I am currently in a graduate program for Teaching Interpreting Studies, also through Western Oregon University. I am part of a team that travels to Ghana facilitating professional development opportunities for Ghanaian interpreters and Deaf educators. I work as a freelance interpreter and I am also the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I am thrilled to be supporting our interpreting and Deaf communities.