Katie MacVittie, NIC, Ed:K-12
Sharon Reed, NIC
Jessica Moss, NIC
Member at Large
Lisa Halter, NIC
Meghan Michels, NIC
Student Member at Large
Sharon Reed lives in North Augusta, SC, and works full time for SC Interpreting Services for the Deaf. She came to SC in 1991 after graduating from Gallaudet, to work for the Department of Mental Health, Deaf Services and began working full time as an interpreter in 2008. She feels privileged to work in Community and Educational interpreting because of her love of ASL, the ASL-English interpreting process and the Deaf and interpreting communities.
Sharon got her NIC, with a lot of encouragement from other certified members, in 2013. Last year she learned more about mentoring. Her reasons for running for VP include the desire to give back to the communities - Deaf and Interpreting - that welcomed her in so many ways.
Sharon’s statement: This term, we expect to pass the interpreter licensure bill, thanks to the hard work of many in the SC Deaf and Interpreting Communities. We are contemporaneously facing an interpreter shortage in our state in both educational and community interpreting. I would like to try to bring our Interpreting and Deaf Communities together in new ways to bring people into the field and to grow and support them throughout their career. I believe we can all work together to grow our state’s “human capital” to meet the increased need we will be facing after the interpreter licensure bill passes. I think I am at a point in my own career that I have a desire to contribute energy toward the work of growing the SC Interpreting Community in a way that supports interpreters and Deaf people, as well as our state and private systems that serve SC’s Deaf citizens.
Hello! My name is Jessica Moss. I am from Blacksburg, SC. I am excited to be nominated for your 2022-2024 SC RID Secretary.
I graduated from Clemson University in 2016, where I majored in Modern Languages with an emphasis in American Sign Language as well as completed their K-12 Interpreting Program. I am now a Nationally Certified Interpreter and have worked in various settings. If elected, this will not be my first time on the Board. I was SC RID Member at Large Student Liaison 2016-2018, and SC RID Secretary 2018-2020. I stepped away from a Board position for this past term to focus on obtaining my National Certification and to better establish myself as a Freelance Interpreter. It also gave me the time to spend with my lovely husband of four years and our daughter Raelynn who is two. Now I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to work with the SC RID Board to help provide professional development, community events, and networking opportunities for the interpreters in South Carolina, to grow individually, professionally, and as a community.
My name is Ruth Norris, and I am running for SC RID Treasurer.
I grew up just outside of Houston, Texas which is where I went to college and learned ASL. I fell in love with it and decided to take interpreting classes. I graduated in 2014 with my Associates Degree.
I moved to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2015 where I met my husband and we later married in 2017. I worked at SCSDB for almost 3 years from 2015-2018. Purple recruited me to work VRS in Greenville 2019 and I’ve been working for them as well as several school districts and agencies in the Upstate. I love working in this community and looking for new ways to support the Deaf community as well as our interpreting community.
Hello! My name is Tia Holtzclaw and I am honored to be considered for the position of Member At Large on the SC RID Board of Directors.
I currently live in Columbia, SC but I have also lived in the Lowcountry and the Upstate of SC. My mother was an educational interpreter in the Lowcountry. For the last several years, I have been working full time as an educational interpreter. I also interpret in the community setting, with a focus on religious settings. I have a Master's degree in Psychology and my passion is working with the "Deaf Plus" population; that is, people who are Deaf and also have a disability or mental illness. I achieved a score of 4.0 on the EIPA, and I am actively seeking NIC Certification. As your Member at Large, I look forward to serving as the liaison with the Board of Directors, particularly to assist interpreters with applying for testing scholarships.
Lisa Halter is a Special Education teacher at Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Education. She earned her Masters of Education, with a concentration in Special Education, from Converse College. While at Converse, Lisa also earned certifications in Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and Deaf Education. Lisa finished up her Masters +30 requirements at Columbia College, with classes in the Divergent Learning program. Lisa has been teaching for 25 years and was named the Teacher of the Year for Swansea High School in 2003. She was also awarded the Richard M. Kuffel Excellence in Education Award by SC Vocational Rehabilitation in 2009.
Lisa is a nationally certified sign language interpreter (NIC). Her first interpreting job was at SCSDB with the mainstream program. She previously worked as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications for 8 years, and she has just returned to Sorenson 3 months ago to begin working as a part-part-part time community interpreter. During the summer, for more than 20 years, Lisa worked as an interpreter at Camp Wonder Hands, a camp for Deaf and hard of hearing children and teens.
Hi, my name is Meghan Michels and I am running for SC RID Member at Large.
I am originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota but have lived in South Carolina for a little over three years. My love and passion for Sign Language started when my mom bought me an ASL dictionary at the young age of 8 years old. I took formal ASL classes in middle school, high school and continued throughout college. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. After taking a year off and not really knowing what to do with my psychology degree, I decided to go back to school for interpreting.
I graduated with a Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator Associate of Applied Science degree in May of 2018 from Saint Paul College. Since graduating I have worked as a Sign Language Interpreter at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, Purple Communications, and recently as a freelance interpreter throughout the Upstate. When I am not interpreting you can find me playing with my two dogs, Stella and Marely, or cuddled up on the couch watching a good show on Netflix.