NAIE Board of Directors
The NAIE Board will act on behalf of the association by actively participating in organizational planning and decision making, acting as trustee of the association assets, and ensuring a sustainable future by practicing sound, ethical, and legal governance.
The NAIE Bylaws outlines minimum qualifications to be a board member while the Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM) describes roles, responsibilities, and expertise necessary for each board position to fulfill NAIE’s mission.
Susan E. Brown, M.Ed., Ed:K-12
Susan is an educational interpreter and adjunct faculty for Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to working for UNC Susan worked as an educational interpreter for 14 years in Maine and has served on the RID EIPA National Task Force, RID Educational Interpreter Committee, and RID Educational Task Force. Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Education from Regis University.
Kimberly F. Hutter, M.Ed., Ed:K-12
Kimberly is working on her Ph.D. in Special Education – Deaf and Hard of Hearing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is a scholar with the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities. Her area of concentration is Education Law and Policy Reform with a focus in state and federal policy relating to educational interpreter preparation and educational interpreters employed in the K-12 setting. Her journey began in 1999, when she attended an Educational Interpreter Training Program in Northern Wisconsin. She holds an AAS in Educational Interpreting, BAS in ASL Interpretation, and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction.
Pat Himes, Colorado, AEI
Pat is currently the Lead Interpreter for the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colorado. She has worked as an educational interpreter for 15 years. She has served on the Colorado Department of Education Educational Interpreter Advisory Board as well as the Colorado RID Educational Interpreter Committee.
Jo is the Lead Interpreter for St. Tammany Parish School District in Southern Louisiana where she is responsible for interpreting services, mentoring and supervision of over 15 interpreters and works with 6 Deaf Ed. Teachers. She has over 20 years’ experience in the school system and 17 years of educational interpreting experience. Jo holds an Associates Degree in Educational Interpreting from Delgado Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting with an emphasis in Educational Interpreting as well as Interpreter Supervision and Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Jo serves on the Louisiana Department of Education Communication Committee.
Tobi Gordon, B.A.Sc., Ed:K-12
Tobi is beginning her 8th year as an educational interpreter in an Oklahoma City metro public school district. She received her A.S. in American Sign Language and A.A.S. in Sign Language Interpreting from Oklahoma State University-OKC, her B.A.Sc. in Sign Language Interpreting from Siena Heights University and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Missouri State University. Tobi has worked with practicum students from the OSU-OKC ITP for 7 years, served as a mentor interpreter for the Oklahoma RID this past year and is a proctor for the EIPA Written test.
Daryl G. Crouse, Esq., CI, CT
Daryl G. Crouse, Esq., is a practicing attorney and Sign Language interpreter in Los Angeles, California. His roots in the community sprang from his time (’90) at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Daryl has a law degree (J.D.) and a degree in small business entrepreneurship (B.S.). Daryl holds the Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and Certificate of Transliteration (CT). He received the Outstanding Service Provider award from the Lowcountry Chapter of the Deaf in Charleston, South Carolina. Daryl has chaired and served on several local, state and national committees. He owned an interpreting service firm for over ten years. Daryl also started a fledgling telecommunications company where he advocated for modernization of the VRS regulatory schema to introduce interoperability, E911, interpreting best practices and inclusion of Deaf interpreters in the video relay industry. Daryl interpreted in post-secondary settings for five years. He also interpreted in secondary settings for a number of years. Today, he represents parents, Deaf students, and Deaf teachers seeking equity in education.
Kristen Guynes, Ph.D., Ed:K-12
Kristen is a full-time instructor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. She began her professional career as an educational interpreter while obtaining her degrees in Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) education. She taught DHH students from pre-kindergarten to adult education. During the last 5 of those years, she also served as a public-school DHH program coordinator, working closely with educational interpreters across the district. She maintains her teaching credentials for multiple states and continues to teach K-12 students online. Her primary research area is related to roles and responsibilities of educational interpreters, and she advocates for a paradigm shift in which they are considered fully contributing educational team members.
Stephanie Zito, M.S., NIC
Stephanie (aka “Zito”) hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently works for the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC). Prior to joining NDC, she was a full-time interpreter and C-Print captionist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She attended UWM for both her bachelors in ASL Studies/ITP and masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In 2011, she helped co-found a nonprofit organization (CODE-IDEA, Inc) that focuses on educating employers and job seekers about workplace accommodations for deaf individuals. Zito is also an active member in both the interpreting and Deaf communities serving on several boards and committees.
Susie Zoah Spainhour, M.Ed., NIC
Susie Zoah Spainhour resides in Starr, South Carolina where she has gained over 15 years of educational interpreting experience. Currently, Susie is the Project Coordinator for the South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center where she administers the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), coordinates professional development, and provides mentoring services to all registered South Carolina Educational Interpreters. Susie holds a Masters of Education Divergent Learners degree from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Science Education Interpreting degree from the University of Cincinnati. Susie has served several years on the South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf board of directors. During her career, she has achieved several awards such as: Spartanburg’s Woman of the Year Award and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf President’s Award.
2014-2016 STEERING COMMITTEE:
Frances Beaurivage, Nebraska
Susan Brown, Colorado
Tracey Frederick, Maine
Pat Himes, Colorado
Sue Ann Houser, Pennsylvania
Leilani Johnson, Colorado
Racheal Ragin, North Carolinia
Jenna Schellenber, Washington
Rachel Sera, Washington
Stephanie Zito, Wisconsin
STEERING COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTORS:
LaNae Phillips, Colorado
Carol Schweitzer, Wisconsin
Rachel Sera, Washington
Janet Sloand, Pennsylvania
Kevin Williams, New York
Caryl Williams, New Mexico
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:
Charlie Frederick- Past Webmaster
Cheryl Johnson-Educational Audiologist Association, NAIE Steering Committee Advisor
Andrew Rhoade- Logo Graphics Advisor
Josh and Elizabeth Seal
Jenna Schellenberger – Past Membership Director
Robert Rose – Past Treasurer
Korry Cross – Past Vice-President
Erin Poeschel – Past Treasurer
Tracey Frederick – Past Communications Director
Jeremy Tuttle – Past Publications Director