Board of Directors
About the NAIE Board
The NAIE Board will act on behalf of the association by actively participating in organizational planning and decision making, acting as trustees 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.
Stephanie Zito, M.S., NIC
Stephanie (aka “Zito”) hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently works for the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC). After receiving her Bachelor’s in American Sign Language Interpreting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ms. Zito went on to earn her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She has served on various local, state, and national boards/committees for over 10 years.
Kimberly Hutter, Ph.D., Ed:K-12
Kimberly Hutter is a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University. Prior to TAESE, Kimberly was a Program Specialist with the Division of Review & Support at Texas Education Agency. She also worked as an Instructor in the Interpreter Training Program at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington. Kimberly has a Ph.D. in Special Education from The University of North Carolina – Greensboro and is a Fellow with the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD). Her research focuses on state and federal policy and standards in relation to pre-service educational interpreter preparation and educational interpreters employed in K-12 settings. Kimberly earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University, Bachelor of Arts in Sign Language Interpretation from Siena Heights University, and Associate of Applied Science in Educational Interpreting from Northcentral Technical College. She holds her National Certification in Ed: K-12 Interpreting.
Pat Himes, Colorado, AEI
Pat currently serves as an EIPA Proctor in the State of Colorado. She also serves as a mentor for Educational Interpreters through the Colorado Department of Education and as a resource to CDE on issues related to Educational Interpreters.
Deborah Cates, Ph.D.
Dr. Cates (Deb) is the Sign Language Program Coordinator at the Iowa School for the Deaf. She oversees staff sign language development, the administration of the SLPI program, and educational interpreter professional development in the state of Iowa. Deb has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis, where she studied sign language structure and processing under Dr. David Corina. She has a long-time affiliation with Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). Her research interests include the relationship between form and meaning in signed languages, bilingual education, and the cognitive demands of simultaneous interpreting. She actively develops research-based practices for interpreter skill development. Deb also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies with an Interpreting Emphasis and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from California State University, Northridge. She has been in the field of educational interpreting in middle school, high school and university settings since 2003. She is a licensed interpreter in the state of Iowa with her EIPA score of 4.7 in Secondary PSE, as well as a licensed interpreter in the state of Nebraska with her Mid-America QAST Level V in Interpreting.
Brittney was born and raised in Minnesota, although she has had the privilege of living and working in different parts of the United States. After completing her Associates and Bachelor’s degrees, Brittney attended Gallaudet University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Interpretation and Translation Studies. In her 10-plus years as a professional ASL-English Interpreter, Brittney has served in a variety of roles, such as designated interpreter, mentor, and interpreter educator. Currently, Brittney is the ASL Interpreter/Interpreter Coordinator at St. Catherine University, where she is also earning her MBA.
Tobi Gordon, Ed:K-12
Tobi is beginning her 10th 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, a Graduate Certificate in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Missouri State University and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Flagler College. Tobi has worked with practicum students from the OSU-OKC ITP for 7 years, served as a mentor interpreter for the Oklahoma RID and is a proctor for the EIPA Written test.
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.