FACULTY AND CONSULTANTS
Kendra Keller is a freelance interpreter working in the greater bay area of California. Certified in 1994, she has served as adjunct faculty at Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program, the American Conservatory Theater’s Studio A.C.T., Humboldt State University, West Valley College, Cabrillo Community College, and San Jose State University. She has presented at the Supporting Deaf People international online conference, at Deaf Studies conference, and at the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. She has received training in the Demand Control Schema via the Mental Health Interpreter Training Institute in Montgomery, AL and as faculty of Ohlone College. She was co-coordinator of the 25 year anniversary conference of the Northern California RID chapter. She is a former student of The Juilliard School’s ‘Performance Interpreting’ training. Kendra is a mentor, teacher, consultant and workshop presenter.
Shawn Broderick, M.A., B.P.A.
Shawn Broderick graduated from Seattle University, WA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University. Currently runs Sign Language Interpreting Services, NW. Shawn taught at Ohlone College’s IPP in Fremont, CA, Johnson County Community College’s IPP in Overland Park, Kansas for 3 years and served as a Professional Development Program Specialist for Sorenson Communications. Before relocating to Kansas City, Shawn lived in Seattle, WA for 20 years where he was faculty at the American Sign Language Interpreting School of Seattle (ASLIS). Shawn has been providing training workshops for non-certified and certified interpreters both on local and national levels for many years.
Peg Capers, CI/CT, D.C.
Peg Capers has been interpreting for 15 years primarily in the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California bay area communities. She has enjoyed various settings and people as a freelance, staff, and video relay interpreter. She has been certified by RID since 1998. During this time she also worked within the community as mentor, adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester SLI Program, local RID chapter President, newsletter editor, in-state screening rater, licensing board member, and workshop presenter. Inspired by the humanity she witnessed as an interpreter, she went on to become a Chiropractor in 2006. Specializing in an innovative approach to the spine and wellness, Network Spinal Analysis, Peg assists people in changing the patterning of the body and brain to improve and sustain better lives by moving from a neurologically wired response of survival and separation to one of thriving and connection. She also works with people who have significant life challenges to find new possibilities physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Rosemary W. Diaz, M.S.W., M.A., CDI
Rosemary W. Diaz was born in Egypt and a short time later immigrated to Monterey, California with her parents in 1975. She obtained her BA in Psychology at California Baptist College in 1996 and then went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Administration & Supervision from Gallaudet University in 1998. Though Deaf since birth, Rosemary did not learn ASL until her college years. Rosemary became a Certified Deaf Interpreter, through RID, in March of 2005 and since that time has developed experience working in numerous settings including legal, mental health, law enforcement, education, medical, church, and more.
Rosemary has presented and co-presented at numerous workshops and seminars with the goal of introducing both Deaf and Hearing individuals to what is a CDI and on the importance of Deaf-Hearing teams. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc. (DHHSC) in Fresno, California for seven years. She resigned from this position shortly after giving birth to a baby girl in 2005. In addition to serving her community as a CDI, she currently works as a part-time instructor at California State University, Fresno, is an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, is the President of the Board of Directors at DHHSC, and, most importantly, enjoys spending time with her precious daughter. Rosemary currently resides in Fresno, California.
Jason Kulchinsky, M.S.
Jason Kulchinsky is the proud father of three deaf children who are third generation deaf in the family. Jason graduated from Model Secondary School for the Deaf and earned a B.A. in Psychology and Information Technology with a minor in History from Rochester Instution of Technology and a Master's degree in Special Education at the National Technical Insitution for the Deaf. Jason was a volunteer teacher in the Philippines and taught ASL at Japan Sign Society in Tokyo. After serving as a teacher for many years in different teaching positions, Jason is now the Lab Coordinator at Ohlone College's Deaf Studies Program.
Jeff Mosher, B.A., CDI
Certified in 2003, Jeff has a B.A. in ASL Studies. Jeff specializes in working in mental health and legal settings. Featured in the video "Demand Control Schema with Certified Deaf Interpreters" (CIT, 2008), Jeff has served as a role model and mentor for many interpreters. As a credentialed teacher in the K-12 setting, he also brings a great wealth of experience and background in child development, language development and conceptual accuracy to this work.
Amy Peterson, M.S., CDI, ASLTA
Amy Peterson, M.S., works as a CDI in a variety of settings, including legal, mental health and medical. She has taught ASL for more than 15 years at universities, community colleges and in the community. She has been intensively trained in legal and mental health interpreting. Currently, Amy is the statewide coordinator for Deaf Services Community for the state of Georgia in the office of Mental Health – Deaf Services. She previously worked as communication specialist at Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital – Bailey Deaf Unit in Montgomery, Alabama. In that position, Amy utilizes her CDI skills to do communication assessments. With the communication assessment, one gains a greater understanding of language dysfluency and identifies fund of knowledge deficits. Amy’s expertise in using visual cues and simplifying complex issues is essential in this endeavor. Amy has presented workshops on American Sign Language, interpreting, Deaf culture/history and many more. She also has passion to raise the bar on expectations of interpreters especially in the education setting. Amy has been married to Jimmy for 24 years and has two girls who are also Deaf.
Christopher Tester, CDI
Christopher Tester is an American and British Sign Language interpreter and disability inclusion consultant. He is certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and holds Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). He has eight years of professional experience as a former manager / trainer at Sorenson communications and as a special projects coordinator and investigator at the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. A seasoned presenter, he specializes in workshop and seminar facilitation on topics (not limited to) disability rights and laws, Deaf and hard of hearing awareness, and American Sign Language and interpreting. He currently serves as President of the New York City Metro chapter of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree at the College of the Holy Cross and his Professional Certificate from the Interpreter Education Program at LaGuardia Community College. He resides in Manhattan.