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KYRID Board Members

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Marva Johnson

President

Marva Johnson, NIC, began her professional interpreting career in 1999. As a heritage language learner, Marva trained by attending workshops and networking with experienced colleagues. After earning the NIC in 2008, Marva completed an Associates of Applied Science/Criminal Justice at Harrison College in Evansville, IN. She went on to train as a facilitator with Project CLIMB (Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds) which led to several opportunities to facilitate communities of learning. In addition, Project CLIMB provided the opportunity for her to participate in an ad hoc national advisory body tasked with identifying Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) essential for legal interpreting. Marva works as a private practitioner in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky in a variety of settings. She is most invested in interpreting work within legal and social justice fields. One of her passions is community service which has led her to serve in multiple leadership roles at the local, state, and national level.
Currently, she is serving as Chairperson for Kentucky Board of Interpreters and is immersed in training to become an Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI) practitioner. She prides herself in being a life-long
learner and sharing knowledge with colleagues in the interpreting field by presenting on various topics.

 

In her free time, Marva enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, Juliona, and running marathons across the U.S.A.

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Sonja Smith

Treasurer

Sonja Smith, MA, RID NIC, BEI Master, BEI Court, has been interpreting for over 20 years, working in private practice for approximately 15 years in Austin, Texas, working briefly in Michigan, and now in Kentucky.  She has a BA in Deaf Education and an MA in Interpreting Studies, with an emphasis in interpreter education. She is currently the Director of the ASLIS Program at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky. Her primary practice focuses are conference interpreting, legal interpreting, and working from ASL to English. She is also a former RID Region IV representative and has held various volunteer leadership positions throughout her career. Her passions include mentoring, technology, squishy faced dogs, beaches, and a good charcuterie.

Sonja is looking forward to working with KyRID to help support the interpreting and Deaf communities of the Commonwealth.

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Kimmy Clark

Member At Large

Kimmy Clark is a born and raised Ohio native (I-O!) before moving to Louisville in 2016. She obtained a B.S. in American Sign Language Interpreting Studies from the University of Louisville and is working towards her National Interpreter Certification. Kimmy is a freelance Interpreter in the Kentuckiana area and a part time VRI Interpreter at Sorenson Communications.

Amy Schilling

Amy Schilling

Past President

Dr. Amy Schilling graduated from Gallaudet University with her MA in Interpretation and has been professionally interpreting since 2004. Amy is a certified interpreter holding her CI and CT from RID and was previously ASLTA certified.  Amy worked at Eastern Kentucky University holding various teaching positions and served as interim associate Chair for the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education Department from 2011-2022. Since then, she has transitioned back into full time interpreting with AMN Healthcare as a Medical Video Interpreter.  Additionally, Amy has interpreted  a variety of settings that include but are not limited to: educational, medical, mental health, government, and VRS.  In addition to interpreting Amy has also worked as a VRS trainer, which included mentoring focused on building training skills and competency with the course content.  Amy has served KYRID in various capacities and is currently Past President.

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Jessica Minges

Vice President

Jessica Minges (MAIS, RID: NIC, QMHI) holds a MA in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University.  She is currently a full time faculty member and practicum coordinator for the University of Louisville's ASL Interpreting Studies program.  

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Corinne Miller

Secretary

Corinne Miller is a born and raised Ohio native (O-H!) but now proudly claims the Bluegrass state to be home.  Corinne attended Eastern Kentucky University where they obtained their B.S. in ASL & English Interpretation and went on to acquire their National Interpreter Certification.  Currently, Corinne works on the Kentucky DeafBlind Project as a consultant and is also attending the University of Kentucky for her Master of Arts in Orientation and Mobility. 

Prior to working for KDBP, Corinne worked for Helen Keller National Center and prior to that, worked as a sign language interpreter in a variety of settings.  Among the variety of settings was their work done within the DeafBlind Community.  It was there that Corinne found her passion for working with DeafBlind individuals!

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Angie Lindsey

Member At Large

Angie Lindsey, NIC,  graduated from EKU @ UL, Interpreter Training Program in 2006.  She became a nationally certified interpreter in 2009.  She worked with an Interpreting agency as an interpreter, scheduler, and then an Interpreter Coordinator.  In 2014, she became an Educational Interpreter working in Elementary, Middle and High School.   She really  loves working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and having the summer off of work.   She has deaf and hard of hearing family members that inspired her to learn American Sign Language and work in the Deaf Community.  She is married and has two children, and two dogs.  She enjoys spending time with her family camping, and curling up on the couch with a good book.

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