We are thrilled to announce that we are starting a Chapter of CORE in Denver, Colorado! Our plan is to Kickoff our first Cycle in July 2019. Our first Cycle will consist of four Coaches, eight Mentees, and eight Mentors. We look forward to partnering with the Deaf community and the interpreting community in Denver to make CORE possible!

If you are interested in joining us in Denver, please email us at coreinterpretersco@gmail.com.

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COACHES

Jo linda powell greenfield

Jo Linda Powell Greenfield, NAD - Master Level V, TC, CI, CT, NIC-Master, SC:L is a native of Southern California currently residing in Colorado. Jo Linda earned her initial certification in 1984 from RID. She was the first interpreter in the world to earn the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) at the Master Level; and the first African American interpreter to earn the RID Specialist Certificate: Legal. Holding degrees in English/Sign Language Interpreting; she has completed extensive training for interpreting in the American Judicial System, as well as training for Interpreting in the Theatre at Juilliard.

Ms. Greenfield works as a community-based Interpreter in business, conference, government, legal, higher education, medical, and video relay/video remote settings. Additionally, she has been an online mentor for interpreters in education and legal settings. The seminal project upon completion of a professional certificate as a Master Mentor, was the creation, design and facilitation of an online “train the trainer” seminar for Interpreter Educators from diverse cultural communities. She currently serves the Interpreting and Deaf communities as an interpreter, an interpreter educator, and a mentor/role model. She loves coffee, tea, reading and the outdoors so Colorado is a dream!

Jenn Sweeney

Jenn Sweeney, CI, CT, is a heritage signer born and raised in Massachusetts.  She graduated from Elms College.  During her time at Elms, she attended Gallaudet University for three semesters as a visiting student.   She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Deaf Studies.  She resided in the DC Metro area from 1999 until moving to Colorado in 2004.  Her career started in the DC Metro area with a passion for medical interpreting and video interpreting (in 1999...before it was a thing!)  After moving to Colorado, Jenn held various positions within the interpreting industry.  Her passion is interpreting in the community with a focus on customer service within interpreting.   She believes strongly in giving back to the community and has upheld her commitment of providing interpreting services for free for at least ten hours, annually.   She currently serves as the Vice President for the Colorado Association of the Deaf.  When not interpreting, she is busy conquering the outdoors with her beautiful, busy and daring 10 year old daughter.

Christine Pendley

Christine Pendley, CI, CT, SC:L, is a freelance interpreter in Colorado. She is originally from Michigan but has lived in Colorado since 2007.  She received her BA in Interpreting from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan in 2000 and got her start as an interpreter under the Michigan Quality Assurance Exam. She later took and passed the RID CI and CT exams. After getting a few years of experience under her belt, she began legal interpreting online coursework through the DO IT Center. Upon completing 2-years of legal training followed 10 days of mentoring she took and passed the Legal Specialist Exam. Christine works primarily in the courts and does some community, medical and religious interpreting.

Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children and grandson. Her hobbies include knitting, cross stitch, and skiing. 

LARIISA MCCLUNG

Lariisa McClung, M.Ed., CI/CT, NIC-Master, OTC, SC:L, and Ed K-12, is the former Director of Interpreter Preparation at Pikes Peak Community College. Lariisa has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master's of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas. Lariisa has over 30 years experience as a professional American Sign Language Interpreter with a broad background, working in areas such as Legal, Medical, Mental Health, Business, and Conference interpreting. Lariisa is particularly interested in training interpreters whether it's for new or experienced interpreters. There is always more to learn. Lariisa has provided a number of dynamic workshops in Colorado since moving here in 1997 and has provided one on one mentoring for skills improvement and exam preparation.

Lariisa is currently working full-time at Purple Communications providing Community, Legal, and VRS interpreting. She still freelances on the side. Her passion is for legal interpreting and learning more about the law. She is also fascinated with other cultures and languages. In her free time Lariisa enjoys studying Sanskrit and Spanish, yoga, running half-marathons and hanging out with her husband and kitty-cat.

Support Crew

Sophia T. Bohall

Sophia Bohall, NIC, A:EI, graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 2007 with a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in America Sign Language. Shortly after graduating, Sophia moved to Denver, Colorado in 2008 to pursue a degree in Interpreter Preparation from Front Range Community College. Sophia has been a community and freelance interpreter in the Denver metro area since 2011 and became RID certified in 2017. Sophia is also the current Mile High Rep for Colorado RID, as well as the chair for the mentoring committee, and truly enjoys the role and giving back to the Colorado Interpreting community. When Sophia is not interpreting in the field, you can find her stand up paddle boarding in the summer, or training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or skiing in the winter. She also enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and her two dogs, Frank and B.G.

Sophia is so thrilled to run the CORE Colorado chapter with Mary Alice Gerke. Teamwork and Leadership are what Sophia and Mary Alice are all about and are so excited to kickoff our pilot program in July 2019. If you would like to learn more about this phenomenal program and how you can get involved in this community, please contact us at coreinterpretersco@gmail.com to join the vision.


Mary Alice Gerke

Mary Alice Gerke, A:EI, BEI: Advanced, has been working as a community interpreter for 10 years in the Denver Metro Area. She graduated in 2009 from Front Range Community College with her AAS in Interpreting and in 2010 from Regis University with her BAS in Community Interpreting. She has experience working in post-secondary, medical, K-12 and various other settings. She found while working with interns a few years after graduating that she really enjoyed mentoring and providing support and feedback to newer interpreters and has since sought out taking on mentees in her free time.  She has a passion for helping other interpreters grow professionally as well as growing herself and encouraging a culture of giving back. Getting CORE Colorado up and running is her next exciting career goal. After that, she has a dream of continuing education in healthcare interpreting. When she's not interpreting you can find her hiking in the mountains, stand up paddle boarding, gardening, crocheting and drinking too much coffee.

robert aj moody

AJ is a military brat who was born in Bitburg, Germany and has lived in 6 different states (NE, TX, PA, HI, CO, and MD).  He attended the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, which was his very first Deaf school, from 2007-2010. He transferred to the Maryland School for the Deaf and graduated in 2012.  He was a scholar-athlete, maintaining a 3.5 GPA or above, and fully participating at the varsity level in football, basketball, wrestling and track at both schools. AJ attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO to study Exercise Science Physiology and was on the football team until he ended his football career due to a head injury. He transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU-Denver) in Denver, CO and graduated in December 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Black Leadership & Social Ventures.

AJ owns a business called MoodyWorks32 which offers Emergency Preparedness and Universal Design consulting. AJ’s involvement in the community includes: Board Member – Deaf Overcoming Violence Through Empowerment (DOVE), Board Member – Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS), Lead Deaf Trainer – Rocky Mountain Medical Reserve Corps of Colorado, Assistant Football and Basketball Coach – Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind

jennifer salaz-rodarte

Jennifer Salaz-Rodarte is a collage graduate with a degree in the Culinary Arts. Living as a Deaf woman, she has experienced many different obstacles in the hearing world.  Jennifer knows that she could have greatly benefited from having a Deaf Interpreter when she was struggling and suffering in situations in the medical, legal or educational realms.  Like all Deaf people, she just wanted access to complete communication.  

From her frustrations came a great desire to become involved,  The Deaf community is her community and supporting her community is her passion.  Jennifer has been working as a Deaf Interpreter for the past four years.  As a mainstreamed student herself, she has access to a variety of sign language modalities.  She started doing DI work with refugee students. She also has experience with Deaf Blind interpreting. Her work now takes her to many different situations in various settings. Having the ability to use her language of ASL to facilitate the information to the Deaf consumer in a way that they understand is her life’s dream.  She also has a love for supporting and teaming with hearing interpreters. 

Working as a Deaf interpreter for four years, she is devoted to improving her skills by attending workshops and learning from each and every situation she works.  She is working toward certification and intends on taking the test soon. Her commitment is to serve her Deaf community professionally and with the highest integrity.

For fun, Jennifer enjoys traveling and meeting Deaf people in other countries. Do not play poker with her, as she will take you for all you are worth. It has been said that her cooking and baking are not only beautiful but very delicious. 

RACHEL BERMAN

A native of Las Vegas, Rachel Berman has been profoundly Deaf since birth and prides herself as being Bilingual/Bicultural in both English and ASL. She is currently a full-time instructor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has 10 years of ASL teaching experience. She holds a B.A. degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Communication Sciences from Gallaudet University and an M.A. in Teaching American Sign Language from the University of Northern Colorado. She is an active member of the Deaf Community and has served the community in many capacities. She is currently on the board of American Society of Deaf Children (ASDC). At Gallaudet, she served as a Vice President of the Graduate Student Association. Shortly after she moved to Denver, she managed “ASL Slam Denver,” which hosted a monthly poetry slam. When Rachel is not at the University, she works as an independent contractor tutoring and teaching ASL/Deaf Culture at several companies such as Amazon and works as an ASL Stage Coach assisting Deaf actors and interpreters with the script translation. She is flirting with the idea of becoming a CDI in the near future and excited about the opportunity to work with interpreters in the CORE program! In her free time, she enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, being a gym rat, going to the theater, exploring life with her Deaf boyfriend, traveling, cooking, hiking, crafts and reading.


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