ASL Stories, Jokes, and Poems (.3 CEUs)

Workshop Description:  A real time interpreting experience for enhancement of receptive and voicing skills as Deaf Community members share stories, poems, or jokes.  Interpreter participants will have an opportunity to voice in a safe environment and receive constructive feedback.  They will have a variety of presenters and subjects to experience throughout the training. As a group, the participants will discuss their experience.  The facilitator will guide the discussion as needed. This training is open to current working interpreters and interpreting students with a language base in American Sign Language.

Daisy Rivenbark is African American Deaf Woman. She grew up on Kendall Greens Campus in Washington DC, earned BA in Communication Arts from Gallaudet University in Washington DC then went on with her studies in a field of Rehabilitation at New York University in NYC and earned MA. She is a life time advocator/educator. She is employed with the State of North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing as a Deaf Services Specialist for 11 years. She enjoys attend a conference, watch movies, read books and enjoy spend her time with her children, her husband and two dogs.

Gideon Friant is a deaf civilian of Jacksonville, NC. He was fully educated in his mother's homeschool along with his seven older and one younger siblings. There was no communication barrier in the homeschool. With the help of multiple American Sign Language sources, such as videotapes, books, and deaf fellowships, Gideon and his whole family learned ASL together. He recently graduated from the local community college. He is now pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology.

Other presenters for the day will include Laura Herman, Marilyn Edwards and Stephanie Scott. 


Professionalism, Customer Service, and the CPC (.7 CEUs)

Workshop Description:   Come together with other working interpreters and explore what it means to be a professional interpreter.   Take a walk through RID’s Code of Professional Conduct to ensure you are well-versed in the tenets and can stay in compliance.  Along with discussing professional and ethical conduct, we will begin to tackle the elusive “it depends” by delineating factors that influence decision making given the specifics of an assignment.  We will top off our discussion with a look at customer service to further refine our professional conduct and to ensure that our customers are consistently satisfied with our service.

Presenter Bio:  Pam King received her first interpreting credential and began interpreting at East Carolina University while still an undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Sociology.  After graduating in 1985, she took a position as a staff interpreter at ECU.  In 1989 she entered graduate school pursuing a Master of Arts in Education in History.  While in graduate school, she began free-lancing.  Upon completion of her Master’s degree, though becoming a certified and licensed teacher, she decided to remain a free-lance interpreter, and she has been free-lancing ever since.  With over thirty years of interpreting experience, Pam has a wealth of knowledge to share with working interpreters, and workshops provide an outlet for the teacher side of her soul.  

NCITLB Presentation (.2 CEUs)

Workshop Description:  
Topics discussed, the reason/purpose for licensure in North Carolina, requirements to become a licensed interpreter, how to maintain the license and general information about the licensure law. There will also be time for questions and answers

Participants will learn why there is licensure in North Carolina, how to apply for a license what is required to apply and how to maintain it. This information will come directly from a member of the North Carolina licensure board. This presentation will clarify the meaning of licensure and the purpose for it. Participants will have a clear understanding of the law works and why it exist. Another objective is to allow current licensees and future licensees time the opportunity to ask questions.

Presenter’s Bio:

Donnie E. Dove, Jr., MA
ASL Lab Assistant/Instructional Assistant CPCC

Donnie E. Dove, Jr. is Deaf and a native user of American Sign Language. He has been an active member of the Deaf Community in Charlotte, NC, where he has offered his leadership and organizational skills for a number of events within the Charlotte Association of the Deaf (FAED), Carolina Athletic Association of the Deaf (CAAD), and North Carolina Association of the Deaf (NCAD). Donnie, known as ‘DD’, was raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the middle child of 8 children! After graduating from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, he attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf for a year. He soon realized that Gallaudet University would be a better fit for his goals. He transferred the following year, eventually graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University.  Donnie stayed in Washington, DC where he worked at National Security Agency, Gallaudet University, and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. Later, he realized it was time to further his education and went to American University to graduate school and earned an MA.  After graduation, Donnie relocated to Texas, where he worked for Texas School for the Deaf. Eventually, he decided to move back East to work as the Deaf Specialist and manager of the Charlotte Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Behind the Scenes with Jacksonville PD (.4 CEUs)

Workshop Description:  Go behind the scene with Jacksonville PD. Interpreters and the Deaf community will tour the Jacksonville Police Department facility. Participants will experience the inner walls to learn common procedures and engage in a forum with officers and specialist department representatives. By being immersed in this setting, interpreters will glean perspectives form both the Police and Deaf communities. This event will create a comfortable environment and connections with the police and busting any myths and misnomers. At the conclusion of the tour, participants will have the opportunity to interact with all parties. Interpreters will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned and communicate between officers and Deaf community members. All parties will learn from one another in an array of areas.

Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing – Wilmington Regional Center (WRC)

Jennie Bartholomew, NIC – Interpreter Services Specialist. Recently joined the WRC in September after working as a Community, Educational, and VRS interpreter after graduating from UNCG’s Interpreter Training Program in 2009. 
Christina Bauman – Community Accessibility Consultant. Prior to working in the WRC she was a Special Education Teacher in Virginia while she obtained her masters in Assistive Technology. Upon moving to North Carolina she worked for the Services for the Blind and transitioned to DSDHH. She has a love of languages and has become proficient in sign language in 3 short years. 

Daisy Rivenbark – Deaf Services Specialist. As a Washington DC native she graduated from Gallaudet with her masters in Rehabilitation. She began her career as a rehabilitation counselor, moving to the AIDs education program and into mental health. She moved to North Carolina in 2005 to join the WRC team

Jacksonville Police Department
Sergeant Dale Silance - Community Outreach Officer. Sergeant Dale Silance is native to the Southwest area of Onslow County. He began his Law Enforcement career in 2003 after obtaining his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Criminology. In 2007, Sgt. Silance joined the Jacksonville Police Department. His career has allowed him to work in a variety of areas including Patrol, Street Crimes, and Special Operations including VICE and Narcotics. In 2014, he received his current rank of Sergeant and was appointed as the supervisor role for the Community Services Division. Sergeant Silance oversees 12 officers including School Resource and Community Officers, and the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT).