Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of FRID have accepted the responsibility to carry out the business of the organization. The board works closely with many stakeholders, both internally and externally, as well as with individual members as they move FRID forward. 

President
Vice-President of Internal Affairs
Vice-President of External Affairs

 

Shawn Norris 
President@FRIDcentral.org

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 Katryna Arias
VPInternalAffairs@FRIDcentral.org
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Shonna Magee

VPExternalAffairs@FRIDcentral.org

Shawn Norris, Ed K-12, NIC, CoreCHI, has been in the interpreting field for over fifteen years, serving as a n interpreter and manager for several companies and government agencies. He currently works at Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine, Florida as the Coordinator of Interpreting Services, Section 1557 and ADA Coordinator, and ASL Interpreter. He created the Interpreting Services program and provided a more robust service to the community. Due to being raised by Deaf parents, Shawn has close ties to the local Deaf community and serves as an advocate and volunteer. Read Full Bio

Katryna Arias (BA, NIC, INHC) works as an interpreter in the Orlando area. She graduated from the University of South Florida's Interpreter Training Program in 2016 (GO BULLS!) and received her NIC in 2019. She specializes in post-secondary and conference interpreting, with additional experience in government, VRS, VRI, medical, legal, and mental health interpreting. Read Full Bio

Shonna Magee (MRC, NIC: Master, CI, CT, OTC, CoreCHI, CP-WIP) has more than 24 years' experience interpreting, presenting, providing interpreter diagnostics, and mentoring. She specializes in emergency management, vocational rehabilitation, VRI, and medical interpreting, and is currently Director of Operations at SIGNature Access Solutions LLC.   Read Full Bio

SECRETARY
TREASURER
MEMBER-AT-LARGE

 


Genaere Lowery
Secretary@FRIDcentral.org

Kayla Ellison

Mary Hoover

Genaere Lowery has been professionally interpreting since 2008, at the age of 15. With both of her parents Deaf, ASL is her first language. Her family grew up traveling serving various Deaf communities around the country. They were also a part of the still-running TV show, “Dr. Wonder’s Workshop” in 2007, which is performed entirely in ASL by a Deaf cast. She obtained the NIC in 2016, and the Supreme Court Qualification from the state of IN in 2017 through their Supreme Court Interpreter program. One of her greatest passions is, “bridging the gap,” and going above and beyond to ensure that the highest possible quality of interpreting services are provided to every individual, by looking for ways to increase standards for interpreters, and through continuing to create and push for awareness of Deaf rights. Read Full Bio

Kayla Ellison (she/her/hers) received two bachelor’s degrees, in Sign Language Interpretation and German Studies, from the University of South Florida in 2018. She is passionate about advocating for the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth in the K-12 education system, where she currently works as an educational interpreter and a freelancer. Read Full Bio 

Mary (NIC, M.Ed) has been in the ASL/English interpreting field since 2008. She's worked in most settings, but now specializes in religious and medical. A graduate of both USF and UNF, she advocates for higher education in the field, but believes much more language and cultural competence is gained experientially from/among the Deaf community. Read Full Bio

DEAF MEMBER-AT-LARGE
REGION REPRESENTATIVE - NORTH
REGION REPRESENTATIVE - SOUTH

James Smith

DMAL@FRIDcentral.org

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Vacant

RegionRepNorth@FRIDcentral.org 

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Mark McDonald

RegionRepSouth@FRIDcentral.org

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James is originally from Kentucky, grew up in Georgia and currently resides in Pinellas Park, Florida. James attended Troy University's ITP and has enjoyed working in medical, mental health, police interrogations, court interpreting and as a Language Mentor. He received his CDI in 2014 and became a certified instructor for C.E.R.T.  Read Full Bio

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 Mark McDonald went through an Interpreter Training Program in Fairmont, West Virginia. Starting professionally interpreting in 2006. His love and passion for sign language eventually lead him to South Florida where he currently works in community, educational, and VRS fields. He enjoys combining his 2 passions; ASL and Harley Davidson motorcycles while riding together with groups of hearing and Deaf bikers across the beautiful coastlines of Florida. 


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REGION REPRESENTATIVE - EAST
 REGION REPRESENTATIVE - WEST
 PAST PRESIDENT




Hope Diehl

PastPresident@FRIDcentral.org

Leah is originally from New York but started out her interpreting career in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area, after going to Miami Dade Colleges ITP Program. Leah works from home as a remote interpreter and supports many government agencies in her role. She has a wide range of experience in Government, medical, educational, mental health and VRS/VRI interpreting. As Eastern rep she is available for interpreters to reach out if they need assistance navigating opportunities in the Eastern region. She has two paw babies, Toby and honey whom she loves very much. 

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Daryl Everett works in VRS, community and travel interpreting. She holds a Master of Education degree from UNF. Daryl lives outside of Tampa but grew up in Jacksonville. She’s passionate about connecting to the Deaf and interpreting community and bringing people together to form lasting relationships. In her free time, she enjoys camping and paddle boarding with her two children as well as watercoloring and reading historical fiction and self-help books.

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Hope Diehl (BA, NIC) is a Florida native UCF alumna who has been interpreting in various settings in the greater Orlando area for over a decade. Her heart is in educational interpreting for D/HH youth who are mainstreamed and in medical interpreting specific to women’s health. When not working she is Super Mom to her mini-me daughter and they can be found outside exploring all that nature offers or at home living on the edge consuming raw cookie dough while trying out new recipes.  

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FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF (FAD) REPRESENTATIVE  STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE  
 
Vacant
 

This position is currently awaiting appointment.

This position is currently awaiting appointment.

 

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Shawn Norris

Shawn Norris, Ed K-12, NIC, CoreCHI, has been in the interpreting field for over fifteen years, serving as an interpreter and manager for several companies and government agencies. He currently works at Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine, Florida as the Coordinator of Interpreting Services, Section 1557 and ADA Coordinator, and ASL Interpreter. He created the Interpreting Services program and provided a more robust service to the community. Due to being raised by Deaf parents, Shawn has close ties to the local Deaf community and serves as an advocate and volunteer. He mentors new interpreters at work as a licensed interpreter trainer and volunteer. Previously, he established a local agency that provided interpreting services in ASL and Spanish. In addition to his extensive interpreting experience, Shawn is a long-time public speaker and has worked on several translation projects for a free Bible education work for the Deaf. Shawn's interests include spending time with his family, reading, and football.

Katryna Arias

Katryna Arias (BA, NIC, INHC) works as an interpreter in the Orlando area. She graduated from the University of South Florida's Interpreter Training Program in 2016 (GO BULLS!) and received her NIC in 2019. She specializes in post-secondary and conference interpreting, with additional experience in government, VRS, VRI, medical, legal, and mental health interpreting. In 2021, Katryna received her certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and in addition to interpreting, works as a Health Coach for Interpreters. She has a passion for supporting interpreters with their personal & professional development and also supporting interpreters in sustaining their health - mentally, emotionally, and physically - for long-term retention in the field. She has worn different hats for FRID - serving as the Professional Development Chair for over 2 years, and then recently coming back as the Vice President of Internal Affairs.

Outside of interpreting, Katryna loves working out at Orangetheory Fitness, traveling with her husband, and going to the theme parks with her nieces & nephews. 

Shonna Magee

Shonna Magee (MRC, NIC: Master, CI, CT, OTC, CoreCHI, CP-WIP) has over 24 years of experience interpreting, presenting, providing interpreter diagnostics, and mentoring. She specializes in emergency management, vocational rehabilitation, VRI, and medical interpreting. Shonna has taught workshops and presented keynotes to interpreters and emergency management professionals around the country. She is an instructor at the annual Emergency Management Interpreter Training (EMIT) program in Georgia, presenting on PIO and broadcasted interpreting. She has served as a professor of interpreting and ASL at Daytona State College and a professor of ASL at Pensacola State College. She received her Bachelor's in interpreting from the University of Cincinnati and her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina where she was the Statewide Coordinator of Deaf Services for the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. She is currently the Director of Operations at SIGNature Access Solutions LLC.

Genaere Lowery

Genaere Lowery has been professionally interpreting since 2008, at the age of 15. With both of her parents Deaf, ASL is her first language. Her family grew up traveling serving various Deaf communities around the country. They were also a part of the still-running TV show, “Dr. Wonder’s Workshop” in 2007, which is performed entirely in ASL by a Deaf cast. She obtained the NIC in 2016, and the Supreme Court Qualification from the state of IN in 2017 through their Supreme Court Interpreter program. One of her greatest passions is, “bridging the gap,” and going above and beyond to ensure that the highest possible quality of interpreting services are provided to every individual, by looking for ways to increase standards for interpreters, and through continuing to create and push for awareness of Deaf rights.

Kayla Ellison

Kayla Ellison (she/her/hers) received two bachelor’s degrees, in Sign Language Interpretation and German Studies, from the University of South Florida in 2018. She is passionate about advocating for the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth in the K-12 education system, where she currently works as an educational interpreter and a freelancer. Kayla holds her National Interpreter Certification (NIC) as well as a score of 4.8 on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA). Her educational journey led her to Saint Catherine’s University where she is currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity program. Outside of the interpreting field, she loves to travel/experience diverse cultures and learn from everyone she meets.

Mary Hoover

Mary (NIC, MEd) has been in the ASL/English interpreting field since 2008. She's worked in most settings, but now specializes in religious and medical. A graduate of both USF and UNF, she advocates for higher education in the field, but believes much more language and cultural competence is gained experientially from/among the Deaf community. Mary is married to Erik Hoover, who is also in the field as a Deaf Interpreter and interpreter assessment specialist. Together they have five children, and they spend their free time enjoying the blessing of "contained chaos".

James Smith

James is originally from Kentucky but grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He currently resides in Pinellas Park, FL. His mother discovered that he was Deaf at 7-months-old, so they learned first Sign Exact English (S.E.E.) sign language together in 1978 and then ASL in 1988. His mother became a certified Interpreter and James followed in her footsteps and became a CDI. James attended Troy University's ITP, and worked as Language Mentor. He has enjoyed working in medical, mental health, police interrogations, and court interpreting. He received his certification in 2014 and became a certified instructor for C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) and teaching workshops all over in Georgia and Florida. He was a long time member of GaRID (Georgia Registry Interpreter for the Deaf) and GADB (Georgia Association Deaf Blind), and has currently membership with FAD, FRID, RID Deaf Caucus group, and, of course, RID. He is also fluent in South Africa Sign Language!

James is married to his beautiful wife Zakhe and they have 2 beautiful daughters who are 15 and 6! They love to travel, going to the beach, camping, flying all over, and his favorite hobby is riding his street motorcycle! Looking forward to working with you all!

Jessica Rushing

Jessica Rushing (B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting, EIPA 4.0, NIC) has worked as a professional interpreter since 2015. She is currently working in video relay and as a community interpreter in the Pensacola, Florida area. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, gardening, and spending time at the beach. As the Region Representative North, Jessica looks forward to rolling up her sleeves with FRID and partnering with our interpreting community to serve those in our profession!

Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald went through an Interpreter Training Program in Fairmont, West Virginia. Starting professionally interpreting in 2006. His love and passion for sign language eventually lead him to South Florida where he currently works in community, educational, and VRS fields. He enjoys combining his 2 passions; ASL and Harley Davidson motorcycles while riding together with groups of hearing and Deaf bikers across the beautiful coastlines of Florida. 

Genaere Lowery

Genaere Lowery has been professionally interpreting since 2008, at the age of 15. With both of her parents Deaf, ASL is her first language. Her family grew up traveling serving various Deaf communities around the country. They were also a part of the still-running TV show, “Dr. Wonder’s Workshop” in 2007, which is performed entirely in ASL by a Deaf cast. She obtained the NIC in 2016, and the Supreme Court Qualification from the state of IN in 2017 through their Supreme Court Interpreter program. One of her greatest passions is, “bridging the gap,” and going above and beyond to ensure that the highest possible quality of interpreting services are provided to every individual, by looking for ways to increase standards for interpreters, and through continuing to create and push for awareness of Deaf rights.

Daryl Everett

Daryl Everett works in VRS, community and travel interpreting. She holds a Master of Education degree from UNF. Daryl lives outside of Tampa but grew up in Jacksonville. She’s passionate about connecting to the Deaf and interpreting community and bringing people together to form lasting relationships. In her free time, she enjoys camping and paddle boarding with her two children as well as watercoloring and reading historical fiction and self-help books.

Hope Diehl

Genaere Lowery has been professionally interpreting since 2008, at the age of 15. With both of her parents Deaf, ASL is her first language. Her family grew up traveling serving various Deaf communities around the country. They were also a part of the still-running TV show, “Dr. Wonder’s Workshop” in 2007, which is performed entirely in ASL by a Deaf cast. She obtained the NIC in 2016, and the Supreme Court Qualification from the state of IN in 2017 through their Supreme Court Interpreter program. One of her greatest passions is, “bridging the gap,” and going above and beyond to ensure that the highest possible quality of interpreting services are provided to every individual, by looking for ways to increase standards for interpreters, and through continuing to create and push for awareness of Deaf rights.

Florida Association of the Deaf (FAD) Liaison

This position is currently vacant.

The November 2019 Bylaws list the role of the FAD Liaison as being a communication link between FRID and FAD, serving as a non-voting member of the FRID Board of Directors, and other duties as designated by the Board of Directors or the President of FRID. To be considered for this position, applicants/nominees must be appointed by the FAD Board of Directors and will be exempted from the requirement to be members in good standing of FRID and/or RID. Applicants/Nominees may not serve concurrently on the Board of any other Affiliate Chapter of RID or the National RID Board of Directors. The term for the role of FAD Liaison will be determined by appointment of the FAD Board of Directors.


Student Representative

This position is currently vacant.

The November 2019 Bylaws list the role of the Student Representative as being responsible for being a communication link between the organization and students of the profession and other duties as designated by the Board of Directors. To be considered for this position, applicants/nominees must be Florida residents who are voting student members in good standing of FRID and RID at the time of their candidacy. Applicants/Nominees may not serve concurrently on the Board of any other Affiliate Chapter of RID or the National RID Board of Directors. The term for the role of Student Representative will be determined by the Board of Directors.

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