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
 

Kenneth Houghtaling
President@FRIDcentral.org
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 Hope Diehl
VPInternalAffairs@FRIDcentral.org
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Open for Application

VPExternalAffairs@FRIDcentral.org

Kenneth has been Nationally Certified since 2009. He works in a variety of settings including legal, mental health and VRS. His primary focus is medical and mental health interpreting. He has lived in Florida most of his life but did live in Guyana, South America working with the Deaf population throughout the country.  Read Full Bio

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. Read Full Bio

This position is currently awaiting appointment

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SECRETARY
TREASURER
MEMBER-AT-LARGE

 


Holli Tempe
Secretary@FRIDcentral.org

Kayla Ellison

Mary Hoover

Holli Tempe (BS, NIC) has been interpreting professionally since 2014 and holds an A.S. from St. Petersburg College and a B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting from University of North Florida. She interprets in a wide variety of settings, specializing in interpreting for people who are DeafBlind and is currently enrolled in DBII at Western Oregon University (WOU). 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 while serving as an educational interpreter, although she also works as a video relay 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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Jessica Rushing

RegionRepNorth@FRIDcentral.org 

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Mireilys Martinez
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

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 area. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, gardening, and spending time at the beach. She looks forward to rolling up her sleeves to serve those in our profession. Read Full Bio

Mireilys Martinez (BA, MS) graduated from the University of South Florida (USF). Continuing her studies in deaf education, audiology, and speech at NTID, she earned an MS in Speech Language Pathology from Nazareth College. She currently lives and works in Miami as both speech language pathologist and trilingual interpreter in various settings. Read Full Bio

REGION REPRESENTATIVE - EAST
 REGION REPRESENTATIVE - WEST
 PAST PRESIDENT


 

Carmelo Falú-Rodriguez
RegionRepEast@FRIDcentral.org

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Nicole Bihlmayer

PastPresident@FRIDcentral.org

Carmelo Falú-Rodríguez is a native Puerto Rican who learned to sign from the Deaf community in Puerto Rico, then received interpreter training at Servicios Orientados al Sordo (SOS). As a trilingual interpreter he has worked in a vast array of scenarios: legal, medical, platform, educational, artistic, and VRS in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Carmelo obtained his NIC certification in 2019. He currently works as a trilingual interpreter for Sorenson and a community interpreter. Read Full Bio

This position is currently awaiting appointment.

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Nicole Bihlmayer (BA, Ed:K-12) has worked as a professional interpreter in a variety of settings since 2009. She is currently working at a local state college, in video relay, and as an independent contractor in the Orlando area. Read Full Bio
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF (FAD) REPRESENTATIVE  STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE  
 
To Be Appointed
 

This position is currently awaiting appointment.

Bio forthcoming.

 

Full Bios

Kenneth Houghtaling

Kenneth has been Nationally Certified since 2009. He works in a variety of settings including legal, mental health and VRS. His primary focus is medical and mental health interpreting. He has lived in Florida most of his life but did live in Guyana, South America working with the Deaf population throughout the country. This is his third time serving the FRID membership, having previously served as Treasurer, 1st Vice President, and Region Representative West.  

Hope Diehl

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.

Vice-President of External Affairs

This position is currently open for application.

The November 2019 Bylaws list the role of the Vice-President of External Affairs as being responsible for taking on the role of President in the event that both the President and the Vice-President of Internal Affairs are unable to do so, serving as a member of the Executive Committee and a committee liaison, and other duties as designated by the Board of Directors. To be considered for this position, applicants/nominees must be Florida residents who are certified, voting members in good standing of both FRID and RID for at least one year immediately before 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 Vice-President of External Affairs will be from the time of appointment until the next election in September 2021 with a limit of no more than two consecutive terms, unless no qualified successor is elected for the vacated position.

Holli Tempe

Holli Tempe (NIC) graduated from St. Petersburg College (SPC) with her A.S. in Sign Language Interpreting, continued her education at University of North Florida (UNF) to receive her B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting. She interprets in a variety of settings from K-12 to conferences and medical to performing arts, but specializes in interpreting for people who are DeafBlind and is currently enrolled in the DeafBlind Interpreting Institute through the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center at Western Oregon University (WOU). In her free time, she enjoys playing video games with her husband and son or reading with her cats.

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 while serving as an educational interpreter, although she also works as a video relay 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 and experience diverse cultures while learning 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!

Mireilys Martinez

Mireilys Martinez (BA, MS) graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) with her degree Language-Speech-Hearing and ASL Interpreting before moving back to her hometown of Miami to work as an agency scheduler and freelance interpreter. She continued her studies in deaf education, audiology, and speech at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York, while earning an M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Nazareth College. Upon graduation, she moved back to Miami and began working as a both a speech language pathologist focusing on dysphasia and a trilingual freelance interpreter in a variety of settings. Mireilys is looking forward to working with the FRID Board of Directors to support interpreters and encourage the perception of the interpreting field as equal to other professions of practice.

Carmelo Falú-Rodgriguez

Carmelo Falú-Rodríguez is a native Puerto Rican who learned sign language at eleven years old from the Deaf community in Puerto Rico and later received interpreting training at a non-profit organization known as Servicios Orientados al Sordo (S.O.S.) where he completed all the required courses to work as an interpreter. He also attended University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus where he took courses towards a BA in Special Education, specializing in Blindness. As a trilingual interpreter he has worked in a vast ray of scenarios: legal, medical, platform, educational, artistic, and VRS in Puerto Rico and the USA. He served on the Mano a Mano board of directors from 2007 to 2019 as Region 2 Representative, Vice-President and later as President. He served as the Interpreter Coordinator for the first North America WASLI Conference in Mexico City in 2015. He also served as Interpreter Coordinator for Mano a Mano in 2013 and 2015 as well for the RID 2015 Conference in NOLA. Carmelo has been part of RID's BLeGIT* Member Section Council as Co-Chair and currently serves as Chair. After working as an interpreter for over 25 years, Carmelo obtained his RID-NIC Certification in 2019. Nowadays he works as a part-time trilingual interpreter at Sorenson and as a freelance community interpreter.

Laura Rich

This position is open for application.

The November 2019 Bylaws list the role of the Region Representative - West as being responsible for serving as a voting member of the Board of Directors and a committee liaison or member, 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 members in good standing of both FRID and RID for at least one year immediately before candidacy and must be residents of the West region of Florida 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 Region Representative - West will be from the time of appointment until the next election in September 2021 with a limit of no more than two consecutive terms, unless no qualified successor is elected for the vacated position.

Nicole Bihlmayer

Nicole Bihlmayer (BA, Ed:K-12) has worked as a professional interpreter in a variety of settings since 2009. She is currently working at a local state college, in video relay, and as an independent contractor in the Orlando area. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and being outdoors. As the Past President, Nicole is eager to work with FRID and our interpreting community to support the continued growth and development of the profession!

Florida Association of the Deaf (FAD) Liaison

This position is awaiting appointment.

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.


Julio Castro

Bio forthcoming.

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