Colleen Geier Ed.D. CI/CT
Colleen Geier has earned a BA, MSEd and EdD in education. She also holds both a CI and CT from RID and has been interpreting professionally since 1987. Colleen interprets all areas: medical, mental health, education, business, technical, performances and platform. Colleen is the director of the Sign Language Interpreting program at Goshen College in Goshen, IN. She is also the director of Deaf Connection, a company providing training and evaluations for interpreters and advocacy for Deaf consumers.
Becca Niethammer graduated from Goshen College in 2015. Since graduation she has been working as a staff interpreter at LUNA Language Services in Indianapolis, IN. While at LUNA she has interpreted a variety of setting including medical, education, business, technical, performance, and work for the state. Becca is currently a NIC candidate and once certified plans on going back to school to earn her Masters in either interpreting or pedagogy.
Currently Becca resides in Fishers, IN with her dog Moriarty.firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Cain, CI, Ed: K-12, MA
Judy, teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing for 32 years & RID certified since 2000, was recipient of Indiana’s first “Judith Carson Outstanding Educational Interpreter Award”and “2012 RID Region III Distinguished Educational Interpreter Award”; served on the RID Educational Interpreter Task Force (EITF), Affiliate Chapter Relations Committee (ACRC), Indiana EITF and Indiana Deaf Education Committee; served as president, vice president & current secretary of Indiana RID; is passionate about quality interpreting services for Deaf/ Hard of Hearing students; Co-owner of C & C Connection, LLC, focusing on educational interpreters (training, skills evaluations & improvement plans). Judy & her husband, Gary, live in Indianapolis.
TreasurerEmily Evans, native of Lancaster, PA, graduated Cum Laude from Goshen College in 2018 with a BA in Sign Language Interpreting and a minor in piano pedagogy. Emily is located in the Michiana area and does interpreting work for CSAD, Sorenson, and at a local high school. Her fascination with languages and her love for culture is what lead Emily to the interpreting profession. When she is not interpreting, she enjoys catching up with friends, going for walks and bike rides with her fiancé, and sipping on a Starbucks while watching her favorite TV series, Suits.
Members at Large
Justin is currently working as a VRS interpreter in Fort Wayne, but resides in Goshen with his wife of 6 years. He currently holds his EIPA 4.0 and very soon would like to take the NIC again.
Interpreting is in Justin’s blood. Both his parents are NIC certified interpreters, and his wife is working in high school as an educational Interpreter.
When not working Justin enjoys being a total nerd. Playing video games and talking Lord of the Rings with anyone who will listen.
Natalie Albert graduated from IUPUI in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting, and holds an Associates of Arts degree in American Sign Language from Vincennes University (2012). Natalie is a ASL Staff Interpreter at LUNA Language Services in Indianapolis and has experience in interpreting post-secondary education, medical, and in state settings. Natalie lives in McCordsville with her husband Ben and 10-month-old son Brody. The Albert family is expecting baby number two September 23, 2018. She enjoys cooking, playing with her dog, Pachino, and spending time with family.
Jesse Vasquez, NIC
Jesse Vasquez is a CODA who never thought that interpreting was in his future. In fact being a city bus driver was all he wanted to be when he grew up.... and then his 1st grade teacher shot that down. Those life goals though. All throughout high school, he thought teaching math, social studies, or music was perfect, until he realized that teaching required extreme patience and music was more of a hobby. Then, an epiphany!! After high school his friends actually suggested interpreting! What a great idea!! It was so and it was good. He graduated from Bethel College in 2009 and earned his NIC certification shortly thereafter. He also holds his IIC and is certified in Michigan as well. Ironically, he has spent most of his time working as a freelance interpreter within the educational system. He is married to his awesome wife, Teri, and they both live with their four cats. He enjoys coaching, playing video games, working on cars, and doing country things with his bff.