ORID Board

The ORID Board is composed of six officers, each of whom serves a two-year term. The President, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large 1 are elected to office on even years, and the Vice President, Secretary, and Member-at-Large 2 are elected on odd years. Each person may serve in the same position for a limit of two terms in a row. On this page you can learn more about each position's roles and responsibilities, and meet our current officers!


Committee Structure

The ORID president is our liaison to national RID, and each of the other board members serve as a liaison to committees. In addition to these liaison roles each board member has duties as outline by our bylaws and policy and procedures manual.

Board Positions

Roles & Responsibilities


In addition to the duties outlined in the ORID Bylaws, the Board President should undertake the following actions:

  • Maintain a relationship between ORID, the Region V Representative, and the national office.

  • Participate in conference calls every one to two months with other Region V Presidents.

  • Stay informed on matters impacting the interpreting profession

  • Oversee professional meetings of the general membership whereby the membership is updated on local, regional and national news.

  • Promote a professional environment and standard for general and Board meetings.

  • Establish ground rules for general and Board meetings.

  • Ensure communication accessibility for members and visitors.

  • Prepare agendas for general and Board meetings.

The President may wish to consider the following actions:

  • Submit an article for each issue of the ORID Newsletter.

  • Calendar annual dates for general and Board meetings.

  • Request Board member and committee reports in advance.

  • Locate sites for general meetings and workshops in various regions of the state. 

  • Keep to agenda timeline.

  • Recognize newly certified members.

The president can be reached at pres@orid.org

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Elise Mongeon

Elise has been interpreting professionally since 2010 and is originally from Rochester, NY. She received her Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language from the University of Rochester and Master’s in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. She has worked primarily as a freelance interpreter in Rochester NY, the Washington DC area and now the Portland area, where she has lived since Fall 2018. She holds her NIC certification and upon moving to Oregon she also accomplished the OCHI (Oregon state) and CoreCHI (national level) certifications in Healthcare Interpreting. 

Elise is passionate about many aspects of the interpreting field including: teaming dynamics, professional development, expanding the diversity of our profession as well as ASL and English linguistics. In the role of president, she hopes to foster an environment of trust, transparency and growth with the Oregon and SW Washington interpreting and Deaf communities. When not interpreting, she can be found exploring Portland and the Pacific Northwest with her dog and husband in their 1981 VW camper van! 

Current Board


Vice President

  • In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall assume all duties of the President. The Vice-President will also oversee volunteer recruitment and engagement for Committees.

The vice president can be reached at vp@orid.org

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Saamanta Serna

Saamanta Serna is a Coda Mexican-American, who has been interpreting for 15 years and has been certified for 10. She attended the ITP Program at Seattle Central Community College. Saamanta primarily works as a freelancer, in post secondary and at VRS; she also has had experience interpreting in K-12 settings. She is passionate about enriching her community through such efforts as volunteering for a year with the Nicaraguan Sign Language Projects  (NSLP) at La Escuelita de Bluefields along with a desire for increasing diversity in the field of Interpreting to better support the needs of Deaf people of color. 


Saamanta is an avid traveler, photographer and explorer. She has lived in Nicaragua & Indonesia, and traveled to over twenty countries, always seeking to understand more of the world we live in, and how she can make a lasting impact for future generations.


  • Maintain a record of Motions made at General and Board meetings

  • Keep an accurate record of General/ Board meeting minutes

  • Send out a rough draft of the minutes to Board members asking for suggestions for corrections, omissions, deletions or changes to the minutes

  • Board members will submit their suggestions which may or may not be incorporated into the minutes within a week of the secretary sending it to the board for review (secretary’s discretion)

  • Distribute the final copy of meeting minutes in a timely manner to Board members and ORID members

  • Maintain archive records/ minutes from previous meetings on website

  • Collect all materials at the end of the meeting.

  • Take attendance at meetings.

  • Fill out bank slip to allow for Secretary to pay on bills.

The secretary can be reached at secretary@orid.org

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Rebekah Cheeley

Rebekah Cheeley grew up in Washington state and attended community college there from 2012-2014.  The local Deaf community introduced her to the diversity and beauty both of ASL and the community itself, and Rebekah discovered a love of linguistics.  Transferring to WOU in 2014, she majored in ASL/English Interpreting and picked up a philosophy minor.  


Rebekah works primarily as a freelance interpreter, and is dual-trained as a TypeWell transcriber.  She achieved her NIC certification in May 2019 and, in June 2019, she began a Master's of Interpreting Studies at WOU.  


Rebekah and her husband, Brant, live in and enjoy the beautiful Willamette Valley, which inspires much of her photography and art.   


  • Pick-up the mail at the post office

  • Bank Deposits: Membership checks, workshop checks, etc.

  • Pay Bills

  • Within 30 days of the end of the fiscal year – send a certified copy of the financial statement to RID via the President.

  • Create tentative annual budget for Board to review during the Board’s Retreat.

The treasurer can be reached at treasurer@orid.org

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Brandon Heaps

Originally from Tampa Bay, Florida, Brandon is a Pacific Northwest transplant as of August 2017.   While attending college in Jacksonville, Florida, he had his first encounter with a Deaf person, sparking his interest in the language and culture.   Upon graduation, Brandon decided to redirect his career path and became a Nationally Certified Interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  He carries a variety of interpreting experiences including medical, legal, theatrical, business meetings, conferences, local and federal government, cruise interpreting and VRS/VRI. Brandon’s passion is found in mentoring interpreters as well as curating fun, social spaces for colleagues to connect.   In his personal time, Brandon enjoys traveling with his partner Colton and dog Fitzgerald, experiencing cultures and cuisines of other humans around the globe.

Member at Large 1

  • Be mindful of interpreter concerns with those interpreters you meet and be a sounding board for ideas that could be brought up to the membership.

  • Decide on committee to chair

  • Recruit members to join the committee

  • Hold regular committee meetings

  • Delegate duties based on skill and experience

  • Prepare committee reports to Board and general membership


  • Suggested Committees:
    Student Representative 
    Membership – maintain and enhance the membership experience; distribute membership applications and correspondence to new/renewing members; assist in obtaining a list of newly certified members; maintain membership data base to keep email addresses current and make sure renewal notices are out in a timely fashion.

The member at large 1 can be reached at mal1@orid.org

Susan Quinn

Member at Large 2

  • Decide on committee to chair

  • Meet with former Member-at-Large committee chair to determine what action has been done

  • Recruit members to join the committee

  • Hold regular committee meetings

  • Delegate duties based on skill and experience

  • Prepare committee reports to Board and general

  • Nomination Process Responsibilities: Notify general membership of nomination guidelines (ei: 6 months good standing, ORID and RID member) recruit nominees, call for nomination –February 1st. take nominations, contact nominees, explain positions nominees has been selected to run for, create media for general election of nominees running (could include Power Point with nominee’s picture, bio, platform, funfacts). 


  • Suggested Committees:
    Mentoring: AAMP committee

The member at large 2 can be reached at mal2@orid.org

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Laurielle Aviles

Laurielle Aviles, a New York native, began their immersion into the ASL and Deaf community during their freshman year of college while working on their degree in Linguistics. American Sign Language and the community they surrounded themselves with became the driving force in the completion of this degree and the foundation for their passion of working with the Deaf community. In 2013, they decided the next step of their journey was to move out West to pursue their post-baccalaureate degree in ASL/English Interpreting.


Upon graduation from Western Oregon University in 2015 with their second B.A. they received their NIC. This allowed them to dive into work throughout the Willamette Valley in areas such as the K-12, post-secondary, and freelance interpreting, mainly for the LGBTQ community. During this time they also, enjoyed taking on larger interpreting projects with the Northwest Children's Theater (Rock the Presidents and Elephant & Piggy's: We're in a Play) and Portland Actors Ensemble (Taming of the Shrew).


Currently, Laurielle works mainly at Purple VRS and enjoys the flexible schedule that allows them to adventure with their new puppy, Vanilla Bean. Despite having lived in Oregon for 4 years, they are finally now able to take in all it has to offer.

Laurielle can be reached at mal2@orid.org

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