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


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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

* Stephanie is serving as Interim Vice President

Stephanie Taylor

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Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie has recently moved to Oregon in early 2021 where she works as a staff interpreter and a community interpreter. She completed her first interpreter training program in San Diego California at Palomar Community College in 2018 and recently graduated from William Woods University's ASL-English interpreting program in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree.

Stephanie has been interpreting since 2018 and is certified through the EIPA and currently preparing to take the new CASLI exams. Stephanie hopes by working within the interpreting field and with ORID to learn and grow and encourage those around her to achieve their goals as well.

Outside of work Stephanie enjoys hiking and camping with her wife and dog and exploring the beautiful state of Oregon.


  • Position Vacant


  • 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

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Susan Quinn

Susan Quinn is a personable, energetic and qualified deaf Interpreter committed to delivering excellence in all facets of hearing, Deaf, and DeafBlind consumers. She is always pursuing new opportunities for Deaf Interpreters to bridge the gap in communication. Susan, an Oregon native, started her career as a Deaf Interpreter since January 2018. She took a training with Rupert Dubler at Portland Community College in October and November of 2017.  She is an active interpreter traveling to jobs to provide services for Deaf and DeafBlind. She interprets medical, meetings, college, platform, job training, close vision, text-to-ASL and other various settings. She took her Protactile ASL training at Western Oregon University for DeafBlind Interpreter Institute in August 2018.  She passed knowledge written test (one of two) for RID certification end of 2018.  She is awaiting for performance test as it is on moratorium. She is board member of Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, ORID as well as Hands & Voices of Oregon. 

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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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Christina Healy

Christina is a local freelance interpreter and instructor in the interpreting program at Portland Community College (PCC). She began learning ASL as a child, from books and classes. Then while in college at Western Oregon University (WOU), Deaf schoolmates welcomed her into the community and deepened her appreciation for their language and culture, supporting her to earn a BS in interpreting in 2003. She has interpreted professionally ever since, both in Oregon and in Washington, DC while pursuing training in Linguistics at Gallaudet. She served as a Member-at-Large for the DC-area chapter of RID and discovered that it is a wonderful opportunity to get to know her colleagues and consumers in new ways (you should give it a try!). She’s thrilled to step into this role again in Oregon. 


Christina loves enjoying the Pacific Northwest on trails, rivers, and roads — by foot, bike, or by car, and loves geeking out with colleagues, students, and strangers to discover what we can do when we work together. As an MAL her main goal is to connect with you! Email any time in ASL or English to: mal2@orid.org!