MIRID Executive Board
President - Andi Chumley, NIC
Andi is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She received her BS degree in deaf education from MacMurray college in 1998. She was employed at the Illinois school for the deaf for seven years before returning to her native Michigan on 2005. Since that time she has worked as both a staff and freelance interpreter.
Vice President - Mitch Holaly, BEI III & NIC
Mitch is a proud graduate of Lansing Community College’s ITP and Michigan State University; holding a Bachelors’ degree in Community Relations with a cognate in Political Science. Mitch currently works as a freelance interpreter based in the Flint area. Mitch enjoys spending time with family, renovating his home, being on the lake, and attending MSU athletics.
As Vice President, Mitch is the liaison between committees and the Board, works collaboratively with the President and completes special projects. Please free to contact him with questions, concerns, and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasurer - Cindy Wood, MAI, NIC
Born and raised in Pure Michigan, Cindy moved around the U.S. for many years before returning home in June of 2015. She joined MIRID as Treasurer in April, 2016. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing and Management from Adrian College and her Master's degree in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. She has held her national certification since 2007.
Cindy has worked as both a staff and freelance interpreter in various cities and states including, Milwaukee, WI, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, VA, and most recently here in the Metro Detroit area. She and her son Trevor reside in Milan, Michigan. They love spending time outdoors, exploring and finding adventure wherever they go.
Secretary - Danielle Ward
Danielle slipped into the Deaf community while her mother was a teacher at Michigan School for the Deaf. She gained informal interpreting training in church, and took the scenic route to a formal education at Gallaudet University. Danielle is nationally certified and has worked in the VRS setting, and also as a staff and freelance interpreter. She currently serves in the public sector.
Outside of interpreting, Danielle volunteers as a narrator, copy editor and is a published author. She enjoys the simple things in life and values spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, traveling and reading.
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Deaf Member at Large - Angela Laguardia
Member at Large - Stephen Decator, MA, BEI II
Stephen grew up with one foot in the Deaf community and initially trained as an interpreter at Lansing Community College from 1981-1984. He also holds undergraduate degrees in French and Sign Language Interpreting, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Pedagogy in Adult Education. Most of his career has been in Canada working as an interpreter, and he also taught in an interpreter education program in Windsor for over 20 years.
In the past, he held his CSC from RID and his NAD V, as well as his OIS registration from Ontario Interpreter Services and Court Interpreter Certification from the Ministry of Attorney General in Ontario, Canada. He is a professor at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, a freelance and VRS interpreter in the Metro Detroit area. His specialties are medical interpreting and interpreting in the Information and Technology arena.
Member at Large - Ge (GeAnna) Moody, BEI I
Ge originally learned to sign from Deaf family and friends. Although she grew up signing, it never occurred to her to become an interpreter until she went to college in 2009. Originally taking ASL as a foreign language requirement for a degree in accounting, Ge quickly realized that a life sitting at a desk crunching numbers was not for her – and that interpreting was her true passion.
Currently Ge is a freelance interpreter and a mentor at Oakland Community College in their Interpreter Training Program (ITP). Every year she volunteers and helps to organize the Interpreted Weekend at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, providing appropriately supervised, hands-on opportunities, and observation hours for students within our state's ITPs. Ge's dedication, passion and motivation for the language, the culture, its members, and ITP students is inspiring to say the least.
Publications Manager - Nick Goodman, AAA, BEI I, DB
Nick is the most recent addition to the MIRID Board, and a 2016 graduate of the Interpreter Training Program at Lansing Community College. It was there, he met his fiancee, Haley, who is also a certified interpreter and LCC graduate. When he is not working as a freelance interpreter, you can find him at Elder Law of Michigan as a MiCAFE Network Specialist.
With his Associate degree achieved, Nick is pursuing his Bachelors degree from Siena Heights University. Nick's college career originated at Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, which is where he discovered his passion for Sign Language. As Publications Manager for MIRID, Nick oversees the MIRID website, event flyers, and social media presence.
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