Introducing the Nominees for the OCRID Board of Directors!

Director of Programming
No nominations received as of Monday, June 5, 2017.

Director of Finance (Uncontested)
Alex Childs

Alex Childs is currently serving as the temporary Director of Finance. He has a B.A. in Theatre from OSU and an A.A.S. in Interpreting from CSCC. He works in Columbus as a freelance and educational interpreter for a number of agencies and institutions. Alex has presented original research as a student during past OCRID Conferences, and served on the 2015 OCRID Conference Committee as the Co-Sponsorship Coordinator. He also coordinated registration for the 2017 OCRID Conference. He has served as the OCRID Treasurer since July 2016. In the last year, he has administrated over the OCRID accounts, ensured the organization's compliance with state and federal guidelines, and contributed to the creation of new Bylaws and Mission Statement. He looks forward to more collaboration opportunities between OCRID and community stakeholders. He hopes to leave the organization better than when he started.
Director of Membership-Uncontested
Dru Roney

Dru has been interpreting for 2+ years in educational and VRS settings. She has experience teaching Deaf Education in the K-12 classroom, as well as teaching ASL at the collegiate level. Dru earned her Bachelor's Degree in American Sign Language in 2010; and a Master's of Education in 2013. Currently, she holds the position of Center Manager at Purple Communications in Columbus. Prior to working with Purple, she was the Interpreter Coordinator at the Art Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C. Coming from an educational background, living in Washington D. C. provided her with a myriad of opportunities to learn about the business of interpreting and best practices to serve the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Community. Dru is excited to bring her managerial experience with recruiting, engagement, and retention to the OCRID Board of Directions - Director of Membership position.
Director of Meetings (Uncontested)
Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa has been interpreting since 1998. She has been a member of RID and OCRID for many years and became certified (CI/CT) in 2006.  Her work experience includes positions with Columbus Colony Housing, the Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program, and at Hallenross & Associates and she currently interprets in the government setting. Lisa previously served a 6-year span as Secretary on the OCRID Board of Directors.  After a break in Board service, Lisa returned to the Board of Directors in 2016 as a State Representative. During this time, she was able to contribute her historical knowledge to the efforts of the board.  Lisa is currently seeking the position of Director of Meetings, a role that plays to her strengths: taking notes, facilitating meetings, and providing historical perspective when helpful. 
Director of Communications (Uncontested)
Derek Vore

Derek Vore is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where he completed his bachelor's degree in signed language interpretation at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, he worked as the staff interpreter and a substitute teacher for St. Rita School for the Deaf for two and a half years before deciding to pursue his master's degree at Gallaudet University. During his time in Washington, D.C., he studied Linguistics while working as an interpreter in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas and as an English professor at the English Language Institute. Missing that Midwest hospitality, Derek moved back to Ohio in January of 2016. He currently works as a full-time staff interpreter at Deaf Services Center in Columbus, and does VRS and post-secondary interpreting part-time. Derek enjoys studying possible applications of cognitive linguistics to the field of interpreting and language acquisition of second-language learners. Derek is looking forward to being more involved in his profession while serving on the board at OCRID.
Director of Community Relations
Michelle Doyle

Michelle Doyle is from St. Louis, MO and has been interpreting since she graduated from Florissant Valley Community College in 2002. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology in 2007, her NAD-RID NIC in 2008, and her SC:L in 2015. In 2009, she made Columbus, Ohio her home. Michelle specializes in legal interpreting, and has experience interpreting in K-12, post secondary education, mental health, medical, business, and domestic violence situations.  She also enjoys teaching classes in the Interpreter Education Program at Columbus State Community College, and mentoring interpreters out in the community. One of Michelle's biggest loves is volunteering at summer camps and working with Deaf/HOH/Deaf-blind/Deaf-disabled children and teens.

Lewis Wright

Lewis has been working as a professional interpreter for 18 years. Most of that time has been spent community interpreting with stints in K-12, Post-Secondary, and currently VRS. Lewis has been interpreting at Deaf Services Center in Columbus for over 10 years and working as a Staff Interpreter for the last six of those 10 years. He's held his NIC certification since 2013 and is on the Ohio Supreme Court roster of interpreters. Lewis is also serving as the Interpreter Coordinator for OYO, Ohio's first and only statewide camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth. As a CODA, Lewis has a passion for the field of interpreting and wants to see the field grow alongside the D/deaf community. Over the years, he has assisted with hosting workshops at DSC, as well as provided mentoring to recent graduates and working interpreters. He is always looking for ways to partner with others to improve the field of interpreting for the communities we serve here in the great state of Ohio.