Board of Directors

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President

Lewis Wright, NIC

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.

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Director of Programming

Moses McIntosh, M.A., NIC

Moses is a practicing interpreter in the Northeast Ohio region. Graduating with his undergraduate degree in interpreting and ASL language, and his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University, he has worked both as an instructor and an interpreter in various settings, and serves as the Regional Manager at Purple Communications in Akron, OH. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Studies, with a current research emphasis on the intersection of language learning and ideology. He has worked in a variety of fields including k-12, post-secondary, community, medical, VRS, and VRI. He is a husband of 10 years, and a father of four. Moses resides outside of Alliance, OH.

Director of Finance

Kelli Henery, B.A.

Kelli has been an interpreter in her hometown of Columbus since 2007 when she graduated with her Associate’s degree in ASL interpreting from Columbus State Community College. After interpreting in K-12, community, and performance settings for 4 years she decided to continue her education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from The Ohio State University in 2014. Kelli currently works as a designated interpreter at The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness and is studying for the NIC Knowledge exam. She enjoys giving back and does so as a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and as a foster parent at Youth Advocate Services. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve as Director of Finance, giving back to another community she holds dear.

Director of Membership

Jordan Brian, M.Ed.

Jordan has been interpreting since earning her Master of Education with a focus in ASL/English interpreting from Kent State University in 2018. She is currently working as a staff interpreter at Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and part-time at Sorenson Communications. She obtained her Ohio Department of Education licensure for interpreting and is working towards her NIC, having passed the Knowledge Exam.

She is eager to serve as the Director of Membership and looks forward to the opportunity to help expand and strengthen the network of interpreters here in Ohio. Jordan resides in Cuyahoga Falls, OH with her fiancé.

Director of Meetings

Erica Wilson, B.A., NIC

Erica is an interpreter with over ten years of experience. She began learning ASL in high school and then completed the ITP at Kent State University. She has interpreted K-12, post-secondary, theatrical, platform, medical, political and VRS. She is currently working as the Center Manager for the At-Home program for Purple Communications. She is certified and a motivated agent of change for the interpreting field of Ohio. She is a mother of two and a wife of 9 years. Erica resides in Uniontown, Ohio with her family and dog Ruby.

Director of Communications

Chelsea Sudar, B.A., NIC

Chelsea Sudar has been professionally interpreting for the past 9+ years, with most experience in educational and VRS. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors in Educational Interpreting in December 2010, followed by a move to Columbus in July 2011 to begin her career. Chelsea obtained her NIC in August 2018, and is currently attending Franklin University for her MBA. She has been working for Purple Communications since December 2015, starting as a flex VI, moving to a full-time VI in June 2017, and just recently became an Interpreter Recruiter in July 2019. She is excited to continue to serve as the Board of Communications, to expand her involvement in and knowledge of the community and profession she is so passionate about. She feels she will be a great asset to the board because of her positive attitude and strong organizational skills.

Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite season is Fall, as it is college football season, and she is an extreme Ohio State Buckeyes fan! Chelsea currently resides in Columbus, OH with her partner, Christina, cat, and two dogs.

Director of Community Relations

Julia Finnocchi

Julia's journey into the Deaf world began in 2002 when her daughter was born. She started working for the Youngstown Community Center for the Deaf as the office secretary where she learned sign language from the Deaf Community. Julia decided to go to Kent State University and graduated with a Bachelors in Educational Interpreting in 2015. She began working again at Youngstown Community Center for the Deaf (Easterseals) as a PRN Interpreter. Julia has interpreted K-12, community, medical, platform, weddings, funerals, etc. She has also been a VRS Interpreter with Purple for 3 years. She is currently studying to take the NIC Knowledge Exam, and working on the alternative route to becoming an ASL teacher as well. When Julia is not interpreting, she is an ASTrA Advocate with Ohio Hands and Voices. Her passion is helping parents advocate for their children in the school system, learning their rights, both student and parents, to fight for equal access. On top of these, and the most important, Julia is a mother of two daughters and a wife of 9 years. They share their home with an ornery cat and over-sized Beagle.