Board of Directors

President

Chelsea Sudar, NIC

Chelsea Sudar has been professionally interpreting for the past 10+ 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 becoming an Interpreter Recruiter in July 2019.

Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite season is Fall, because it is college football season, and she is an extreme Ohio State Buckeyes fan! She currently owns a home in Southwest Columbus, Ohio, with her cat, June.



Director of Programming

David Shanahan, NIC

David lives in Toledo, Ohio and has been a member of RID/OCRID for at least 15 years. David graduated with a degree in Communication from the University of Toledo and a degree in Sign Language Studies from Madonna University and has been working professionally for 15.5 years in NW and Central Ohio as well as SE Michigan and nationally at various conferences. David previously served on the Board as Local Chapter 1 President as well as a State Rep. He is excited to be part of the "Big Board" and help get the organization back on track. David also currently serves on the Ad Hoc committee for Standards and Licensure. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and of course, baking cookies.

Director of Finance

Janna Chadwell, B.A.

Janna began to sign during middle school after being exposed to the Deaf community. She used interaction and whatever instructional videos she could find on her own to learn ASL. Ever since high school, she has known she wanted to become an interpreter. Janna attended Kent State University where she graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting. She works primarily at Purple doing both community and VRS work. So far, her favorite setting to interpret is post-secondary education. Her goal in joining the board is to get involved with the network of Ohio interpreters and learn from more experienced interpreters in the field. Janna has passed the written portion of the NIC and hopes to become fully certified in the future.

Director of Membership

Jordan Reusser, 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 husband.

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Director of Meetings

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 Communications

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If interested in this position, please email Chelsea at president@ocrid.org


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.