Kristi has been a nationally certified interpreter in the NTID Department of Access Services since 2005 where she has served as an interpreter and a mentor. She has interpreted a wide range of academic courses and extracurricular activities across campus. Kristi has also participated in several committees and recently won the Presidential Outstanding Staff Excellence Award as a member of the Department of Access Services Diversity Outreach Committee. She completed her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology and her B.S. in Signed Language Interpreting from the University of New Mexico.
Denise hails from Queens, New York City, and has been working as a staff interpreter at DAS since 2007. She is a proud alumna of RIT with her B.S. in Psychology (2004) and ASL- English Interpretation (2007). Denise is proud of her interpreting portfolio, which includes a wide range of academic courses and extracurricular activities across RIT campus, Rochester community and internationally. She has participated in several professional development committees and won the Presidential Outstanding Staff Excellence Award as a member of the Department of Access Services Diversity Outreach Committee. Denise recently won the 2019 NTID Student Congress Alice Beardsley's Outstanding Interpreting Award.
Amberlee Jones has worked for the Department of Access Services since 2014. After completing high school as a third generation legacy at Brewster Academy (2008), she then obtained her BS in ASL - English Interpretation (2012). Amberlee has been a mentor to both students and apprentices and has hosted many diversity and inclusion initiatives within the department, including an interpreters of color panel, Deaf people of color panel, and a privilege walk. In 2015, she was selected to be one of RIT’s poster representatives for their annual fundraising campaign. In March 2015, she gave a speech to 200 campus leaders, including former President Dr. Bill Destler and NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerard Buckley. With her help, the campaign surpassed it’s annual goal of 400,000 dollars. Amberlee was accepted into the African American leadership development program class of 2019 and will graduate in October 2019. Amberlee enjoys swing dancing with her free time and performs with a local all-female solo jazz group, “The Flower City Follies.”
Emilio is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program (BAI) from Gallaudet University and currently works as a full-time Associate Interpreter at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). He has completed a one-year apprenticeship from NTID and has worked closely with a variety of highly qualified professionals in the field during his time in Washington, D.C. and Rochester, NY. During his time at NTID, he has had a wide range of experiences and has used his knowledge and skills gained from past internships/apprenticeships to improve his language fluency and understanding of the interpreting profession. He plans to further his understanding of the many settings this profession serves as well as work towards trilingual interpreting (English, ASL, and Spanish).