About WisRID

About WisRID

WisRID is a non-profit organization which promotes professional development of interpreters in the state of Wisconsin.

About WisRID

We started our organization 50 years back with the goal of supporting support deaf people. We inaugurated with the training program for interpreters initially and worked with audiologists, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to enhance our services.

We grow each day by encouraging education, raising public awareness, and organizing communication development program for hard of hearing, D/deaf, and deaf-blind individuals.

Goals

  • To encourage and promote training opportunities for interpreters through:
  • Cooperation with existing Interpreter Training/Preparation Programs in the education and development of oral and sign language interpreters.
  • Continuing education through workshop and training series.
  • To advocate for consistent interpretation of and compliance with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct.
  • To educate and promote public awareness to hearing, hard of hearing, D/deaf and deaf-blind consumers about the role and function of interpreters and the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
  • To maintain a current listing of WisRID members along with their interpreting credentials. This list shall be made available to appropriate persons and/or agencies upon request excluding members that do not wish to have their information passed on.

Goals

  • To provide communication networks and resources for and among professional interpreters.
  • To work cooperatively with RID, Inc., the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (WAD), the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), and other entities that serve D/deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing communities to promote enhanced communication accessibility.
  • To support and promote RID's system of certification in order to strive for competent interpreter services.
  • To advocate at an organizational level for legislation which supports the rights of interpreters as well as D/deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people.
  • To disseminate information to the membership in a timely manner.
  • To raise funds to support the purposes and activities of WisRID.

Committees

General Committee Information

WisRID Committees function as the hands of the organization and to do the business of WisRID, providing programs and services for its members and implementing policies set by the WisRID Board.

WisRID Committees should follow the best practices that are established by the WisRID Board. All committee business is conducted in accordance with WisRID Bylaws

WisRID Committees are vital to the success of the organization. Each committee serves its own purpose and is made up of WisRID members in good standing. Committee participation is on a volunteer basis and involvement is not compensated. However, some committees may offer discounted and/or waived fees for workshops, etc. as an incentive for participation.

All committee members and chairs serve from January 1st– December 31st.

In addition, some specific issues can be assigned to a task force. Upon its conclusion, it makes a report and recommendation to the WisRID Board and it is dissolved.

Executive Board

Jodie Nigro

Jodie Nigro

President
Jon Thomm

Jon Thomm

Vice President
Sarah Grabko

Sarah Grabko

Communcations Director
Dana Gordon

Dana Gordon

Treasurer
Maralyn Maloney

Maralyn Maloney

Secretary
Steff Williams

Steff Williams

Trustee
Melanie Wurz

Melanie Wurz

Member at Large
Audrie Murphy

Audrie Murphy

Student Liaison
Kallie Rank

Kallie Rank

Membership Secretary