This KTRID meeting will be July 24 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Cedar Bluff Library (9045 Cross Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37923). We will serve some light snacks and you are welcome to bring your littles (or not so littles), Megan's husband, David, will be there to entertain them for the hour.
We will be trying something a bit different for this meeting! Per the Bylaws, the president appoints a replacement if a vacancy occurs, and Megan wanted to honor the choice of the district. The District Co-Representative position is a team position with Ms. Elise Turner. Elise has recently started parental leave, and will be available for consultation and support until she returns as Co-Representative. Using our website, voting Knoxville members will be able to vote whether or not they can make it to this meeting. A link will be sent out via email,
and the results shared at the meeting and the results shared after 5:00pm July 25, 2019 (Thank you for your patience as I learn more about our polling system!- Kate) Please see the following for more info on the wonderful people who are offering to serve!
Greetings! My name is Sarah Bourque, interpreter, mom to 2 teenage boys, and wife to my amazing hubby for 19 years. I graduated from UTK in 2003 with a degree in Human Services and a concentration in Educational Interpreting. Since then, I have worked in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Knoxville. My interpreting experience includes K-12 public school, university, government, community, and video relay. I would love the opportunity to serve you, the terps of Knoxville. It would be my honor to learn what Knoxville interpreters need and communicate those needs to TRID. I would also love to see our local district grow and be a leading group within the larger RID organization. Thanks for considering me!
(Paul Moore) I have been interpreting for about 9 years. Started off freelance interpreting, now I am a staff interpreter for a local agency. I am currently pursuing RID certification. I am a student at Pellissippi state community college. I am wanting to get involved with TRID leadership because I want to help and be on the team that makes TRID the best. I also would like to use it as a “foot in the door” into RID roles as well. I want to be on the team to guide and make RID the best for all interpreters and for our clients. I want to start locally building up Knoxville area TRID members. Get more people involved with TRID and RID. I want to be co representative to show that you don’t have to hold a certification to be involved with TRID/RID, encourage more people to get involved.
Kristi Pearson (She/her/hers)
Originally from Northern Virginia, I moved to Tennessee to attend Maryville College 's ITP and Deaf Studies program. After graduating, I worked in the cottages at TSD while working towards my NIC certification. Over my 10 years working and living in Knoxville I have been fortunate to work for different employers in various settings including some such as VRS, community, medical, church, educational and performance. I have found that my passion lies in post secondary educational settings. I adore the challenge of working in the classroom environment daily, that is why I am now a staff Interpreter/Transcriber at UT. I also continue my VRS work as well as feed my soul with any performance or concert assignments I can get my hands on.
Why am I interested in a leadership position with TRID? Ayesha Siddiqi said it best, "Be the person you needed when you were younger.” When I look back to a time when i was a spunky, curious, college student trying to find a connection to this area and this career, KTRID was there. The monthly meetings and workshops allowed me to not only learn but meet skilled and supportive interpreters I still work with and look up to today. I truly experienced a community coming together to share in the beauty of this language, culture, and profession. It is because of this wonderful experience that I want to continue building a culture in the Knoxville interpreting community that fosters growth, communication, and support. Through workshops and gatherings, I hope to establish safe spaces for our entire interpreting community to come together to discuss, learn, grow and connect. I am interested in being the Knoxville Co-Representative because I want the chance to give back to newer generations the acceptance and guidance I received from TRID from those who I still admire to this day.
(Kaitlin Gentry) I graduated from The University of Tennessee’s Interpreting program in 2013. I have worked as a Knoxville community interpreter ever since. I have spent years learning from the amazing, experienced interpreters in our community and for the last few years, have been passing that knowledge on to newer interpreters. Ever since becoming certified in December 2018, I have become more involved in RID and TRID and love the community and camaraderie I have experienced in Knoxville among interpreters. I would like to be involved in helping that community grow even more.