We provide Certified, Professional, Sign language Interpreters for the Deaf in Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Mid-Cities, Irving, and the surrounding counties, for all your sign language interpreting and communication needs.
Always seeking CERTIFIED, Ethical, Professional Interpreters to add to our awesome TEAM!
Contact us if YOU are QUALIFIED!
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Office Manager, is an indispensable part of our team. She handles the office, schedules the right interpreter for each assignment according to their certification and qualifications, handles contracts, accounts payable/receivable, payroll and taxes.
Summer works hard to keep EVERYBODY happy! As a result, EVERYBODY loves her!
Currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Business, she is already a highly trained, much sought for, tax preparer with years of experience. She is meticulous and hard working and keeps this company on track. She has aspirations of owning her own accounting firm in the near future.
Summer is a wife and mother of two, one son, 15 and one daughter, 13. She is involved in the kids school and activities, manages to help with their homework as well as do her own, keep house, go to college full time, and work for this company. We are not sure if she ever sleeps, but she always smiles!
Summer is often involved with animal rescue and has been the caretaker of a wide variety of animals over the years. She enjoys time with her family and friends, and almost never sits still long enough to watch a whole movie... She would rather be doing something productive. Her hobby...doing everything for everybody and getting it all done!
Summer is a "people person" who knows how to bring out the best in all of us. She is one of this company's most valuable assets.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level III Awarded 12/31/2004
Professional Interpreter for 15+ years.
My Name is Kim Santoscoy. I am a CODA and I have been interpreting since I can remember…. During the days there wasn’t’ closed captioning and I stood in front of a TV interpreting Dallas w/ JR Ewing and the Dallas Cowboy games for my parents and for every doctor’s appointment and bank dealings known to man.
I enjoy being a part of the Deaf culture as it is a big part of who I am. Sign Language is my first language and I love my Global Deaf family.
Originally from Austin, I transplanted here July of 2012 and enjoy learning the ins and outs of the DFW area.
I joined Signs2Go July 2012 and was impressed with their focus on “Customer Service” not only to the clients they serve, but to their interpreters also.
My husband and I have 4 wonderfully awesome children and a dog named Quincy who is my other child. We are very family oriented as we tend to travel constantly to spend time with them whenever we have time off.
This fall my goal is to go back to school and work on a BS in Deaf Studies.
Contact the office for schedule availability.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded 8/29/2001
Professional Interpreter for 15+ years.
Joined Signs2go on 4/25/2015
Heather works for a school district and is only available weekends, holidays, and summertime.
I started learning sign language in 1993 so that I could communicate with my son, who is Deaf. I attended the MCC Interpreter Training Program and became certified in 2001. Then I continued my education to earn a Deaf Education teaching certification in 2005. I love meeting new people in this profession, and I continuously strive to improve my skills.
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We take pride in the skills, knowledge, and experience that each person brings to this business. Each person has pledged to be a mentor, to help their colleagues grow through constructive feedback, a positive attitude, applying themselves 100%, and to be the supportive "hand up" for the next generation of interpreters.
This page is dedicated to the Interpreter Contractors and Support Personnel who have dedicated themselves to you. Each person has listed their basic days and times available to serve you. They have also shared their preferred topics/situations. Please inform your local businesses and colleges about us and ask for the Interpreter that you prefer. We will do our best to ensure that the interpreter you want is the Interpreter you get. (However, this is dependent on scheduling availability)
Here at Signs2go Interpreting & Support Services, LLC. we understand that Confidence in Your Interpreter while dealing with life's daily challenges, eases your mind.
Deanna Long, a Deaf tutor, is offering her services to give you the full immersion experience of learning Sign Language.
Deanna is very easy to communicate with and is an excellent instructor with a heart to help you learn sign language.
Deanna has worked in the Tutoring Lab at a local college and has assisted in the training and mentoring of Interpreters. She is an excellent resource for reasonably priced Sign Language classes.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: 1 Awarded 9/10/1996
Professional Interpreter for 20+ years.
President and founder of Signs2go Interpreting & Support Services, LLC. I am a Texas BEI Certified Interpreter with over 40 years involvement in the Deaf Community. My professional career choice as an Interpreter carries me into a wide variety of situations and settings, feeding my desire to be a lifetime learner. I am an avid reader and I typically read the course materials for all College level classes I interpret.
Prior to becoming a "certified" interpreter, I signed for Deaf family and friends at various functions and for Deaf friends that I worked with in the Aerospace Defense Industry. I have a technical background with my Journeyman's in Electrical and Electronics Bench "A & B." I am trained/certified in a variety of related topics. I have some training in automotive electronics, auto paint and body, and computers. I was also an educational (k-12) interpreter for 11 years and a Community interpreter both for another agency (6 yrs) and as a freelance (since I certified in 1996). I have extensive experience in medical interpreting, religious interpreting and interpreting theater/performing arts. With my past training and experience it is understandable that my "specialties" in interpreting include the shop/tech classes, medical, theater, education and religious settings.
For fun, I enjoy family and friends, shooting pool, dance, music, reading, arts and crafts with the grand kids, painting/drawing/doodling, cooking and (of course)...shopping!.
I am blessed with a wonderful, loving, Christian family that has supported me in this adventure, as I learn and grow this business, to serve you! Thank you for giving me, our office workers, and the amazing team of interpreters we work with, this wonderful opportunity!
President's husband and behind the scenes support.
Terry does everything that needs to be done in order to make sure that the personnel of Signs2go Interpreting & Support Services, LLC step into each day prepared. Terry keeps the Presidents vehicle ready to go, checks in with our office workers, and keeps us laughing! His is the warm, supportive voice that tells us all how much potential we have, and he is also the occasional phone receptionist. Terry keeps up with the 3rd Saturday Silent Night Pot Luck Social and enjoys "tripping over his fingers" while learning to communicate with the Deaf attendees. He is also the videographer for some of the workshops and practice DVDs.
Terry was in the Marine Corp for 10 years and when he left, he went to work in the Aerospace Defense Industry. It was here that he ran over my (Phyllis') foot with a golf cart ("accidentally"...most guys would just say "Hi" and ask a girl on a date...but he had to be different!), then asked me to marry him 6 months later. Married for over 27 years, he has been the foundation of the marriage, Drill Sargent for the kids (ours and the 43 others who have lived with us at different times), husband, father, grandfather, best friend and my greatest source of courage. He has opened his heart, opened his home, and supported me as I opened this business.
Terry is medically retired and he gives us the best parts of his day.
Oh...he also really does "work for food."
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded 3/15/2010
Professional Interpreter for 7+ years.
Hello! I am Felicia Murray and I am excited to be serving my community as an ASL Interpreter.
Reared in Arkansas by my Deaf grandmother, I believe that my journey into interpreting was predestined. Currently, I am Texas BEI Certified: BASIC and working to obtain advanced levels of certification.
I graduated from Tarrant County Community College’s Interpreting Program earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Sign Language Interpreting and an Associate Degree. Additionally, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in ASL-English Interpretation and recently completed my Master's degree in Education with emphasis on Teaching and Technology both from William Woods University in Fulton, MO.
For the past several years, I have enjoyed working for the Dallas County Community College District as an educational interpreter. I am elated to also be a part of the Signs2Go family who respects the Deaf community, interpreters, and other stakeholders of this profession. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve them and my community. I would love to serve you so check the office for my availability.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: II Awarded 7/19/1987
Professional Interpreter for 29+ years.
Ms. Crow has been a private practice sign language interpreter since 1975. She has a broad range of experiences as an interpreter in areas such as governmental, medical, vocational, business, educational, economic, and religious settings. Also, in addition to community interpreting she has held deafness related employment through the years such as:
1) Goodrich Center for the Deaf (Deaf Senior Citizen Specialist),
2) Texas Rehabilitation Commission (Vocational Communication Specialist), and
3) Arlington Public Library (Special Needs Librarian).
She holds the Texas BEl, Level II certification.
Ms. Crow is active in the community and the statewide professional organization for interpreters, Texas Society Interpreters for the Deaf (TSlD) in her career. Some areas of involvement have been as follows:
1) Literacy for Deaf Texas, advisory board steering committee;
2) Imagination Celebration Corrunittee; planning statewide event for deaf children
3) Mayor's Committee for Disabilities; statewide conference planner, (Arlington),
4) NCTOCOG, North Central Texas Council of Government; Advisory Committee
5) Texas Library Association's Special Needs Committee,
5) Jean Massieu Academy, board of directors and
6) Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID) - holding the offices through the years as; First Vice President, (coordinating annual statewide conference) Second Vice President, and Third Vice President. Also, she has served on committees serving the membership of TSID; the technology committee, the organizational re-structuring committee, and the TSID's first chair of a new special interest group for religious interpreters.
She enjoys her family's activities in the Metroplex, and trips to her family home in Oklahoma. She is involved in various ministries at Legacy Church of Christ, in addition to supporting a Deaf ministry with a full time Deaf minister and his wife, Terry and Cindy Heidecker for over thirty years.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Advanced Awarded 9/14/2009
National Certification: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) NIC Certified
Professional Interpreter for 20+ years.
I love being an interpreter!
What other profession allows you get to meet new people every day, constantly learn new things and go to new places, all while providing a needed service? I am a Texas BEI Advanced/ NIC Interpreter. I began my interpreting career in Washington, DC after studying at Gallaudet and really learning ASL from my deaf roommate and friends.
My interpreting is informed by my education, which includes a PhD. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in linguistics from Georgetown University. I recently completed my Master's degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from the University of North Florida. I have also taught both ASL and Deaf Education at the high school level.
My favorite assignments involve education or theatre, but there is nothing I won’t do, and I learn from each experience. Aside from court interpreting, there are no off-limit topics or situations. I live in southern Denton County, but am willing to travel.
Samantha "Sam" (Bridges) Tillery
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: 1 Awarded 9/12/2005
Professional Interpreter for 10+ years.
Hello, my name is Samantha 'Sam' Bridges. I am a Texas BEI Certified Level 1 interpreter and have enjoyed being on the fringe of the deaf world and culture since I was five.
Though most probably wouldn't recognize me as my experiences were focused mainly with my deaf friend and her family.
I have an Associates of the Arts degree and enjoy learning and experiencing everything I possibly can.
I enjoy working in Education, the Community, and theater.
My Preferred areas of work are Tarrant County and the surrounding counties, but I would not be adverse to other areas depending on the situations and times.
Since I have a full time job as an Educational Interpreter with a local ISD, my hours are subject to some limitations. I am available on most weekdays (with the exception of Wednesday), the weekends, holidays, and summer.
Check with agency for scheduling availability.
Mindy (Sammons) Truelove
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: III Awarded 4/17/2006
Professional Interpreter for 15+ years.
Hello my name is Mindy Sammons. I am a down to earth, never met a stranger, kind of girl. Although I lived in 3 different cities in Texas growing up, I call Burleson, TX home.
I began learning sign language from a dear friend who is Deaf. We met while working at a bank while both of us were going to school at The University of North Texas almost 15 years ago. At UNT, I was working on a teaching degree to teach early childhood special education. After some life changes, I moved to Fort Worth and my Deaf friend encouraged me to become an Interpreter. I went back to school and graduated from the Interpreter for the Deaf program at Tarrant County Community College with an Associate of Applied Arts and Science Degree in 2003. I graduated on the National Dean’s List and as a part of Phi Theta Kappa (a national honor’s fraternity).
I was awarded my Texas BEI Level I certificate in August 2002, and then my Level III in April 2006. I have interpreted in the education setting from kids in Kindergarten, up through students getting their BA, MA and PhD. I have also worked in the VRS setting and as a community/freelance Interpreter. As a community Interpreter, I have worked in most every setting except the court room. The areas I most enjoy are medical, counseling, mental health and religious settings. Because I love interpreting so much, I welcome the challenge of new settings/situations.
When “on the job” interpreting, I believe I am not only there to provide communication, but to give of myself to all people involved. I do not take the approach that I am only there to strictly interpret what I hear or see, my Deaf and hearing clients are humans and I communicate to the person as a whole, not just providing language. I enjoy meeting new people and connecting with my clients. I love the variety of settings that interpreting gives me. Interpreting is the best “free” education out there and I use every job to continually educate myself.
I am available at any time and am willing to travel anywhere to interpret when scheduled in advance. Please contact the office for my availability. I truly enjoy working with the Signs2go Interpreting team. I look forward to meeting you.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: III Awarded: 2/2/2006
Professional Interpreter for 15+ years.
Available by request after 5:00pm.
Current Certification(s): National Certification: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) NIC Certified
RID EIPA Certified ED:K-12
Professional Interpreter for 15+ years.
My name is Jason Moreno and I have been interpreting for 15+ years professionally. My first informal assignment was interpreting for my mother in the delivery room right after my birth :-). I am a native language user and have been using my whole life as a training field for being an interpreter. I was first certified in 2001 with the Texas BEI Level I and obtained my Texas BEI Level III in 2005. 2009 saw me obtain my national certification as well as my educational interpreting recognition by RID. After moving out of state I let my BEI certifications lapse and I currently hold national certification.
My wife and I are the proud parents to five wonderful children and have been blessed to be foster parents to three other Deaf children. We love to spend time together as a family, we love to travel and we LOVE to be outdoors.
I am currently working toward completing my undergraduate degree and working towards obtaining my SC:L so I can interpret in court/legal settings.
Please contact the office for my availability. Have car...will travel
Jason Moreno- National Certified: NIC/ED: K-12
Regina "Gina" Jackson
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded 9/3/1993
Professional Interpreter for 22+ years.
Hello, I am Gina Jackson. I was blessed with a Deaf daughter and so I feel God has given me my profession through the love of her.
We got a late start using sign language, she was 2 ½, but it only took one total emersion program to tell me I wanted more! I started volunteering with her elementary classes and when a full time position was open I inquired about it. I was not qualified! I enrolled in the interpreter training program at TCJC with Mike Cinatl. I certified BEI level 1 in 1993, graduated from the program and got my Associates in 1994, yes in that order!
I have had the pleasure of working in the educational field (pre-k – college), and various venues like Disney on Ice! The Barnum & Bailey Circus, Stage West, The Scott Theatre, Scarborough Faire (both as a volunteer and as a paid contractor), Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor. My experiences include weddings, funerals, business and union meetings as well as interpreter coordinator. Every day I have my hands up, I learn something new.
I have served as the Editor for the Educational Interpreters special interest group of The Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf. With the help of some wonderful people, we were able to publish 3- 4 newsletters each year. I have also served on various committees when possible to help this wonderful organization.
On a personal note, I have 2 children, grown and living wonderful lives. I love animals and have a Great Dane, Chihuahua, a cat and at any given time a foster or two. I do animal rescue when I can so you never know how large my family will be on a daily basis. I enjoy the great outdoors, my motorcycle, renaissance festivals, reading and many more activities.
Check with the office for my availability. Willing to travel.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded 6/7/2012
Professional Interpreter for 4+ years.
She has her AAS Degree in Sign Language Interpreting and is working toward a Linguistics Degree at the University of North Texas. Her mom taught her basic signs growing up, but she really became interested in ASL after meeting some of her Deaf friends. Through them, she realized that there was a difference between English sign systems- transliterating, and American Sign Language, and decided to pursue the language at Tarrant County College.
Amanda has a variety of hobbies and interests. She loves running, camping, art, and poetry. She hopes to go to law school eventually and practice legislative law.
Amanda is an absolute joy to be around. Her winning smile and friendly personality are warm and comforting and her positive attitude is infectious!
Her favorite interpreting assignments are: job trainings, social services, theater, and educational, but she really enjoys the variety of assignments that interpreting offers.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded 3/3/2011
Professional interpreter for 4+ years.
Hello, My name is Anita Vaughn!I have lived in Dallas, TX my whole life.
I became interested in sign language at a young age, but didn't know anyone deaf. Mainstream schools, at that time, didn't have courses in Sign Language. So, it wasn't until 1984 that I finally met my first deaf friends. They were more than willing to help me learn their language as I had a strong desire to communicate with them. I have enjoyed their company and have helped and interpreted for them on many occasions and have tactile interpreted for my deaf and blind friends often.
I am involved in a voluntary work assisting the deaf community learn about our Great God with the use of the Bible in ASL on DVD. I spend a significant amount of time in this work every month. I love working with the deaf and hope the feeling is mutual.
My goal is not only to assist the deaf community but also to help the hearing world understand and communicate with these wonderful people.
While I enjoy community services interpreting and working with deaf children, I like a variety of assignments as I love learning as much as I can in this field.
I am available most weekdays and will work in and around Dallas. Other areas may be considered as well.
Janett is a cherished addition to the offices at Signs2go. Janett has an in depth financial background and she is bringing her knowledge and abilities to benefit this company. Janett is fun, friendly, supportive, and an overall team player. Janet's experience includes:
-Paid Tax preparer for Jackson Hewlett Tax Service since January 01, 2003.
-Managed the Office and coordinated tax return accuracy with the above company for 4 years.
-Attended many seminars on various subjects including Self Employment Income.
-Taught basic Income Tax courses along with many seminars on various tax subjects, including self employment Income.
Janett is currently working part time as Business Office Support and Financial Adviser for Signs2go Interpreting & Support Services, LLC. She has availed herself to present the occasional workshop geared toward freelance interpreters and taxes. She may also be available as an independent tax consultant, as her schedule allows.
Stacy (Laninga) Riley
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Advanced Awarded 2016, Level: Basic Awarded 9/14/2012
Professional Interpreter for 4+ years.
Stacy has her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.
More info on Stacy coming soon!
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded 10/26/1999
Professional Interpreter for 35+ years.
Hi! My name is Marsha Thornton. I have held certification in Texas since 1984.
I met my first deaf person at church when I moved to Texas in 1971. I started learning sign language in 1974. I began attending workshops, associating with deaf people, and got my first certificate as an interpreter from TVID.
I started working for the public schools as an interpreter in 1977. I took a short break from interpreting and stayed home with my children for five years, then I went back to educational Interpreting and have been there ever since. I have worked at all different levels, from preschool to high school.
In addition to the local ISDs , I have worked as a College Interpreter and I have some Minor Medical Interpreting experience with a preference for ENT and Audiologist appointments. I also enjoy religious interpreting and do that as needed.
I am available as a Community Interpreter: During the Summer, some after hours during the school year, some weekends, and some holidays. Please contact the office at Signs2go Interpreting for my scheduling availability.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Court: Awarded 2002 Level: III Awarded 1992,
Level: II Awarded 1992, Level: I Awarded 1986
Professional Interpreter for 31+ years.
Howdy everyone! I am a now officially 31 years into professional interpreting. Friends who grew up with me know that my interpreting days started 5 years before that at Daggett Jr. High School and continued on to Green B. Trimble Technical High School. Go Bulldogs! I had amazing Deaf and Hard of Hearing friends who I grew up with. It was an amazing experience for me! I am friends with many of them still today. Growing up in that environment put me on the path to advocacy. I worked with Estrus Tucker who was head of the Human Relations Commission when we had "Let's Talk Fort Worth" about the issues that person's who were Deaf and Hard of Hearing were going through along with their families.
I am married to a Late-Deafened man and have had to, and still have to, advocate a great deal for his communication access in hospitals and other places as well. As his spouse, I was able to share situations that our family had dealt with regarding access and even captioning at local theaters.
There are many amazing interpreters in our area and I am thankful that there are skilled and educated interpreters who keep up with workshops and new terminology. Signs2go has been an amazing asset to many interpreters in our area, by providing interpreter training workshops at low cost. That gives great opportunities, as well as removes excuses, for interpreters who say they dont have time or money to go to a workshop to improve their skills.
Currently, I am an empty-nester, as all my children are grown and out of the house. I do have 3 amazing grandchildren, who take up a lot of my time. I am also a sign language interpreter at North Fort Worth Baptist Church during Contemporary Service. I teach a community non-credit Intro to Deaf Culture and Basic sign language, as well as co-facilitate a GriefShare support group for people who have lost their loved ones through death.
I do interpreter work in the following areas: medical/surgical/hospice, legal, educational (PPCD, PreK3 - PhD), vocational training and evaluations, as well as psychology. My hobby is a great deal of self-study. I want to do the absolute best work that I can to serve my clients/consumers.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded 8/20/2002
Professional Interpreter for 13+ years.
Great Day! My name is Margaret James. I am the proud mother of three children and one husband.
In 2002 I received my Associates Degree for Interpreting from Tyler Jr College and went on to obtain my Bachelors Degree in Math Education from A & M Commerce in 2005. Not only am I a Certified BEI Level I interpreter, I am also SBEC Certified to teach Math grades 4-12.
I enjoy interpreting for and meeting all of the terrific Deaf clients around the Metroplex and East Texas!
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded 10/4/2002
Professional Interpreter for 13+ years.
Hi, my name is Tonya Holloway! I enjoy being an interpreter!
Most of my interpreting experience has been in education, pre k-6th grade and college. (I really enjoy interpreting for the little guys just learning how to use an interpreter... especially when they get so excited when they understand what's going on!) I also have interpreting experience with vocational and on the job training.
I like to venture out and do most all types of interpreting. I am a “people person” that really enjoys meeting new people in varying situations.
Contact the agency, Signs2go Interpreting, for my scheduling availability.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded 10/23/1992
Professional Interpreter for 23+ years.
My name is Jeanette Moore and I have been a certified interpreter since 1992. Prior to interpreting, I had a career in pediatric nursing. I enjoy working with the Deaf community and have studied and respect deaf culture.
My first exposure to deafness was when I took sign language classes. I then worked with children at the pre-K level all the way up to adults at the university level, which I have been involved with since 1993. I have also worked in the community for DARS and Signs2go.
My goals are to continue to interpret at the university level and also in the Deaf community. I attend workshops to advance my knowledge and improve my sign skills to better serve the clients in the Deaf community.
Jeanette is part owner of another agency and works in conjunction with Signs2go as schedules allow.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded 6/17/2013
Professional Interpreter for 3+ years.
Hello, my name is Jessica Taylor.
I graduated from TCC Trinity River interpreting program in May 2012 earning an Associates Degree. I am working toward advanced levels of certification, as well as pursing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. My goal is to obtain a master’s degree as well.
I have experience working as an educational interpreter at various levels. I have experience working with children and adults with varying disabilities.
I love learning and I enjoy new experiences. I want to learn a little bit about everything I possibly can. I always have a book on me. I love to read. I love animals. I was a dog groomer for six years. I enjoyed that immensely but I prefer to play with puppies than force them to have a bath. I have a dog named Fred.
I also have a wonderful man by my side. I would not have made it through school if I didn’t have him by my side. I am very blessed to have him in my life.
I am excited to be a part of Signs2go and pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in the Deaf community.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: 9/12/2011
Professional Interpreter for 4+ years.
Hello! My name is Brian Hutson. I've always lived in the Dallas area. My passions are language and culture, teaching, medicine, science and people.
My love for Sign Language was first realized when I was 13 at a summer camp. I saw some people "doing" Sign Language for some audience member. I was totally naive, but thought it was the coolest thing. Afterwards, I went up to the interpreters and asked if I could sit up front with them and watch the rest of the week. They agreed. I would get to the general assembly 2 hours early to make sure I could sit with them. Coincidentally, there was an ASL class offered to learn a song throughout the week. I was in love with this new language and culture. The 2 interpreters also taught me a song and on the last day asked the client if they were okay with me signing it. They were. I was elated using this artful, new language.
Over the years, I continued to learn what little I could through books and classes, but really had no good exposure until college. The great teachers and deaf individuals I met reignited my love for the language and culture, and cemented it as forever a part of my life.
I enjoy interpreting in educational, community, business, medical and informal settings.
I hold an AAS in Sign Language Interpreting and BEI Basic Certification. In the future, my goals are to get my Advanced, Medical, Trilingual and Court certifications. I speak Spanish conversationally and working on learning more, as well as other languages.
Aside from ASL, I have also had the privilege of working in a variety of interesting fields. I have been a delivery driver, server, bartender, manager, machinist, valet, CNA, EMT, CPR/ First Aid Instructor, therapy aide, camp counselor, etc. I believe each experience has added value to my life.
Finally, I'm a very easy going person who believes in equality and loves diversity. I treat people like people.
Most recent Certification Verification performed 08/16/2017 via.............................
Donna Sue Murphy
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: III/Court Awarded: 1985
Professional Interpreter for 42+ years.
Donna has her Associates in General Studies
Hello! My name is Donna Murphy. I am married to Robert Murphy, Sr. I have a daughter, a son, and three step sons. Between all five of our grown children we have 18 grandchildren.
I am children's director at our church. I have been signing for 40+ years. I am BEI Level 3 and Court certified. I have 40+ years experience in education and religious interpreting; 30 years experience in medical, psychological, legal, job training, and other scenarios. I have enjoyed interpreting more in the community since my retirement from 40 years in education interpreting.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded 12/5/2011
Professional interpreter for 4+ years.
In the third grade, Randa was in an after school program to learn sign language. After a full school year of that, she fell in love with the language and sought to continue her education.
Randa took four years of American Sign Language in high school and two more in college. She graduated the Tarrant County College Interpreter Training Program under the guidance of the excellent instructors there. She then continued her education at UNT, majoring in Anthropology, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts. She then decided to use her love of language and her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology to become an interpreter.
She has been BEI Certified since 2011, has worked as an active community interpreter since 2012, and is currently working toward becoming NIC Certified.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Advanced Awarded: 6/25/2014, Level: 1 Awarded 1998
Professional Interpreter for 16+ years.
With over 16 years professional experience as a Certified Interpreter, Lynne comes well-equipped for any interpreting situation.
Lynne holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Tulsa and a MA in Psychology from Amberton University. Educated, trained and experienced in all 3 aspects of psychology: Positive Psychology, Testing and Assessments and Dysfunctional Psychology, provides Lynne with an in-depth understanding of people and their motivations.
She is a published author and public speaker on the topic of Positive Psychology. She enjoys spending time with her Shih Tzu, Minnie Biscuit, weekly dance aerobics, reading, learning, and spending time with friends and family.
Part time office assistant. Betty answers the phones and assists Summer with filing, interpreter scheduling and certain business paperwork.
Betty is a mother of one beautiful, adopted, 9 year old daughter, a cat owner, and is involved in animal rescue and transport. She hopes to one day own a patch of land to open her own animal rescue service.
Betty has almost completed her Bachelor's in marketing and business. She honed her office skills in the retail industry, managed a personal storage facility office for five years, and did corporate marketing for almost 15 years. She is also currently involved in supporting animal shelters through fund-raising activities, collecting donations and engaging community support.
Betty's hobbies include jewelry design (she is a phenomenal designer!), crafting, interior design, doing restoration and repurposing, reading, collecting gothic fairies, and spending time with her family.
We couldn't do without her!
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: 2/1/2015
Professional Interpreter for 2+ years.
Bio coming soon
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: 10/5/2015
Professional Interpreter for 1+ years
"Hello! I'm Trace and I'm a BEI Basic Certified Interpreter. I started learning ASL 4 years ago and picked it up very quickly. As soon as I completed my associate's degree in ASL/Interpreting, I went and took my Basic BEI certification test and passed. I currently work as an educational interpreter but I want to expand out to the community as well. I look forward to serving the Deaf/HoH community and meeting all the wonderful people the community has to offer!"
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: 3/8/2016
Professional Interpreter for 2+ years
Hello! My name is Russell Bartholomew. I grew up between Waller and Brenham, Texas, but I am a new transplant to North Texas. I moved to McKinney on New Year’s Eve 2015.
When I was 16, I took American Sign Language I and II from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas as a dual-credit student. I fell in love with the language and the culture. I knew that I wanted to make my life about serving the Deaf community in a manner that respected Deaf Culture. It’s been a long journey and I’m still on it, but it was the best decision I ever made!
I decided to attend Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. There I studied and got my B.S. in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. I studied ASL, Deaf culture, pedagogy, English literature, and linguistics. All of which continue to be my passions.
While at SFA, I seized an opportunity with the Dept. of Disability Services to work as a student interpreter. I began to team with certified interpreters who took me under their mentorship to train me in the interpreting profession. With their faithful guidance, I passed my BEI Basic performance test in December of 2015. I will forever be indebted to the awesome team I worked with at SFA for training me up in good habits of effective interpreters. After certification, I decided to continue getting regular practice and feedback in interpreting by taking courses from the Interpreter Education Program at Collin College. I finished in August of 2017.
I feel most at home in K-12 educational, post-secondary, and religious settings. However, I’m looking forward to expanding my experience base into other specialties.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded: 05/25/1994
Professional interpreter for 22+ years.
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Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: 06/21/2016
My name is Lizabeth (Liz) Picou, I am a CODA. Both of my parents are/were deaf, and have always been active members of the Deaf Community. Growing up, most of my weekends were spent either at the Deaf club, or at the homes of Deaf friends. I have always been involved in the Deaf Community in various ways: interpreting for my parents, volunteer interpreting for local community events, or socializing.
On September 2, 2013, my beloved mother passed away of cancer. During her illness, I witnessed some interpreters who, although, were very professional, they were not always compassionate. First hand, I saw how the lack of compassion affected my family. The stress it added to an already stressful situation. It was during this time, I decided to become a professional interpreter. An interpreter who is not only professional, but has compassion for the clients she serves.
January 2014, I enrolled in an Interpreter Training Program. In May 2016, I graduated from Tarrant County College with an AAS Sign Language Interpreting degree. I passed the Texas BEI performance exam, in June 2016.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: I Awarded: 10/03/2003
Professional Interpreter for 13+ years.
With a BS in Computer Science, I worked as a computer programmer in the financial industry for more than 30 years giving me a strong business background. When God called me to tell Deaf people about Jesus I had to learn sign language and have been Texas certified since 2003.
With the financial background, I got involved with Jean Massieu Academy, a charter school set up to educate Deaf children in their heart language.
I do community interpreting to keep the skills current and have been involved with interpreting organizations and make arrangements for workshops.
I absolutely love working with this company! It has opened up more opportunities than I ever imagined. Here at the office, they call me “Girl Friday.” I’m sure you’ve talked to me on the phone at some point, but I do so much more here in the office. If you have been in the new office you’ve admired some of my remodeling skills, among others. I love being able to do just about anything.
I recently became a sign language student. I have a passion and drive for learning new things.
I am a mother of 3 boys. They are my world. My oldest will be graduating in 2 yrs. I am also a "fur baby momma" to a Husky and a Pit Bull.
When I’m not at the office, with my second family, you can find me on the lake or in your nearest fishing hole, catching some big ole bass or catfish. I love cleaning and cooking them on the spot. Nothing like fresh fish on the water. I enjoy camping and swimming as well. Some of my other favorite past times are quilting and crocheting.
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: 03/08/2017
Samantha is excited to be part of an amazing team at Signs2go.
She has always been intrigued by different cultures and languages starting when her family used modified sign language so her brother could communicate. From there, she started teaching herself, then began to take classes in High School.
She received her AA Degree in Interpreting from TCC Trinity River Campus in 2016 as well as a BA in Anthropology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012. She has interned in a plethora of settings and is excited to get into all facets of interpreting. She has also worked in the k-12 setting for two years as an interpreter, there learning and growing from lessons that were invaluable.
She has loved volunteering her time to help Deaf refugees learn sign language, as well as volunteering as an interpreter for summer camps and Deaf-Blind camps.
Her hobbies include, rock climbing, camping and traveling.
She is very excited to continue to get to know the Deaf community here in the DFW area by working with Signs2go.
Professional Librarian for 17+ years
I'm not sure what to say except that I've never had "normal ears." When I was 4, I was diagnosed as severely hard-of-hearing. So I've grown up with all different kinds of listening devices over the years. My first language was American Sign Language. From pre-k through 3rd grade I was in a deaf and hard-of-hearing program. Then I was integrated after that. I became fully deaf about 5 years ago and have appreciated interpreting services ever since.
I am happy and proud to be Signs2Go's librarian
I have two cats
I have 2 bachelor's degrees (education & computer science)
I have 1 masters in library science
I'm a total sci-fi and comic book geek
Current Certification(s): Texas BEI Certified- Level: Basic Awarded: March 2016
Professional Interpreter for 1+ years
I have a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University and an A.A.S in ASL Interpreting from Tarrant County College. I was awarded BEI Basic certification in March of 2016, and I have been interpreting professionally since then.
I was fascinated with ASL for several years before I began learning the language from an amazing Deaf instructor while I was living in New Jersey. After taking ASL 1 & 2, I asked how I could continue learning. I was encouraged to go back to school and perhaps become an interpreter for the Deaf. I had never thought of making a career change, but at that point, I realized that I loved the language; I was consumed with studying ASL, Deaf Culture, and thus began my journey into the interpreting profession.
I love learning, language, and interpreting in various settings. My new career has only just begun, and I am ecstatic that I am doing something I truly enjoy.
I have been married for 22 years and have three amazing children. I love spending time hanging out with my family. I do not have a lot of spare time, but when I get some, I enjoy running, reading (especially non-fiction), knitting, and shopping.