President Chasity Klaverkamp

Born and raised in the far North East corner of Tucson, Arizona Chasity Bojorquez (Klaverkamp) noticed at a young age that her upbringing was different from other families in her area. Deaf parents raised Chasity and her younger hearing brother and sister.  They knew of other families that also had deaf and hearing members, but most of them lived far away and they rarely crossed paths on a regular bases. Chasity was always fascinated with the blending of both the hearing and deaf culture. She decided to attend the Phoenix College Deaf Studies Program in Phoenix, Arizona to better communicate and understand her parents’ culture. Once she arrived she quickly realized she wanted to become an interpreter. Chasity is a graduate of the Phoenix College Interpreter Preparation Program. She currently holds her National Interpreting Certificate (NIC). She resides and works as an ASL freelance sign language interpreter in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area

Chasity has been committed to serving her local, national, and international interpreting and deaf community for over five years.  She first started her service as the RID Region V Secretary under the RID Region V Representative Dawn Whitcher after serving a one year term she resigned to serve her local community as the Arizona RID Vice President. During this two-year term she worked as a support staff member at the Atlanta, Georgia 2011 RID national conference. She had involvement in planning the 2012 Arizona RID state conference and presented at the To Be Certified Deaf Interpreter workshop. She recently had a minor role in planning the 2014 CODA International CODAZONA conference held in Tempe, Arizona and serves as your current Arizona RID president. She loves sports, working out, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and stepson. 




Vice President Leann Smith

Leann is a graduate from Iowa Western Community College (IPP) and The University of Arizona where she received degrees in Interpreting and Deaf Studies.  She has been interpreting professionally 19 years and is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  She holds a Certificate of Interpretation, Certificate of Transliteration and Specialist Legal Certificate.  Leann has worked as a staff interpreter and community interpreter at different times during her career.   Presently, Leann works in the community and focuses her work in Legal settings, Medical and Theatrical interpreting.   Leann has worked as a mentor for educational, community, and theatrical interpreters.  Leann began as Member at Large five years ago for Arizona RID, and gradually took on the additional responsibility of Administrator for the Certificate Maintenance Program which she continues along with new role as Vice President.   Leann currently lives in Tucson and enjoys the outdoors (when it doesn’t feel like she is standing in front of a giant hair dryer).      




Immediate Past President Jack Van Rixel

After a 14 year career in the Retirement Services and financial industry, Jack Van Rixel decided to pursue his career in American Sign Language Interpreting. Jack is a graduate of the IPP at Phoenix College and currently holds his NIC and has earned a 3.8 on his Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment. Jack has been actively involved with Arizona RID for 5 years serving as the Administrator for the Certificate Maintenance Program as well as holding a Board Position as Member at Large. After serving as Member at Large, Jack was elected President of Arizona RID where he served for 2 years. Jack is currently on the Executive Board as Immediate Past President where he will serve for one year in an advisory role to current President Chasity Bojorquez. Jack was a mentor to two members in the first cohort of the Arizona RID Mentorship Committee, and is looking forward to joining cohort three as an apprentice, where he will be focusing on honing his skills for a retake of the EIPA in May. Jack lives and works in Northern Arizona. 




Secretary Jenna Teplik

Jenna Teplik attended Phoenix College for the Interpreting Preparation Program and graduated in May, 2011. After graduating she entered into the Educational Interpreting field and fell in love with it. Jenna has an EIPA 3.5 and has interpreted in elementary and high school setting.  Jenna is currently working for Phoenix Union High School district. While her main love is the educational setting, she has volunteered in various settings such as church, Deaf/Blind and a variety of workshop/classes. Jenna has been involved as a member of Arizona RID since 2013 and looks forward to serving and making Arizona RID even better with her amazing team.  While this is her first time being a secretary, she has held other positions in other groups that have taught her the skills needed for being a secretary. When not interpreting or doing secretary work, she enjoys teaching people how to get out of pain through MELT, crocheting and hanging out with friends.




Treasurer Amerigo Berdeski

After a 15 year career in Retail Management, the company I had worked for all 15 years, filed for bankruptcy and closed it’s doors. We decided to relocate to Phoenix, and I looked for a change. I worked as the Assistant Director for a local Preschool company, and then I had the opportunity to stay at home with my son. I am a graduate of the IPP at Phoenix College and have my Bachelors degree in Leadership and Organization. I am concurrently finishing up a second Bachelors degree in Psychology and an MBA with a focus on organizational dynamics and leadership. I have worked for Desert Valleys Regions Cooperative, an extension of Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, for 10 years. I am currently the Lead Educational Interpreter. My focus is educational interpreting, and I have a passion to support the educational interpreters in this state. I am currently on the Executive Board as Treasurer; I also serve as the Board Liaison to the K-12 Educational Interpreters Committee, the Mentoring Committee, and the Professional Development Committee.





MAL Dustin McLaws

Dustin McLaws is a fifth generation Arizonan living and working in Phoenix.  Dustin received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education with an Emphasis on Deaf Studies and a Concentration in Educational Interpreting from The University of Arizona in 2006. RID certified since 2008, he enjoys the daily challenges faced by freelance interpreters.




John Smithson

John is married and has five children and 8 grandchildren. After 30 years with UPS, John retired from the company. However, one year before he retired, he met some one that would change the rest of his life.

While working one day, another employee was in the vicinity and John greeted him. The other pointed to his ear and shook his head. It was awkward for John. He just smiled and went his way, but was determined to do something. The next day he brought some note cards and John and Temo started a friendship that continues today, six years later.

After that initial meeting John decided to take an ASL class at the local college. Then he took another class, and another and another. Yep, definitely a life altering series of events.

After retirement John went back to school and worked part time at PDSD. Two years ago he passed the EIPA with a score of 3.5. His original goal was 4.0 and is focused on retaking the test and attaining that goal in the future.

John is currently working as an educational interpreter for a local school district and continues to self-evaluate his skills and attend workshops in preparation the NIC performance exam. He attended the last two cohorts of the AzRID mentorship committee as a mentee.

I look forward to working with you as "member at large" on the AzRID board. Let me know how I can assist you.


 

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