A new temporary working Board of Directors 


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).      

Amerigo Berdeski

After an almost 20 year career in Retail Management, the company I had worked for 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 hold a Bachelors degree in Business and Applied Management, a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership (MSL) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). I worked for Desert Valleys Regions Cooperative, an extension of Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, for over 15 years as the Lead Educational Interpreter. I am also an adjunct professor at Phoenix College in the IPP. I currently work as an Administrator for a statewide non-profit trade association. 

Cameo Hunsaker

Ernest Willman, M.Ed

Arizona Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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