Amber graduated from Front Range Community College from the Interpreter Preparation Program in 2006. She has her NIC, AI:E, and Legally Qualified Status II which allows her to interpret in legal settings in Colorado only.
While at FRCC, Amber was student treasurer. When she graduated, she went to a board meeting where Penny Green convinced her to become CRID Treasurer. She served as CRID Treasurer for 4 years before stepping down and serving as conference treasurer for 3 years. She ended her CRID career by serving her 8th year in CRID as Conference Chair. Amber took a break from CRID to focus on family and personal growth where she grew her skills in the legal field obtaining her LQ Status II in 2016. Amber has been a mentor in the CORE program since 2020 and hopes to continue to be an influence on growing and supporting interpreters. Now, she is ready to come back to CRID with new motivation to help build interpreters up in a positive light. She is excited to share new ideas to grow the interpreting field and create stronger supports with the deaf community.
Amber loves interpreting! In her former life, she was a bookkeeper for 15 years. While there was some piece of satisfaction seeing the stack of papers dwindle down to nothing, it wasn’t anything close to how she feels about interpreting. She is finally able to say she is living the dream! For her, interpreting is not a job, it’s a career! In her free time, she loves to do kickboxing and yoga.
Fun Fact: Amber has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do which was a bucket list of hers. Often, we make a list of things to do but never get to them. She tries to complete her bucket list items 1 to 2 per year because she believes there is no time like the present to live! Also, she can wiggle her nose like Samantha from the old series Bewitched. Unfortunately, no magic happens, but if you ask her to show you, maybe luck will come your way!
Jenny graduated from Waubonsee Community College from their Interpreting Training Program in 1992. She went on to get her BA degree in Political Science in 1994. She has her CI, CT, Ed: K-12 and SC: Legal RID certifications.
She moved to Colorado in 1996 and attended her first CRID board meeting as a visitor at Lindsey Antle's house. She was hooked! Since then, she has been a CRID-Northern chapter President, Secretary, Member-at-Large and President; CRID-CAD Liaison, CRID Conference Committee in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011; Bylaws Chair from 2007-2015, Workshop Committee, Legal Interpreting Committee, and State Vice President from 2020-present. She also served as the Region IV Legal Interpreting Member Section Chair from 2018-2021 and has co-written an article in the RID Views. Jenny's goal is to meet every Interpreter in Colorado and have coffee (or the beverage of their choice) with them!
Jenny is in love with her Community! She loves going to Deaf events, Interpreting events, community events and festivals, and especially volunteering in her Son's school as their Parent Teacher Organization's Secretary. In her free time, Jenny loves going to her Nia dance class and being a part of that practice.
Fun Fact: Starting in October of 2020, she has been in the process of cooking a meal a week alphabetically from every country in the world. As of November 2021, she is cooking her way through the E-countries.
Haley Hegeman has been interpreting in the community and post-secondary education for five years. She graduated from Florida College in 2009 with a BA in music and then graduated with her AAS in interpreting from Pikes Peak Community College in 2016. She began her CRID journey as the Pikes Peak district financial steward and then “leveled up” to her current position as the treasurer for the CRID executive board. Haley has also been the CRID conference chair for the last two major conferences.
When she is not doing things related to interpreting, you can find her behind a camera lens, playing percussion with the local community band, covered in dog hair, caring for a mini-jungle of houseplants (thanks, 2020), being the honorary aunt that feeds the kids sugar and gives them back, or hanging out with an alpaca or two.
Fun fact: Haley once played the troll in “Little Women: The Musical”. It wasn’t easy being green.
Emma (she/her) has been interpreting since fall 2020. Prior to that, she learned ASL from a Deaf high school teacher in San Antonio, Texas, then continued her education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. from 2016--2020. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) degree as well as a minor in psychology. Additionally, she was an intern at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center for a few months prior to Covid. Upon moving to Colorado in fall 2020, Emma began working as a staff K-12 interpreter, during which time she passed the EIPA, obtained her Colorado Department of Education K-12 interpreter authorization, as well as her National Interpreter Certification (NIC). She then transitioned into interpreting freelance full time and absolutely loves it! She works in a variety of settings, namely, medical, business, community, government, as well as being a part-time staff interpreter at a few post-secondary institutions. She is considering taking the BEI exam in order to further improve her skills. She has been involved with the CORE mentoring program since 2023, but worked with one mentee prior to joining CORE. She also joined CRID as the secretary in 2023 and hopes to make a difference within the organization as well as amongst new and seasoned interpreters in beautiful Colorado. When she isn't interpreting she enjoys spending time with her adorable pup, Prince (yes, like the singer), reading, enjoying nature, or spending time with her family in Colorado Springs. One of her favorite quotes is, "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses", as stated by the incomparable, lovely Abraham Lincoln.
Susan has taught interpreting and psychology students at Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO for over 18 years. For ten of those years, she served as the Director of the Interpreter Preparation Program. A 25-year graduate of the IPP program, Susan interprets primarily in medical, mental health and legal settings.
She has recently retired from full-time teaching and works as a part-time psychotherapist while continuing to enjoy cross-discipline teaching of psychology and interpreting as an adjunct instructor. Susan serves in leadership in the state chapter of RID, where she enjoys working with interpreters who are beginning their professional journeys!
Fun fact: As a former Easter Seals camp director, Susan once designed, helped build, and facilitated ropes courses. It’s been a long time since she’s been up in the trees, but she’s thinking it’s about time to “fly the friendly skies” again!