Board of Directors

On May 6, 2017 the membership voted to accept new Bylaws. The Board of Directors is now comprised of the following positions:
  • President
  • Director of Programming
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Meetings
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Community Relations

To learn about the qualifications, duties, and terms of office for these Board of Director positions, please refer to our Bylaws here.

The Board of Directors below will take office on July 1, 2017.

President, president@ocrid.org

Grace Artl, M.A., NIC

Grace has been a professional ASL – English interpreter since 2007 and received her NIC certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in 2013. Grace has experience working in K-12, post-secondary, business, social services, medical, video relay and conference settings. She has a Master of Arts degree in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University. Her thesis focuses on gender identity and its impact on the work of ASL – English interpreters. In addition to interpreting, Grace has also taught several courses in the Interpreter Education Program at Columbus State Community College.
 
When she is not working, Grace enjoys reading, crafting of all sorts, spending time with her loved ones, and anything related to Harry Potter. She is thrilled to be giving back to the Ohio interpreting community by serving on the OCRID board of directors and hopes to provide opportunities for interpreters across the state to connect, grow, and enhance their professional knowledge and skills.


Director of Programming, programming@ocrid.org

Vacant
If you are interested in this position, please email president@ocrid.org.
 

Director of Finance, finance@ocrid.org

Alex Childs

Alex Childs is proud to be serving as the Director of Finance. He has a B.A. in Theatre from OSU and an A.A.S. in Interpreting from CSCC. He works in Columbus as a freelance and educational interpreter for a number of agencies and institutions. Alex has presented original research as a student during past OCRID Conferences, and served on the 2015 OCRID Conference Committee as the Co-Sponsorship Coordinator. He also coordinated registration for the 2017 OCRID Conference. He has served as the OCRID Treasurer since July 2016. In that time, he has administrated over the OCRID accounts, ensured the organization's compliance with state and federal guidelines, and contributed to the creation of new Bylaws and Mission Statement. He looks forward to more collaboration opportunities between OCRID and community stakeholders. He hopes to leave the organization better than when he started. 
 

Director of Membership, membership@ocrid.org

Dru Roney

Dru has been interpreting for 2+ years in educational and VRS settings. She has experience teaching Deaf Education in the K-12 classroom, as well as teaching ASL at the collegiate level. Dru earned her Bachelor's Degree in American Sign Language in 2010; and a Master's of Education in 2013. Currently, she holds the position of Center Manager at Purple Communications in Columbus. Prior to working with Purple, she was the Interpreter Coordinator at the Art Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C. Coming from an educational background, living in Washington D. C. provided her with a myriad of opportunities to learn about the business of interpreting and best practices to serve the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Community. Dru is excited to bring her managerial experience with recruiting, engagement, and retention to the OCRID Board of Directions - Director of Membership position.
 

Director of Meetings, meetings@ocrid.org

Lisa McLaughlin, CI/CT

Lisa has been interpreting since 1998. She has been a member of RID and OCRID for many years and became certified (CI/CT) in 2006.  Her work experience includes positions with Columbus Colony Housing, the Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program, and at Hallenross & Associates and she currently interprets in the government setting. Lisa previously served a 6-year span as Secretary on the OCRID Board of Directors.  After a break in Board service, Lisa returned to the Board of Directors in 2016 as a State Representative. During this time, she was able to contribute her historical knowledge to the efforts of the board.  Lisa is currently seeking the position of Director of Meetings, a role that plays to her strengths: taking notes, facilitating meetings, and providing historical perspective when helpful.
 

Director of Communications, communications@ocrid.org

Derek Vore, M.A., NIC

Derek Vore is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where he completed his bachelor's degree in signed language interpretation at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, he worked as the staff interpreter and a substitute teacher for St. Rita School for the Deaf for a few years before deciding to pursue his master's degree at Gallaudet University. During his time in Washington, D.C., he studied Linguistics while working as an interpreter in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas and as an English professor at the English Language Institute. Missing that Midwest hospitality, Derek moved back to Ohio in January of 2016. He currently works as a full-time staff interpreter at Deaf Services Center in Columbus, and does VRS and post-secondary interpreting part-time. Derek enjoys studying possible applications of cognitive linguistics to the field of interpreting and language acquisition of second-language learners. Derek is looking forward to being more involved in his profession while serving on the board of directors in OCRID.
 

Director of Community Relations, community@ocrid.org

Lewis Wright, NIC

Lewis has been working as a professional interpreter for 18 years. Most of that time has been spent community interpreting with stints in K-12, Post-Secondary, and currently VRS. Lewis has been
interpreting at Deaf Services Center in Columbus for over 10 years and working as a Staff Interpreter for the last six of those 10 years. He's held his NIC certification since 2013 and is on the Ohio Supreme Court roster of interpreters. Lewis is also serving as the Interpreter Coordinator for OYO, Ohio's first and only statewide camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth. As a CODA, Lewis has a passion for the field of interpreting and wants to see the field grow alongside the D/deaf community. Over the years, he has assisted with hosting workshops at DSC, as well as provided mentoring to recent graduates and working interpreters. He is always looking for ways to partner with others to improve the field of interpreting for the communities we serve here in the great state of Ohio.