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Shifted Journey of a CDI


Since certified as CDI I have been busy on my journey as an interpreter and continue to volunteer in various organizations I have neglected this big time and I apologize.  My goal is to reactivate Journey of a CDI. 2BCDI no longer will have it’s own website, that site will be moving and merging here. The links are still good and still the best place to go for information relating to CDI.  2BCDI is now down and not yet merged here.

Journey of a CDI.  Obviously because I am certified, my visions, goals, and wants or needs have changed.  I will continue to add information to 2BCDI here and since starting new CEU cycle (as of January 2016) I will be keeping track here which will include where I sign up, how much, and my thoughts about the workshop/training. My previous cycle I was over 120 plus CEUs! Don’t get me wrong mind you, I never regretted but thinking back and thinking forward, it’s just time to shift journey, revised visions and goals and so on.

As many of you know, the hottest topic/s in the interpreting world these days are: The Moratorium of our performance tests, the “divorce” and the future of RID certifications.  I will also bring here all the information relating to that.

Deaf Interpreter Conference (DIC) wants you! Call for volunteer auditors…


Call for Auditors for DIC2015

June 20 – 23 2015 First National Deaf Interpreter Conference


I was asked to be in charge of Registration by none other than JIMMY BELDON himself! Thank you I am so honored!


When:  June 20 – 23 2015

Where: St. Paul MN

Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI)



Texas Administrative Code

Next Rule>>


RULE §109.217 Qualifications and Requirements for a BEI Certificate

(a) To apply for or to take any examination for a BEI Certificate, an applicant must:  (1) be at least 18 years old;  (2) have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent;  (3) not have a criminal conviction that could qualify as grounds for denial, probation, suspension, or revocation of a BEI certificate, or other disciplinary action against any holder of a BEI certificate.(b) To take the written Test of English Proficiency, an applicant must have:  (1) met all the criteria in subsection (a) of this section; and  (2) earned at least 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.(c) To take a BEI performance test, an applicant must have:  (1) met all the criteria in subsection (a) of this section;  (2) earned a passing score on the Test of English Proficiency, unless the applicant is applying for a specialty certificate; and  (3) earned an associate degree and/or a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, unless the applicant is applying for a specialty certificate or except as provided in subsections (e) and (f) of this section.(d) To apply for and to be issued a BEI certificate, an applicant must have:  (1) met all criteria in subsection (a) of this section; and  (2) earned an associate degree and/or a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, except as provided in subsections (e) and (f) of this section; and earned a passing score on the requisite examination for the certificate level sought.(e) A BEI certificate holder who holds an active and valid BEI certificate awarded as a result of proceedings initiated before January 1, 2012, is exempt from the educational or degree requirements in subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section, as long as the BEI certificate remains active and valid.(f) A BEI certificate holder who holds an active and valid BEI certificate awarded as a result of proceedings initiated before January 1, 2012, and who applies for an additional BEI certificate level after January 1, 2012, may be exempt from the educational or degree requirements of subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section, if, at the time the certificate holder applies for, takes, and passes any BEI examination for the additional certificate, the BEI certificate holder:  (1) has an active and valid BEI certificate that is fully compliant with BEI’s annual certificate maintenance and five-year recertification rules and requirements;  (2) is not under any type of active or pending disciplinary action from BEI or DHHS; and  (3) satisfies all other rules and requirements applicable to the additional BEI certificate level sought.(g) A certified interpreter wanting to take a higher level BEI performance test must have the following prerequisite certificate for the corresponding BEI performance test:Attached Graphic



RID and NAD Updated MOU


NAD – RID July 2013 MOU


How in the world can I plug stronger NAD – RID Partnership with integrity if I am not a member of NAD. So today I went and signed up with NAD.

so there!

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) Commit to a Stronger Partnership

“NAD & RID – Working Together for Everyone”

Washington, DC area, July 11, 2013 — The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), in recognizing the shared values of both organizations, will renew their commitment to a stronger partnership to meet the needs of the members of both organizations. To achieve this vision, the NAD and RID will sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the opening ceremonies at the 2013 RID National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, on Friday, August 9, 2013.

According to NAD President Chris Wagner, “Improving upon our organizations’ partnership is a necessary measure to advance the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people and enhance the sign language interpreting profession.”

Brenda Walker Prudhom, RID President added, “RID seeks ways to have greater involvement at all levels from deaf and hard of hearing people. Our two organizations have had a historic partnership which, among other things, led to a combined certification for interpreters. Forging a commitment to a stronger partnership allowed us to have a heart to heart discussion about the areas in which we need to focus to achieve our shared vision.”

Following is the language of the new, agreed upon commitments in the NAD-RID MOU that will be signed on August 9, 2013:
Memorandum of Understanding between the National Association of the Deaf and the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been drafted to issue a statement that codifies the strong and enduring collaboration between the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) as well as enhance the organization’s commitment to work in a close partnership for the future benefit of the Deaf community, the sign language interpreting community, and for all people who use sign language.

The mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.

The vision of the NAD is that the language, culture, and heritage of deaf and hard of hearing Americans will be acknowledged and respected in the pursuit of life, liberty, and equality.

The mission of RID is to “promote excellence in the delivery of interpreting services among diverse users of signed and spoken languages through professional development, networking, advocacy and standards.”

The vision of RID is that, “By honoring its past and building a dynamic future, RID envisions a world where:

  • Linguistic rights are recognized as human rights;
  • The Deaf Community and the Deaf Heart are vital and visible in every aspect of RID, the interpreting profession as a whole and among individual interpreters;
  • Interpreted interactions between and among individuals who use signed and spoken languages are as rich as direct communication;
  • The interpreting profession is formally recognized and is advanced by robust professional development, standards of conduct, and credentials.”

The NAD and RID affirm the importance of a joint, working relationship and an established transparent communication protocol at all levels of the organization, local, regional, national, and international to stay informed and keep abreast of issues impacting the Deaf and interpreting communities.

NAD and RID, with the support of their respective boards and headquarters staff, shall commit to the following:

  • Publicly recognize the importance of and encourage the involvement of Deaf members and Deaf people in RID and sign language interpreters in NAD.
  • Actively exchange information that is of common interest and/or might have an effect on both organizations and members.
  • Explore the opportunity to provide dual-membership to both organizations.
  • Jointly market each other’s organization and memberships benefits.
  • Jointly oversee the administration of NAD-RID Certification Programs.
  • Develop a governance structure for the certification program that ensures autonomy in decision-making over essential certification activities.
  • Jointly oversee the administration of the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC).
  • Provide seats for each other’s organization for representatives on councils, committees, taskforces, and other volunteer groups.
  • Provide complimentary organizational membership as well as individual memberships for the presidents, executive directors, and board members in each other’s organizations.
  • Support and attend each other’s respective biennial national conferences by providing complimentary registrations, advertisements, letters, booth spaces, and other benefits.
  • Provide complimentary marketing opportunities (i.e. banner ads, magazine ads, etc.) of membership benefits, programs, and services by each organization.
  • Provide support in processing CEU paperwork for NAD conferences.
  • Provide opportunities for presentations, workshops, and training at each other’s national, regional and state conferences.
  • Provide opportunities for review and feedback on policy statements on advocacy issues that impact both organizations.
  • Maintain open communication through information/resource sharing and collaboration on legislative and policy issues impacting interpreters.
  • Align the committee appointment process to the select of each respective board to ascertain continuity of work and transfer of knowledge.

This MOU is effective upon the day and date last signed and executed by the duly authorized representatives of the parties of the MOU.

Effective August 9, 2013.

Christopher D. Wagner
NAD President

Brenda Walker Prudhom
RID President

“While we recognize that the MOU does not cover all issues, we are confident that it establishes a more unified partnership that will help both organizations address the many challenges facing interpreters and deaf and hard of hearing people,” said RID President Prudhom.

NAD President Wagner added, “The NAD and RID will develop separate contractual agreements on some of the more complex issues not described in this MOU such as financial and legal oversight over certification. The MOU represents a step forward in building our partnership together and we are excited about this strengthened partnership.”

The NAD and RID held a previously signed MOU between the organizations. The signing of that MOU was held on August 1, 2009, at the 2009 RID National Conference in Philadelphia, PA. It was signed by then-presidents, Bobbie Beth Scoggins for NAD, and Cheryl Moose for RID. That MOU currently stands until the newly revised MOU is signed on August 9, 2013. View the content of the 2009 NAD-RID MOU here>>


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IDP MAL motion at the August 2013 RID Conference Business Meeting


to see video: IDP Mal Motion by Deaf Caucus Member Section at the August 2013 RID Conference during Business Meeting to come August 2013

What is MJ Bienvenu saying? Deaf Heart! (original post August 2011)



Cindy Farnham is coming to town!


Finally something to write home about…


You better watch for (email coming soon)
You better be excited (about your partner)
Better not pout (about committing)
We’re telling you why (why… why…)
Cindy Farnham is coming to town (Feb 22, 23, 24)
We’s making a list (pairing)
And checking it twice; (before sending out!!)


Can you tell we are excited?

Silence in the House of God a documentary about Murphy (I refuse to call him ‘Father’)


Old Journey… On a Journey… and New Journey!


Lawrence C Murphy molested 200 boys!


I am Deaf!


Here is the latest on Larry Berke’s sentencing for FCC/mail fraud


VRS case update: Larry Berke sentenced to federal prison (Update #1)

straight from this site…

Yesterday (December 19, 2011), federal District Judge Joel A. Pisano sentenced Larry Berke to 24 months in federal prison on a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud — all others were dismissed, a $2.5 million fine, and a $100 special asseessment fee during an hour-long sentencing hearing.

Judge Pisano allowed Mr. Berke to remain free on bail until he self-reports to prison on January 30, 2012 at noon.

Post-prison, he will serve a three year supervised release (parole supervision) with similar standard conditions as for the Yehs. Likewise, he also got similar recommendations from the judge to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on disability accommodations.

I am still working to see if I can obtain comment from either the prosecutor or defendant’s attorney and will update this post if I get any from either person.

In an interesting twist, court records indicates that the prosecutor, Robert A. Zink, is now no longer involved with any of the Kim E. Hawkins (Master Communications/KL Communications/Mascom LLC) related cases. It is unclear to me at this time if this means that Mr. Zink is leaving all the VRS cases to be replaced with another U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) prosecutor or if he is just leaving these particular cases but not the rest of the VRS cases.

We’ll have to wait and see on that one. But it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened; the original prosecutor was Brigham Q. Cannon who left the USDOJ for private practice earlier this year and was replaced by Mr. Zink.

Update #1: A commenter requested I post public documents of Mr. Berke’s sentencing, so I’ve attached them here. Judge Pisano’s sentencing order: vrs-berke-sentencing-order and the one-page court summary of the sentencing hearing: vrs-berke-sentencing-summary


Congrats Larry, well deserved!

Where John Yeh will be staying at…


Congratulation Stephanie Clark CDI


Congratulation Stephanie!  I cannot find words to express how proud I am of you.

Who you are… Who you represent…

Deaf Community
Deaf Women
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf RID
Deaf Caucus RID Member Section

and you and everyone…

What an accomplishment and it just blows me away!

Your friend


Congratulation Dr. Eileen Forestal


To fulfill her doctorate degree requirements, she wrote her dissertation on:


It will be available through ProQuest for about 20.00

The Sentencing of John Yeh of Viable


Sentenced to 9 years with probably 4 for good behavior.

Many Hats!


Here is an update.

(as of July 22 2011) RID Deaf Caucus Past Chair
(as of July 2011) RID Region V 2012 Conference Co Chair Interpreter Committee
(as of November 7 2011) Term 2011 – 2013 RID Certification Committee
(as of August 2011) ArizonaRID Sept 2012 State Conference Silent Auction Chair
(as of July 2011) Arizona RID Sept 2012 State Conference Interpreter Committee
(as of November 2 2011) ACDHH reappointed Commissioner (Vice Chair) 2011 – 2014

Article in VIEWs current issue.

more documents added to my library  … Spiritual Signs Workshop, Governor appointment letter, invitation to be on certification committee,

Updates on Viable Trials


Rescheduled sentencing for some VRS cases

25 08 2011

Some recent changes resulting in rescheduled sentencing dates:
John, Joseph Yeh:                November 30, 2011 at 9:30am
Mowl, Tropp:                       December 14, 2011 at 10am
Hawkins, L. Berke:               December 19, 2011 at 10am
Pena:                                   January 31, 2012 at 9:30am
No word on why Mowl, Tropp, Hawkins, L. Berke, and Pena’s sentencing were moved, but the Yehs were most likely due to the late submission of the Pre-Sentencing Report (PSR) by Pre-Trial Services (PTS).
No changes in scheduling for other defendants’ sentencing at this time:
D. Berke, Goetz:                           November 10, 2011 at 10am.
Simmons:                                     November 10, 2011 at 11am.
Rubeck, Frankel:                           November 30, 2011 at 10am.
Azrelyant, Finkle, Strusa:              December 19, 2011 at 10am.
Zfati, Iskandarova, Holovkin:        January 30, 2012 at 10am.
Buscaron, Fernandez:                   February 28, 2012 at 10am.
Velasquez Verson, Thompson:     April 2, 2012 at 10am.
As anyone who has followed this case for nearly two years knows, further rescheduling is always possible. :) So see see…
I contacted the U.S. Department of Justice (the federal agency prosecuting the cases) several times over two months for comment on why two convicted defendants were not scheduled for sentencing, and also asked when Viable, Inc.’s trial was scheduled for.
They have not replied but if I hear from them, I will update this blog.


A few VRS case mysteries

25 08 2011

Mystery #1: Public federal court records do not show a scheduled sentencing date for two defendants (Hutchinson and Bacallao). Not known why. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) declined to comment when I asked them several times and gave them about two months to reply.
Mystery #2: Court records also said Viable Inc. was scheduled for trial on June 6, 2011 but then no updates after then so I think the trial was delayed. But when? Don’t know. DOJ also declined to comment on when the trial would be rescheduled for.
Reminder #1: Doris Martinez’s plea negotiations with the prosecutors failed so she chose to take it to trial. That trial will start next month: September 19, 2011 — unless it’s delayed again. See see.
Reminder #2: Kathleen Valle pleaded guilty a few months ago, but all charges will be dismissed during a December 5, 2011 hearing due to her special gift of pre-trial diversion.


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