2016-2017 NAOBI DC Board Members

Billy A. Sanders
Billy A. SandersPresident

As a child of a deaf adult (CODA), Mr. Sanders credits his love for American Sign Language, along with serving extensively within the Deaf and interpreting community to his mother, Debra; who is Deaf. A recent multi-termed Vice President for the DC Chapter of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Billy cherishes the honor of currently serving as President; standing on the shoulders of the many leaders who served, led, and mentored him.

Mr. Sanders holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University, with plans to establish the first independent Deaf community college.

Mr. Sanders is a nationally certified interpreter and communications consultant with Bridges Consulting, a company he founded 15 years ago to champion cross-cultural communication through education and empowerment. A mentor in the nationally renown College Bound program, Billy is a staunch advocate for civic and political engagement. Among all things Billy is involved with, he finds his greatest passion is raising his 17-year old son, Donovan.

Kimberly Renee-Veney Seward CI/CT is a native Washingtonian and has been a professional sign language interpreter for 16 years. Her interpreting practice focuses on a range of disciplines including: Government, medical (including mental health), education, religion, entertainment, video relay and national/international travel. She has served interpreting organizations in several capacities, including: NAOBI, Inc. Silent Auction Chairperson past Eastern Regional Rep, and PCRID Conference Committee.

While not interpreting, Kimberly is a devoted Mom, Culinary Entrepreneur and Writer. Her first book: Playing With Your Food: A journey of the souls’ discovery of food and fun! was published in 2010 and she is working on her second book featuring her tiny Sous Chef, Kendal.

Kim Seward
Kim SewardVice President
Paris McTizic
Paris McTizicSecretary

Paris McTizic is a BAI student at Gallaudet University hailing from South Florida. Previously, Paris began his journey of interpreting in 2012 with an introductory ASL class at Miami-Dade College. Feeling so connected to the deaf students there he wanted to explore more of their capabilities, learn their language, and know their stories.

Having completed an associate of science at Miami-Dade College, Paris has continued his drive for a higher level of education by moving to Washington, D.C. to hone his skills, receive a bachelor’s degree, and become involved with one of the largest Deaf communities in the United States. He is a member of Potomac Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and serves as NAOBI-DC Secretary.

When Paris is not studying or socializing with his Deaf colleagues, he is perfecting his craft as a freelance makeup artist.

Kymiel Standifer is a native Floridian. She was born into a family of educators and ready to succeed. Growing up in High Springs, FL, Kymiel completed her Associates of Arts Degree at the age of 19, then continued her studies at Florida State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Leisure Services from the College of Education in addition to a Minor in Communications. Shortly after, she was offered a job in Washington DC that allowed her to reside in the metro area and explore other opportunities.

Her passion for sign language began at an early age when she realized there was a family member born deaf. She quickly learned sign language to communicate with him and immediately was drawn into his world and culture. This has led her to not only have a passion for the language, but also found a new avenue to serve. She later became a member of National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI) in Washington-DC and has been involved since 2014. She now serves as Treasurer and Resident Chair for the 2016 Interpreter Career Fair. Her love for NAOBI-DC grew out of her love for the language and the amazing people she has met along the way. Kymiel currently works as a Contract Manager with Accenture Federal Services while studying for her Contract Management Certification. She also finds the time to dedicate her life to ongoing volunteer efforts with non-profit organizations including, Big Brothers Big Sisters, College Bound, The Debutantes of Shiloh and now serving as the Interpreter Coordinator of Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington DC.

Kymiel Standifer
Kymiel StandiferTreasurer
Jenese Portee
Jenese PorteeChapter Representative

A native North Carolinian, Jenese relocated to the DMV in the summer of 2015. After being introduced to deafness at a young age, Jenese felt that interpreting was a way she could ensure a level of equality for all. Holding both a Bachelor of Science in Educational Interpreting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Science in ASL/English Interpreting from the University of North Florida, Jenese is committed to being a lifelong learner.

In addition to being a Nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreter, Jenese is a mom of one which keeps her busy. Serving in the role of Chapter Liaison for the Nation the DC Chapter of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters has allowed Jenese to interact with interpreters and deaf community member throughout the metropolitan area.