Candas been a proud member of the Gallaudet University community since 1987. She currently works as a staff interpreter for Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS). In addition to GIS, she has also served as a Minority Fellow with the First Year Experience program (2005), consulted with the Department of Education, and worked with the team that produced Deaf Way I (1988-89). Candas holds a master’s degree in Counseling G ’07, a bachelor’s in writing and cultural studies from Goddard College (1993), and an associate’s in interpreting from NTID/RIT (1991).
Candas is affectionately known as a Linguistic Alchemist. She intentionally uses words to create change. For over 37 years she has served as a transformational author, dynamic speaker, American Sign Language/English interpreter and passionate educator focused on helping people understand themselves, and each other, better. She is also a certified life coach and an ordained interdenominational minister.
Currently Candas is laser-focused on exponentially increasing the number of highly qualified interpreters of color and on strengthening the knowledge, skills and proficiencies of social justice, equity, inclusion and restorative practices for all professionals who work with people who are Deaf. To that end, she walks her talk through a professional development fund that she established in 2016 entitled, “Sponsor a Student Interpreter of Color Initiative” (SASIOCI) which provides grants for students to attend professional development events and take their certification exams.