NAOBI DC Board Members Jaeda Raines
2016-2017 NAOBI DC Board Members
Billy A. SandersPresident
As a Child Of a Deaf Adult, Billy credits his love for American Sign Language, serving within the Deaf community, and interpreting to his mother, Debra – who is Deaf. Having earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Billy is currently a doctoral student in the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University with plans to establish community colleges throughout Africa.
A staunch advocate for education, Billy has taught extensively over the last fifteen years at a myriad of colleges and universities throughout the United States in the subjects of American Sign Language, Signed Language Systems, and Strategies for Cross-Cultural Communication. As a nationally certified interpreter, Billy currently serves as the President of the District of Columbia Chapter of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc. (NAOBI-DC).
Under his leadership, NAOBI-DC has more than doubled membership by instituting an anomalous wide variety of professional development initiatives, workshops, conferences, and integrated community service aimed to enhance the quality and dynamic skill of professional Black interpreters. All of which has culminated in the distinguishing of NAOBI-DC as Washington, DC’s premiere professional development organization for interpreters of culture.
Additionally, Billy is a Communications Consultant with Bridges Consulting; a company he founded fifteen years ago to champion cross-cultural communication through education and empowerment. Aside from living out his passion, Billy loves to spend time with his 18 yr. old son, Donovan, who is a scholar attending the University of Virginia.
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 StandiferInterim - Treasurer
LaTanya E. Jones, M.S.M., NIC Chapter Liaison
LaTanya E. Jones, M.S.M., NICis an independent interpreter with nearly ten years professional experience in a plethora of professional and video relay settings, yet specializes in healthcare interpreting. An Adjunct Professor at both the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and Camden County College (CCC), LaTanya has recently joined the CATIE Center team at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, as the Assistant Director of the Mental and Behavioral Health Interpreting Program.
A staunch lifelong advocate for education, LaTanya earned an Associates in Applied Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from CCP, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University; continued her studies at the graduate level, in Linguistics of ASL at Gallaudet University, and earned a Master’s of Science in Management from Rosemont College. However, nothing is more important to LaTanya than mentoring tomorrow’s interpreters, today!
LaTanya enjoys giving back by volunteering her time and talents on the NAOBI-DC Board and Team as Chapter Liaison, Bylaws Chairperson, and Volunteer Coordinator, respectively. In addition to the numerous responsibilities she honors for NAOBI-DC, LaTanya is also the current President of the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and serves as the Region I Representative for the Interpreters in Healthcare Members Section for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
In her free time, LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking and watching her son compete in short sprints and relays in track and field.