Elevation Conference Keynote Speakers

David Evans

David Evans

Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Saturday, March 18th, 2017  8:00AM – 9:00AM

David N. Evans is a student of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which allows practitioners to view and analyze their work in holistic, non-evaluative terms. A nationally-certified practitioner with over 25 years of providing ASL–English interpretation and translation services, David works extensively in conference and platform arenas, 12-step/recovery, and community settings.

Educating interpreters for over two decades, David’s sessions are interactive, entertaining, and informative—creating a relaxed, safe environment for all audiences. He has presented at conferences from local to international with a record attendance of over 1,250 participants. Other accomplishments include presenting at two National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI) conferences and five national RID conferences. David established Bridge Communications in 1996 to further his goals of providing skill-building workshops and video materials for interpreters.

Bridge Communications, facilitates fun, state-of-the-art workshops drawing upon David’s years of practice, as well as recent literature in the fields of interpreting, culture, and language. Participants gain confidence and experience through interactive, research-based programs designed to enhance interpreting skills, improve language fluencies, and augment cultural competencies. Think, laugh, and learn by trying new ways of practicing your craft!

When not on the road presenting or interpreting, David makes his home in Minneapolis where he owns a beautiful 1911 house with a cozy fireplace. He loves playing Frisbee,is a voracious reader, roller skates, dances, loves disco, and walking around the city’s many lakes.

Dr. Pamela Furline

Dr. Pamela Furline

Saturday Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Dr. Pamela I, Furline was born and raised on Long Island in the state of New York to the late Isaac and Alice Dinkins. She is the younger of two girls. She learned sign language as a young girl from a deaf friend in her neighborhood. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Florida A&M University receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Physical Education. Continuing her education with a full scholarship to New York University (NYU), Pamela received her Master of Arts Degree (MA) as a Deafness Rehabilitation Specialists and Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

While attending NYU Pamela was invited to attend a special workshop specifically for the Deaf Community regarding the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Section 504 in Alexandria Virginia. At this workshop, Pamela met many promenade leaders of the Black Deaf Community. This workshop was one of many that discussed the issues regarding the lack of Black Interpreters to serve the Black Deaf Community. At the insistence of Thomas Samuel and Dr. Glenn Anderson, Pamela began on-the-job training to become a sign language Interpreter for the Black Deaf Community.

As an active member of New York Black Deaf Advocate, the issue regarding the lack of black interpreters to serve the Black Deaf Community again became a major topic of discussion. The decision to establish a national organization for Black Interpreters was made at a special workshop for Black Interpreters at the National Black Deaf Advocate (NBDA) Conference in Ohio.  Pamela was instrumental in the formal development of this organization becoming its first President (Chair). After lengthy negotiations among the current members, this newly formed organization was name, “The National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI)”.

During her tenure in the leadership of this newly formed organization (NAOBI), Pamela actively began to seek grant funding for professional development workshops for NAOBI.  NABOI received its first grant from Northeastern University Interpreter Consortium as well as in-kind contributions from City University of New York at LaGuardia Community College in New York. The success of this workshop brought attention to NAOBI from The National Deaf Advocates (NBDA) and National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NRID). As a result, Pamela was offered an opportunity to serve on their Board of Directors representing NAOBI. 

While working and participating in the Black Deaf Community, Pamela received a full scholarship to further her education in American Sign Language and Physical Disabilities receiving a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and a Ph. D. from Columbia University in New York. She continues to work in the deaf community as a certified (NAD IV) freelance interpreter, mentor and as a teacher of American Sign Language. Pamela resides in New York and is married to her high school sweetheart Rickie Furline and they have two children Kilon LaVern Furline and Rickie Furline, Jr.

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