Jenese Portee
Jenese Portee2018-2020

Jenese brings a passion for service and equity between the D/deaf, D/deaf Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities and the general public. Originally from North Carolina, she relocated to the DC area in 2015. Having been a participant in NAOBI-NC, she sought out NAOBI-DC to be connected with likeminded professionals. She was elected to represent NAOBI-DC as Chapter Liaison in for the duration of 2016. She is very excited to now be serving as NAOBI-DC’s President! Jenese has earned both a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in ASL/English interpreting as well as National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

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Vernice R. Williams
Vernice R. Williams2019-2021

Vernice Williams moved to the Washington D.C. area from Atlanta, G.A. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Public Administration and Justice from Northern Arizona University and her Associates of Arts from Pima County College Interpreting Training Program. Passionate about working with a diverse group of interpreters and Deaf individuals, the move to Washington D.C. area was a natural fit. An avid traveler, Vernice has traveled all over the United States and internationally to interpret to places like Zimbabwe, Europe, Arizona, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania to name a few. In her spare time Vernice loves sports and traveling. As a thrill seeker climbing a rock wall or riding rollercoasters is a way to relax. Now Vernice is excited to start her new journey with her new NAOBI-DC family as appointed Secretary.

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MJ Jones
MJ Jones2018-2020

MJ Jones is a hearing freelance ASL Interpreter currently pursuing their M.A. in International Development at Gallaudet University. MJ is dedicated and compassionate about social justice issues and advocacy for LGBTQ folks with diverse intersectionalities.

MJ is currently an intern at Saint Benilde College in Manila, Philippines. As the recent passing of the Filipino Sign Language Law, MJ is acting as a consultant in order to provide support in establishing an interpreting program at the Saint Benilde College.

As the current Treasurer for the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, D.C Chapter, they aim to create more opportunities for students of color in the interpreting field. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, camping, and cooking delicious vegan food.

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MarcusKeith Island
MarcusKeith Island2019-2021
I “MarcusKeith” (yup that’s my first name and you have to say it together) is originally from Dallas, Texas and went to school in Little Rock Arkansas and has been living in the DC Metro Area since 2002. He loves Performance Arts Interpreting, and he is also a professional actor in the area. I am also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, so if there are other members of the Divine 9 in here let’s talk (I have a Divine 9 Signing Community Group).
MarcusKeith is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and is seeking to increase awareness and inclusion of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals trying to join the NPHC/Divine 9 organizations. In addition, he is trying to increase visibility and partner with African-American/Black Community organizations to offer community service events and activities for NAOBI DC members. Glad to be back on the Board.
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Khera Colbert
Khera Colbert2019-2020
Khera Colbert is a graduate of Towson University’s Deaf Studies program. She currently works for the Federal government while pursuing her A.A.S in ASL/English Interpretation at Northern Virginia Community College. After obtaining her A.A.S., Khera will work toward national certification (NIC). As a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, she enjoys traveling to DC for museums, spontaneous events, and traveling.
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Theodore Logan
Theodore Logan2019-2020

Theodore Logan grew up in Baltimore City and currently resides in Anne Arundel County, MD. He graduated from the Community College of Baltimore County with his Associates of Arts degree in ASL Interpretation in 2018. Theodore identifies with multiple marginalized identities and is passionate about social justice and the value of working in the community from the perspective of an intersectional lens. One of Theodore’s long-term goals is to become a teacher in an ITP, and to help encourage and promote the success of future interpreters, particularly those with marginalized identities. In his spare time, Theodore enjoys reading, traveling the country and the globe with his husband and 3 children, and watching horror movies.

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Antonio Burkett
Antonio Burkett2019

Antonio Burkett is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  He has been working for the Federal government since 2006 and has lived in the DC metropolitan area since June 2010.  He is a graduate of an HBCU – the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (B.S., Agricultural Business, 2006) and the Community College of Baltimore County (Cert., Interpreter Prep, 2018).  He also supports the Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf as the Director of Communications (2019).

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Shannon Morrison
Shannon Morrison2019

Shannon Morrison is an freelance ASL-English interpreter soon to earn her M.A. in Interpretation and Translation from Gallaudet University this May 2019. After she earns her M.A. degree she plans to continue interpreting in the community while working toward national certification (NIC). With a background in design, Shannon holds a B.S. in Visual Communications and Digital Media Arts and works as a full-time and freelance creative director in the Greater Washington area. As a resident of Takoma Park, MD, she enjoys spending time with family, cycling, practicing yoga, reading, dancing, and learning any and everything she can about the world around her.

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