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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.
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.
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.
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.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAIR
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Dr. Ava Morrow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morgan State University in 1980. In the same year she began working as a laboratory technician in the biology department at Gallaudet University. She majored in microbiology at Howard University and earned a Master of Science degree (1988) and a Ph.D. (2004). After completing her master’s degree, Dr. Morrow was promoted to instructor and in 2013 she retired from the biology department as a full professor of microbiology. Dr. Morrow is the STEM Program Director for the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. and the Ambassador of STEM for the District of Columbia. In addition, she is a certified sign language interpreter. Dr. Morrow is the CEO of SHARAVA, LLC, a sign language interpreting service. Dr. Morrow is very active in the community. She is the bylaws chair of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters District of Columbia Chapter (NAOBI-DC), she is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), she is a life member and the former Vice President of the Morgan State University Alumni Association-DC Chapter, she is a member of the Medical Reserve Corp of the Prince Georges County Health Department, she is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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