Remembering Dennis Cokely (1946-2018)
Dennis Cokely, Ph.D., CSC, served 11 years as Associate Director of the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC), 2005-2010, and Principal Investigator, 2010-2016. He was co-director of Northeastern’s Masters in Interpreting Pedagogy (MIP) program, 2005-2010. He was co-author of RSA-funded needs assessments from multiple perspectives and the 2015 Trends Report. Dennis was a full Professor of ASL and Director of the ASL Program from 1996-2018, simultaneously serving as Chair of the Northeastern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department, 1998-2015, and Director of the World Languages Center, 2007-2016. Internationally known as an author, consultant, and lecturer, he directed a project funded by the Canadian government to develop a model curriculum for Interpreter Education. He was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Interpreter Educator Award from the Massachusetts RID and Northeastern’s 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award. One of his projects involved analyzing acquired language dysfluency among deaf prisoners.
Dennis was the Principal Investigator of CALI until his unexpected passing in August 2018. We miss him dearly, and we will do our best to carry on his legacy through our continued work at CALI.
Diana Doucette, M.Ed., CI, CT, Director, brings over 25 years of experience managing RSA Interpreter Training Program grant projects, serving the past four years as Center Director and Principal Investigator of CALI. Prior to CALI, Diana was instrumental in many of the accomplishments of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC), most notably development of the Interpreting in Spanish-Influenced Settings Curriculum Guide and the Deaf Interpreter Curriculum, and in creating and promoting the “Discover Interpreting” recruitment initiative designed to bring more men and women from diverse backgrounds into interpreting as a career. She has been a nationally certified interpreter for over 20 years, and holds a master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Learning.
Erica Kramer, NIC, Project Coordinator, first discovered her interest in ASL in 2003 while completing a B.S. in Film & Television Production at Boston University. She quickly grew passionate about the language, the Deaf community, and the field of interpreting. This passion ultimately inspired her to pursue her second B.S., this time in ASL / English Interpreting from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, Erica seized every opportunity to be involved and give back to the Deaf and interpreting communities, including (but not limited to) co-coordinating various annual ASL Program events and serving as Volunteer Co-Coordinator for StreetLeverage-Live 2016. Upon graduating in 2016, she began her interpreting career as a staff interpreter at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA. After some time, Erica decided to shift focus and return to Northeastern to serve as CALI’s Project Coordinator. While working with CALI, Erica has continued to freelance interpret as well as coordinate volunteers for three additional annual StreetLeverage Live events.