Meet the Staff

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.

Headshot of Diana facing the camera. She is wearing sunglasses on her head and a blue sweater over a red blouse. She is outdoors in front of a brick building.
Diana Doucette, M.Ed., CI, CT, Director and Co-Principal Investigator, brings over 25 years of experience managing RSA Interpreter Training Program grant projects, serving the past five 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.

Contact Diana:
617.373.2463 (V)
857.366.4206 (VP)

dawnDawn Whitcher, M.A.,CI/CT, Project Coordinator, comes to CALI with over 20 years of interpreting experience and over 10 years of teaching in Interpreter Education Programs. Dawn served as Project Coordinator for the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC) which allowed her to work both independently and collaboratively to develop, create, and executive projects. With a love for leadership, she held several leadership roles locally, regionally and nationally. Notably, she served as the Registry of Interpreter for the Deaf (RID) President, 2013-2016, as well as other RID Board roles prior to President. Dawn holds a master’s degree in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

Contact Dawn: 
617.373.8262 (V)
857.366.4197 (VP)

LoriLori Whynot, Ph.D., Co-PI is a Professor of Interpreting and Director of the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Program. She has over 30 years of professional interpreting practice and has taught and mentored interpreters in the U.S. and Australia. She holds RID certification as an ASL-English interpreter/transliterator and legal SC:L certificate, certification from the Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI), and is a certified Auslan-English interpreter. Dr. Whynot is the author of several publications pertaining to interpreting and multilingualism and she is committed to promoting interpreter professional development and influencing social justice alongside Deaf citizens through teaching, professional interpreting practice, and research.