MJ Bienvenu, a native signer, received her BA in English and MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet and her Ph.D. in Linguistics specializing in Lexicography from Union Institute and University. She was a trailblazer in ASL instruction and a pioneer in serving as a Deaf interpreter at conferences and rallies. Dr. Bienvenu has worked with the Center for Atypical Language Interpreting from the start as a language analyst, facilitator, and an English to ASL translator. She has also served as an expert witness in several cases involving Deaf people in need of interpreting services.
April Jackson-Woodard, name sign “A” on the middle of chin, is a Missouri native who now calls Maryland home. April was born and raised as a translator from a multigenerational Deaf family and became a professional Deaf interpreter in 2018. April grew up attending public schools and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Fine Arts specializing in Theatre and Production from Gallaudet University in 2012. She specializes in Black American Sign Language (BASL), platform/conference, medical, legal, Tactile/Pro-Tactile, International sign and theatre settings – locally, nationally and internationally. During her special moments, April loves to exercise, travel, socialize, and spend time with her two gorgeous Deaf children.
Vyron Kinson earned a Master’s degree in Sign Language Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work both from Gallaudet. He currently works full-time with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) as a Communication Specialist. He also has various part-time positions: Atlanta Area School for the Deaf ASL Teacher, Georgia Parent Infant Network Educational Service Deaf Mentor, CATIE Center Graduation to Certification Project Co-Facilitator and ASL Mentor, and ASL Diagnostic Service LLC as owner and Deaf Interpreter. He is also a freelance Disco Jockey.
Vyron also volunteers with the Georgia RID as a Member at Large Representative; NAOBI-Atlanta Chapter member; Georgia Stakeholder Advisory Committee as Black Deaf Adult; and with National Black Deaf Advocates as Southern Regional Representative.
S. Kay Vincent
S. Kay Vincent, a third-generation native signer, holds two Master’s degrees. She has resided in the San Diego area for over 30 years. Her experience includes working with Deaf individuals in a wide variety of settings including educational, in the private sector, and with non-profit organizations. She has worked with Deaf immigrants for five years, teaching literacy skills. Kay also works as a Deaf interpreter with DeafBlind students in a community college setting.
Rosemary Wanis, Ed.D., CDI was born hard of hearing in Egypt and immigrated to the US with her parents at the age of 9 months. She started using hearing aids and speech therapy at 5. In college she began to learn ASL and while earning her graduate degrees in Social Work and also Administration at Gallaudet she grew in her identity as a Deaf person. Rosemary has worked in social services for 10 years and is now teaching at Fresno State in California for both interpreting and Deaf studies classes. She became a CDI in 2005 and a National DI trainer in 2014. She joined the CALI team in 2018 and has served as content contributor, module facilitator, and PAW co-facilitator and COP co-facilitator.