Board of Directors

President: Jen Weiler

Click here to view Jen's bio in ASL.

I am a certified hearing interpreter with 21 years of experience. I’ve been involved on the SaVRID board in previous years as both Vice President and Member at Large. I am interested in real change that benefits members of SaVRID and Deaf and DeafBlind communities. My role as President is to serve you, so the more involved you are, the more this organization will be shaped in a way that reflects your interests. I hope to see you and many others at our upcoming meetings.

Email Jen at president@savrid.org

Vice-President: Sarah Himmelmann

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I am a native American Sign Language user and a culturally Deaf woman currently working as a freelance Deaf interpreter with the goal of always providing communication equity. I am an adjunct professor at American River College for their ASL/Deaf Studies and Interpreter Preparation Programs and at Sierra College for their Deaf Studies program. I have an associate’s degree in ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program from American River College and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. I obtained my Master’s degree from the MAISCE program at St. Catherine University and have published my thesis, Exploring the Impact of Lived Experiences on Deaf Interpreters’ Ethical Decision-Making in 2020. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time and making memories with my family which happen to include five children and two dogs.

Email Sarah at vp@savrid.org or volunteerrequests@savrid.org

Treasurer: Lisa Lindquist

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As a recent graduate of the ARC Interpreter Preparation Program I started serving on the SaVRID Board as treasurer in May 2020. Over the last year I have enjoyed learning my role on the Board of Directors, as well as getting to know the Sacramento Deaf Community and the local interpreters. Coming into this role I did not have very much experience in professional financial record keeping, and I am very grateful for the guidance and mentorship from Rachel Kleist, Sarah Himmelmann, and Cindy Farnham that has helped me to be effective and efficient in this role. I am excited to continue serving SaVRID for another year!

Email Lisa at treasurer@savrid.org

Secretary: Rachel Kleist

More info coming soon!

Email Rachel at secretary@savrid.org

Member-At-Large, Deaf: Vanessa Wozney

I am a 2021 graduate of the Interpreter Preparation Program at American River College and am pursuing my bachelor's degree as well as becoming a CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter). I enjoy interpreting especially in medical settings! I absolutely love being a mom to my four children and manage my crazy home complete with a kitten and a lizard.

Email Vanessa at deaf@savrid.org

Member-At-Large, Diversity Advocate: Kay Esquivias

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Hello, my name is Kay Esquivias. My background is white, I am a Latina woman with brown curly hair, black framed eyeglasses, and wearing a blue shirt. I’ve recently graduated from the IPP program. I am Latina and trilingual, born and raised in the Bay Area where I was exposed to cultural diversity at a young age. Here in Sacramento, while I took ASL classes, went through the IPP program, and attended various workshops, I learned so much about the depth of Deaf community intersectionality. With this combined exposure and knowledge, I’ve come to appreciate the differences in values, traditions, rules, boundaries, experiences, and points of views in humanity. Although my studies have played a big part in this journey, I give great credit to the people I’ve met throughout the years who have enriched my life with theirs. Learning never stops and I hope we all embark in this journey to continue to further learn, respect, and honor the diversity within the Deaf community, together.

Email Kay at diversity@savrid.org

Member-At-Large, Student Involvement Program: Vacant

Email at sip@savrid.org

Member-At-Large, Communications & Membership: Izaac Ochoa

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Hi all! My name is Izaac Ochoa. I am from Stockton, CA and now live here in Sacramento, CA. I am currently serving on the SaVRID board as MAL for Communications and Membership. I graduated from the ARC IPP in May of 2021 and have my EIPA. I currently work as a full-time educational freelance and part-time VRS interpreter. I am very excited to serve you for the next year!

Email Izaac at communications@savrid.org

Member-At-Large, Professional Development: Pang Moua

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My name is Pang Moua. I received my Associates of Arts, ASL-English Interpreting Preparation Program (IPP) in May 2020 at American River College (ARC). May 2018, I received my Bachelor of Arts, Deaf Studies and Bachelor of Science, Health Science with a concentration in Community Health Education at California State University, Sacramento. My passion and drive to be an ally for the Deaf and Hearing communities came from my first personal interaction with a Deaf member at the most difficult time of their lives. Through that experience, I felt a spark within myself to become better. Which lead me to strive to provide the best accessibility for the communities that are around me, especially those that are marginalized due to their differences in the status quo.

My goal as the new Professional Development Committee Chair is to open the platform for everyone to share their thoughts, concerns, interests, and passion in learning from one another and continuing education to become the best version of ourselves. I hope that my goals and visions are aligned with yours, in a way that I want our interests and experiences to be in the spotlight, which is learning more about the interpreting world between spoken languages and their cultures, American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

Thank you so much for your confidence in me, my skills, and my passion and the opportunity to serve you. Should you ever feel that I am treading away from our collective goals, please feel free to guide me back.

Email Pang at pdc@savrid.org

Member-At-Large, Deaf-Parented Interpreter: Vacant

Email dpi@savrid.org

SaVRID, P.O. Box 255084, Sacramento, CA 95865-5084
Email the board at contactus@savrid.org

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