Instructional Staff


Marla Berkowitz

Marla C. Berkowitz, M.A., CDI, ASLTA Certified, Ohio

Marla is an adjunct faculty member of the DO IT Center teaching advanced American Sign Language (ASL) at the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked in the deaf-related field for more than twenty years in different capacities from ASL instruction, mentoring, interpreter assessment to workshop trainings. Marla has taught in two and four year institutions and has led numerous workshops for ASL interpreters. In addition, she works as a certified deaf interpreter. She enjoys doing research projects in which some were published. Currently, she is co-authoring a book on the dimensions of deaf and hearing adult siblings.

Laurie Bolster

Laurie Bolster, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A., CI, CT, Virginia

Laurie has worked in support of the professionalization of K-12 interpreters since 1990, initially with the Colorado Department of Education (piloting the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment with its developers), and for the last 12 years with the University of Northern Colorado-DO IT Center in a variety of roles. She also trained and coordinated raters to use the EIPA and the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview.  A certified interpreter since 1975, she practices interpreting in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Karen Boyd

Karen Boyd, M.A., Colorado

Karen Boyd began her professional career in teaching American Sign Language at two and four year institutions in 1993. Currently, she teaches at the University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado Boulder. Karen travels throughout the US to present ASL linguistics-related workshops. Her main areas of research are ASL linguistics and bilingualism, and her M.A. thesis at University of Colorado Boulder with School of Education in Bilingual Education examined second-language learner perceptions of spatial tracing constructions in ASL. Karen also mentored Interpreter Preparation Program interns and professional interpreters.

Susan Brown

Susan E. Brown, M.Ed., Ed:K-12, Colorado

Susan has been with the DO IT Center since 2007 and is primarily responsible for marketing and recruitment within the ASL-English Interpretation BA program.  In addition to these responsibilities Susan has also taught in the Educational Interpreter Certificate Program and currently teaches in the ASLEI program.  Susan’s educational background includes a B.F. A. from the University of Arizona and a M.Ed. from Regis University.  Prior to working for the Center, Susan worked for 14 years as an educational interpreter and continues to be actively involved in educational interpreting issues on local, regional and national levels. 

Keith Cagle

Keith M. Cagle, Ph.D., ASLTA Professional, North Carolina

Dr. Keith M. Cagle is currently the chair and instructor at Central Piedmont Community College’s Interpreting Education program in Charlotte, NC.  He has been the chairperson of the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Certification and Evaluation since 2000, and he has held several board positions as well.  Keith is a nationally recognized presenter and consultant.  He received his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  He designed and has taught the Advanced ASL series in the baccalaureate program. He currently manages the ASL Demonstration of Competency screening for program applicants.

Keith Gamache

Keith Gamache, M.A., ASLTA Professional, Washington, DC

Keith is Deaf of Deaf parents and has a large number of deaf relatives.  He graduated from California School for the Deaf in Riverside.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  He is also a doctoral candidate studying interpretation at Gallaudet University.  He maintains a professional ASLTA certification and a CDI certification. He has taught courses in ASL, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting for more than fifteen years.  He is currently employed as a diagnostician for the ASL Diagnostic an Evaluation Services based at Gallaudet University.  He is joining the UNC adjunct faculty working with the Master's in Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) program.

Greta Knigga-Daugherty

Greta Knigga-Daugherty, Ph.D., Colorado

Greta Knigga, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of ASL at the University of Northern Colorado. Her responsibilities include coordinating ASL 1-4 and the Masters of Teaching ASL Program which will begin in 2014. She has taught ASL and sign language interpreting courses for over 10 years in various post-secondary settings. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education (MSSE) for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University.

Franco Korpics

Franco Korpics, M.A., Colorado

Franco is a full-time ASL instructor for the university.  He was born deaf, and comes from a Deaf family. His previous teaching stops include the University of Minnesota, the University of California-San Diego and San Diego State University.  While in San Diego, he also worked as a research assistant at the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience. While there, he was involved in several of Dr. Karen Emmorey’s publications and research projects.  Franco received his bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University and his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University.

Leilani Johnson

Leilani J. Johnson, Ed.D., IC, TC, CI, NAD III - Colorado

Dr. Johnson has been involved in the administrative aspects of establishing the UNC-DO IT Center curricula and programs.  She was also actively engaged in the instructional design, development and delivery of the Educational Interpreter Certificate Program (EICP).  Leilani currently serves as the Instructional Manager of the BA program, and provides administrative supervision of all aspects of the Center’s instructional work.  She co-teaches the foundational BA course (INTR 115) in the portfolio series. 

Judy Kegl

Judy A. Shepard-Kegl, Ph.D., CSC, CI, CT, NIC-M, SC:L, OTC, Ed:K-12, NAD-IV, Maine

Dr. Shepard-Kegl coordinates the ASL/English Interpreting concentration of the Linguistics major at the University of Southern Maine, where she teaches linguistics and interpreting and directs the Signed Language Research Laboratory. She works as a freelance interpreter with specializations in legal and medical interpreting.  She was the project director for a grant that put two cohorts of Maine interpreters through the EICP program. She completed a 6-month training through the DO-IT Center for distance specialists in interpreter education. She graduated from the LITP and went on to facilitate the Introductory Course and serve as a skills mentor in that program.

Amy Kroll

Amy Kroll, B.A., B.S., NIC, Colorado

Amy is the Project Coordinator for the Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center. She has six years of interpreting experience within the post-secondary, community and VRS settings. Amy teaches the portfolio assessment courses within the UNC-DO IT Center’s ASL-English Interpretation program. Her academic background includes two B.A. degrees (one in ASL-English Interpretation and another in Audiology) from UNC and an A.A in interpreting from Front Range Community College. She has leadership roles at the local and national level. Amy is the treasurer for the Northern district of Colorado RID and served as a member of RID’s Professional Development Committee.

Lauri Krouse

Lauri Krouse  M.Ed., CI, CT,  Minnesota

Lauri Krouse works as a freelance sign language interpreter and interpreter educator in Minnesota. She has worked as a certified interpreter for 30 years in legal, governmental, legislative, performing arts, medical, mental health, educational and community settings. Lauri has taught as adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University and the DOIT Center at University of Northern Colorado. She currently teaches the simultaneous interpreting series in the BA program. She has a Masters of Education in Interpreting Pedagogy from Northeastern University. She is a co-author of the MRID Educational Interpreter Self-Study Modules and her action research on cooperative learning in interpreting education was published in the International Journal of Interpreter Education.

Carla Mathers

Carla M. Mathers, Esquire, CSC, SC: L, Maryland

Carla facilitates the legal interpreting emphasis area classes in the BA program.  She practices law in a private firm in Maryland and practices legal interpreting in the state and federal courts of Virginia.  As a practicing lawyer and trained interpreter, she works with participants in the program primarily in the content areas of court interpreter ethics and roles, criminal law and procedure and civil law and procedure.  This combination of areas of expertise provide participants with a unique insight into the legal interpreting process.  Ms. Mathers also sits on the Advisory Group for the American Bar Association's Language Access Standards Project which is tasked with drafting standards for access to courts for limited English speakers.  Ms. Mathers currently serves as the Vice President for the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with family. Education: Howard University School of Law, Juris Doctor Licensed attorney in Maryland and the District of Columbia Certified court interpreter Maryland

Pasch McCombs

Pasch McCombs, CI, CT, SC: L, NIC Master, NAD V, California

Pasch McCombs, CI and CT, SC: L, NIC Master, NAD V is a freelance sign language interpreter in San Diego, CA.  He is also serves as the co-chair of the Legal Interpreting Member Section (LIMS) of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).  In addition, Pasch provides mentoring and training in interpreting skills development, NIC certification preparation, and in the specialty area of legal/court interpreting.  He has taught in the DO IT Legal Interpreter Training Program (LITP) and also serves as a consultant to RID, the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Center and the Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education (MARIE) Center.

Julie Moore

Julie Moore, M.A., CSC, Oregon

Julie has been an interpreter for over thirty years and has worked in both K-12 and community interpreting settings.  She recently retired from Portland Community College in Portland, OR, where she taught interpreting for over 20 years, and currently works as a staff interpreter at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, WA.  She has an Individualized Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University, a BA from Oberlin College, and a Certificate of Professional Development: Teaching ASL and Interpreting, University of Colorado, Boulder.  She has been a course facilitator for the DOIT Center since 2006.

Maureen Moose

Maureen Moose, M.Ed., CT, New York

Maureen is a freelance interpreter with over 25 years of experience in educational and community settings.  She has worked to support the professional growth of educational interpreters since 1991 by providing workshops and mentoring.  Her Master’s thesis for the University of Minnesota, Duluth focused on teaching students to work with educational interpreters.  Her first experience teaching online was as a facilitator in the Educational Interpreter Certificate Program.  She currently teaches courses in the ASLEI’s educational interpreter emphasis.  Maureen’s knowledge of educational settings is strengthened by working as a substitute teacher in the local elementary school.   

Jean Parmir

Jean Parmir, M.A., IC, TC, CI, CT, ED:K-12, ASLTA Professional, Ohio

Jean is the Administrator of Interpreting and Sign Language Resources at the Ohio School for the Deaf. She has degrees in interpreting, elementary education, and deaf education. She holds a Master Mentor Certificate, Professional level certification from the ASL Teachers Association, and RID certification, and she received a rating of 4.9 on the elementary ASL version of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment. She worked as a field consultant for the Demand-Control Schema FIPSE project “Optimizing and Disseminating Proven Reforms in Interpreter Education.” With Linda Ross, she wrote model curriculum for interpreting competencies for the DO-IT Center entry-to-practice curriculum project. Jean currently teaches the foundational Demand-Control class in the BA program.

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Ann Reifel, M.S., M.A., Indiana

Ann currently chairs the Vincennes University American Sign Language Program, housed on the Indiana Deaf School campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ann has earned Master’s degrees in Deaf Education from Ball State University and Teaching American Sign Language Program from Western Maryland College (aka William McDaniel College). She has been teaching for the DO IT Center– ECIP for a number of years; and recently joined the BA Interpreting program teaching advanced ASL. She has conducted various workshops pertinent to language and cultural issues for Educational Interpreters in the state of Indiana, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, and persons in the workplace.

Linda Ross

Linda L. Ross, Ph.D., CI, CT, NIC Master, Ohio

Linda has been involved in the field of interpreting as a freelance interpreter, interpreter coordinator, and interpreter educator since the mid 1990’s.  In addition to work with the DO IT Center, she is the Founding Associate of Hallenross and Associates, LLC, a sign language interpretation and professional development company.   Linda has been teaching for the DO IT Center since 2006.  She teaches the consecutive interpreting series (INTR 220, 321 and 322), the observation supervision courses (INTR 330 and 331) and the community and identity course (INTR 311).  In addition, she occasionally teaches upper division courses in both the community interpreting and the educational interpreting strands. 

Cynthia Sanders

Cynthia Sanders, D.A., ASLTA Professional, New York

Cynthia is an Associate Professor; works as a director of the largest American Sign Language Program housed in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE). She oversees the various programs that offer ASL courses. In addition, she conducts workshops related to different subjects, such as ASL teaching methods, ASL curriculum development, and various linguistic (semantic and pragmatic) features of ASL. She was one of the authors of a new curriculum, ASL at Work, which was published in 2010 and has been adopted by ASL programs in other colleges/universities. She is joining the UNC adjunct faculty working with the Master's in Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) program.

Amy Seiberlich

Amy Seiberlich, M.A., CI, CT, Canada
Amy is a life-long student of communication and interpersonal dynamics.  She believes that a large percentage of the work that we do as interpreters revolves around managing our own thoughts so that we can become clearer vessels for facilitated communication.   Amy is the founder of the Leadership Institute where she teaches and serves as a professional coach.  She is also a co-founder of the Rie Centre; an organization dedicated to incorporating alternative health care methods in a holistic approach to interpreting.  Amy facilitates coursework for the BA program in Supervision and Leadership in Interpreting. 

Christy Smith

Christy Smith, M.A. Colorado

Christy Smith is an ASL instructor for ASL 1-4 Lowry Campus and tutors in the ASLEI BA program. She has worked within both traditional and non-traditional educational systems in America and abroad. Christy is the co-founder of Discovering Deaf Worlds, a non-profit organization, and has volunteered her time educating deaf children in India on several occasions at the shuktara home. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Criminology at Gallaudet University and her Master's Degree in Deaf Education at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kelli Stein

Kelli Stein; M.Ed., CI, CT, Washington, DC

 Kelli has been interpreting since 1993, when she moved from Washington State to Washington, DC, and discovered a robust and challenging interpreting environment and a community of colleagues whose work continues to inspire her. Her freelance practice involves an extensive range of settings and consumer partners.  An adjunct instructor since 2004 in the interpreting departments at the Community College of Baltimore County and Gallaudet University, she received a master’s degree in adult learning, specializing in interpreter pedagogy.  Kelli enjoys teaching courses, leading workshops, and presenting in the US and abroad.  The only thing she likes better than interpreting is teaching interpreting.

Kellie Stewart

Kellie Stewart, M.Ed., CSC, CI, CT, North Carolina

Kellie is currently a part-time instructor for the University of Northern Colorado, teaching primarily in the upper division classes of the BA, and is a full-time faculty member of the ASL and Interpreter Education Program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.  For the past 23 years, Kellie has taught countless professional development seminars and courses on a variety of subjects, both on-line and in traditional classrooms. In 2006, she and colleague, Anna Witter-Merithew co-authored a workbook entitled, Dimensions of Ethical Decision-Making: A Guided Exploration for Interpreters, published by Sign Media. In August 2010, Kellie was the first recipient of the Betsy Reifman Interpreter Educator Award, an honor she received during the Region 1 Conference.

Anna Witter-Merithew

Anna Witter-Merithew, M.Ed., CSC, SC:L, OIC:C, SC:PA, CI, CT, North Carolina

Anna is the developer and instructional manager of the Interpreting in the American Legal System Certificate Program (LITP) and the Leadership and Supervision Certificate Program (LSCP).  She was the primary developer for the baccalaureate program courses.  She currently manages course challenges and internship placements for baccalaureate students, and oversees the baccalaureate capstone portfolio assessment rating process.  Anna teaches INTR 492: Internship and INTR 461/561: Conducting Diagnostic Assessments.

Jason Zinza

Jason E. Zinza, Ph.D, CI., Maryland

Jason is a frequent presenter on topics related to ASL teaching, learning, and assessment, and works with state departments of education as a consultant for curriculum development and teacher licensure. He was one of the developers of the national ASL standards, and coordinates the ASL Honor Society. Currently, he teaches at the University of Maryland where he trains world language teachers pursuing state certification, and at Sign Media, Inc., where he develops educational materials. Dr. Zinza received the T.J. O’Rourke Memorial Award for significant contributions to the field of ASL teacher training in 2007, and the Marie Jean Philip Memorial Award in 2013 for excellence in the field of K-12 ASL instruction. He is joining the UNC adjunct faculty working with the Master's in Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) program.