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The Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education (MARIE) Center is a resource center on interpreting and interpreter education housed at the University of Northern Colorado's Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (DO IT) Center.

MARIE proudly serves the eleven states within its region which are Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. MARIE is funded by the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) grant #H160A100007.

The MARIE Center works with regional and national stakeholders to provide and sponsor activities that will increase the number and quality of interpreters who are able to effectively interpret for consumers with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Two settings of particular focus for MARIE are preparing interpreters to work in settings where VR clients are served and preparing interpreters to work in legal settings. MARIE is also committed to increasing the Deaf Community’s ability to effectively obtain and utilize interpreters through the provision of peer-based, self-advocacy training.

To effectively accomplish these tasks and to maximize resources, expertise, funding, and leadership, MARIE collaborates with five other RSA-funded Centers across the United States to create the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). The Consortium works to build and strengthen partner networks with interpreter education programs, practitioners, educators, and consumers locally, regionally and nationally.


Lillian Garcia Peterkin 1961-2016

Lillian Garcia PeterkinLillian was a valued member of the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC) staff whose untimely death has touched us all. She was born to Puerto Rican parents in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from the American School for the Deaf in 1981. She received a Bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting from Northeastern University in 2001. As former Communication & Outreach Coordinator of the NIEC, Lillian facilitated communication and reporting among the NCIEC’s 5 work teams. She was an active member of both the Deaf Interpreting work team and Deaf Advocacy Training work team. Lillian presented trainings to Deaf community members on topics such as medical interpreting, Deaf interpreting, and consumer rights to interpreting services. In her work prior to joining the NCIEC, Lillian spent ten years as coordinator of interpreting services in Massachusetts and Connecticut, providing supervision, outreach, mentorship, and education to interpreters. Lillian was a proud mother of two young girls and resided in Hamden, CT.


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