Thai Morris is RID Certified: CI & CT;QMHI. She is a graduate of the Sign Language Interpreting Program at Georgia Perimeter College, in Atlanta, Georgia and worked as an educational interpreter for 7 years before becoming a staff interpreter with a Deaf-owned company for 2 years. When that agency closed, she established her own interpreting agency, Morris Interpreting Services, Inc. Since then, she has been working as a freelance interpreter, teaching workshops, and mentoring student interpreters. In December 2004, Thai founded a non-profit organization called Deaf Equal Access Foundation, Inc.,(D.E.A.F. Inc.), www.deafinc.net, as a way to give back to the Deaf community, by providing interpreting services for events that are not covered under ADA and as a way to provide mentoring for student interpreters.
Susan Lascek is the Supervisor of the Helen Keller National Center Regional Representatives, who serve the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She has been with the Helen Keller Center since July, 1994 and prior to that, with the Helen Keller affiliate in Minnesota (1986-1994). Having a deaf brother who lives in California has significantly impacted her life and influenced her perspective. Susan has worked in the field of deaf-blindness for over twenty years in the Midwest as well as Georgia. Her personal mission is to increase resources and access for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind individuals in Georgia.
Donna Flanders, CI & CT, was raised and trained as an Interpreter in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated with an Associates degree in Interpretation for the Deaf in 1991 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Upon graduation, she relocated to Atlanta, where she accepted her first full-time interpreting position at Clarkston High School. After 7 years in the school system, Donna became a freelance Interpreter. Today, she owns a successful independent contracting business called FingersCrossed, Inc. and strives to include 15 hours of pro bono interpreting per quarter. She has also presented over twenty workshops on various topics including religious interpreting, interpreting for live concerts, performance interpreting and the business side of interpreting. During her years in Georgia, Donna has served on various committees, working to make Georgia a progressive state in the field of accessibility services. Currently, she is a part of the Stagehands Advisory Committee, a part VSA arts of Georgia, which strives to make theatrical performances accessible and enjoyable for the Deaf community. She is also in her 7th year on the Atlanta Pride Committee as Co-Chair of Accessibility Services. Donna looks forward to discussing creative ways to provide interpreting services to the entire community and sends her thanks to all the members of the Board for this invitation.