Hi, I'm Deb Teller. I have been interpreting for 20+ years. During that time, I've worked various settings including medical, educational, and video relay. I've served on boards for organizations at the city and state levels as secretary, treasurer and vice president. I earned my sign language degree while working full time for the state of Texas. I've been involved in numerous volunteer positions throughout my adult years. That is my way of giving back. It is a blessing to be a part of a community who is supportive and appreciative of what we do. I enjoy helping others accomplish their goals and seeing that community grow.
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neRID Metro Regional Representative
I am Marie Herrman. I have been interpreting for 21 years and graduated from Iowa Western Community College. I have been an Educational Interpreter for all of my career and work for Ralston Public Schools currently. Children are my passion to work with and I love educational interpreting. I am involved with interpreting Video Relay Service for the pass 16yrs and counting. I have done a variety of freelance jobs within my career as well and continue to do as needed. I am licensed in Nebraska and Iowa as well as holding an EIPA qualification. I am a mother of two boys (Declan and Ronan) and have been married for 17yrs to my husband Matt Herrman. I love to travel, be with family and friends and be involved with my community.
neRID Southeast Representative
Hello, my name is Karen Blank and I’ve been interpreting for forty years. In 1963, I was inspired to learn sign language after watching the movie “The Miracle Worker”, about Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind. I graduated from Gallaudet College’s Interpreter Training Program in Washington DC in 1975. Moving from Indiana in 1978, I worked full-time at a deaf church in Omaha for almost nine years. While there, I was able to, with a deaf person, co-direct a sign-singing-pantomime group called “The Son-Shine Signers”, that traveled to share the Gospel as well as deaf awareness. In 1986, I married Darwin, who is a Nebraska farmer, and settled in Madison, Nebraska, where we’ve raised our two children, Eric and Karissa. Earning my QAST in 1993, EIPA in 2000, and RID-CT in 2001, I’ve done private practice interpreting and eleven years of full-time interpreting in a school setting. After earning my Master’s Degree in Deaf Education in 2006, I was a Deaf Educator for several years. I currently substitute in schools as an interpreter or deaf educator and am one of two private practice interpreters in Northeast Nebraska. For many years, I have LOVED using sign language in a variety of settings, especially religious. Another passion of mine is documenting family history by creating books to share with my family.