Tarra Grammenos, M.S., SC:L, NIC Advanced
Tarra holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate in Legal Interpreting, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology of Deviance, and Associate's Degree in ASL/English Interpreting. She's been heavily involved with MRID for over 10 years. She loves planning events and has served multiple times as the Camp ASL, Spring, and Fall Conference Chair. She also was awarded Region III's "Community Interpreter Award" in 2018 and MRID's "Member of the Year Award" in 2016. She lives in Bloomington with her fiance, his teenage son, and their adorable chihuahua, Junior.
Sydney Groven, NIC
Seeing the value in this organization, Sydney has actively served the MRID since 2012 in various roles such as Freelance Committee Member, MRID Update Editor, Change Team Member, Metro Rep on the Board of Directors (2014-2015, 2018) and now as Operations Director on the board. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and works full-time as an instructor of interpreting at North Central University. She’s looking forward to post-graduation when she’ll have more time to do jigsaw puzzles or go on snowmobile, motorcycle, or boating adventures with her husband.
Nicki has a Bachelor of Arts degree in ASL Interpreting from St. Catherine University where she graduated in 2014. Since then she has been working in education where she holds Educational Certification through EIPA. Nicki is excited to be a part of MRID as a board member and is looking forward to learning more and serving the community. In the past Nicki has been involved with team USA National Deaf Team for both men’s and women’s, done a bit of travel interpreting, and quite a bit of sports interpreting. When she is not working as an interpreter, you can find her at a hockey arena as an assistant coach at Centennial Varsity High School Girls team.
Nic ZapkoNic is currently the night and weekend Assistant Director at the Saint Paul Sorenson center. She has a passion for her work whether it's as a mentor, actor, presenter, board member, or collaborator. She has provided ASL language mentoring, tutoring, workshops and ASL consulting services for several organizations and theaters. Nic has been involved with MRID in the past, and re-joined the board January 2018 as Member at Large. She was also a member of the Change Team that restructured the board positions, and now serves as the Communications Director. When she's not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time in front of a campfire or out camping with her family.
Katelyn Wells, NIC
Katelyn graduated from St. Catherine's interpreting program in 2009. She first got involved with MRID in late 2015 as a member of the Transition Team ad hoc committee, and then was elected treasurer starting in 2018. This past year, Katelyn worked on the Change Team as well as serving on the Board of Directors. She is excited to continue into the position of Financial Director and to see what this year has in store for our organization! Outside of work and volunteering, Katelyn spends her time with her husband and 2 children, reading, or playing board games with friends.
Michelle Remer, Ed: K-12
Michelle is an Interpreter Coordinator with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Moorhead, MN. She received her B.S. from U of M: Morris and attended the ITP program at St. Paul College. Michelle previously worked as an Educational Interpreter and also served on MRID’s Board of Directors as the Northern Representative. When Michelle isn’t working or volunteering for MRID she enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing softball, and is working towards visiting every State Park in MN.