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MRID Director

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 as President, Spring/Fall Conference Chair, Camp ASL Chair, Member of the Year, and more, for 10+ years. She also was awarded Region III's "Community Interpreter Award" in 2018. She lives in Bloomington with her fiance, his teenage son, and their adorable chihuahua, Junior.

Operations Director

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.

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Communications Director

Nic Zapko

Nic 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.

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Community Relations Director

Jamers Speier, CDI

Jamers has been working with Sorenson Communications since 2006. In addition to Sorenson, Jamers find herself providing service in the community as well. Before coming to St. Cloud, Minnesota, she has lived in Milwaukee, Wis, Fort Collins, CO, and Wichita, Kan where she also served the state RID chapters either on board or committees.  Jamers has a Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Education with a concentration in ASL Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  When she is not being active in interpreting and deaf community, you can find her volunteering with the Grey Face Rescue and Retirement playing with senior dogs, cheering on the Packers, crafting, hiking, and fishing – especially hard water fishing with her husband.  She looks forward to serving the ASL/Interpreting community of Minnesota!

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Program Director

Jon Ainsworth