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MRID President

Michelle Remer, NIC, 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.

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Operations Director

Doug Bowen-Bailey, CI/CT

Doug Bowen-Bailey lives and works in Duluth as an interpreter and educator. He currently serves as an instructional designer for the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University and interprets in a variety of community settings in the Northland. A graduate of Macalester College with a BA in African Studies and History, St. Paul Technical College for interpreter training, and St. Catherine University with a MA in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity, he is also an executive board member for the Duluth Branch of the NAACP and is involved with racial equity education and organizing in the Duluth area. This is his second time serving on the MRID Board with a previous stint in the 1990s. He and his partner, Holly, are experience an empty nest for the first time and enjoying it quite thoroughly.

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Communications Director

Krista Anderson, NIC

Krista is an Assistant Grant Manager with ASLIS and a community interpreter. She is passionate about her work and being involved in the community. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Augustana University in 2015. She first became involved with MRID as Conference Support Staff during the 2014 & 2015 MRID Conferences, as well as the 2018 RID Region III Conference in Wisconsin. She also has a passion for working with non-certified interpreters, as she coordinates mentoring/NIC prep programs. When she’s not working, you can find her at sporting events, the gym, or hanging out with friends and family.

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Programs Director

Jenny Smith-Hastings

Jenny graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA degree in interpretation. Since 2017, she has worked as a program specialist for the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University supporting novice interpreters as they enter the field. Jenny is involved with Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf's Site Council as an alumni representative and also is part of the Site Council Strategic Plan committee. She also is the treasurer for Faribault Deaf Club's board and helps coordinate events for the Deaf community in Faribault and surrounding areas. Jenny enjoys playing in volleyball leagues and spending time with her 7 cats.

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Finance Director

Kymberlee Cook, NIC

Kymberlee attended St. Catherine University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in ASL Interpreting. She has been involved with MRID by serving as a panelist for two BIPOC experience workshops. Kymberlee also volunteered as a Conference Support Staff for the 2019 Fall Conference. She has joined MRID as the Finance Director with the goal of fostering growth and inclusion within our Minnesota community and continued sustainability for our organization. Kymberlee works as an educational interpreter and lives in the Southeast Metro with her partner, Sylena. Her hobbies include putting together jigsaw puzzles, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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Member Director

Laura SkyQuest

Laura is currently a Deaf Interpreter and works as an ASL Specialist at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. They earned their Masters in Deaf Education and enjoys working with the students at the school as a teacher, coach, and International Travel Sponsor. Laura also enjoys working in the community as an interpreter and activist. Laura joined MRID's recent interpreter licensure committee and is now excited to serve on the Board as the new Member Director. When they are not working, you can find them playing sports, reading books, traveling to new places, cuddling with their furbabies, or hanging with friends.

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Community Relations Director

Sarah Houge, M.Ed., M.A., CDI

Sarah became a RID Certified Deaf Interpreter in 2012 following years of experience working with local Deaf Immigrants and Refugees and globally with International Sign, foreign sign languages and interpretation. She has been involved in translation projects and video work with the state commission, international organizations, and in the educational field. Currently, Sarah teaches at St. Catherine University in their ASL & Interpreting Program, provides training/mentoring, and interprets in a variety of legal and social services settings. Sarah is very excited to be on the MRID Board for the first time as the Community Relations Director! During her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her loved ones.

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