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2021 Board (Back row l-r):  Sarah Houge-Community Relations Director, Nic Zapko-Programs Director,

Krista Anderson-Communications Director

(Front row l-r):  Michelle Remer-Member Director, Kymberlee Cook-Finance Director,

Tarra Grammenos-President

(vacant-Operations Director)

MRID President

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 almost 15 years. She loves planning events and has served multiple times as the Camp ASL, Spring, and Fall Conference Chair. She was also awarded Region III's "Community Interpreter Award" in 2018 and MRID's "Member of the Year Award" in 2016. She also travels the country presenting workshops, specifically on the topic of suicide, as she’s a sibling survivor of suicide. Tarra is in her fourth year as President of MRID and thoroughly enjoys it. She lives in Bloomington with her fiance, his teenage son, and their adorable chihuahua, Junior.

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Operations Director

Communications Director

Krista Anderson

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.

Programs Director

Nic Zapko

Nic works as the Interpreting Education & Professional Development, Distance Learning Program Manager at Sorenson Communications. 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 served on the MRID board in 2010, and re-joined in 2018 as Member at Large. She was a member of the Change Team that restructured the board positions, served as the Communications Director, and is now the Programs Director in her fourth year on the board. 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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Finance Director

Kimberlee 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.

Member Director

Michelle Remer, Ed: K-12