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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 third 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

Sydney Groven, M.A., 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 (2014-2015, 2018), and now as Operations Director on the board. She is nationally certified by the RID and holds a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership. Sydney has been freelance interpreting since 2012 and currently works full-time as an Assistant Professor of ASL Interpreting at North Central University. When not working, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles and going on snowmobile, motorcycle, or camping adventures with her husband.

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Communications Director

Nicki Mosbeck-Barrett, NIC

Nicki has a Bachelor of Arts degree in ASL Interpreting from St. Catherine University where she graduated in 2014, and has been working as an educational interpreter since then. Nicki is excited to be a part of MRID as a board member and is looking forward to learning more and serving the community. Nicki enjoys spending time with her partner Eric, playing with her two dogs and two cats, or visiting her family in Canada (where she was born and raised). Nicki loves visiting her family’s resort in Canada, the outdoors, fishing, swimming, and hiking.

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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 third 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

Katelyn Wells, NIC

Katelyn graduated from St. Catherine University’s interpreting program in 2009. She first got involved with MRID in 2015 as a member of the Transition Team ad hoc committee, and then was elected treasurer starting in 2018. Katelyn also worked on the Change Team and is currently in her third year on the board. Outside of work and volunteering, Katelyn spends her time with her husband and 2 children, reading, or playing board games with friends.

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Member Director

Michelle Remer, Ed: K-12