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MRID Member of the Year (MOTY) 

This award is given each year to an MRID member who exemplifies a contribution and commitment not only to MRID but to the field of interpreting and to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind communities we serve. The award recipient has a history of donating his/her time, energy and volunteerism, which supports the growth of our field and benefits the consumers we serve. Nominees must be current members of MRID to be considered. 

According to MRID'S Policy ad Procedure Manual, the candidate must meet the following criteria: 
1. The Candidate must be an active member of MRID for at least 5 (five) years. 
2. The Candidate made outstanding contributions during the previous 3 (three) years. 
3. The Candidate has given a substantial amount of their own time and/or resources (not while on another job) to MRID work. 
4. The Candidate has achieved something that substantially contributes to upgrading and/or improving the interpreting profession in Minnesota and/or nation.

To nominate a Member of the Year contact MRID's President at, or Secretary at

Past MOTY recipients

2018 - Dee Ramnarine
2017 - Kari Brecht
2016 - Tarra Grammenos
2015 - David Evans
2014 - Paul Deeming
2013 - Stacey Ferguson
2012 - Pam Wellumson
2011 - Susan Boinis
2010 - Stephen Medlicott
2009 - Katie Hoye
2008 - Laurie Swabey
2007 - Lynn Joa Wander
2006 - Mary Borrmann
2005 - Debbie Timmers
2004 - Patty Gordon
2003 - Mari Magler
2002 - Lisa Seaman
2001 - Mary Burnes
2000 - Doug Bowen-Bailey
1999 - Julie Bauch
1998 - Carol Helou (Murphy McWade) 
1997 - Mary Jo Cristofaro Hark
1996 - Kay Eichler
1995 - Paula Gajewski Mickelson
1994 - Marie Elliott Hoff
1993 - Michael Rosen
1992 - Shari Estep
1991 - Jan Radatz
1990 - Nanci Niedermayer Yanes 
1989 - Richard Laurion
1988 - Susan Brooks
1987 - Rubin Latz
1986 - Marty Barnum
1985 - Pam Sherwood Gabrielson 
1984 - Alina Schroeder
1983 - Susan Arneson
1982 - Kathy Moe


MRID Outstanding Organization of the Year Award

The Outstanding Organization of the Year Award is given to an organization for their extraordinary contributions to the field of interpreting. Recommendations fro this award are accepted from the general membership and the MRID Board of Directors chooses the recipient. The MRID standing President presents this award to the organization during the Annual Fall Conference.

To nominate an individual or group, contact MRID's President at or Secretary at

Past Organization recipients

2018 - ASL Interpreting Services
2016 - Family Tree Clinic
2015 - Metro ECSU

MRID President's award

The President’s award is given to an individual who has assisted and/or supported the President and/or the Board of Directors in various ways during the year. The Standing President makes the selection and presents the award during the Annual Fall Conference.

Past President's Award Recipients

2018 - Nicole Thornberg
2016 - Janine Schug

2014 - David Evans

2013 - Melissa Mittelstaedt

The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award

Leo Latz and his wife, Evelyn, gave generously of their time, talents, and kindness in support of interpreters and the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf over many years. 

To honor all that Leo and Evelyn have done, “The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award” has been established and is awarded to a person or group that demonstrates a humanitarian spirit in supporting the interpreting profession and/or the deaf community. 

The name of the award comes from the by-line Leo used (“The Lion Roars”) in his regular column for the Thompson Hall Newsletter. The first “The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award” was given to Bonham Cross at the 2005 MRID Fall Conference in Mankato. 

There are two basic requirements for award nominees:

  • be an individual or group who does not depend on interpreting for their livelihood, and
  • must demonstrate that they have made enduring, significant contributions to the interpreting profession and/or the Deaf community.

To nominate an individual or group, contact MRID's President at or Secretary at before October 10, 2016.

Past Lion Roars recipients

2016 - Mary Hartnett
2015 - Jay Fehrman
2014 - Doug Bahl
2005 - Bonham Cross

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