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 and Procedure Manual, the candidate must meet the following criteria:
To nominate a Member of the Year contact MRID's President at President@mrid.org.
Past MOTY recipients
2021 - Michelle Remer
2020 - Megan Bolduc
2019 - Darlene Snelson
2018 - Dee Ramnarine
MRID lifetime achievement award
Past Lifetime Achievement recipients
2021 - Richard Laurion
2016 - Jill Hartman
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 for 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 President@mrid.org.
Past Organization recipients
2021 - Deaf Equity
2020 - Keystone Interpreting Solutions (KIS)
2019 - Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, & Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH)
2018 - ASL Interpreting Services, Inc. (ASLIS)
2010 - Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD)
2009 - University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center
2008 - ASL Interpreting Services, Inc. (ASLIS)
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
2021 - Nic Zapko
2020 - Katelyn Wells & Sydney Groven
2019 - Melissa Barg
2018 - Nicole Thornberg
2014 - David Evans
2013 - Melissa Mittelstaedt
2010 - Sarah Mansager
2009 - Natalie Stanley
2008 - Paula Leahy-Schmidt
2007 - Natalie Stanley & Lynn Joa Wander
2006 - Lynn Joa Wander
2005 - Katie Peterson & Laura Wilbur
2004 - Carole Virnig
The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award
In January of 2004, one of MRID's most dedicated and enthusiastic members, Leo Latz, passed away. At the news of his passing, several MRID members gave contributions to MRID in memory of Leo. With those contributions, the board decided to establish an award in Leo's name.
There are two basic requirements for award nominees:
To nominate an individual or group, contact MRID's President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Lion Roars recipients
2021 - Liz Brown
2020 - Darlene Zangara
2019 - Jessalyn Akerman-Frank
2016 - Mary Hartnett
2021 - Lora Amaro
In recognition and sincere gratitude for your outstanding dedication, service, and commitment to the development of educational sign language interpreters across Minnesota.
2021 - Tarra Grammenos
In recognition of your outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to the health and longevity of our organization.
2021 - Melissa Lund
In recognition and sincere gratitude for your dedication and commitment to fight for justice and equity by ensuring Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities have access to Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+, and Water Protectors' movements across Minnesota.
2020 - Nic Zapko, Deaf Interpreter
In recognition and sincere gratitude for your extraordinary dedication, unrivaled talent, and unsurpassed commitment to provide exceptional Deaf interpreting access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing communities in Minnesota.
2019 - John Fechter, MADC President
In recognition and gratitude for your leadership, dedication, and commitment to collaboration and partnership with the MADC and MRID.