Meet Us

MEET US

Staff Interpreters

Josh Ayoub, NIC Master

Massachusetts/Rhode Island

I am a Boston native who received my interpreter training from Northeastern University. I got my professional start at The Learning Center for the Deaf before moving to Chicago. My education and immersion into the Deaf community led to a career in interpreting. I moved back home in 2018 and I have been afforded many opportunities such as interpreting conferences, post-secondary and doctorate education, business engagements, theatre performances, and concerts. I take great pride in professional development and mentoring future interpreters. Outside of work, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family, reading about true crime, and watching my home-town teams win championships.

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Nicolette Ballard, NIC

Massachusetts/Rhode Island

I began taking ASL classes at the age of 13 and was instantly captivated by the language and culture. This led me to Northeastern University where I received my bachelor’s degree in ASL/English interpreting. The time spent at Northeastern afforded me an opportunity to explore different avenues within the profession, specifically educational and medical interpreting. I was fortunate enough to work with a mentor in preparation for the MCDHH State Screening and NIC, both of which I received. For that reason, I enjoy mentoring pre-screened interpreters to pay it forward. In my free time you can find me spending time with my husband and two fur-babies Pepperoni and Olive, doing Crossfit, or cooking.
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Lisa Gentile, CI/CT/NIC

Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island

I have over 32 years of experience and have been interpreting since 1982. After taking several sign language classes at the local YMCA at the age of 18, I fell in love with the language and Deaf culture. My teacher encouraged me to attend Gallaudet University for a summer intensive study program. I then became a staff interpreter at R.E.A.D.S. Collaborative where I worked with Deaf high school students for 13 years. I have worked in a variety of settings including business, corporate, mental health, medical, VRS, and international travel. I also helped establish the South East Mentorship Program as well as participated and taught in the Peer Mentorship Program. In addition to interpreting, I enjoy family time, kayaking, windsurfing, and leading worship at church.

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Kristen Kennedy, MCDHH I

Massachusetts

I attended Worcester State College for my bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and it was there that I happened to see information about ASL classes. I finally found my passion during my senior year of college, when I began a Deaf gymnastics program for children ages 3-14. I took a job at The Learning Center for the Deaf and then attended Framingham State University for a bachelor’s degree in interpreting. I have worked with Partners Interpreting, video remote interpreting, and with MCDHH. I can honestly say I absolutely love my job and look forward to what I get to do every day.
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Shayan Kermati, MCDHH SDI

Massachusetts/Rhode Island

I was born and raised for half of my life in Florida before I came to New England, where I live with my wife and son. I worked at a school program for nearly 20 years before I became a state-screened Deaf interpreter. I love watching NFL games, especially the New England Patriots — yet my favorite colors are green and orange. I cofounded three Deaf organizations: Deaf Disc Golf Associate, New England Deaf Disc Golf, and SouthShore Deaf Bowling League. I also host one of the longest-running Deaf disc golf tournaments in the nation. Other hobbies I enjoy are camping/ travel trailer , disc golf, and bowling.
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Patty Lejeune, CI

Massachusetts

I earned both my associates degree in ASL/English interpreting, and my bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. I joined the Partners Interpreting team in 2015 and enjoy interpreting all over Massachusetts.
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Tara McAuliffe, CI/CT

Connecticut

My name is Tara McAuliffe , CI/CT . I am a dedicated staff interpreter for Partners Interpreting and cover the Connecticut area. I also have a BA in Communications from WCSU in Ct. I am so happy to be part of the PI team and the Deaf community. I love the interpreting work and this beautiful language.
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Patti Medbery, NIC

Massachusetts/Rhode Island

A Rhode Island native, I traveled across the nation and throughout Europe after high school graduation. I came back to the New England area, settling in Massachusetts where I began taking ASL classes at The Learning Center. I then earned a degree from the interpreter training program at Northern Essex Community College. I worked at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), coordinating the after-hours emergency on call services for seven years. Outside of interpreting, I spend the majority of my time trying to keep up with my awesome daughter.

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Elaine Moore, NAD IV

Massachusetts

I met my first Deaf person when we were both five years old in Hawaii. I was set to attend Mount Ida College for equine management, but my plans fell through so I attended Northern Essex Community College for core courses, figuring out what I would do next. I ended up graduating from the college’s interpreter training program. I lived in Irmo, South Carolina and worked as a freelance interpreter. My husband at the time was the executive director of the South Carolina Association of the Deaf telecommunications equipment distribution program and so I did some work for the program. I then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where I worked at The Buckeye Ranch (Residential and day treatment facility for adolescents) as an interpreter and small group leader. I currently live in Massachusetts with my Green Cheek Conure parrot Katya and African Grey Parrot Ellie.

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Jessica Morgan, NIC

Massachusetts/Rhode Island

I have been interpreting over 20+ years and a dedicated staff interpreter with Partners since 2015. I lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, before life brought me back to New England. Before becoming an interpreter, I studied at Assumption College and Washington College. I work primarily in the state of Rhode Island interpreting in a variety of settings including medical, conference/platform, education, and business. I am passionate about the Deaf community, a proud CODA, and love my children and fur-babies dearly.
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Elizabeth Nadolski, NIC Master

Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island

I was born into the Deaf World as the eldest child of Deaf and Polish immigrant parents.  As a result, I am tri-lingual and tri-cultural (Polish was my first language, with sign language second, and I did not learn English until I went to kindergarten). I am a proud CODA who feels “at home” among the Deaf community and prides herself on being an ally.

 

Although born in the United States I lived in Poland for four years before moving to New York at the age of five. I spent my formative years growing up on Long Island, attended college and graduate school in New York City, then relocated to New Jersey and worked on Wall Street for a decade. After completing my Interpreter Training Program in Utah, I relocated to Massachusetts in 2005.  I earned my NIC Master certification in 2009 and have been proudly affiliated with Partners Interpreting since 2010.

 

Since becoming a professional interpreter in 2004, I have worked in various settings including:  medical, psychiatric, academic, social justice, agency, business, government, Video Remote Interpreting, and Video Relay Services.  I enjoy the variety of work I perform and the people I interact with while working all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. 

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Samara Patterson

Massachusetts

I am a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and earned my bachelor’s degree from the ASL/English Interpreting program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. I am a Child of Deaf Adults and invested a majority of my professional career in Deaf centered fields. Along with working as a student interpreter through the Department of Access Services at RIT, I was a research assistant at the NTID Center on Culture and Language where I worked closely with Deaf professionals and studied the linguistic components of ASL variation. I joined Partners Interpreting in the Fall of 2022 and I look forward to building my career with the team!

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Emily Rogers, NIC

Massachusetts

I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and moved several times all over the east coast, landing in Newburyport, Massachusetts for high school. When I attended Northern Essex Community College, I picked up a course catalog, unsure of what to take, and ASL jumped out at me. I had a natural ability for interpreting and was absolutely in love with the Deaf community, culture, and language. I landed a job working at a group home for Deaf women with intellectual disabilities. I credit a lot of my language skills to these women, who taught me so much about communicating expressively in ASL. Shortly after graduating with my degree in interpreting, I made the hard decision to leave the group home and begin working as a paraprofessional at Beverly School for the Deaf. I then began working as a VRS interpreter and took online classes at University of Massachusetts Lowell for a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2020, I happily started my new adventure as a staff interpreter with Partners Interpreting. I have an amazing husband and two beautiful daughters. I enjoy camping, going to the beach, sledding, skiing, going to parks, taking dancing classes, reading, playing soccer, and so much more.
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Tracy Stowbridge, NIC Adv.

Massachusetts

I have been working with Partners Interpreting for 11 years and interpreting for over 20 years. I have a degree in interpreting and a certificate in deaf studies. I primarily interpret in medical settings; however, I have interpreted in the other genre too. Some of my hobbies are interpreting Renaissance festivals and doing activities with our motorcycle group.
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Melissa Toth

Connecticut/Massachusetts

I grew up in New Jersey and was introduced to ASL while working in a daycare and took a few courses before I continued onto an interpreter training program and a bachelor’s degree. I worked as a supported employment associate with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals’ job development and placement. I eventually began interpreting in a variety of fields, including medical/mental health, corporate, VRS, and theatre. I relocated to New England to be closer to family and am very much enjoying getting to know the area as well as the community.
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Amy Cone

Tennessee

Although I am a native of Chicago, Illinois my blood runs orange for Tennessee. For the past 22 years, I have been a Staff Interpreter based in Tennessee, specializing in Video Relay Service (VRS) and higher education interpretations.  I have enjoyed all the opportunities I have been able to experience and always look forward to the next adventure! When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family, go camping, and experience the great outdoors.

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Robin Anderson, NIC Adv.

Tennessee

I have been interpreting for 20+ years. I fell in love with the language when I was a teenager. As I got older, I took a couple of ASL classes at a community college. While employed at a deaf school, I was offered the chance to interpret for high school students who attended a trade school, as well as the chance to do some community interpreting. I have also worked in Video Relay for 11 years. During those years, I realized how much I missed the local deaf community and returned to community interpreting in 2010. Community interpreting has presented me with opportunities to work in various disciplines: medical, mental health, legal, professional/business, education, government, platform/conference, religious, theatre and a little theme park interpreting. When not interpreting, you can catch me spending time with my wonderful husband, cheering on my son in his next theatre production, visiting my daughter, son-in-love and 2 grandsugars or cuddling with my fur babies.

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Ariel Baeseman-O'Donnell, BEI Master

Tennessee

A Wisconsin native, I lucked into an amazing Deaf and interpreting community as I started my journey in this field. I realized I wanted to become an interpreter after seeing the challenges my friend faced finding qualified interpreters that were also a personality match. I realized that the interpreter pool was quite limited, especially in rural areas leaving the Deaf community with fewer choices, and thought it could be a wonderful idea to be part of the growth and options. I attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in their four-year ITP. After graduating with my Bachelor’s, I moved and began interpreting in Austin, TX where I continued learning and growing. In 2022, I earned my BEI Master certificate and Master’s degree in interpreting from St. Catherine University. I truly love the opportunity to learn every day in this field and am excited about the continued opportunities ahead of me. When I’m not throwing myself into my work, I’m probably at home snuggling up with my many cats and my partner or doing something musical.
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Paul Moore

Tennessee

I was first introduced to the Deaf world after moving to Tennessee, joining a church that had a Deaf ministry. Through that, I jumped head first into the Deaf community and learned how to sign and then pursued interpreting through the Deaf community. I have over 12 years of experience with interpreting in various fields, from medical, mental health, to concerts and plays. Professionally, I’m continuing my development and pursuing national certification with advanced training. When I’m not working, I’m an avid gamer, and an all-around nerd, and will talk about Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter all day if given the chance.
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John Ruess, MICS-BEI Master

Tennessee

 I have had the privilege of living and working in many Deaf communities across the country, and Tennessee has become my home! I have been a professional Interpreter since 1987 and received some of my training in my home city of San Diego, CA. I completed my training and graduated from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR. I began my interpreting career at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. Over the span of my career, I have held a wide variety of professional interpreting positions in governmental, private, and public sectors. My passion is interpreting for clients in Medical, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Treatment settings. My “Happy Place” is training dogs for AKC shows and playing in the dirt, aka gardening.

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Staff Captioners

Brittney Woods

Staff Captioner, CVR

I graduated from Ohio University and studied court reporting at Cuyahoga Community College. I have been a CART Provider since 2018, a field I became aware of when I had a roommate in college who used a stenographic CART provider for her classes. Prior to that, I spent ten years working at dude ranches in Wyoming and Arizona. I enjoy knitting, reading books and newspapers, and cooking healthy meals in my free time.
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Caryn Broome

Staff Lead Captioner and Trainer, CCR, CVR-M, RCP-M

I attended Brown College of Court Reporting to start a career in court reporting. When I learned the two real-time methods available, stenography and voice writing, my husband learned that the latter meant I would be dictating into a mask. He said, “You mean she can get paid to talk? She’ll do that one.” What started as a joke between my husband and me turned into a career and passion that I have pursued ever since. I have also served as past president of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association (GCCRA) and as past vice president of National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA). I started CMB Reporting Services, and while I occasionally cover a deposition involving Deaf and hard of hearing people, it is CART and mentoring that keeps me busy these days. I strongly believe that voice writing is a key element to being able to caption the world and enjoys training and mentoring others in this exciting field.
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Denise Miller

Staff Captioner, CVR

After spending 22 years as a medical transcriptionist, I suffered a stroke in 2013. The long-term effects gave me a new understanding of the necessity for accessible content and my direction into the field was further strengthened. As a firm believer in the rights of all to have equal access and wanting to make more of a difference, I made a career leap to being a CART provider. As I live in a small town in Ohio, my work has covered post-secondary, conventions, corporate, conference events, music events, and comedy shows across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. When not working, I can often be found on a beach somewhere with sand between my toes and a good book in my hands or poolside enjoying the company of my husband and our three children.
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Francisco Philibert

Staff Captioner

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico until my family moved to San Diego in the late 1970s. I earned an associate degree in journalism and real estate from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California. I then went on to study broadcast/film briefly at Southern Methodist University before earning a bachelor’s degree in social science and management from the University of Texas at Dallas. I currently live in Houston, Texas.
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Jill Pesti

Staff Captioner, CVR

I was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which led to a career for many years in the office furniture industry as a project designer/product specification specialist. When the owners retired at the last company I worked for, I decided to make a career change. I trained as a CART captioner and have been providing live transcription for the last four and a half years to various post-secondary, corporate, and conference events. I obtained national certification halfway through my CART career. I love to sit by the lake, go for bike rides, and visit the local eagle’s nest each spring to see their new eaglets.
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Lanora Fairman

Staff Captioner, Court Reporting Degree

A Texas native, I graduated from the Court Reporting Institute of Houston with an associate degree. I have worked as a CART captioner for over ten years and have administered services in diverse settings from high school to college. In one setting, I provided CART services for a law student for four years and am proud to say she passed her exam and is currently a practicing attorney now. I love spending time with my big family.
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Rebecca Moore

Staff Captioner

I grew up in South Florida and received my Bachelors at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The years afterwards were spent working with the elderly via therapeutic recreation, with the deaf community at church as well as teaching. My passion for helping, empowering, and educating collided into the perfect career when I discovered CART in 2017. Since then, my love for education and connecting with students/clients have been my job, although it never feels like work. From undergraduate to graduate courses coast-to-coast at Big 10, SEC, and Ivy League schools to national security events, and speakers, there is never a dull moment and it’s a thrill to be on the team at Partners as they represent the “gold standard” in our industry. I love traveling, being outdoors, sports, hanging out with my kids, friends, and trusty dog (and captioning buddy), Bentley.

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Paola Yanez

Staff Captioner

I was born in Rosario, Argentina. My parents migrated to Toronto, Canada when I was 2 years old. I grew up in the cold, Canadian winters and have now been living happily on the shores of New Jersey for 22 years. I am bilingual and worked as a Spanish interpreter for 12 years, specializing in the medical and educational fields. At the onset of COVID, the hospital I was contracted at closed its outpatient department for an indefinite period of time. Uncertain of my employment, I started looking at what I could do from home, since it looked like we were going to be there for a while. My love of languages led me to take ASL classes online. It was through this venture, that I began to learn about the deaf culture. My teacher, who was not much older than me, would tell us how she wasn’t able to watch television as a child because there were no captions back then. It really opened my eyes to the struggles and realities that the deaf and hard of hearing communities must deal with on a regular basis. I also learned what a loving, proud, and welcoming community it is. I decided at this moment, that this is where I was meant to be. I trained to be a captioner under my esteemed colleague and now good friend, Caryn Broome. I obtained my national certification in March of 2022. Every day since, I thank my lucky stars to have found work that is so personally satisfying. I am humbled and ecstatic to be working as a staff captioner for Partners Interpreting. I tell my kids all the time, do what you love, and love what you do. I am grateful to be doing just that.

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