Nathan Brown, NIC

Nathan Brown is a nationally certified interpreter who has been in the field since 2005. He graduated cum laude from San Diego State with a bachelors degree in history. Nathan is a native to both San Diego and the Deaf community. Outside of work you can find him spending time with his family, enjoying the San Diego craft beer scene, and on perfect days - both.

Vice President

Alex Woodford, NIC

Alex is native San Diegan and has been a part of the deaf community since birth. He began interpreting professionally in 2006 in the K-12 setting. A few years later he began working in post-secondary education where he became nationally certified and started working VRS as well as a freelance interpreter in the community.  In his free time, he loves to play sports. 


Abby Coyer


Johnna Hitt

Working Interpreter Representative

Jillean Reitz

Deaf Representative

Ranem Wissam Shhadeh

Ranem Wissam Shhadeh is an Deaf Palestinian American woman who knows Israeli Sign Language and American Sign Language. Ranem has worked as a Deaf Interpreter since 2010. She was the first person to graduate as a Deaf interpreter through the ASL Interpreting Training Program at Palomar College in San Marcos. You will probably see her around with her hearing alert service dog Bella. Ranem currently works at Deaf Community Services (DCS) as an Operations Manager of the Interpreting Department. Before DCS, Ranem worked at Disability Rights California (DRC) where she had served and advocated for Deaf clients. She is actively involved with the Deaf and refugee community and providing services to those who have language barriers. From 2011-2015 she worked for the United States Army in Fort Hood, Texas as a CO Leader for Family Readiness and CARE response team. Ranem strongly believes in equal access no matter where a person comes from around the world. Life is a precious thing and everyone deserve a chance to be heard.

Student Representative Palomar College

Reina Castro

Reina Castro is currently a student at Palomar College, where she has devoted time as a dedicated volunteer and attendee within the Deaf Community. Starting from the time in elementary school, Reina has served a variety of roles in leadership. Reina has taken on roles from Presidential to, currently Student Secretary of her interpreting class. Reina’s ambition is to continue her education in interpreting and is working towards becoming a Certified Medical Interpreter.

Reina has been learning ASL since late 2011 staring in High School. Since then, her goal has been to provide full access of communication for Deaf Individuals. Reina enjoys workshops, trainings and networking within the interpreting community. You can find her on most weeknights volunteering at Deaf Community Services or weekends at various events. While she enjoys her involvement in the community Reina also enjoys her time creating new and creative ideas to support her students’ educational learning outcomes.


Student Representative Mesa College

Natalie Cuddy

Past President

Jennifer Pelloni, NIC: Advanced

Jennifer Pelloni joined the interpreting profession in 2007. She graduated from the San Diego Mesa College interpreter training program.

Following graduation, she began interpreting in education settings and volunteered with several professional organizations. She served as Bylaws chairperson and as Treasurer on the Board of San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. In addition, she has volunteered with the Deaf Awareness Day event and served as co-chairperson in 2008.

Currently, Jennifer is working as a full-time ASL interpreter. One of the most important thing to Jennifer is giving back to the Deaf community. She has attended the University of Northern Colorado and Pennsylvania State University.


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