Ben began his professional interpreting career in 1975 as a freelance interpreter in Central Ohio. Ben served as an adjunct instructor at Columbus State Community College’s Interpreting Education Program for 11 years and as Coordinator of Interpreter Services with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission for 16 years. Prior to joining Hallenross, Ben worked with the national CSD (Communication Services for the Deaf headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the largest deaf organization in the world) as national Director for Interpreter Relations. In this capacity, he was responsible for setting national policy affecting hundreds of interpreters working with CSD’s video relay and community interpreter activities.
He served 13 years on the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Board of Directors, first as Region III Representative, then as Vice-President, and two terms as President.During his tenure on the national RID – NAD (National Association of the Deaf) National Council on Interpreting he oversaw the development of the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and the Code of Professional Standards. Ben collaborated with then NAD President Libby Pollard to co-author the State NAD – RID Collaboration Plan designed to foster networking between NAD and RID at the state and local levels.
Ben served on a subcommittee of the Supreme Court of Ohio that developed interpreter standards for all language interpreters in the state. He also served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Educators (CCIE), the only accreditation body for the interpreter programs.