Linda has been involved in the field of interpreting in numerous capacities for more than 20 years. She has worked as a freelance interpreter in social service, health service, business and corporate, educational, legal, video relay, and public settings; interpreter coordinator for the a state funded agency providing services to three counties within Northeast Ohio as well as a major University; and interpreter educator in both 2 year and 4 year programs as well as non-academic programs during her career. Linda considers herself to be a true generalist, although she prefers platform interpreting and working from ASL into English.
Linda has also contributed to the field of interpreting by serving as a member of the Board of Editors for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Journal of Interpretation, Content Expert in the development of the RID-NAD National Interpreter Certification (NIC), First Vice President of the Ohio Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (OCRID), Bylaws Committee Member (OCRID), Awards Committee Chair (OCRID), and member of several conference planning committees at both the regional and state level. In addition, she has provided workshops on various aspects of interpreting at national, state and local levels.
Along with the Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Certificate of Transliteration (CT) from RID, Linda holds the Ohio Department of Education Associate: Interpreter for Hearing Impaired License (long term substitute). Linda also holds an A.A. in interpreting/transliteration along with a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology specializing in American Deaf culture, culture transmission and learning, sociolinguistics, and anthropology and education. Her research into the transmission and learning of Deaf culture has given her the privilege of experiencing residential school life first hand while living in the dorm.