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Conference Presenter Previews
Janelle Nielsen is an avid supporter of ASL interpreters, beginning when she stood before the Utah Legislature at just ten years old to advocate for their need in schools. She earned a license in massage therapy and focused her work on helping interpreters recover from the strain of their jobs. In 2019, she led the Utah Deaf Hospital Rights protest at the state capital, advocating for live interpreters over the use of tablets in hospitals. Her focus is on the wellbeing of the interpreters that serve the Deaf Community, knowing as both a Deaf woman and an interpreter how difficult it can be.
Adam Janiesiski was born and raised in the western part of Massachusetts, from which he has that New England charm. He became Deaf at a very young age from high fever. Attended a small Deaf school before attending full-time mainstream at a local public school. He graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Mathematics and Ashford University with an MBA in Marketing. He enjoys travel, playing board games, cooking, and being outdoors to appreciate nature.
Jim Macedone has been an interpreter for over 30 years. He is a practicing Clinical Mental Health Counselor (ACMHC) at Igniting Change in Lehi, Utah. Jim graduated from BYU-Provo in Family Science and got his master’s in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Phoenix with High Honors. He actively serves on the Board for the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association and has served there for over 4 years. Jim employs a constructivist approach including narrative therapy and play therapy. Jim has experience working with families, couples, individuals, and kids. When Jim is not interpreting or counseling, he is definitely kayaking, at home with his wife and five kids, gardening, or building his 1:1 scale R2-D2.