Update and Invitation

Hello all! Thank you to everyone that attended our Level Up Conference last weekend – it was great to see so many of you in person and another round of thanks for Makayla and her committee! Check out our FB page for updates on new board members, members at large, and 2022 award winners.

We have received the following invitation from Pamela Mower:

Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

30th Anniversary Celebration

VIP Guest Invitation

Hello! We are excited to share a very special event with you and extend an invitation to join us!  We would love to have you come since you’ve been a great ally to Sanderson Community Center in many ways. On Saturday, August 27, 2022, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, the Utah State Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH), housed at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be celebrating its 30th anniversary!

The Sanderson Community Center is unique as it is the only one of its kind in the U.S.A. Thirty years ago, a group of Deaf advocates, led primarily by Robert G. Sanderson successfully achieved funding to establish a “one-stop” center in which an array of services and programs could be provided to enhance the lives of people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing and their families. The center has two locations (one in Taylorsville and one in St. George) which provides support services, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter certification, educational workshops, cultural events and more in a barrier-free environment with full communication access. We are very proud of this achievement. DSDHH/Sanderson Community Center is a true Utah gem!

The celebration schedule will be as following:

4 pm to 6 pm– an open house where guests can explore the center and all it has to offer. There will be tours, multimedia presentations along with a play area for the kids.

6 pm – 7 pm – Appetizers and a social hour with opportunities to meet and mingle with community and local government leaders.

7 pm – 8 pm– A program will feature entertainment, local Deaf and Hard of Hearing leaders and guest speakers with commemorations and comments tying the past to the present and the future of the Sanderson Community Center.

We would like to cordially invite you to attend this special event marking 30 years of service to the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities in Utah. Without the support of the state and people of compassion it would not be possible to offer such a wide range of valuable services. You and the organization/agency you represent are an important cornerstone of everything we do. Please join us in celebrating the legacy of our predecessors and our heritage as we launch into the next 30 years!

If you plan on joining us, please register before Aug. 22 at this link: Register!

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Mower at pmower@utah.gov.

In addition, Jeff Pollock has shared an employment opportunity for UTRID certified members if anyone is interested:


LEVEL-UP Your Awards!


Nominate a fellow Interpreter or Student!

Nominations are due July 18th!

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Awards will be presented at this year’s Bi-Annual State Conference—2022 LEVEL-UP.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • Interpreter of the Year
    • Recognizes an outstanding interpreter from our community who has been exceptional in professionalism, service, and attitude.
  • Kim Maibaum Lifetime Achievement
    • Presented to an individual who has spent a lifetime enriching not only the profession but also the members of the interpreting and deaf communities.
  • Ellen O’Hara Community Member of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual who actively supports the interpreting profession and exemplifies leadership within the deaf community.
  • Student of the Year
    • A student who has gone above and beyond in volunteerism and exemplifies leadership within their student community.


Nominations are due July 18th,2022

  • Email nominations to UTRID 2022 Award Nominations to pres.utrid@gmail.com
  • Nominations must include (1) the name of the individual being nominated and (2) a statement supporting the reasons for nomination.
  • Questions? Email pres.utrid@gmail.com

2022 LEVEL-UP Conference | Board Position Nominations

Utah RID invites you to submit Board Nominations!

Board positions will be voted into office during the Business Meeting of this year’s Bi-Annual State Conference—Level Up 2022.

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

  • Vice President
    • The Vice-President shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform
      all duties of the President and in so acting shall have all the powers of the
    • The Vice-President shall serve as Director of Committees and oversee all committees operating according to the UTRID Bylaws.
    • The Vice President shall perform other duties of the office as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  • Treasurer
    • The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the organization, making at least quarterly financial records of the organization, making at least quarterly financial reports to the President, maintaining the financial accounts, and making payments for authorized expenditures.
    • The Treasurer shall perform other duties of the office as outlined in the UTRID Bylaws and as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  • MAL (Conference Chair)
    • The Conference Chair is responsible for forming a committee to plan and execute the Bi-annual State Conference & Bi-annual Mini-Conference.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Professional Development)
    • The Professional Development MAL is responsible for forming a committee to plan workshops and Professional Development activities for the membership of UTRID.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (UAD Liaison)
    • The UAD Liaison is responsible for forming a committee to plan and execute the annual Sub-for-Santa fundraising drive. The UAD Liaison shall act as a liaison between the UTRID Board of Directors and the board of directors for UAD, coordinating communications between the organizations.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.

Please see Article IV, Section 4 of the UTRID Chapter Bylaws for detailed descriptions of each position.

Nominations are due Aug 6th, 2022

  • Nominations may be made on the floor of the business meeting; individuals may decline a nomination.
  • Email nominations to pres.utrid@gmail.com. Email subject must read “2022 Board Nomination” and must include (1) the name of the individual being nominated, (2) the position for which they are being nominated, and (3) the nominee’s email address.
  • Questions? Email: pres.utrid@gmail.com

Don’t Delay Get your tickets now!

UTRID is excited to announce our Keynote Speaker , Michon Shaw for LEVEL-UP 2022! 



Michon graduated from the University of Floria’s ITP. She is Nationally Certified. She has worked in a variety of settings including Educational, Mental Health, Religious, and Video Relay. Michon has served RID as the 2015-2017 Vice Chair for the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color member section. Michon is the author of The Interpreter Journal.


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Co-Interpreting: Medical Settings

Date: Saturday, June 11th 2022
Time: 9a-12p
Location: Deaf Center, Gymnasium  –  5709 S 1500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
CEU/CEH – 0.3 PS
Presented by Adam Janisieski and Laurie Watts-Candland
This session will focus on cultivating effective co-interpreting and partnerships between deaf/hearing interpreter teams. The strength of a Deaf-hearing interpreting team in healthcare settings ultimately narrows down to recognizing the value of both interpreters that bring and overcoming potential challenges. With an emphasis on building and cultivating partnerships, it will ensure effective communication that takes place in healthcare environments to the benefit of all stakeholders involved. 
Members: $30
Non-Members: $65
Students: $5

UTRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.3 CEUs/3 CEHs (per workshop) at the Professional Development Content Knowledge Level. To request accommodations contact pd.utrid@gmail.com. Click here to view UTRID cancellation/refund policies.

UTRID does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, disability, marital status, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Call for Interpreters! Pride 2022 🌈

UTRID is proud to share this massage as a call for interpreters for Pride 2022

Please watch:

Hello! I am Adam Janisieski, and I will be coordinating of ASL Interpreters at Utah Pride 2022! We are excited to look for Deaf and hearing interpreters to volunteer at Utah Pride 2022, if interested, please fill out the google form. If have any questions, please contact me at adam.janisieski@gmail.com

Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/crVMoV9Bsp1NRfhE9

(if the hyperlink doesn’t work, please copy and paste the link to your browser)

Interpreter Appreciation Day 2022

Interpreter appreciation day, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, UTRID will be participating in the National Interpreter Appreciation Day

This special day of honoring and thanking interpreters for their commitment to the field and to the communities they serve happens annually on the first Wednesday in May.

This year we are excited to announce that from Monday, May 2th through Friday May 6th we will be offering 25% off UTRID memberships with the code: Appreciate2022  (Includes all membership categories.)

New Members Join Here!

To renew your membership, please visit your Membership Summary and click Renew. Don’t forget to enter the code Appreciate2022 for your 25% discount!

As another thank you, we will select 5 members from each of the following membership categories, Certified, Associate, and Student to win prizes. That’s a total of 15 winners!

Winners may receive a 1-year extension of membership, a coupon for a free workshop (up to $45), or a $25 gift card.

Fine Print:

  • No entry is necessary for the drawings; active members will be automatically included.
  • Must be a current UTRID member in good standing at the time of drawing.
  • Winners will be announced after Sunday, May 8th via social media outlets and here on this page.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on file regarding their prizes won.
  • All prizes must be claimed within one year of issuance.
  • All prizes will expire on 6/1/23.
  • Prizes are non-negotiable.
  • 1-year membership prizes will automatically be applied to the following membership year.
  • Gift cards will be e-mailed to the address UTRID has on file. UTRID is not responsible for lost or misdirected gift cards.

Contact treasurer.utrid@gmail.com with any general questions and/or concerns.

LEVEL-UP Conference//One-Stop Shop






LEVEL-UP Conference 2022 will take place IN-PERSON!! Welcome back everyone!!

AUGUST 4th-6th, 2022


 Please visit LEVEL-UP Conference Registration page  to purchase your ticket.

Please see the attached PDF for the full-conference schedule:



We encourage you to make sure you are following/like the UTRID Facebook page for constant updates on everything Conference!

Conference Delivery Format

COVID-19 has shifted everything in our lives and we had to LEVEL-UP everything around us. For the past 2 years, UTRID Annual Conference has been held online due to the State guidelines and to keep everyone safe and healthy. This year, 2022, we are excited to finally have an IN-PERSON Conference! Virtual options will be available for only part of the conference. One-day tickets will also be available for purchase.  We encourage all participants to be in-person for this 3-day conference as we gather back together for the first time in 2-years. If you would like to purchase partial conference tickets, please see the options below.

Thursday Night (Key-note Speaker ONLY) 

Friday Attendance Only 

Saturday Attendance Only

Curriculum & Continuing Education Credit

Participants enroll in the opportunity to earn 16 CEHs/1.6 CEUs—pending UIP/RID approval—by attending workshops and presentations through the conference. We are so excited to be having Michon Shaw as our Keynote Presenter! Check out her website here: https://www.michonshaw.com/about.html#/

UTRID Business Meeting

As previously planned, the UTRID Business Meeting will be held Saturday morning, August 6th, 2022. Elections for available positions on the Board of Directors will be conducted in-person. Board positions on the ballot include Vice President, Treasurer, Conference Chair, and Professional Development Liaison.

Additional information regarding nominations and elections may be viewed here. Award nominations and presentations will be held on Saturday, August 6th, 2022. Click here for a list of awards and how to nominate.

Traditional Banquet

UTRID will be resuming their Traditional Banquet for the LEVEL-UP 2022 Conference. If you would like to attend the BANQUET ONLY on Saturday Night, you can purchase tickets here Please note: Supporters of the attendees of the Conference wanting to attend the banquet, must purchase a banquet only ticket.




UIP 30th Celebration: May 6th from 7-9pm

Let’s Celebrate with UIP – it’s their 30th Anniversary!  Join us on Friday May 6th from 7-9pm at the Sanderson Community Center! (See the flyer below)

A personal invitation from Trenton, the UIP Program Manager

“UTRID and its predecessor, URID have been a tremendous part of the history of interpreting here in Utah.  Established in 1968, URID was one of the early chapters of RID and was instrumental along with UAD in recognizing the needs of our community: the need for qualified interpreters, the need for training of interpreters, supporting the goals of passing certification laws, etc.  Needless to say- our state would not be where it is in regards to interpreting without UTRID and UAD along with UIP!

We would love for you all to come to our celebration of interpreting in Utah next Friday, May 6th from 7-9 pm.  I’m attaching a flyer for distribution to the UTRID board and membership.

We would love it if you could bring any pictures or documents you may have and share your stories!:) If you have pictures, please scan and send to tmarsh@utah.gov.

If you have any questions, please let us know!:)”

– Trenton Marsh, UIP Program Manager

– Teddi Von Pingel, UTRID President