Today is your last chance to get a ticket for the full 2020 VISION Conference! Saturday-Only Admission will close on Friday. Get yours before it’s too late!
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Conference attendees, mark your calendars on Saturday from 5:30-7:00 PM for our open-house style Drive-Through Social! Come network at a local park, enjoy some ice cream, and pick up your 2020 VISION swag bag—all while practicing social distance, of course. Specific details will be distributed at the conference.
The UTRID Conference Planning Committee would like to thank this year’s sponsors:
We are grateful for their support amidst these historic times.
Conference Presenter Previews
Dr. Michael Ballard is the director of the ASL & Deaf Studies program at Utah Valley University. He has previously been a faculty member at Iowa State University (Languages and Cultures) and Eastern Kentucky University (ASL & Interpreter Education). Dr. Ballard holds a PhD in Education from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) and a Master of Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.). When not in the academy, Dr. Ballard enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor cooking, fishing, and many a bonfires.
Trenton Marsh was born into the “Family Business” of teaching and coaching, he found his calling in the interpreting field. Trenton started as a language mentor at an IPP in Colorado before moving to Utah in 2002. By the spring of 2003, Trenton discovered the interpreting lab at the Sanderson Community Center, and put down roots. In the years since, Trenton earned his RID CDI, helped start the Interpreter Certification Advancement Network (ICAN), and became a full-time CDI with the Utah Interpreter Program. Trenton is married to Bonnie, a native Utahn, and has two active, curious, creative, cat-loving kids who love the great Utah outdoors!
Teddi Covey von Pingel is a Leadership Development Manager for Sorenson. She graduated in December 2019 with an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University. Teddi has been a working interpreter for over 25 years and teaching interpreters for the past 20 years. Her research and passion relate to the ‘soft skills’ of interpreting and encouraging new interpreters to make connections often and early. Teddi lives in Utah with her husband, three kids, a dog, a rabbit, and eight chickens. In her spare time, she loves watching Poldark, reality tv, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Cody Simonsen is a co-founder of 5 Star Interpreting, an on-site and remote signed language interpreter referral agency, where he currently works as the Director of Operations. Holding a master’s degree in Interpreter Education from the University of North Florida, Cody actively seeks opportunities to learn and share ideas. Additionally, he holds RID national certification and the State of Alabama’s Qualified Mental Health Interpreter certification. Cody’s favorite setting to interpret in is business meetings. He enjoys listening to audiobooks and playing board games with his wife and family.
Dale Boam recently left his position as an Associate Professor of Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University and attorney advocating for the rights of persons who are Deaf and a blogger for Uncle Dale’s Rules for Interpreters. He consults and presents nationally on both interpreting and legal topics, including: The Physiology of Interpreting; The Physics of Processing Time; Cohesion and Orphans in Interpretation; Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities: Law, Deafness and Personhood; Vote: The Power is in Your Hands; Making the ADA Effective for the Deaf Community; and Serving the Client Who is Deaf. Dale recently received a favorable decision from the 9th Circuit Court making Section 504 more accessible to persons who are Deaf (See Ervine v. Desert View Regional Medical Center) and is currently on an advisory committee for NAD and the organizing boards for Deaf Studies, Today!