Brooke Grossinger

Brooke Grossinger was born Deaf into a Deaf family and grew up near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2004, Brooke graduated from Gallaudet University with a bachelor’s degree in Deaf studies. In 2008, she earned a master’s degree in AmericanSign Language (ASL) education. Brooke’s husband is Deaf. They have two children, one of whom is Deaf. Her depth of knowledge about ASL and Deaf culture is rich, something she passionately shares and discusses daily.

Currently, Brooke is in her ninth year of working with Sorenson Communications. She currently serves as community engagement manager in Sorenson’s marketing department, a place she describes as “a blended family” comprised of Deaf andhearing coworkers.

Brooke’s ambition is to ensure all people gain a deep understanding of ASL and of the values and history of Deaf culture.

Katie Cook-Christensen

Hello! My name is Katie Cook!

I am a Deaf woman native of northern Utah. I am currently attending college majoring in education. I currently work at USDB/JMS as a teacher’s aide, and I absolutely love what I do. I am happily married to a hearing man and we have two hearing dogs in an apartment complex that can also very much hear us. My dog is currently an emotional support dog in the training process of becoming a service dog. My topic will be, of course, about my dogs. I am excited to share about my relationship with animals and why my dog is so incredibly important to me!

Greg Rathbun

Greg was born in San Bernardino, CA where he lived till age 9. His family then moved to Utah where he attended USDB. When he was young, he worked for his father as a cabinet painter. He changes his career hoping for more opportunities and became diesel mechanic. That is what he worked as for the US Postal Service for 31 years till his retirement. Greg is Married to Rosa Rathbun and they have 3 children, and 7 grandchildren. He is enjoying retirement getting in as much fishing as he can. In the winter you will find him on his snowmobile ice fishing on Strawberry Reservoir.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is currently working for Sorenson Communications as a test engineer where he earned his success with ntouch VP2 project. When he isn’t glued yo his workplace, he spends time up in Utah and Idaho mountain streams to fish. Bruce currently resides in South Jordan with his wife, Patricia Lowry along with two deaf boxers, and an interpreter boxer. You can reach him at


Jared Allebest

Jared Allebest is the founder of Allebest Law Group.

He was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BA in English. He attended law school at Thomas Jefferson of School of Law in San Diego, California. He graduated in 2009 with a J.D. and moved to Utah to practice law.

In 2011, he opened Allebest Law Group and began representing both hearing and deaf clients. He specializes in the following areas of law: advocacy, estate planning, business law, discrimination law and Deaf Rights.

Jared Allebest is the former Chairman for Loop Utah. Loop Utah is an ongoing advocacy campaign dedicated to educating Utah venues about the benefits of hearing loop technology, which provides the Hard of Hearing (HoH) community in Utah the enriched experience they deserve.

He also sits as a community representative on the Advisory Council to the Utah Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (USDB Advisory Council). This organization includes administrators, educators, community leaders and parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Together, they meet to advise and make recommendations to the Utah State Board of Education and the USDB Superintendent regarding staff positions, policy, budgets, and operations, appropriate programs and services that will be beneficial to the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind. The goal of USDB is to provide the best educational opportunities for Deaf and Blind students.

His passion and interests are Crossfit, Ultimate Frisbee, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, reading, attending concerts and traveling around the world. So far he has visited 30 countries around the world.

Ben Daniel

Ben Daniel is from Southern California has been part of the Utah Deaf Community since 2012. He graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in Facility and Property Management and currently works as a Financial Analyst with Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. He also co-founded and co-operates 5 Star Interpreting, currently overseeing the financial aspects. Additionally, he is the only Deaf licensed Realtor in the state and has been working with the Deaf community to buy and sell real estate since 2016. He also currently serves on the UT-RID board as the Treasurer and formerly served as the Finance Chair for the ASLTA conference in SLC in 2017. Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, playing in local city slow pitch softball and basketball leagues, and geeking out over Excel spreadsheets.

2019 UTRID Conference | Business Meeting

Please join UTRID for our Annual Business Meeting

Aug 3, 2019 from 12:30-1:30

During UTRID’s business meeting I will share our yearly reports to the membership regarding the actions of the Board of Directors, the financial status of the organization, activities of the committees and other activities of UTRID.

We will also be voting for our board positions during the business meeting.

The best part about it?? FREE LUNCH for conference attendees, and time with me!!

See you all then!

Kimm Crosby-McConnachie

2019 UTRID Conference | Nomination Call

Utah RID invites you to submit Nominations for positions to be voted into office at the 2019 Bi-Annual State Conference.

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

  • President
    • The President shall have general supervision and direction of the business and affairs of the organization. The President shall preside at all meetings of the
      members and/or Directors and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors or the members
  • Secretary
    • The Secretary shall keep a full and accurate record of all proceedings of the Board of Directors and of the general membership meetings
  • MAL (Student Involvement)
    • The 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
    • Student Involvement is responsible for forming a committee to plan student focused workshops and coordinate with the Interpreter Training Programs in the state.
  • MAL (Silent Weekend/Camp Chair)
    • The 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
    • Silent Weekend/Camp Chair is responsible for forming a committee to plan a retreat type event annually.

Please see the Bylaws for a more in-depth explanation of each position.

Nominations are due Aug 3, 2019

  • Nominations may be made on the floor of the business meeting, individuals may refuse a nomination
  • Email nominations to Subject: 2019 Board Nomination and must include the name of individual being nominated, the position they are nominated for, and the email of the nominee.
  • Questions? Email:


Utah RID State Conference August 2nd—3th, 2019