Dare to Rise Conference


Workshop Presenter:

Glendia Doss Boon
Glendia has been a certified interpreter for over 30 years. As a CODA (child of deaf adults), Glendia didn’t necessarily aspire to become an interpreter, but was fortunate to fall in love with the idea after being exposed to the field through the encouragement of family and soon to be interpreting colleagues and friends. She has conducted several workshops on mentoring and sign language interpreting skill building. Her first love is being a mentor, but she continues to do several other things related to the field of interpreting and personal development. Glendia is also a proud mother to five children and grandmother to three (two granddaughters and one grandson). When not interpreting or enjoying her grandchildren, she is reading, traveling and catching up on episodes of her favorite superhero!

Workshop Panelists:

Callie Marsh
Callie Marsh, CI, CT is a native South Carolinian who began learning ASL at Maryville College in Tennessee but ultimately was brought up by the gracious Columbia, SC Deaf community.  She is forever indebted to her wonderful Deaf and interpreter mentors here. Callie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sign Language Interpreting in 2004, and became nationally certified in 2008.  She has been a member of SC RID since 2004 and from 2010-2016, she held the position of Secretary on the SC RID Board of Directors. As a community interpreter in private practice, and VRS interpreter, she has provided services in SC and NC, and currently resides in Greenville with her spouse and child.

Lawrence Reed
Lawrence Reed works as an Educational interpreter for Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia.  Between his full-time position and freelance assignments after hours, Lawrence has interpreted a variety of settings, including many opportunities to work in a team.

Lawrence began learning American Sign Language in 2009 through church.  In the fall of 2012, Lawrence started course work at Clemson University, majoring in Modern Languages with a focus in American Sign Language.  Upon completing his bachelor's degree, Lawrence also received his educational interpreter certificate for completing additional interpreting coursework.  Since graduating in 2015 Lawrence has earned a 3.8 on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment, passed the National Interpreter Certification knowledge test, and plans to take the performance test at the end of 2018.

In his spare time, Lawrence enjoys working with children during the summer at Camp Sertoma in Clemson, South Carolina and Camp Wonderhands in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.  Lawrence also enjoys traveling. He has a goal of seeing all 50 state capitols (13 currently and plans for two more this summer).

Susie Spainhour
Susie Spainhour is the Project Coordinator for the South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center.  Susie holds a Masters of Education Divergent Learners degree from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Science Education Interpreting degree from the University of Cincinnati.  Susie is a Nationally Certified Interpreter, and currently, she is the President for South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She has been afforded several collegiate, state, and regional awards during her professional career including Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Region II President’s Choice Award, South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Interpreter of the Year Award, and Spartanburg’s Woman of the Year Award.  She has enjoyed working as an Educational Interpreter for the past fifteen years. Also, she volunteers countless hours establishing professional development opportunities for South Carolina interpreters and mentoring services for South Carolina’s future interpreters.

Dr Eric Weber
Dr. Eric Weber is the Director of Statewide Interpreting Services & ASL Programs with South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind—Division of Outreach Services.  He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Eastern Kentucky University; he earned his Master of Public Administration as well as his Bachelor in Interpreter Training.  Dr. Weber has been a professional interpreter for many years in a variety of settings including post-secondary education, video relay, and community.  He is nationally certified through both the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the National Association of the Deaf and holds Kentucky State License.  In addition to interpreting, he has participated in several mentoring programs to share his knowledge and experience with others in the field including interpreting students and interns.  Dr. Weber has developed and presented at a number of professional conferences both independently and in collaboration with colleagues.  He has also written on a variety of issues directly related to interpreting and services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals such as a budget analysis of interpreter services in post-secondary education, investigation of state and federal laws related to services, and a framework for a statewide mentoring program.  Dr. Weber looks forward to continuing to support and enhance the interpreter profession and services through education, mentoring, and collaboration.


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