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Katie MacVittie is a native of Michigan but calls Columbia, SC home. She learned ASL as a teenager and has been a certified interpreter for over 15 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including K-12, VRS, and community. She holds an EIPA certification as well as the NIC and currently works for Sorenson. When not working, Katie enjoys training jiu jitsu, weightlifting, and spending time with her family.
Courtney grew up in rural upstate NY before attending the UofR. After taking her first ASL class there, her life was forever changed! After several years in the classroom in Mass and as an Outreach Consultant for mainstream D/HH students in Maine, she took post graduate courses in Interpreting and knew she had finally found her niche. Courtney worked as a community interpreter in Maine and Virginia, educational interpreter in NY, and VRS/VRI interpreter for Sorenson from 2009-2015. She worked under Jana Brady in the Lowcountry at ASLIS from 2011-2015 when her life was forever changed again! Owning an agency has brought the opportunity to advocate and educate as well as support novice interpreters and collaborate with amazing colleagues statewide. She is excited about the changes on the horizon in South Carolina and all the ways we will be better as communities when we work together through this opportunity to grow!
I started my journey as an interpreter at Spartanburg Community College where I registered for an ASL class on a whim. That's all it took for me to be hooked and it led to me changing my major and transferring to Clemson University for my Bachelor's in Educational Interpreting. After completing my BA I moved on to earn my Master's in Education and Divergent Learning while focusing my studies on how to best support people who interact with the world in their own unique ways.
I began serving on the BOD in 2010 and I have served on the BODs and been involved for over a decade (that sentence definitely makes me feel old). I'm happy to continue supporting SC RID in any capacity needed, and I look forward to the changes and improvements we continue to make in SC.
I am a Greenville native and a graduate of Gardner-Webb University. I received my NIC in 2022. I work as a freelance and VRS interpreter and as a bookkeeper for an accounting firm. In addition, I have two little boys with whom I spend most of my time. My favorite pastimes are reading and hanging out on lake Keowee on warm days.
Tia Holtzclaw lives near Columbia, SC. She has been an educational interpreter since 2017. She holds an EIPA credential and is working towards NIC Certification. Prior to becoming an interpreter, she was a Mental Health Counselor with DMH-Deaf Services. She has a Master's Degree in Psychology. Her passion is working with the Deaf-Plus population. Tia has served as the Secretary of SC RID since April 2023. She finds fulfillment in being part of the effort to improve equitable access and diverse representation for the interpreting community of SC. In her free time, Tia loves yoga, reading and contra dancing.
Hello, I am Shauntel Creque-White! I moved from Indiana after graduating from IUPUI (now IU Indianapolis) and the ASL/English Interpreting Program with a minor in Medical Sociology. Now, I am a full time staff employee of ASL Interpreting Services, LLC in North Charleston. I live in the Ladson area with my boyfriend, William, and our rescue pup, Alton! I have been a member of SC RID since 2019 and I am so glad to be a part of this chapter. I have met such wonderful local interpreters and I am so excited for the future of our profession in the coming years.
MAL Student Liaison
My name is Madison (Madi) Tsakanikas, and I am from Bluffton, SC. I'm a senior at Gardner-Webb University's ITP program and will graduate this May. I have really enjoyed my time at GWU and had a wonderful internship with ASL Interpreting Services LLC in Charleston, SC, this summer, where I gained invaluable experiences. I have a service dog named Clifford, who is a medical alert service dog from a program in California. In my free time, I enjoy riding my pony and training for dressage competitions! I am extremely honored to have been nominated for the student liaison position and I hope to meet other local interpreters and interpreting students in the area.
MAL BIPOC Liaison
Pheona Kelly resides in Columbia, SC. She earned her Interpreting degrees from Spartanburg Community College and the University of Northern Colorado (DOIT Center). She has a Masters degree in Education from Arizona State University and is a lifelong learner. Pheona is passionate about the Deaf and interpreting communities and has been a SCRID and SCAD member for many years. She served as Member At Large for SCRID in the past and is happy for the opportunity to serve in a new capacity. When she can find a few minutes of free time, Pheona enjoys spending time with family, preferably near the ocean, and doing absolutely nothing.
MAL Deaf Interpreter (DI) Liaison
Kamili is a former Deaf/Hard of Hearing Parent Education Specialist and Deaf Advocacy Specialist that served at a non-profit called Beginnings SC, in which she served as a Board member for over Three years. Kamili is currently an Adjunct Professor at Midlands Technical College-Airport Campus where she has taught ASL 1 for the last Two and half years. She works as Regional Therapist with Deaf Services at the S.C. Department of Mental Health. Prior to her work with DMH, Kamili worked as an Associate Teacher at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind for two years before switching to Program Coordinator with the residential life program where she worked with independent high school-aged young women, and eventually she served all ages in her fourth year with SCSDB. Kamili earned a MA in Human Services Counseling: Marriage, Family, and Community from Liberty University in 2017, and a BA in Psychology with a minor in sociology from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2013. This year she has resumed her studies with Liberty Univeristy focusing on their Educational Psychology program. Kamili is the founder of a small budding group called Live, Love and Sign with the Midlands which focuses on community gathering and opportunity to connect the Deaf and Hearing community in SC. She is the CLT(Counselors in Leadership Training) Coordinator at a DHH camp called Camp Wonder Hands that serves DHH children from age 7 to 17. She is a member of NBDA(National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc) SCAD(SC Association of the Deaf), and SCRID (SC Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). Kamili served on the Board of Directors of NBDA as their Interim Secretary and when she isn’t working, Kamili enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new things, and most of all she enjoys working out and starting her day on a positive note.