Tarra Grammenos, M.S., SC:L, NIC Advanced
Tarra holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate in Legal Interpreting, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology of Deviance, and Associate's Degree in ASL/English Interpreting. She's been heavily involved with MRID as President, Spring/Fall Conference Chair, Camp ASL Chair, Member of the Year, and more, for 10+ years. She also was awarded Region III's "Community Interpreter Award" in 2018. She lives in Bloomington with her fiance, his teenage son, and their adorable chihuahua, Junior.
Sydney Groven, NIC
Seeing the value in this organization, Sydney has actively served the MRID since 2012 in various roles such as Freelance Committee Member, MRID Update Editor, Change Team Member, Metro Rep on the Board of Directors (2014-2015, 2018) and now as Operations Director on the board. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and works full-time as an instructor of interpreting at North Central University. She’s looking forward to post-graduation when she’ll have more time to do jigsaw puzzles or go on snowmobile, motorcycle, or boating adventures with her husband.
Nic ZapkoNic is currently the night and weekend Assistant Director at the Saint Paul Sorenson center. She has a passion for her work whether it's as a mentor, actor, presenter, board member, or collaborator. She has provided ASL language mentoring, tutoring, workshops and ASL consulting services for several organizations and theaters. Nic has been involved with MRID in the past, and re-joined the board January 2018 as Member at Large. She was also a member of the Change Team that restructured the board positions, and now serves as the Communications Director. When she's not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time in front of a campfire or out camping with her family.
Community Relations Director
Jamers Speier, CDI
Jamers has been working with Sorenson Communications since 2006. In addition to Sorenson, Jamers find herself providing service in the community as well. Before coming to St. Cloud, Minnesota, she has lived in Milwaukee, Wis, Fort Collins, CO, and Wichita, Kan where she also served the state RID chapters either on board or committees. Jamers has a Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Education with a concentration in ASL Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. When she is not being active in interpreting and deaf community, you can find her volunteering with the Grey Face Rescue and Retirement playing with senior dogs, cheering on the Packers, crafting, hiking, and fishing – especially hard water fishing with her husband. She looks forward to serving the ASL/Interpreting community of Minnesota!
Bethany Gehman, M. Ed.
Bethany, an AASECT certified sexuality educator, has more than six years of experience in providing sexuality education and professional training. She is currently working as a sexuality educator at Family Tree Clinic. Bethany provides sexual health education for people of all ages, conducts professional training, and promotes affirming and comprehensive sexuality education in Deaf K-12 residential programs. She also conducts sexuality interpreting trainings in order for interpreters to provide better access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened Communities.
Katelyn Wells, NIC
Katelyn graduated from St. Catherine's interpreting program in 2009. She first got involved with MRID in late 2015 as a member of the Transition Team ad hoc committee, and then was elected treasurer starting in 2018. This past year, Katelyn worked on the Change Team as well as serving on the Board of Directors. She is excited to continue into the position of Financial Director and to see what this year has in store for our organization! Outside of work and volunteering, Katelyn spends her time with her husband and 2 children, reading, or playing board games with friends.
Michelle Remer, Ed: K-12
Michelle is an Interpreter Coordinator with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Moorhead, MN. She received her B.S. from U of M: Morris and attended the ITP program at St. Paul College. Michelle previously worked as an Educational Interpreter and also served on MRID’s Board of Directors as the Northern Representative. When Michelle isn’t working or volunteering for MRID she enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing softball, and is working towards visiting every State Park in MN.