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Presenter Bios

Keynote: Brenda Cartwright BS, MS, CODA, is an experienced interpreter, teacher and presenter. Ms Cartwright has been the Director of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College for almost 30 years. Before that she was a teacher and coach at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis Indiana. She has written a number of textbooks that are widely used throughout the country. In her leisure time Ms Cartwright enjoys Triathlon training, eating carbohydrates and taking naps.

The Lansing Community College Interpreter Training Program: a program rooted in motivation, commitment, and desire. LCC's ITP has a 30-year history of producting qualified interpreters, and a repution for raising the bar year after year. Thanks to the support of Deaf and hearing partners all over Michigan and the U.S., our program has a unique teaching methodology and strong community element that allows students to put content and theory into practice.

Our training leverages language skills with ethical and cultural approaches that are the hallmark of quality communication. That is what we strive for with the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and hearing communities, and what we appreciate as an opportunity to improve our service for years to come.

Ms. Cartwright tells her students that "if it were easy, everyone would do it." Join us at one of our many workshops and social events to experience some of what inspires students' motivation, commitment, and desire to grow through this challenging program.

Entertainment: I'm Deaf. Sean Forbes is a ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind talent; a hip-hop artist who happens to be deaf, he was born and raised in the Detroit area, and has been influenced by Detroit musicians from an early age.

Presenter: Mary Klein has proudly taught in LCC's ITP for 30+ years. In her free time she enjoys drawing, painting, woodworking. She loves spending time with her family and restoring her family home in Fowler. (Photo credit: Mandy Mann)

30 Years of History: Mary Klein will be sharing photos, drawings, artwork and stories about the history of our program from her perspective over the last 30 years.

Presenter:Lenore Spagnuolo Coscarelli has served the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community for over 40 years. Lenore earned her Bachelors of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and her Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). Lenore was one of the first alumnae hired in 1975 to teach in a professional area at NTID where she provided instruction in interpersonal communication, language development, and effective speaking. Lenore taught at Lansing Community College from 1979 until her retirement in 2016, and has served with distinction on numerous governor-appointed advisory boards and committees in service to the Deaf community and access services. In her free time she enjoys tap dancing, reading, exercising, and traveling the world with her husband Peter.

30 Years of Impact: Ms. Coscarelli returns to LCC to help us celebrate 30 years of the Interpreter Training Program! This workshop will take the audience through significant points in history that were critical to advancing access to education for Deaf students and students with disabilities. She will also discuss legislation, improved health care, individualized education plans, etc. Discussion points will be offered on Oralism vs. Manual or sign-language instruction in educating Deaf students and the impact on students and families. The unique lens provided by Ms. Coscarelli will also tell the impact of LCC’s Interpreter Training Program on Deaf education in the state of Michigan..

Presenter: Christopher Greene Szmadzinski earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from Michigan State University as well as an Associates Degree in ASL/Interpreting from LCC. His degree involved a series of coursework in Linguistics and, for his final project, he studied code-switching techniques employed by Deaf people when communicating with hearing ASL users. He holds an NIC/BEI III and is an interpreter educator, and has interpreted in a variety of settings. In his free time, he enjoys Javascript, Perl and soccer.

10 Years of EIPA Results: The state of Michigan's EIPA requirement for working in K12 environments has caused an uptick in usage of this assessment. Through data collection of Michigan interpreters taking the EIPA, we can see the areas which interpreters understand and outperform minimums, and areas which interpreters fail to understand and therefore underperform minimums. We will spend time discussing the various skills judged by the EIPA panel, with an eye toward both first time test takers and interpreters returning to improve their scores.

Presenter: Lindsey Williams is an interpreter, adjunct faculty member, and the Practicum Supervisor for LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Program. She currently holds BEI 1, EIPA 4.2, and RID Ed:K-12 certifications. She has a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in multimedia and graphic design, and an associates degree from Lansing Community College in Sign Language Interpretation. She works as a freelance community interpreter and a video interpreter for Sorenson Communications. She revised the ITP Practicum to include ethics training and business skill development, and helped facilitate improvements to the Mentorship Program in the Sign Language Club. She writes grant proposals, being awarded over $150,000 for the SIGN Program in the last six years. In her free time she enjoys being an auntie, reading, travel, and those groovy adult coloring books.

The Practicum and Mentoring: How does an ITP manage its Practicum program? The LCC Practicum program has adapted from way back Then to Now in the face of changing state standards and interprereter requirements. This lecture will aim to describe the changes the LCC ITP has undergone, including a special look at the mentoring program developed in house to assist student transition through the program.


Art, Design and Multimedia at Lansing Community College

Communication, Media and the Arts Department
Gannon Bldg, Room 1222
Phone: (517) 483-1546
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