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Martin Yost began interpreting in 1989. Private-practice professional interpreter, interpreted on staff at postsecondary educational institutions, a large mental health agency, a community based interpreting agency and VRS company. In addition, he has presented workshops on a variety of subjects including mental health interpreting and NIC preparation. He has been involved in mentoring interpreters for most of his career and served San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SDCRID) as the Chair of the Mentorship Committee.  Martin assisted in a collective effort to organize the first union for VRS interpreters in 2012 before he became a union officer.  He is currently serving as a National Vice Chair of ASLIU (American Sign Language Interpreters United) bargaining a labor agreement with his employer.

Judith A. Kroeger, MA, RID Certified
Judith A. Kroeger has worked as an interpreter for over ten years with more than six of those years in video relay.  With a Master of Arts in Deaf Education and an Associate of Arts in ASL/English Interpreting, Judith has interpreted in various settings including educational, both K-12 and college level; video remote interpreting, and general community. 
Judith is currently the chair of RID’s Video Interpreter Member Section (VIMS), and also serves as vice president of SDCRID (San Diego County RID).  Through each of these involements Judith has brought many interpreters together with the purpose of growing the profession locally within SDCRID, and  nationally for video interpreters. 
Judith got involved in organizing with CWA (Communications Workers of America) in 2009 and worked in partnership with interpreters across the country to develop a common mission statement, responses to FCC requests and most importantly petitioning for a vote for collective representation with CWA for a voice in the workplace.

 

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