Constitution, By-laws, GHID Forms, GHID Policies and Procedures and Officers of GHID:
Click below to see our Constitution and By-Laws. These documents govern our organization and are amended by a vote of the membership.
President – Kristina Rodriguez
Kristina Rodriguez is a recent graduate from the University of Houston where she completed her bachelors in American Sign Language Interpreting and minored in Health. During her time at U of H, Kristina was involved with the American Sign Language and Interpreting Club, and served as an officer for the organization for 3 years. Born and raised in Houston and child of deaf adults, Kristina has been around sign language her whole life and is quite fond of the community here. While currently preparing to become a certified interpreter, she works as a pharmacy technician for HEB Grocery. She is delighted to start her new role with GHID as President.
First Vice President – Kala Winkelmann
Kala is BEI Advanced certified and looking forward to getting her BEI Medical certification. She works full-time as an independent contractor with various agencies. She began her education of ASL in high school, and always showed motivation to learn more! Upon graduation, she continued her studies at Lamar University and LoneStar College. Kala has experience in primary to collegiate education, video relay, community, and has found her niche in medical settings! She is always eager to learn, and wants to see the growth of her profession. Kala is serving her second term on GHID’s Board, and hopes to make a positive impact with interpreters around the Greater Houston area!
Second Vice President – Matt Dickens
Secretary – Spencer Logan
Treasurer – Britny Greensage
Professional Development Chair – Deanna Donaldson
Deanna Donaldson graduated from Western Oregon University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in ASL/Interpretation Training. She has had over 10 years of experience working with the deaf/blind community in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas. While living in Seattle, she had firsthand experience with the deaf/blind community. Deanna demonstrated a deep passion for the deaf/blind community by socializing,and working as a Support Service Provider at the deaf/blind camp. She also volunteer interprets for the deaf/blind here in Houston at various events. She has worked for interpreting agencies for seven years as Staff Support and a Deaf Interpreter. She was a valuable mentor to interns, worked as a team interpreter, and also worked closely with Professional Development, Community and Educational scheduling coordinators. She enjoys wearing many different hats. She has interpreted in educational, medical, and mental health settings. Deanna had worked as an adjunct instructor in the ITP and involved Advisory ITTP as a representative for the deaf community at Lone Star College System. She is looking forward to serving GHID and the community!
Chapter Representative/ Legislative Liaison working, interpreting, and participating in their organizations, events, – Melissa Rodgers
Melissa Rodgers has been a certified interpreter since 2003, although until recently she worked only part-time in interpreting and spent the rest of her time as a technical manager with AT&T. After retiring from AT&T in December 2013, Melissa followed her “retirement plan” and started interpreting full time, predominately in post-secondary and medical settings. She has been active in both GHID and TSID for several years, serving at various times as the Communications Chair for both organizations and provided technical support to the Professional Development Committee of GHID during the leadership terms of Leyel Hudson and later Amanda Roberts and Jo Westbury. Melissa is the current CEU Administrator for TSID and is presently serving as GHID’s Chapter Rep and Legislative liaison.
Communications Committee Chair – LaToria Tinsley
Social Events Committee Chair – Shiloh Self
Hometown: Angel Fire, NM
BA in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech with two minors:one in ASL and the other in Dance (2010)
Currently an ITP student at Lonestar Cy-Fair, expected graduation May 2017
My Deaf Culture class at Texas Tech sparked my interest in the Deaf community. It touched my heart and inspired me to become involved and bridge the gap between the two cultures. Specific interests I have are ECI (early childhood intervention) and performing arts interpreting, but I’m eager to gain experience in many different areas as well.
Scholarship Committee Chair – Keily Hayes
Keily moved to Houston in 2014 from the metro NYC area. She has 12 years of interpreting experience and 7 years experience as a mentorship program developer and coordinator. Keily graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. degree in ASL-English Interpreting in 2005 and earned NIC in 2006. She enjoys interpreting in the community, with a particular passion for corporate, medical, and post-secondary settings. As GHID Scholarship Committee Chair, Keily looks forward to sharing scholarship opportunities with local interpreters as well as helping to build more connections within and between the greater Houston area Deaf and Interpreting communities.
Student Committee Chair- Jillian Trull
Houston Community College – Vacant
Lone Star College, Cyfair – Vacant
Lone Star College, North Harris Campus
University of Houston – Vacant