Jackie Emmart, MS, NIC-A, was trained by some of the most talented interpreters the field has to offer and believes in paying it forward. As such, at times during the last ten years she has served as Massachusetts RID Secretary, National RID Interim Region I Representative, Northeastern University IEP instructor, student and novice interpreter mentor, and co-facilitator of the annual NU Interpreting Symposium. She specializes in interpreting and advocacy within pediatric health care, though she very much enjoys working in the performance realm, especially in stand-up comedy. Jackie interprets in private practice and in her downtime, enjoys putting her face to the sun on her home beach in Winthrop.
CAT DVAR, Esq., CI & CT, SC:L has happily been coordinating ASL interpreters for Noho Pride since 1999 and is currently the Noho Pride Board Secretary. She interpreted on stage and ground at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for 16 years, as well as numerous other festivals and stages all over New England and beyond over the last 20 years. Although she specializes in platform and performance interpreting, she has primarily been interpreting in legal settings since 2001. She has received numerous awards for her Deaf community advocacy, ally and interpreting work, including the Stavros Center for Independent Living’s Paul Winske Access Award; the Mass. State Association of the Deaf’s Thomas H. Gallaudet Service Award; one of the first ever Stavros Center for Independent Living’s Paul Batch Access Awards; and a 2015 MCDHH Outstanding Service Provider of the Year award. She loves to cook, especially for other people, and lives in western Mass. with her husband Cole, her two beautiful children and their 3 cats.
Noho Pride's Event is interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing by a crew of qualified ASL interpreters coordinated by Cat Dvar.
Fatima Silvestre is currently working Freelancer Certified Deaf Interpreter in Massachusetts and few other states. She has interpreted at Northampton Pride few times in the past and is so excited to do this year again! She lives in Chicopee and loves to go hiking all the times with her beloved Chocolate lab, Anjo.
Hana Lewis: Hana is thrilled and honored to be joining her talented colleagues as a part of the Northampton Pride interpreting team for the first time this year. She is a Nationally Certified ASL/English interpreter living and working in the Boston metro area. Hana has interpreted for productions and concerts at venues including The Wheelock Family Theater, Imagination Stage, Shubert Theater, Synetic Theater, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Boston Pride, Boston Dyke March, and Boston Calling.
Wendy Watson is a interpreter in private practice, an interpreter educator, and a mentorship advocate. A practicing interpreter for over 20 years, Wendy holds a BA degree in ASL-English Interpreting and a Master Mentor Graduate Certificate from Northeastern University. As Director of the Southeast Mentorship Project, she co-created the Peer Mentoring Model with Laurie R. Shaffer and has led numerous workshops on the topic of peer mentorship. Wendy taught interpreting at Northeastern for 15 years, and has interpreted over 40 plays/musicals in Boston and NYC. In addition to her work in the field of ASL-English Interpretation, Wendy is an accomplished actor in musical theatre; and has recently completed a 2 year run of a 3-person show she co-created entitled “Mama and Her Boys”. This is her first time at NOHO Pride and she is grateful to work with this amazing team!
Wendy W. Watson, CI/CT
Director, Southeast Mentorship Project
Cassie Lang is thrilled to join the Noho Pride event and its fantastic interpreter team for the third year. A transplant to Boston, she is a nationally certified interpreter in generalist and legal settings. Cassie was raised and trained in the signing communities of Wisconsin and Minnesota, then in 2013 earned a MA in Interpretation from Gallaudet University in D.C. She is a nerd for research and hopes to continue her work with sociolinguistics as it relates to interpreter identity development. A music major in her previous life, Cassie is grateful for opportunities to work in performing arts. She loves to cook, travel and learn new things every day.
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