Co-Director of Interpreting Services, Staff Interpreter
In 1998, after acting as an impromptu interpreter at a friend’s college course, Cameron’s Deaf and interpreter friends encouraged him to pursue a career in ASL interpreting. He joined the first group of students to attend the Interpreter Training Program at North Harris Community College (now known as Lone Star College) in Houston and quickly became certified through the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (Texas BEI) at level 4 out of 5. A few years after receiving Texas certification, he passed the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Interpreter Certification (RID-NIC) test.
Cameron has been involved in facilitating, assisting, and conducting several research studies related to interpreting and signed languages at the University of Texas at Austin, where in 2013 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics, with a minor in American Sign Language. Shortly after, he moved to Seattle and found a home at HSDC as a staff interpreter. Wanting to have more of a role in advancing the interpreting field, along with the opportunity to work with some of the best interpreters in the Northwest, Cameron took on the role of Program Director of SignOn Interpreting Services. He hopes to continue to build on the amazing legacy of SignOn at HSDC for many years to come.
Co-Director of Interpreting Services
Laura joined HSDC as Co-Director of Interpreting Services in 2017. Prior to joining HSDC Laura served as the Grant Programs Manager with Washington Women’s Foundation and as a Program Manager with 501 Commons, helping to grow the capacity of local nonprofits. Laura earned her Master of Public Administration degree with a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon, and previously worked for a variety of classical music and arts organizations in Oregon, Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado, and New Zealand. When Laura isn’t working or volunteering as a board member for the Nonprofit Assistance Center, you can find her cooking up a new recipe, running around Green Lake, or exploring the Northwest with her husband and daughter.
Originally from Nigeria, Herrieta moved to Seattle in 2006. She holds a BA from Makerere University in Uganda where she graduated with first class honors in the field of psychology. She has held customer service positions most of her working life and her passion for exceptional service makes her a great addition to the SignOn team. When she’s not busy giving SignOn’s customers great service, she’s writing, reading, traveling, cooking, and belly dancing.
Karen Carlson CSC, SC:L
Founding Member, Staff Interpreter
Karen Carlson is one of the founders of SignOn and a natural leader. A Seattle native, she has been interpreting since 1979. She received interpreter training at Seattle Central Community College and holds a BA Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She is one of a handful of interpreters in the state to hold specialized certification in legal interpreting.
Karen has served at state, regional, and national levels of professional organizations for over 20 years. Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WSRID) elected her President, Board member, and “Member of the Year”. In this capacity she helped to create a Summer Institute for Educational Interpreters which trained public school personnel. At the national level, she currently acts as a mediator for the RID Ethical Practice System.
After seeing the company through a period of rapid growth during the past few years in her role as CFO at SignOn, Karen has changed gears and is happy to be working in the field as a full-time interpreter.
Sienna Gough NIC
Certified Sign Language Interpreter
Sienna has been active in the Deaf Community since she was a teenager in Northern Minnesota. After a career in nonprofit program management, she decided to finally listen to her Deaf friends’ insistence that she become an interpreter and enrolled in the Seattle Central (Community) College Interpreter Training Program. She graduated in 2011 and became RID certified in 2014. She also holds a B.A. in The Ethnology of Religious Phenomena from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Sienna is a volunteer with Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf where she has supported the MITF & Bylaws Committee as well as (co-)coordinating the Professional Development Committee. She is an avid gardener & lover of the outdoors and can sometimes be caught singing and dancing or swinging a hammer. She is delighted to live and work in such a vibrant Deaf and DeafBlind community like Seattle & to be a part of the SignOn interpreting team.
Interpreter Services Coordinator
Originally from Georgia, John holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Samford University, where he was first introduced to Deaf culture. Immediately after college, he toured nationally and internationally performing theatre for young audiences.
Upon settling in Seattle, John served as the assistant manager of a local coffee shop, an educator for special needs students, the production manager for an after-school theatre program, and founded a nonprofit fringe theatre named STAGEright. John is thrilled to be working at SignOn, where he is again following his passion of serving the Deaf community.
Interpreter Services Coordinator, Staff Interpreter
Jessica was born and raised in Arizona where she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Arizona State University. She later moved with her now husband to the Pacific NW and has been a happy Seattleite ever since. She graduated from Seattle Central’s Interpreter Training Program (ITP) in 2013, and since has remained active in the Deaf community. She really enjoys performance interpreting, where she can combine her joy for theatre and ASL. Jessica is thrilled to be here at HSDC, where she is working to provide accessibility and gets to be surrounded by awesome people! In her free time she enjoys working out, dining out, and spending time with her husband (he’s a chef!) and their coonhound.
Molly McGuire CI, CT, SC:L
Founding Member, Staff Interpreter
Molly has been interpreting since 1984, returning to her native Seattle after starting interpreting in New York City, where she got her training. She served on the RID Ethical Practices System for many years. Molly became interested in legal interpreting and considers that a specialty in her varied work-life. World travel is calls her away as often as possible as she enjoys encounters with Deaf people in other countries. In addition to her world travels, Molly has a newfound passion for Argentine culture and language. She is in the process of renovating an apartment there, and looking forward to spending time practicing Spanish and, who knows, maybe learning to tango!
Shelley Monk CI, CT
Shelley has been interpreting for 11 years. She started her interpreting career in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she also worked as a job developer. Shelley moved to Seattle in 1999 and began working at Seattle Central Community College. After 8 years of educational interpreting she decided to move on to a new challenge and joined the staff at SignOn.
Staff Interpreter & ASL Instructor
Braden Painter works at Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center as a Deaf interpreter and an ASL Instructor. He grew up in Frederick, Maryland and attended Maryland School for the Deaf. He has a Bachelor’s in American Sign Language with a minor in Linguistics and a Master’s in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. In his spare time, he loves going out with friends, playing video games, and also has a huge affection for cats.
Carrie Renner NIC
Carrie is a recent graduate of Seattle Central Community College, where she majored in the Interpreter Training Program and minored in Deaf Studies. After graduating Carrie was accepted to be a part of an extensive internship where she moved to Utah for three months and studied with interpreting students from all over the United States. Sign language has always been a part of her life as she has an older sister and a younger brother who are both Deaf. When Carrie is not interpreting, she is most likely somewhere enjoying the company of her family and friends. She enjoys anything that has to do with a beach, jogging, reading, singing karaoke, practicing yoga, and hopes to see more of the world sooner rather than later. Carrie is thrilled to be a part of the SignOn team.
Stuart Tennis CI, NAD IV
Stuart, a member of the SignOn team since 2002, has been interpreting for both Deaf and Deaf-Blind customers for about ten years in the greater Seattle area. A graduate of Seattle Central Community College’s Interpreter Training Program, he holds a Level IV certification from the National Association of the Deaf and a Certificate of Interpretation through RID. Stuart received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts in 1990 from The Evergreen State College.
Born in England and raised in the US, Stuart enjoys travel, film-making, photography, bicycling, rubber stamping, and produces and markets his own greeting cards.
Cassidy hails from the rolling fields of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and just recently moved here to Seattle. After taking ASL classes in high school and attending Deaf events, she fell in love with the richness of Deaf culture and the welcoming community. She is so excited to be working with HSDC and SignOn as she had a wonderful internship here to complete requirements for her degree in interpreting. She looks forward to the different opportunities HSDC has to offer and the chance to get more involved with the Deaf community here in Seattle! In her spare time, she loves to bake, read, play board games, and spend time going on walks and watching movies with her husband.