Interpreters: Independent Contractors

Independent Contractors for San Luis Obispo County

Kathy Hannula

Kathy Hannula is a National Association of the Deaf (NAD) certified interpreter who has been working in San Luis Obispo County since 1993. Most of her experience has been in post-secondary educational settings, although she occasionally substitutes in elementary and secondary schools and works occasional free-lance interpreting assignments. She is currently employed at Cal Poly State University.

Certification: National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Level III
Email: chattykmh@juno.com
Phone: 546-9967 (home); 550-2182 (cell)

Tammi Hixon

Tammi Hixon, owner of Central Coast Sign Language, is a certified member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), holding the National Interpreter Certification (NIC), as well as the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment certification (EIPA), and Missouri Interpreter Certification (MIC).

As a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), Tammi began interpreting for her parents at a very young age and experienced their strength and leadership as role models in the Deaf community and the challenges they overcame.

With over two decades of professional sign language interpretation, Tammi has a complete understanding of the challenges and frustrations the Deaf community face and the challenge of educating those who serve them. Her expertise includes organizing and providing interpreting services in educational, legal, medical and occupational settings,  and, coordinating interpreting workshops, consultation services, as well as interpreting music in ASL.

Currently, Central Coast Sign Language is providing services for several well known business’  in our community including; Hearst Castle and New Life Nazerene Church in Pismo Beach.

In addition to providing services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, she also strives to educate those who serve the Deaf community. She looks forward to all opportunities to consult and assist them in maintaining compliance with current laws and standards, protecting their entity as well as the individual rights and needs of their consumers.

Certification: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID); National Interpreter Certification (NIC); Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment Certification (EIPA); Missouri Interpreter Certification (MIC)

Phone/text: 805-709-3497
Videophone: 808-202-4664

Abby Kopp

Abby Kopp is a professional interpreter and has been certified since 1990 both by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD). She has extensive experience working in K-12 classrooms, community colleges, and at the university level. She is qualified to work in diverse community settings but her favorite environment is platform interpreting and working with children. She currently is employed at Cuesta College and volunteers at Santa Margarita Elementary School teaching ASL to young students. Abby, her husband Scott, and their three kids have lived in SLO county for 19 years.

Certification: National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Level III, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), CI/CT — Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration
Email: PozoKopp@aol.com
Phone: 805-674-2631 (cell)

Sarah Levanway

Sarah Levanway is the owner of Affordable Services, offering affordable Sign Language Interpreting services. Sarah’s professional credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly and RID CT certification. She also completed a mentorship with an interpreter mentor from the RITC interpreter mentoring program at El Camino College. Sarah has more than 6 years of professional ASL interpreting and transliterating experience and has performed educational interpreting at the K-12, community college, and university level. Sarah also has specialized interpreting experience in religious settings and deaf/blind interpreting and enjoys community interpreting.  Sarah is involved in the local Deaf community and attends many deaf social events. As treasurer for CCRAD, Sarah helps manage the funds for a Deaf club and helps to plan events.

Certification: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) , CT — Certificate of Transliteration
Email: sarah@rslev.com
Phone: 805-896-6504 (cell)

Laura Lippincott

Laura Lippincott has been interpreting and teaching ASL (American Sign Language) for over twenty-five years.  She has her Masters in Education and her certification in interpreting and transliterating from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  She mentors interpreters and does consulting for companies who desire their staff to be more knowledgeable about the Deaf Community.  She works throughout the Tri County area.

Certification: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), CI/CT — Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration & MAE
Email: signsofgrowth@gmail.com
Phone: 805-688-1022

Laurie Walcott

Laurie Walcott has her certification in both interpreting and transliterating from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge, in 1989. Since then, Laurie has worked in various interpreting settings in both San Luis Obispo and San Diego counties, including educational K-12, post-secondary education and free-lance interpreting. Laurie has also been cross-trained in the Typewell transcription system http://www.typewell.com/ since 2005. She is currently employed at Cal Poly State University, at Cuesta College, and she occasionally does freelance work.

Certification: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) , CI/CT — Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration
Email: lwalcott@calpoly.edu
Phone: 805-466-5813 (home); 805-712-2311 (cell)

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