Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of FRID have accepted the responsibility to carry out the business of the organization. The board works closely with many stakeholders, both internally and externally, as well as with individual members as they move FRID forward. 

President (Interim)
Vice-President of Internal Affairs
Vice-President of External Affairs
 

Nicole Bihlmayer
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Laura Jackson

VPExternalAffairs@FRIDcentral.org

Nicole Bihlmayer (BA, Ed:K-12) has worked as a professional interpreter in a variety of settings since 2009. She is currently working at a local state college, in video relay, and as an independent contractor in the Orlando area.  Read Full Bio

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Laura Jackson (SC:L, CI, CT) has been interpreting professionally since 2000 and holds B.A. degrees in Deaf/Elementary Education from Flagler College and a M.A. in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. From 2010-2019 she worked as an interpreter educator at the University of North Florida (UNF).  Read Full Bio

TREASURER
SECRETARY
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Megan Fogt
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Rey Vega

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Megan Fogt (Ed:K-12) has called central Florida her home for 12 years. She received an Associate’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting from Valencia College in 2008. Following graduation, she earned the Ed:K12 certification and worked in the educational setting for eight years. Read Full Bio

Rey was born and raised in Florida. Rey is profoundly deaf; he attended public mainstreamed schools with a Deaf/HH Program. He has a Master’s Degree in Special Education-Deaf Education from UNF, Florida Educator’s Certificates in Mathematics 6-12 and Hearing Impaired K-12 with a K-12 ASL endorsement. He has obtained his RID-CDI,  FLA ASL Endorsement, and ASL Teacher Association (ASLTA) Master certification. Read Full Bio
MEMBER AT LARGE
REGION REP NORTH
REGION REP SOUTH
 

James Smith

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Jessica Rushing

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James is originally from Kentucky, grew up in Georgia and currently resides in Pinellas Park, Florida. James attended Troy University's ITP and has enjoyed working in medical, mental health, police interrogations, court interpreting and as a Language Mentor. He received his CDI in 2014 and became a certified instructor for C.E.R.T. Read Full Bio

Jessica Rushing (B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting, EIPA 4.0) has worked as a professional interpreter since 2015. She is currently working in video relay and as a community interpreter in the Pensacola area. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, gardening, and spending time at the beach. She looks forward to rolling up her sleeves to serve those in our profession. Read Full Bio

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REGION REP EAST
 REGION REP WEST
 PAST PRESIDENT


 

Adam Ledo

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Carmelo Falú-Rodríguez is a native Puerto Rican who learned to sign from the Deaf community in Puerto Rico, then received interpreter training at Servicios Orientados al Sordo (SOS). As a trilingual interpreter he has worked in a vast array of scenarios: legal, medical, platform, educational, artistic, and VRS in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Carmelo obtained his NIC certification in 2019. He currently works as a trilingual interpreter for Sorenson and a community interpreter. Read Full Bio
Kenneth has been Nationally Certified since 2009. He works in a variety of settings including legal, mental health and VRS. His primary focus is medical and mental health interpreting. He has lived in Florida most of his life but did live in Guyana, South America working with the Deaf population throughout the country. Read Full Bio
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Nicole Bihlmayer

Nicole Bihlmayer (BA, Ed:K-12) has worked as a professional interpreter in a variety of settings since 2009. She is currently working at a local state college, in video relay, and as an independent contractor in the Orlando area. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and being outdoors. As the President, Nicole is eager to work with FRID and our interpreting community to support the continued growth and development of the profession!  

Vice President of Internal Affairs

This position is currently open to applicants.

Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson (SC:L, CI, CT) has been interpreting professionally since 2000 and holds B.A. degrees in Deaf/Elementary Education from Flagler College and a M.A. in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. From 2010-2019 she worked as an interpreter educator at the University of North Florida (UNF). Currently Laura is an Instructional Designer at UNF, working with faculty to design and develop online courses. She is also currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation focuses on evaluating patterns of self-assessment behaviors by Interpreter Education Program graduates. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, watching Netflix, and taking naps.

Treasurer

This position is currently open to applicants.

Megan Fogt

Megan Fogt (Ed:K-12) has called central Florida her home since 2006. She received an Associate’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting from Valencia College in 2008. Following graduation, she earned the Ed:K12 certification and worked in the educational setting for eight years. Megan continued her education at the University of North Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in ASL/English Interpreting in 2016. She currently works in video relay service and as a freelance interpreter in Orlando and surrounding communities. Her free time is devoted to her amazing children.

Rey Vega

Rey was born in Florida and has been a Florida resident, mainly in West Palm Beach, since then with his affectionate 16-year-old dog, Tigger. Rey is profoundly deaf and attended public mainstreamed schools with a Deaf/HH Program. He has a Master’s Degree in Special Education-Deaf Education from UNF along with Florida Educator’s Certificates in Mathematics 6-12 and Hearing Impaired K-12 with a K-12 ASL endorsement. He obtained his RID-CDI February 2006, his FLA ASL Endorsement August 2007 and also his national American Sign Language Teacher Association (ASLTA) Master-level certification summer 2019.

Overall, he has taught the Deaf/Hard of Hearing for over 13 years, the majority of which were in public high schools in Osceola County and Palm Beach County. In addition, he has taught ASL adult community Level 1-2 classes part-time over two years; ASL 1-4, both part-time and full-time among three high schools for several years. Currently, he is a day by day substitute teacher for DHH/ASL classes in Palm Beach and Broward counties.  He has been teaching ASL classes at Palm Beach State College for several years as adjunct, ASL and Deaf Studies classes at Miami-Dade College as adjunct for 10 years and ASL classes at Indian River State College for 8 years.

He is currently a member of Palm Beach County Association of the Deaf (PBCAD), FAD, NAD, FASLTA, ASLTA, FRID and RID. He served Florida Association of the Deaf (FAD) Member-at-Large for 4 years, Secretary for 2 years and also served his two-year term as 2nd Vice President of Florida Registry Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID) 2011-13. Additionally, he was Vice President, Interim President, Past President, and South Region Director and was February 2019 Conference Co-Chair of Florida American Sign Language Teachers Association (FASLTA).

James Smith

James is originally from Kentucky but grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He currently resides in Pinellas Park, FL. His mother discovered that he was Deaf at 7-months-old, so they learned first Sign Exact English (S.E.E.) sign language together in 1978 and then ASL in 1988. His mother became a certified Interpreter and James followed in her footsteps and became a CDI. James attended Troy University's ITP, and worked as Language Mentor. He has enjoyed working in medical, mental health, police interrogations, and court interpreting. He received his certification in 2014 and became a certified instructor for C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) and teaching workshops all over in Georgia and Florida. He was a long time member of GaRID (Georgia Registry Interpreter for the Deaf) and GADB (Georgia Association Deaf Blind), and has currently membership with FAD, FRID, RID Deaf Caucus group, and, of course, RID. He is also fluent in South Africa Sign Language! 

James is married to his beautiful wife Zakhe and they have 2 beautiful daughters who are 15 and 6! They love to travel, going to the beach, camping, flying all over, and his favorite hobby is riding his street motorcycle!  Looking forward to working with you all!

Jessica Rushing

Jessica Rushing (B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting, EIPA 4.0) has worked as a professional interpreter since 2015. She is currently working in video relay and as a community interpreter in the Pensacola, Florida area. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, gardening, and spending time at the beach. As the Region Representative North, Jessica looks forward to rolling up her sleeves with FRID and partnering with our interpreting community to serve those in our profession!

Region Representative South

This position is currently open to applicants.

Carmelo Falú

Carmelo Falú-Rodríguez is a native Puerto Rican who learned sign language at eleven years old from the Deaf community in Puerto Rico and later received interpreting training at a non-profit organization known as Servicios Orientados al Sordo (S.O.S.) where he completed all the required courses to work as an interpreter. He also attended University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus where he took courses towards a BA in Special Education, specializing in Blindness. As a trilingual interpreter he has worked in a vast ray of scenarios: legal, medical, platform, educational, artistic, and VRS in Puerto Rico and the USA. He served on the Mano a Mano board of directors from 2007 to 2019 as Region 2 Representative, Vice-President and later as President. He served as the Interpreter Coordinator for the first North America WASLI Conference in Mexico City in 2015. He also served as Interpreter Coordinator for Mano a Mano in 2013 and 2015 as well for the RID 2015 Conference in NOLA. Carmelo has been part of RID's BLeGIT* Member Section Council as Co-Chair and currently serves as Chair. After working as an interpreter for over 25 years, Carmelo obtained his RID-NIC Certification in 2019. Nowadays he works as a part-time trilingual interpreter at Sorenson and as a freelance community interpreter.

Kenneth Houghtaling

Kenneth has been Nationally Certified since 2009. He works in a variety of settings including legal, mental health and VRS. His primary focus is medical and mental health interpreting. He has lived in Florida most of his life but did live in Guyana, South America working with the Deaf population throughout the country. This is his second time serving the FRID membership, having previously served as Treasurer and 1st Vice President.

Adam Ledo

Bio forthcoming.

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