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
(2018-2021, 1st term)
1st Vice-President
(2018-2020, 1st Term)
 2nd Vice-President
(2018-2019, 1st term)
 

Eli Sierra
President@FRIDcentral.org
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 Nicole Bihlmayer
 1stVP@FRIDcentral.org
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James Pope
2ndVP@FRIDcentral.org
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Eliezer Sierra (MS, NIC, BEI Advanced Trilingual) has worked as a trilingual interpreter (Spanish/English/ASL) in various settings including, educational, medical, legal, mental health, performing arts, conferences and video relay service (VRS) since 2001.  Read Full Bio

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

James Pope has been a interpreter since 1993 professionally and certified since 2002. He is a CODA who grew up and still lives in the Jacksonville, Florida region. He has been certified since 2002 and holds two master’s degrees in deaf education and linguistics. Read Full Bio

 Secretary
(2017-2020, 1st term)
Treasurer
(2016-2019, 2nd term)
Region Rep Central East
(2017-2020, 1st term)

 



Megan Fogt
Secretary@FRIDcentral.org
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Terri Bugler
Treasurer@FRIDcentral.org
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Vacant
RegionRepEast@FRIDcentral.org
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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 Theresa “Terri” Bugler (M.A., CI, CT) has been interpreting professionally for 19 years. She has a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and currently, a Doctoral student in Gallaudet’s Department of Interpretation and Translation. Read Full Bio


 Region Rep Central West
(2016-2019, 1st term)
 Region Rep South
(2018-2021, 1st term)
Region Rep North
(2018-2021, 1st term)
 

Ava Rogers
RegionRepWest@FRIDcentral.org
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Brian Gauci
RegionRepSouth@FRIDcentral.org
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Alecia Bost
RegionRepNorth@FRIDcentral.org 
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Ava was born and raised in Florida and started learning ASL in 2009. She graduated from University of South Florida in 2013 and is currently working in education and VRS. Ava has a passion for volunteering in the interpreting and Deaf communities  Read Full Bio

Brian Gauci (NIC, MICS IV) hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a “Ragin’ Cajun” who loves to cook: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Etouffe, and more. He moved to Florida about 8 years ago. He has been interpreting in the community for over 12 years. Read Full Bio

Alecia is a certified interpreter, working full time in the K-12 setting and part time in VRS. She received her A.S. degree in interpreting from Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2014 and her B.S. degree in interpreting from University of North Florida in 2016. Read Full Bio

 PAST PRESIDENT
(2018-2019)


Adam Ledo
   

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Eli Sierra

Eliezer Sierra (MS, NIC, BEI Advanced Trilingual) has worked as a trilingual interpreter (Spanish/English/ASL) in various settings including, educational, medical, legal, mental health, performing arts, conferences and video relay service (VRS) since 2001. He has a Master's degree in ASL/English interpretation with a concentration in pedagogy from the University of North Florida (UNF). Eli has been an adjunct professor at Valencia College in Orlando and at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville. He is currently the Program Manager for Extended Learning Programs in the Interpreter Education and Professional Development department at Sorenson Communications. As part of his professional responsibilities, he supervises multiple teams that support the education and professional development of video relay interpreters. In addition, he specializes in teaching and mentoring trilingual interpreters and in fostering the development of this field. He serves as President of Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf since 2018.  

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 1st Vice-President, Nicole is eager to work with FRID and our interpreting community to support the continued growth and development of the profession!

James Pope

James Pope has been a interpreter since 1993 professionally and certified since 2002. He is a CODA who grew up and still lives in the Jacksonville, Florida region. He has been certified since 2002 and holds two master’s degrees in deaf education and linguistics. He currently works as a freelance interpreter and teaches at Florida State College at Jacksonville in the ASL/English Interpreting Program. He formerly taught at The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. When he is not working , he enjoys living at the beach, reading, and biking/walking along the beach.

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 and spouse.

Terri Bugler

Theresa “Terri” Bugler (M.A., CI, CT) has been interpreting professionally since 1999. She has a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and currently, a Doctoral student in Gallaudet’s Department of Interpretation and Translation. She has worked as a professor of ASL and interpretation at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida since 2010.

Ava Rogers

Ava was born and raised in central Florida. She started learning ASL in 2009 and graduated from University of South Florida’s interpreting program in 2013. She is a nationally certified interpreter who has a passion for volunteering in the interpreting and Deaf communities and is committed to supporting students in their journey to becoming an interpreter. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting, reading, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

Brian Gauci 

Brian Gauci (NIC, MICS IV) hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a “Ragin’ Cajun” who loves to cook: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Etouffe, and more. He moved to Florida in 2010. He has been interpreting in the community for over 12 years. He has worked as an interpreter in Louisiana (community), Missouri (MO Commission for the Deaf), Washington DC (Birnbaum Interpreting Services) and now here in Florida (now home!). He has a love for theater as evidenced in the many Shadow Theater performances he has directed and performed in in South Florida. Brian is an integral member of the Deaf Community in South Florida, not only as an interpreter and ally but also as a father of a deaf son. In his spare time, he likes to play volleyball, travel, hang at the beach, and spend time with his beautiful family.

Alecia Bost

Alecia is a certified interpreter, working full time in the community and part time in VRS. She received her A.S. degree in interpreting from Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2014 and her B.S. degree in interpreting from University of North Florida in 2016. This is her second term as Region Rep North and enjoys serving her community. On a more personal note, she resides in Flagler county, enjoys arts and crafts, Cross-fit and has two cats.

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