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)
Vice-President of Internal Affairs
(2020, 1st Term)
Vice-President of External Affairs
(2020-2023, 1st Term)
 

Eli Sierra
President@FRIDcentral.org
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 Nicole Bihlmayer
 1stVP@FRIDcentral.org
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Laura Jackson
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

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

 Secretary
(2017-2020, 1st term)
Treasurer
(2020-2023, 1st term)
Region Rep Central East
(2020-2023, 1st Term)

 



Megan Fogt
Secretary@FRIDcentral.org

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Shonna Magee Hudson
Treasurer@FRIDcentral.org

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Carmelo Falu
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

Shonna Magee Hudson (MRC, NIC: Master, CI, CT, OTC, CoreCHI, WIP) has over 20 years of experience interpreting, presenting, providing interpreter diagnostics, and mentoring. She specializes in emergency management, vocational rehabilitation, VRI, and medical interpreting.  Read Full Bio

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 Region Rep Central West
(2020-2023, 1st term)
 Region Rep South
(2018-2021, 1st term)
Region Rep North
(2018-2021, 1st term)
 

Kenneth Houghtaling
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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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

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!

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.

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.

Shonna Magee Hudson

Shonna Magee Hudson (MRC, NIC: Master, CI, CT, OTC, CoreCHI, WIP) has over 20 years of experience interpreting, presenting, providing interpreter diagnostics, and mentoring. She specializes in emergency management, vocational rehabilitation, VRI, and medical interpreting. Shonna has taught workshops and presented keynotes to interpreters and emergency management professionals around the country. She is an instructor at the annual Emergency Management Interpreter Training (EMIT) program in Georgia, presenting on PIO and broadcasted interpreting. She has served as a professor of interpreting and ASL at Daytona State College and a professor of ASL at Pensacola State College.  She received her Bachelor's in interpreting from the University of Cincinnati and her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina where she was the Statewide Coordinator of Deaf Services for the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. She is currently the Director of Operations at SIGNature Access Solutions LLC..

Carmelo Falu

Bio forthcoming.

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.

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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