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
(2017-2020, 1st Term)
 2nd Vice-President
(2016-2019, 1st term)
 

Eli Sierra
President@FRIDcentral.org
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 1stVP@FRIDcentral.org
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 Nicole Bihlmayer
2ndVP@FRIDcentral.org
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Eliezer Sierra (MS, NIC, BEI Advanced Trilingual) has worked for over 15 years as a trilingual interpreter (Spanish/English/ASL) in various settings including....
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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

 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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Benjamin Smith
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

Benjamin L. Smith is a Native of Florida and has been active in Deaf cultural events since he was a child. His introduction into the Deaf community was through a childhood friend at the age of 6. He took an autodidactic approach to learning American Sign Language when his childhood friend moved away and started attending a Deaf School away from home. Read Full Bio

 Region Rep Central West
(2016-2019, 1st term)
 Region Rep South
(2015-2018, 1st term)
Region Rep North
(2015-2018, 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 pre-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

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Eli Sierra

Eliezer Sierra (MS, NIC, BEI Advanced Trilingual) has worked for over 15 years as a trilingual interpreter (Spanish/English/ASL) in various settings including, educational, medical, legal, mental health, performing arts, conferences and video relay service (VRS). Mr. Sierra has a master's degree in interpretation with a concentration in pedagogy from the University of North Florida (UNF) and after graduation, he was invited to join this institution’s interpreting faculty. For the past 9 years, he has worked as an assistant professor of interpretation at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. In 2014, Eli was recruited by Sorenson Communications’ Professional Development department. As part of his professional responsibilities, he evaluates potential candidates applying to work as video interpreters (VIs) for this company. In addition, he designs, develops and trains interpreters through face-to-face and distance training, as well as online learning modules. In addition to this, Mr. Sierra specializes in the teaching and mentoring trilingual interpreters and in fostering the development of this field. In 2015, he was selected to be part of the first cohort trained and approved to teach the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) trilingual curriculum. Recently, he was elected as the vice-president of Florida’s affiliated chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID).

Benjamin Smith

Benjamin L. Smith is a Native of Florida and has been active in Deaf cultural events since he was a child. His introduction into the Deaf community was through a childhood friend at the age of 6. He took an autodidactic approach to learning American Sign Language when his childhood friend moved away and started attending a Deaf School away from home. As he grew older he became aware of Deaf Culture and Deaf Cultural events and that immersion impacted him and set him on the course to becoming an interpreter! Benjamin is an interpreter in and throughout the Central Florida region and is the Region Representitve East for the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Megan Fogt

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. 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.

Ava Rogers

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 and she 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 about 8 years ago. He has been interpreting in the community for over 12 years. He has worked as an interpreter in Louisana (community), Missouri (MO Commission for the Deaf), Washington DC (Birnbaum Interpreting Services) and now here in Florida (now home!). He has a love for theatre as evidenced in the many Shadow Theatre 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 pre-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. Being a recent graduate, Alecia now has the time to get involved with the communities that helped her along the way. She has a strong passion for interpreting and looks forward to seeing our profession prosper. In the future, Alecia would like to interpret in the medical and legal field. On a more personal note, she resides in Flagler county, enjoys doing arts and crafts and has two cats.

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 2nd Vice-President, Nicole is eager to work with FRID and our interpreting community to support the continued growth and development of the profession!

Terri Bugler

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. For the past 8 years, she has worked as a professor of ASL and interpretation at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida.

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