Rick Wright is a nationally certified interpreter (CI/CT) who worked as a freelance interpreter with Sign Language Interpreting Specialists, Inc. (SLIS) for a decade before moving into the position of Project Manager of Interpreter Coordination. After coordinating for four years, Rick stepped into the role of Regional Director when SLIS became part of the Interpretek family.
”I had taken ASL courses at Xavier University, and one of the Deaf instructors, Maryann Barth, came up to me at the end of the first semester and said I had potential for interpreting as a career. I’m forever grateful to Maryann for that encouragement,” says Rick.
Rick obtained his AAS in sign language interpreting from Georgia Perimeter College, his BA in Communication from Oglethorpe University, and his MA in Communication from Georgia State University. Rick has served in various roles on the board of the Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (GaRID) and was honored to serve as a keynote speaker for GaRID’s conference in the past. Rick is a published writer and has presented on interpreting and Deaf culture at various national and regional conferences, including the Society for Disability Studies, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the National Communication Association, where he won a top paper award. In addition to his experience in the field of interpreting, Rick brings nearly a decade of coordinating/logistics experience working with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.