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Meet Our Bloomsburg Pennsylvania Team

Our Bloomsburg team is here for all of your sign language interpreting needs. From events to education to healthcare interpreting, our coordinating staff provides you with the right interpreting services based on your specific needs. We are dedicated to bridging the communication gap for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

The Director

Lauren Lewis

Director of Interpreting Services

Lauren Lewis graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BS in American Sign Language/English Interpreting, followed by a Masters of Education in Counseling and Student Affairs in 2010. One year later, Lauren became nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and moved to Rochester, New York to experience the rich Deaf culture and wide array of interpreting opportunities available through Interpretek. Several years later, a unique opportunity arose in her home state of Pennsylvania and Lauren became the Regional Director of a brand new Interpretek office in Bloomsburg, PA.

For the past six years, Lauren has cultivated a great team while improving access to high quality interpreting services throughout the state. The growth and success of the office is a result of Lauren’s commitment to fostering relationships with the up-and-coming students from Bloomsburg University’s Interpreter Training Program and providing them with mentorship opportunities during their senior year. Many of the interns have grown to become staff interpreters and valued colleagues of Interpretek. Lauren’s goal is to continue expanding the number of qualified and professional interpreters in northeastern and central Pennsylvania in order to meet the needs of the diverse Deaf community.

In addition to her role with Interpretek, Lauren also serves as the Secretary of the Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization strives to improve the lives of individuals with muscular dystrophy by providing accessible equipment to families and funding research for a cure.

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The Coordinators

Betsy Heckler

Coordinator

Hello! I’m Betsy Heckler and I’ve been a coordinator with Interpretek for almost 5 years now. I received my bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from Bloomsburg University in 2016. I was a freelance interpreter before joining the Interpretek team in 2017. I am currently working on attaining the credentials needed to interpret again in Pennsylvania!

I live in Bloomsburg, PA with my fiancé. We are getting married in a little more than a month and are very excited for this next chapter of our lives! In my free time, I enjoy dancing, going to sports events, and spending time with family and friends.

Betsy Heckler has been a coordinator with Interpretek since 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from Bloomsburg University in 2016. Betsy was a freelance interpreter before joining the Interpretek team. Currently, she is working on attaining the credentials needed to interpret again in Pennsylvania.

Betsy lives in Bloomsburg and is recently married. She is excited to start this new chapter of their lives. In her free time, Betsy enjoys dancing, going to sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

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Heather Ford

Coordinator

Hi, I am Heather Ford. I am excited and grateful to be in my new coordinator/interpreter role here at Interpretek. I have my bachelor’s degree in interpreting (2001) and my master’s degree in cultural education (2011). I am professionally certified with my CI/CT, NIC and EIPA 4.

I started my career in K-12 then went into being a staff interpreter and later an interpreter/advisor at a university for about eleven years. From there I became a community medical interpreter and a nationwide mentor for those looking to pass their state license, RID certification, and EIPA.

Over the past Covid years, I have worked medical VRI interpreting, VRS, and evening VRI postsecondary interpreting. I have always worked in the human services, where I am adapting to our profession as it changes while continually mentoring, coordinating, managing, and interpreting in various way. I proudly hold eleven state licensures to offer VRI services that I am happy to assist you in working with Interpretek from your state!

I reside in Wisconsin with my three children and our dog. I have a love for rabbits that I volunteer for the Humane Society. I enjoy sports, especially baseball. You can find me either taking my children to practice or to their own games. You can also find my family at a professional game or watching a sport on TV. I also appreciate my “me time” at weekly water aerobics or walking our dog daily. I am grateful to be a part of the Deaf/HOH and interpreting communities. I look forward to connecting with you!

Heather Ford received her bachelor’s degree in interpreting in 2001 and her master’s in culture education in 2011. She is professionally certified with her Certificate of Interpretation (CI/CT), National Interpreter Certification (NIC), and Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) 4. Heather started her interpreting career in K-12 then transitioned to a staff interpreter. After that, for about 11 years, she worked as an interpreter/advisor at a university. Then she became a community medical interpreter and nationwide mentor for those looking to pass their state license, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification, and EIPA. Over the past few years, Heather has worked medical Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), Video Remote Services (VRS), and evening VRI postsecondary. She has 11 state licenses and is currently working as a coordinator/interpreter.

Heather lives in Wisconsin with her three children and their dog. She volunteers at the Human Society because she loves rabbits. You can find heather at her children’s sports practices and games or a professional baseball game with her family. She takes walks daily with her dog and does weekly water aerobics to get in some “me time.” Heather is grateful to be a part of the Deaf, hard of hearing, and interpreting communities.

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Myra Barnes

Coordinator

Myra is an EIPA credentialed interpreter who has worked with the deaf and hard of hearing community since 2013. She has spent the last 4 years freelancing and has decided to join the Interpretek team. She is the mother of a dynamic 9-year-old son, a birth worker, and enthusiastic Gardner.

Myra Barnes is an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) credentialed interpreter who has worked with the deaf and hard of hearing community since 2013. After 4 years of freelance interpreting, Myra decided to join the Interpretek team. She is the mother of a dynamic 9-year-old son, a birth worker, and enthusiastic gardener.

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Sponsoring the SSDHHC Gala

An annual gala to support a non-profit, tution free school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children

Interpretek sponsored the Annual Gala Celebration for the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. The school provides high-quality education for Deaf, deaf, and hard-of-hearing students 3–21 years old.

Lauren and Betsy also attended the gala to show Interpretek’s support towards education for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Our Bloomsburg office is here to provide support for sign language interpreting services across the nation!

Phone: (570) 389-9999

Fax: (570) 389-9300

Email: Nepa.Office@Interpretek.com

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