Pennsylvania Sign Language Interpreters

Our Bloomsburg team is here for all of your sign language interpreting needs. If you’re in search of expert Pennsylvania sign language interpreters or require the services of a skilled ASL certification programs in PA and surrounding areas, our staff is here to assist. 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.

Meet Our Team

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


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


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 post-secondary staff interpreter/advisor at a university for about 11 years. Then she became a community medical interpreter and nationwide mentor for those looking to obtain their state license, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification, and EIPA. Over the past few years, Heather has worked in medical Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and evening VRI postsecondary. She holds 11 state licenses and is currently working as an interpreter/coordinator.

Heather lives in Wisconsin with her three children and their dog and cat. You can find Heather coaching her children’s sports teams or at her children’s sporting events. Heather’s family are big baseball fans, so they often take road trips to stadiums to see the Brewers play other teams. Go Brewers! She takes walks daily with her dog and does enjoy the spa for some “me time.” Heather is grateful to be a part of the Deaf, hard of hearing, and interpreting communities.

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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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National company with a local feel

Whether you're seeking expert ASL certification programs in PA, or require the assistance of skilled Pennsylvania sign language interpreters, our dedicated team is here to provide comprehensive language solutions tailored to your needs. We stand ready to offer support for sign language interpreting services at our Bloomsburg location, or nationwide!

Phone: (570) 389-9999

Fax: (570) 389-9300


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At Interpretek, you can trust the quality of education that you receive when trying one of our online-based ASL certification programs in PA, or you can be confident in the quality of our Pennsylvania sign language interpreters, as you embark on a journey of linguistic excellence. Our devoted staff in Bloomsburg is committed to offering unmatched language solutions, guaranteeing successful communication in a variety of contexts.