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Interpreters & Online-Based American Sign Language Classes in Rochester, NY

Our Rochester team can help you with any of your sign language interpreting needs. The coordinating staff provides you with the right interpreting services based on your specific needs and are dedicated to bridging the communication gap for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Meet Our Team

Michelle Brewer

Director of Interpreting Services

Michelle Brewer is a nationally certified interpreter who has been with Interpretek since 2002. Originally from Rome, NY, she came to Rochester with the goal of becoming an Interpreter after obtaining AAS degrees in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Human Services. After graduating from National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) with her AAS degree in ASL-English Interpretation, she immediately began her career at Interpretek as a Coordinator.

Throughout her career in the Rochester, NY community, Michelle has been fortunate to take advantage of the opportunities presented to her by interpreting in a variety of settings. Also, she has proudly served on the board of the Genesee Valley Region of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (GVRRID), the Local Partner Advisory Board for The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR), and the Advisory Board for the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) department at NTID.

Michelle is committed to Interpretek’s values and works to inspire and support others in doing the same. She has a passion for the Deaf community and interpreting community, as well as Interpretek’s consumers, customers, employees, and Interpretek as a whole. After serving various roles at Interpretek through the years, Michelle is currently a Director of Interpreting Services and leading three of the long-standing service areas.

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The Coordinators

Jennifer Corbit

Coordinator

Jennifer Corbit was born and raised in Rochester, NY. In 2016 she graduated from National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at RIT with her bachelor’s degree in ASL-English Interpretation.

Jenn has been with Interpretek for 5 years as a coordinator in the Rochester office. Within that time, she has coordinated multiple events, including Interpretek’s ongoing coverage of the Rochester Red Wings home games! In addition to coordinating, she has presented to third- and fourth-year interpreting students, planned Interpretek appreciation events and attended the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) conference in 2019.

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Kaitlynn Sayre

Coordinator

Kaitlynn Sayre graduated from Keuka College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in ASL-English Interpreting. After growing up on Long Island and interpreting for 5 years, Kaitlynn decided to start coordinating at Interpretek.

During her time at Interpretek, she has helped plan the Red Wings Deaf Culture Day in 2021 and Interpreter Appreciation Day in 2022.

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Katherine Perchik, NIC

Coordinator

Katherine Perchik, NIC, is from Brooklyn, NY and graduated from the RIT American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) program in 2016.

After graduating, Katherine worked in Washington, DC for 5 years, then moved to Corning, NY. In October 2021, she started working at Interpretek as a coordinator.

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Krista Ciccarelli

Coordinator

Krista Ciccarelli grew up in Long Island, NY and came to Rochester to study ASL interpreting at RIT. In 2021, she graduated from National Technical institute for the Deaf (NTID) at RIT with a bachelor’s degree in ASL-English Interpretation.

She started working at Interpretek as a coordinator in October of 2021 and helped plan the Interpreter Appreciation Day in 2022. During her time in Rochester, Krista has volunteered her interpreting skills for multiple occasions.

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Shelly Tyo

Coordinator

Shelly Tyo was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended RIT and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language and Interpreting Education in May 2010. While at RIT, she minored in Communication Studies and played on the women’s lacrosse team.

She became an interpreter and coordinator at Interpretek in the Fall of 2010 till Fall of 2015. Shelly then freelanced for 5 years in the K-12 and post-secondary educational setting before returning to Interpretek as a coordinator/interpreter in the Fall of 2021.

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Holly Paungam

Coordinator

Holly Paungam was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Spring 2023 with a major in American Sign Language Interpreting and minoring in ASL studies. She’s been working as a coordinator at Interpretek since summer 2023.

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Liam Bradley

Coordinator

Liam Bradley is from Margate, NJ. He attended RIT and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ASL-English Interpretation in 2021. Liam joined Interpretek in the summer of 2023 as a coordinator in the Rochester office.

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Maria Wyman

Coordinator

Maria Wyman is a nationally certified interpreter from Oneonta, NY. She took her first ASL classes at Hudson Valley Community College and later graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in ASL-English Interpretation. While at RIT, she also received a certificate in Performing Arts.

Maria became a Staff Interpreter for the Rochester office at Interpretek in the Fall of 2017 and started coordinating soon after. She freelanced for one year in 2022 and currently works remotely to coordinate for the Rome, Kansas City, and Rochester offices. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, streaming new movies and tv shows, and spending time with her family.

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RIT/NTID 55th Anniversary

Congratulations to RIT/NTID on their 55th Anniversary! During the alumni celebration weekend, Interpretek hosted a booth along with other technology services and businesses! 

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Deaf Night at RMSC!

Interpretek sponsored a family friendly Deaf Night at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The event provided an accessible & friendly Deaf (and Hard of Hearing) experience with Electricity Theater shows, live 3D printing demos, Virtual Reality, and more!

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Take Me Out to the ASL-Interpreted Ball Game

Learn how the Red Wings and Interpretek teamed up to welcome DHH fans at all of their home games!

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Supporting the Randleman Program

The Randleman Program, created by RIT, focuses on recruiting and retaining interpreters of color across the field of interpreting. Interpretek has joined in the initiative to help support and celebrate how interpreting can flourish through culture competency and diverse perspectives.

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National company with a local feel

Whether you're seeking an expert ASL interpreter in Rochester, NY, 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 in Rochester, NY, or nationwide!

Phone: 585-235-7500

Fax: 585-235-7882

Email: Roc.Office@Interpretek.com

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Interpretek is the premier destination for top-notch language services, including our online-based American Sign Language classes in Rochester, NY. Appropriate for students of all skill levels, our courses provide a thorough and interesting learning experience. You can also rely on Interpretek for a professional ASL interpreter in Rochester, NY. Our team of proficient interpreters is committed to enabling unambiguous and efficient communication, filling linguistic gaps in diverse contexts.