ASL Classes starting soon!

Click here to learn more about our upcoming ASL 101 online class.

Meet Our Rochester New York Team

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.

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.

Show More

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.

Show More

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.

Show More

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.

Show More

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.

Show More

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.

Show More

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!

Learn more

Sponsoring Camp Mark Seven’s 2022 Summer Programs

The summer of 2022, Interpretek sponsored Camp Mark Seven. With a unique and lasting impression, CM7 welcomes Deaf, hard of hearing and KODA/CODA individuals to a retreat for life-affirming educational, recreational, and spiritual programs.

More about CM7

Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Interpretek donates interpreters annually for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Learn more about the hall of fame

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.

Learn more
Map

National company with a local feel

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

Phone: 585-235-7500

Fax: 585-235-7882

Email: Roc.Office@Interpretek.com

Request an Interpreter