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Community Interpreters: Pre-Certified
 Rachel Blevins, RID: Pre-Certified
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 Lavona Collins

Meet Us

Ruann Wood, CEO; B.S. Interpreting; RID: NIC-Advanced; SC:Legal Candidate
Owner/Operator Since 2007

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello! My name is Ruann Wood. I received my sign name because I am happy all the time. I am the CEO of Visual Communication Interpreting (VCI). I went to college in Portland, Oregon at PCC (Portland Community College) as well as Chattanooga State Community College and Tennessee Temple University. I really enjoy hiking, biking, running, and kayaking. I’ve been married 30 years to my husband who is retired military. Together we have three grown children. In the future my husband and I plan to travel the country in an RV.

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Sarah Reichert, Staff Interpreter; B.S. Interpreting | B.S. Telecommunications; RID: Pre-certified

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello. My name is Sarah Reichert. I received my sign name because while learning ASL I was always very excited and it showed in my eyes. My sign name definitely represents my high level of energy. I was born and raised in Florida and attended the University of Florida. Go Gators! I hold two degrees. One in Television Broadcasting from the University of Florida and an ASL Interpreting Degree from the University of North Florida. Back in January 2017 I was a VCI intern. By the end of the same year I moved here to Knoxville to work with VCI full time. I’m loving it. As a native Floridian I love the sunshine and the beach. While in Florida I enjoyed scuba diving, salt water fishing and other water related activities. My idea of a perfect day is sitting outside in the sun and reading a book.

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Robin Anderson, RID: NIC-Advanced
VCI Team Since 2010

Greater Knoxville Area

Hi I’m Robin Anderson. I’ve worked with VCI since 2010. I have a wonderful husband and two children. My son just entered high school and my daughter was recently married and now resides in Alabama. (oh well, what can I say?) I look forward to seeing you soon at your next appointment.

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Anna Bass, M.S. Counseling; B.S. Education.; RID: CI/CT
VCI Team Since 2008

Greater Knoxville Area
Anna  E. Bass  has worked as a sign language interpreter for twenty years. She has held active national certification since 2000. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and was involved in the deaf community from an early age.  Eventually she was encouraged to come to Tennessee by her deaf mentors to pursue training as an interpreter.   She attended the University of Tennessee for both undergraduate and graduate school, and subsequently has completed additional graduate work at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She primarily interprets in religious, corporate, conference, and post-secondary environments.  She counts it a blessing and honor to work as an interpreter in East Tennessee.

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Lydia Harmon, B.A. Interpreting; RID: CT
VCI Team Since 2008

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello, my name is Lydia Harmon. I was born and raised in Florida and moved to Knoxville to attend Maryville College. I graduated in 2004 and have interpreted in the area for 10 years. I have a husband and two young children, a 7 year old girl and a 4 year old boy.

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Danielle Peterson, RID: NIC – Advanced
VCI Team Since 2018

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello. My name is Danielle Petersen. I grew up in New York and have lived all across the country. I recently moved from Virginia to Knoxville, TN. I have loved American Sign Language my whole life. I enjoy spending time with and learning from the Deaf community. It’s been my life for more than 20 years. My experience with ASL and interpreting is expansive whether working with Deaf/blind individuals, interpreting conferences, platform interpreting, interpreting for lectures, interpreting from ASL to English and the list goes on and on. I have a deaf son. He is from another country and is excited to learn ASL as his second language. It’s nice to meet you.

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Megan Pray, B.A. Interpreting; RID: NIC
VCI Team Since 2010

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello, I am Megan Pray. I received my sign name because I change my hair style and color often. I work full time during the academic year at Maryville College therefore I provide most of my interpreting services during the summer time. I’ve worked with VCI since 2010. In my free time I enjoy working with animal rescue (dogs only) as well as volunteer work. I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Tennessee in 2007 to attend Maryville College and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. degree in ASL interpreting. I earned my national certification (RID: NIC) in 2010 and started working with VCI in that same year. I believe that’s all for now. Hope to see you sometime during the summer.

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MaryAnne Thaldorf, B.A. Deaf Ed K-12; RID: CI/CT
VCI Team Since 2010

Greater Knoxville Area

Hi! I’m MaryAnne Thaldorf. I started my career as an interpreter at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB). My husband, daughter, and I moved to Tennessee and set up a bicycle repair and sales shop. I’ve been interpreting in the deaf community across the state ever since.

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Elise Turner, B.A. Interpreting; RID: NIC
VCI Team Since 2009

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello my name is Elise Turner. I grew up in Ohio. After graduating high school I was unsure of my career path. I explored my options and found the ASL interpreting program at Maryville College right here in Tennessee. I graduated in 2008 and have interpreted in Tennessee ever since which is roughly 10 years.

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Mary Wagenblast, B.S. Interpreting; RID: NIC
VCI Team Since 2017

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello, I am Mary Wagenblast. I moved to the Greater Knoxville area from Chula Vista, CA in 2016.  My interpreting experience is mainly in the community college and K12 realm, as well as my current work in video relay service (VRS), and now community interpreting.  I hold a Bachelors degree in American Sign Language interpreting with a Minor in Biblical Studies from Tennessee Temple University.  My favorite interpreting assignments are in community college settings.  When I’m not working I am hiking and mountain biking with my husband and two beautiful dogs.  I also enjoy writing and painting.

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Gwen Walton, M.A. Creative Writing; B.A. Studio Arts; RID: NIC
VCI Team Since 2017

Greater Chattanooga Area

Hello, I am Gwen Walton. I moved to Chattanooga from Denver, Colorado in 2016.  My interpreting experience spans from working at Rocky Mountain Deaf School, community college, video relay service (VRS), and now community interpreting.  I hold a Masters of Arts and Culture degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Studio Arts, and a sign language interpreting degree from Front Range Community College.  My favorite interpreting assignments are in community college settings.  When I’m not working I am hiking and mountain biking with my husband and two beautiful dogs.  I also enjoy writing and painting.

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Rachel Blevins, B.A. Interpreting; RID: Pre-Certified
VCI Team Since 2017

Greater Knoxville Area

Hi. I’m Rachel Blevins. I grew up in Georgia but moved to here to start college. I am a 2016 graduate of Maryville College. I enjoy reading and shopping, if I have money, of course. I am currently RID pre-certified but I hope to be certified by the end of 2018! I hope to see you around and to interpret for you soon.

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Logan Massey, B.S. Psychology; A.A.S. Sign Language Interpreting
VCI Intern Since 2018

Greater Knoxville Area

Hi. I’m Logan Massey. I grew up in Richmond, VA. I moved to Knoxville two years ago so my husband could get his PhD, which he finishes very soon. Hooray. I hold a B.S. degree in Psychology from VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) and an A.A.S. degree in ASL interpreting from JSRCC (J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College). In my free time I enjoy playing with my dogs and traveling with my husband.

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 Deaf Interpreter
Lavona Collins, Language Specialist
VCI Independent Contractor Since 2016

Greater Knoxville Area

Hello, my name is Lavona Collins. I am from Maryville, Tennessee. I graduated from the Tennessee School for the Deaf in 1974. Here at Visual Communication, I will be working as a Deaf interpreter. If a hearing sign language interpreter is working with a deaf client and there are communication barriers present, preventing successful communication, I will be called to lend my services. With my skills, I will be able to establish a language foundation. A language foundation needs to be established because some deaf clients have limited communication skills. They may use a unique form of sign language only used within their own home, or they may communicate solely through gestures. Other deaf clients may not be able to read or write English. Working alongside the hearing interpreter and deaf client, my role is to make sure the communication process is smooth and successful. All the situations, experiences, and happenings I am involved with are completely confidential.

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Staff

Bobby Kitzmiller, Scheduler
VCI Team Since 2017

Knoxville Home Office

Hello, my name is Bobby Kitzmiller and I am the scheduler for Visual Communication Interpreting. I’ve been with the company since December 2017. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, especially my two kids. I also like to read, sit on the couch, and ride in the mountains.
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