Here at CASLI, LLC, we are exceedingly pleased to welcome three new additions to our Testing Committee!
Betti Bonni, MA, CDI, ASLTA-Professional
Betti hails from the North side of Chicago (go Cubs!) and spent 10 years in the Chicago Public School system, mainstreamed BEFORE that term was coined. The school’s ‘accommodation’ was to place her (and her deaf classmates) in the front row of all her classes. It wasn’t until her first class in the Social Work program at RIT/NTID that she received an interpreted education. This was such an eye-opening experience she agreed to assist in NTID’s Basic Interpreter Training Program (back in the days when it was offered for 6 weeks in the summer!) thus began her lifelong career as an educator and community activist. She got her first start in the education realm with a stint at St. Paul TVI’s (now St. Paul College) Interpreter Training Program, and after getting her Masters from California State University at Northridge’s Leadership Training Program, she relocated to Florida. She has been a permanent resident since 1984, and has had numerous positions within the Deaf / Interpreting communities. Betti has also served on the Boards of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (1980 – 1984), the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (’79 – 82), the American Sign Language Teachers Association (2005 – 2009) and now currently the Florida Association of the Deaf. She has traveled extensively as a workshop presenter/performer, now semi-retired and doing freelance work. She looks forward to contributing to the important work of CASLI.
Krista Dillman, MS, NIC
Krista M. Dillman has been interpreting for 25+ years. She has a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is working on her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration. Her credentials include the NAD IV, CI and CT, SC:L, SLPI:ASL-Superior, NIC-Master, and OTC certificates. She has interpreted in the theatre, medical, job site, mental health, education, religious, legal, and video relay settings. She coordinated an RID Test Site in St. Cloud for five years. She has presented workshops a variety of topics including NIC Preparation, ASL structure, Legal interpreting, and the Code of Professional Conduct, in addition to co-presenting several workshops including Religious interpreting, Back to School, and Use of Space and Classifiers. Krista worked as a full-time video interpreter for ZVRS from 2008 to 2016 prior to serving as manager in St. Cloud. She is currently working as an educational interpreter and looks forward to the challenge of test development with the CASLI Test Development Committee.
Jeff Pollock, M.Ed., CDI
Jeff began his career in 1995 as an ASL educator and consultant for the Utah Interpreter Program certification advisory board. Serving in several different capacities with the advisory board led to his interest in the interpreting field. He earned his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. In 2006, he established, directed, and taught the interpreting program at a small college in northern Utah. He received his CDI in 2010 and has worked in a variety of settings, including legal, medical, DeafBlind, and social services. Jeff is now employed as the coordinator and lecturer of the Interpreter Education Program at CSUN. When not teaching or interpreting, you can usually find Jeff on a board (snowboard, skateboard, surfboard, wakeboard, or paddleboard). He is a 5-time Deaflympian and currently coaches the U.S. Deaf Snowboard Team.
Welcome to the team, Betti, Krista and Jeff!
Contact Star Grieser at Director@CASLI.org for more information.