Catherine Donalley

Catherine Donalley was born in China and recently moved to the Washington D.C. area 2 months ago from Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of South Florida with her BA in Interpreting. Shortly after, Catherine was accepted by Sorenson VRS Interpreting Institute’s School-to-Work program. After graduating from VRSII, she decided to move from Florida to Utah and began her growth as an interpreter there. Catherine began her passion and practice for yoga 2 years ago. Since her discovery on this journey, she has gained insight that yoga is less about flexibility, and more about spiritual connectivity and mindfulness which feeds the body and soul. Her favorite quote is “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”


Hilary Mahew 

Hilary Mayhew, NIC, received her BA in Spanish & ASL/English Interpreting from Goshen College (IN), a historic peace school, and her MPA from Gallaudet. She has been a staff and freelance interpreter in DC since 2008. Hilary grew up in the Nevada mountains and the Kansas plains, the daughter of teachers. She considers herself an "evangelist" for high impact information and experiences that improve connections to oneself and others. Hilary started learning to sign from a Deaf friend in middle school, and has been a guest of Spanish-speaking and Deaf communities around the world. She loves living in DC, but also loves getting out into the woods. She coordinated interpreters for the original Women of the Wild in 2016, and is thrilled to support connections among more wonderful women at this retreat.

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Alisha Potempa

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania instilled Alisha with a love of nature. She tries to be outdoors as often as possible. She seeks compassion for herself and others through mindfulness and meditation. After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a bachelors degree in ASL/English Interpreting she moved to the Baltimore area where she started her career as a professional sign language interpreter nearly 10 years ago.