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.”
Amanda Mueller holds a Masters of Interpreter Pedagogy from Northeastern University and a BA in Psychology with minors in communications and philosophy from Valparaiso University. Interpreting professionally since 1994, she is currently a staff interpreter at Gallaudet University and holds her RID CI/CT, NIC Master and SC:L. Equally passionate about rescuing pitbulls and playing in nature, this Chicago-girl has been exploring the east coast by visiting 28 of the 72! MD state parks as well as neighboring state's outdoor beauty with her family since they moved here in 2009.
Heather Beck currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a Associate Degree of Interpreting and a Bachelor Degree in Deaf Education. She is a Nationally Certified Interpreter. She is an avid yoga enthusiast. She loves nature and connecting with her Mother Earth. She is thrilled to be apart of the Women of the Wild team. She believes in love, beauty and building connections with people, animals, and most importantly herself. One of her favorite quotes: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. "Happiness is a spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley
Addy Harten is from Cincinnati, OH and has been living in the Washington, DC area for over two and a half years. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education with a focus on American Sign Language Interpreting. She also obtained a certificate in Deaf Studies. Addy is excited to combine two loves of hers, American Sign Language, and yoga, into one event. She also loves to travel, loves to spend time with friends, meet new people, and considers herself a lifelong learner. She is currently working on her third language, Spanish, and hopes to one day become a trilingual interpreter.
My name is Sarah, I am entering my second year in the interpreting program at Gallaudet university. I am excited for this retreat and interpreting opportunity; from the moment I first learned about this conference I was so excited because it sounds like something I would love to participate in. I've been camping regularly since I was very young and I love to be out in nature. Currently I enjoy organizing hikes for my friend group.
As a little intro about me! I typically am a little reserved and quiet, I like to observe before I speak my mind. I absolutely love the atmosphere and fast-paced feeling of DC, but I'm excited to have a quiet relaxing weekend to get myself to a good state mentally and physically. I love to read and spend one on one time with people.
Katie Hoover was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is nationally certified and has been interpreting for the past 13 years in her local community, colleges and VRS setting. She went through a 6 month yoga training for her own benefit. She has two of the worlds best and most entertaining kiddos, not to mention a beautiful, crazy husband of 12 years. Katie believes that those who have gone through the ugliest of experiences and come out the other side are some of our wisest teachers.
Lena Jenny is completing her last year at Gallaudet to earn her Masters in ASL Interpretation. Her received her BA in ASL at the University of Rochester. Born and raised in California, and an avid traveller, Lena is enjoying navigating the relationships with the people and the places she has shared her time and heart with. She is a deeply spiritual person and is greatly excited to walk through this experience with all of the amazing women who will be attending.
Melissa Davis is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has her Associates in Interpreting and her Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Melissa has been interpreting since 1996 and has worked in k-12, freelance work, post-secondary, and video-relay. With a husband of 22 years, three teenage kids, two cats, and a dog, Melissa is in a constant state of business and distraction. If spare time can be made, she loves to read and learn. More recently she is finding the need and want for mindfulness and authenticity in her life. She is looking forward to a weekend of self discovery and the sharing of beautiful energy amongst a group of strong women.
Upon graduating from Wagner College with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, Ariana was quickly hired by Viacom Media Networks. Here, she partnered with Viacom’s employee resource groups, coordinated the monthly CEO breakfast series, and managed the OGI team directing company-wide initiatives. Channeling her own experience growing up with Deaf parents and siblings, she partnered with ASL-NYC and hosted the first Sign Language & Deaf Culture event for 50+ Viacom employees. To pursue higher education, Ariana moved from New York City to D.C. and enrolled at Gallaudet University. Currently, as a graduate student in the Interpreting and Translation Department, Ariana enjoys spending precious “free” time from the work-load with yoga, running, and adventures with friends and loved ones!
Klaryne Quirarte was born and raised in Southern Nevada but has called Salt Lake City, UT home for the last 11 years. Born to a Deaf father she has been using her hands to communicate her whole life. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and later earned an Associate’s degree in Interpreting from Salt Lake Community College. Upon graduation she was accepted into Sorenson VRS Interpreting Institute’s School-to-Work program. Klaryne has a deep love of nature and animals. She is actively involved in Utah’s animal rescue network and owned and operated her own cat rescue in the Salt Lake Valley for several years. She is thrilled to be a part of the Women of the Wild community and looks forward to all the positive experiences to come.