Heidi Woelbling is a nationally certified American Sign Language Interpreter based in Chicago IL. She has more than a decade of interpreting experience. In 2016 she was a visiting interpreter at Gallaudet University, living and working on campus for the fall semester. During her time in Washington D.C. she was fortunate enough to interpret for the inaugural Women of the Wild and is thrilled to be back this year. Heidi is also a member of Roots + Wings Dance Company where she performed in an evening length work entitled “SheWolf” which was an exploration of the Wild Woman archetype. Let’s get wild!
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
Shannon Morrison is an ASL-English interpreting student in the last year of her graduate studies at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. After she earns her master's in interpreting from Gallaudet, she plans to continue interpreting in the community with the goal of obtaining national certification and venturing into legal interpreting. Shannon holds a BS in Visual Communications and Digital Media Arts and works full-time as a professional graphic designer in the Greater Washington area. As a resident of Takoma Park, MD, she enjoys spending time with family, cycling, practicing yoga, dancing, and learning any and everything she can about the world around her.
Courtney Slagle, “CoCo” (Student Interpreter), is from the beautiful and sunny city of San Diego, California. She holds a BA degree in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Interpreting. Courtney is currently in her final year of graduate school at Gallaudet University where she will earn her Master’s Degree in Interpreting while dancing as a member of the Gallaudet Dance Company. She is a community interpreter with a niche interest in travel and cruise interpreting. She is passionate about learning and loves traveling and experiencing life from new perspectives. Raised with eight sisters, Courtney misses “girl time” and is looking forward to sharing the weekend with this group of wonderful women in the peaceful tranquility of nature and positivity. *Peace* Love* Unity* Respect* Namaste.
Vernice have been working as a professional interpreter for five years and moved to the Washington D.C. area from Atlanta, G.A in 2017. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Public Administration and Justice from Northern Arizona University and her Associates of Arts from Pima County College Interpreting Training Program.
Passionate about working with a diverse group of interpreters and Deaf individuals, the move to Washington D.C. area was a natural fit. An Avid traveler, Vernice has traveled all over the United States and internationally to interpret to places like Zimbabwe, Cuba, Europe, Arizona, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania to name a few.
Vernice is a social butterfly and is thrilled to be a part of the Women of the Wild gathering. She is looking forward to building long-lasting relationships with each and every one of you.
Nora Rodriguez is an aspiring interpreter currently in her last year of Gallaudet’s undergraduate ASL-English interpreting program in Washington, DC. A California native, Nora has roots in the Berkeley/Fremont Deaf communities and the Boston metropolitan area as well, having studied at Northeastern University before transferring to Gallaudet. Nora is learning Spanish and connecting more with her Afro-Puerto Rican culture, and hopes to work in tri-lingual settings one day. She loves to travel, read, dance, and spend time in nature when possible. She looks forward to participating in this transformative weekend!