These individuals volunteer their time and energy to ensure that our professional organization is one of the best around.
Katelyn Wilson -President
Information about Katelyn will be posted soon.
Cheri Courtright- Vice President
Information about Cheri will be posted soon.
Gwenyth Sutphin- Secretary
Information about Gwenyth will be posted soon.
Nicholas Winchell- Treasurer
Information about Nicholas will be posted soon.
Kari Houtchens, NIC – Member-at-Large (District 1)
Kari Houtchens resides in the Northwest portion of Arkansas where she works as an interpreter. She is a contract interpreter and manages the schedule for Sign Language Interpreting Network. In addition she works for Z Video Relay Service, in the Bentonville call center, as an interpreter and lead trainer.
Kari is nationally certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She also has earned an Associates of Arts degree with studies in Accounting.
Kari has been working part time as an interpreter for 10+ years, while holding down the full time responsibilities of being a homemaker and mother of 3 boys. As the boys have grown (2 are married now adding to the family 2 wonderful daughter-in-laws and the youngest starting his senior year of high school), she is now working full time in the interpreting field.
In her free time, Kari enjoys serving and being involved at church, exercising, reading, and being with family.
Kari has served in a variety of ways & committees for ARID over the years and is looking forward to serving on the board as a Member-At-Large.
Michael McMahon- Member-at-Large (District 2)
Information about Michael will be posted soon.
Ashley Beaty – Member-at-Large (District 3)
Ashley earned her first interpreting credential in October 2010 and began interpreting the next year. She continued her studies to further her interpreting abilities. Currently, Ashley holds National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) level 3.5 (2012). She is a licensed Arkansas Interpreter and an approved Support Service Provider through Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS). Ashley is currently interpreting in private practice; she has found that her favorite fields to interpret include any assignment in a medical setting and any assignment working with a person who is Deaf-Blind. Ashley especially enjoys volunteering for Deaf-Blind retreats: she has volunteered three years in a row and plans to attend the retreat this fall (2015) in Louisiana.
Ashley is currently the treasurer of the Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ARID), an associate member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and Arkansas Deaf-Blind Community (ADBC).
Since 2013, Ashley has lived in Benton, Arkansas with her partner and two dog-children. Ashley loves to travel to Texas to visit her family, craft just about anything and spend time with her niece and nephews.
Ashley has served as: chair to ARID’s Membership Development Committee, Co-Chair of the 2015 Biennial Conference and as Editor for Sigma Lambda Kappa (Sign Language Klub, SLK). Ashley has served on the ARID board at the Treasurer(2015-2017) and is happy to have another chance to serve.
District 1 Counties: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cleburne, Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Fulton, Izard, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Perry, Polk, Pope, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, and Yell
District 2 Counties: Arkansas, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Sharp, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff
District 3 counties:Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Jefferson, Lafeyette, Lincoln, Liver River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Pulaski, Saline, Sevier, and Union
Have you ever thought, “I know I have ideas that would really benefit the interpreting community”? Or, “How can I be more involved?” Joining the ARID board would be just the way to do it. It’s also an excellent opportunity to learn more about our profession and our community and to network with interpreters across the country. It’s an excellent opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else! Contact the ARID President if you have an interest in a leadership position with ARID.