These individuals volunteer their time and energy to ensure that our professional organization is one of the best around.
Terms of office for the current board are as follows:
- President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member-at-Large District 3:
July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017
(Elections will occur at the 2017 biennial conference business meeting)
- Member-at-Large District 1 and 2:
July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
(Elections will occur at the June 2016 quarterly general membership meeting)
Clint Brockway, MA, NIC, EIPA 3.5 – President
Clint Brockway is a licensed interpreter in private practice in Arkansas. He has been working as an interpreter in Arkansas since 2010 and is currently licensed with NIC certification and an EIPA credential.
Clint holds an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in interpretation: ASL/ English and a Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). His research focuses on human interaction and how communication behaviors impact social outcomes of shared encounters. Previous research topics include: organizational ethos, sociolinguistic variation in ASL, and ethical preparedness of interpreting students in the USA and Austria.
Clint has previously served as the Professional Development Committee Chair for ARID (2011-2015), as the Certificate Maintenance Program Committee Chair for the ARID Biennial Conference in 2015, 2013, and for the joint ARID Biennial Conference and Arkansas Association of the Deaf Convention in 2011, and as support staff at the Region IV conference in 2010. He is a four time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2 Bronze, 1 Silver, and 1 Gold Level Distinctions) awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
When he is not working, Clint enjoys the performing arts and volunteering for ARID, the Arkansas School for the Deaf, the Arkansas Association of the Deaf, the Human Rights Campaign, Central Arkansas Pride, and other community-building events and organizations.
Debbie Pearce, QAST 5/4, EIPA 3.8 – Vice President
Debbie Pearce, a licensed interpreter, learned sign language from Deaf friends and has been working as an interpreter in educational and instructional settings in Arkansas public schools since 1997. She enjoys teaching ASL in Arkansas Tech University’s Continuing Education program and Upward Bound. She also interprets in her church and community. She currently holds a QAST and an EIPA credential.
Debbie attended Central Baptist College in Conway, Phillips County Community College in Helena, and was involved in the Summer Institute Interpreter Training Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Debbie served ARID as program committee chair from 2008 – 2015. She serves on the Advisory Board for Interpreters between Hearing Individuals and Individuals who are Deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Oral Deaf. She worked with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop the current Arkansas Handbook for Educational Interpreters/Transliterators, Teachers and Administrators. At the Region IV conference in 2012, she was presented the Excellence in Service Award. In 2015 ARID honored her with the Barbara Northup Excellence in Community Involvement Award.
Debbie is actively involved in the teaching ministry at Grace Baptist Church in Russellville. Her hobbies include singing, playing piano, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Chrystal Honorable, QAST 5/5 – Secretary
Chrystal Honorable is a full-time staff interpreter at the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) in Hot Springs.Chrystal Honorable holds an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpretation: ASL/English. She currently holds a QAST credential of 5/5.
Ashley Beaty, NIC, EIPA 3.5 – Treasurer
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). Now Ashley is excited to broaden her leadership and service to include being on ARID’s Board of Directors as the Treasurer.
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.
Nelvia Agnew, MS, QAST 2/2 – Member-at-Large (District 2)
Nelvia is a licensed interpreter in Arkansas with a QAST credential and is an adjunct faculty member at Arkansas State University –Jonesboro in the Department of Communication Disorders where she teaches sign language communication classes. She holds a Master of Science in Education (Psychology and Counseling) from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Education (Consumer Science and Education) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Originally from Mississippi, Nelvia began studying American Sign Language and interpreting while in Nebraska. After relocating to Arkansas in 1990, she became inactive in the ASL community for a number of years, during which she was involved in a wide variety of community activities and began raising a family. She re-entered the worlds of ASL and the Deaf community through interpreting in her local church, teaching basic sign language classes in her community, and becoming a regular participant in the local Deaf Club.
She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Arkansas Association of the Deaf, and the American Sign Language Teachers Association.
Nelvia is quick to say how thankful she is to those in the Deaf community who willingly and patiently continue to share with her their language, life, and culture.
Nelvia lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas with her husband, David, and their two sons. A few of her “favorite things” are chatting with friends over a cup of coffee, and watching marathons of her favorite TV shows. Her basic “philosophy” is that while seeking to learn and develop one’s own personal and professional abilities, one can still reach out to others with an encouraging and helping hand.
Haleigh Herring QAST 2/2, EIPA 3.3 – Member-at-Large (District 3)
Haleigh Herring has been studying American Sign Language since 2009. A native to the state, she attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a declared major in political science, Haleigh began taking American Sign Language course to fulfill her second language requirement. The interest in learning a new language led her to enrolling in the Interpreter Education Program. She graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Interpreter ASL/English in addition to a B.A in political science.
Haleigh holds QAST and EIPA credentials. She has been working with the Deaf and Deafblind communities since 2013. In addition to interpreting, Haleigh is currently enrolled in the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure program and is teaching at the Arkansas School for the Deaf. She teaches middle school English language arts and social studies.
She is a member of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ARID), National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), and Arkansas Council of Social Studies (ACSS).
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.