Kristy Buffington Twin Falls


I began interpreting following graduation from Western Oregon University in 1999.  Since then, I have worked as an educational interpreter, in both K-12 and postsecondary environments, a freelance interpreter, and most recently, a VRS and medical VRI interpreter. I also enjoy performing arts and theatrical interpreting. I previously served on the board as the Professional Development chair, and look forward to serving as president for the next two years.

In addition to interpreting, I have a Master’s degree in anthropology and teach as an adjunct cultural anthropology instructor for both the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University.  I also enjoy spending time with my family, doing stained glass mosaic work, reading, and the outdoors.

Vice President

Val Sturm Rexburg


I started my interpreting career 34 years ago. Along with extensive community experience, I have spent time assigned as a designated interpreter for students in law school, medical residency, vet school, and nursing and clinical psychology programs. I provide services nationally, involved in education, government, conference, medical and mental health settings. I’ve also worked on-call as a cruise ship interpreter. I have a master’s degree in Distance Education, am a licensed Typewell transcriber, and last year completed a Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI) program from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to interpreting, I enjoy horseback riding and family fun.


Holly Shroll Nampa

Holly Shroll graduated from ISU Meridian Spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sign Language Interpreting. Employed with Community Partnerships of Idaho since Fall of 2013, serving the employment needs of the Deaf community in the Treasure Valley, Employment Team Lead and supervisor. Having previously served on the IdahoRID board as the Student Member-at-Large, 2010 – May 2013, she’s excited to be back again. Holly is looking forward to learning new skills and being part of the progress and success of the organization. She enjoys volunteering her time with “Personal Ponies LLC.,” a non-profit organization: volunteering time working at events, fund raisers, and working directly with special needs children and service animals.

In her free time Holly and her husband enjoy, camping, boating, hiking, biking, tennis, watching movies and attending plays at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.


Carrie Peters

I graduated from Western Oregon University in 2000 with a Bachelors of art in ASL/English interpreting, minoring in health.  I worked for just under a year in the field when my husband became deployed for the Air Guard.  At that time a career change was needed for me and my now seven-member family.  I am a proud mother of 3 boys and 2 girls.  With a love of the Deaf community, language and culture, I have always found ways to stay connected through my time raising them.  Now, my kids all in school, I have devoted my skills to become nationally certified.

Professional Development Co-Chair

Ann Flannery


Ann Flannery is currently working as a Post-Secondary Transition Specialist with the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind.  Years working as a director of Student Disability Services at the College of Southern Idaho were built on the learning and experiences of her years as an administrator, counselor and consultant in Deaf education, as a family therapist in Seattle, as an interpreter in private practice and as an adjunct instructor with the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University.  At the foundation of her work are the years of blessings, laughter and learning gifted by the Deaf community who made certain she had the skills and understanding she did not know she would need and use for years to come.

Professional Development Co-Chair

Shannon Stowe Jerome

Shannon has been interpreting professionally since 2004. She has experience interpreting in the college setting, K-12, community free-lance interpreting and video relay. Shannon earned National Interpreter Certification (NIC) in March 2011 and thoroughly enjoys interpreting. Growing up in a family with many deaf family members, she was raised being part of the deaf community in the Magic Valley. She did not plan on being an interpreter, however, working at the College of Southern Idaho gave her the opportunity to take a new career direction. Shannon currently teaches in the ASL Studies program at CSI, which provides a great career along with free-lance interpreting.

Shannon graduated from Boise State University in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology. She enjoyed serving as the chairperson of the Fundraising Committee for Idaho RID 2012-2014 and looks forward to serving as the Co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for Idaho RID.

Technology Committee Chair

Mike Smith

CI, CT, NIC-Adv., SC:L

I have been a professional interpreter since 1995. I specialize in legal and medical interpreting, however, I provide interpreting services in mental health facilities, businesses, educational settings and a variety of community interpreting. I have worked with VRI since 2007, and joined InDemand in 2014. I am a current resident of Idaho and graduated from Boise State University with a BA in General Studies and a minor in ASL. I also enjoy teaching ASL at a local college and preparing future interpreters to competently be a part of the interpreting world.

Scholarship Chair

Lindsay Goodman-Gerken

Hospitality Chair

Kristi Kulick

Student Member-at-large

Byron Jensen

Byron Jensen is an athletic director for Idaho Association of the Deaf. He was previously a delegate and coach for Northwest Association for the Deaf Basketball. Byron graduated from College Western of Idaho in 2015 with an Associate’s Degree. He is currently a college student who is working towards becoming a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and will be graduating from Idaho State of University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree. Byron has devoted his future career to CDI and has a passion for helping clients to comprehend clearly. He strongly believes to have the career that is meaningful, which makes a change for better. Byron grew up here in Idaho and some of years in a few other states. Fortunately, Byron has a deaf family of 6 who are the third generation. He acquires native fluency in American Sign Language as his primary language. Byron participates in numerous Deaf activities, sports, meetings, workshops, and clubs. He indicates knowledge and understanding of the Deaf community and Deaf culture. Byron’s interests are to spend time with his family, play sports, and outdoor activities.

Vacant Seats

  • Fundraising
  • Member-at-large