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

Shelia Robertson Boise

My introduction to the Deaf Community was via college where I developed a passion for the language rights of the Deaf Community and American Sign Language. This passion translated into a Masters degree in Deaf Education from Utah State University.  I spent twenty years teaching and advocating for Deaf students in both residential and public school settings.  While teaching, I began interpreting in the VRS setting where I continued to grow my interpreting skills. In 2014, I left the K-12 educational arena to pursue interpreting full time.  This career change has afforded me an opportunity to spend more time with my family as well as an opportunity to renew my love and devotion to language access.

With each new opportunity, come responsibilities.  There have been many coat-tails I have been able to ride while quietly interpreting.  I consider it my duty to serve, and appreciate you supporting me as the new Vice President for the IRID Board.  I am honored to work with our board president, Kristy Buffington, as she guides us forward in making IRID a welcoming and supportive organization for all interpreters in Idaho.


Fran Bennett Boise

I have been interpreting for over 15 years. I have experience interpreting in California, the Washington DC metro area, and now Idaho. I have both my NIC- Master and SC: L certifications. My family and I moved to Idaho 10 months ago from the DC area and it is the best decision we have made. Our family is flourishing and we are loving the amazing Deaf and interpreting community we have met this far.  I love to support my community through service and being a part of the Idaho RID board allows me the chance to serve both the Deaf and interpreting community in a new way.  I have experience managing money both as a treasurer for my college sorority and while running government contracts in the Washington DC area. While managing the money is a welcome challenge, I also enjoy meeting amazing people through the membership, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community through my position on the Idaho RID board.


Carrie Peters Boise

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 Twin Falls


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 Boise

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 Boise

Hospitality Chair

Kristi Kulik Twin Falls


Janette Lovell Pocatello

Student Member-at-Large

Giovanna Marquez Boise


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.

Social Media Chair

Sierra McIver Boise

Currently seeking committee members – if interested contact Kristy Buffington at