Kristy Buffington Twin Falls


I am currently grateful to be working as the Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator at the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind.  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.


Heather Fultz President Elect, Jerome

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.


Lauren Seale Boise

I have been interpreting for just over two years. I graduated from Idaho State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting. Since then, I have been working at the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind as an interpreter in Outreach. I love getting to witness the positive impact Deaf teachers make in Deaf Education. I also work part time as a Video Relay Interpreter at Sorenson. In January of 2018, I earned my National Interpreter Certification (NIC). When I’m not interpreting, I enjoy playing disc golf with my husband, Zach, watching movies, and hanging out with our cute dog, Grady.

It is an honor to be able to serve as your Idaho RID Secretary. I am passionate about supporting interpreters as we work with our Deaf Community in Idaho.

Professional Development Co-Chair

Ann Flannery Twin Falls


This summer I am retiring from ISDB after being blessed with years of service to the students and their families. My journey began in Gooding and included many rabbit trails to other settings in education, counseling and the privilege of serving as a freelance interpreter.

The learning and experiences of my years as an interpreter in private practice, an  administrator, counselor and consultant in Deaf education, as a family therapist and as an adjunct instructor with the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University were priceless.  At the foundation of my work are the years of blessings, laughter and learning gifted by several Deaf communities who made certain I had the skills and understanding I did not know I would need.

In retirement, I have few plans on the drawing board … less “do” & more “be”… some home improvement projects…. and continued service as an interpreter.

Professional Development Co-Chair

Shannon Stowe Jerome

I have been interpreting professionally since 2004. I have experience interpreting in the college setting, K-12, community free-lance interpreting and video relay. I earned National Interpreter Certification (NIC) in March 2011 and thoroughly enjoys interpreting. Growing up in a family with many deaf family members, I was raised being part of the deaf community in the Magic Valley. I did not plan on being an interpreter, however, working at the College of Southern Idaho gave me the opportunity to take a new career direction. I currently work as a staff interpreter at the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind.

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

Scholarship Chair

Dawn Wells Boise

Hospitality Chair

Carrie Peters


Janette Lovell Pocatello


Teresa Ford

Student Member-at-Large


Sarah SpellmanBoise

Social Media Chair

Sierra McIver Boise

Currently seeking Fundraising Committee Chair, Historian, Student Member-at-Large, and General Committee members – if interested contact Kristy Buffington at