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Leading the interpreting profession, serving the interpreting community, connecting to the Deaf community.

This ALRID Board of Directors are just like you - active and dedicated ALRID members from across the state who have volunteered to represent you in making decisions and leading ALRID's growth into the future.  

Board members may be practicing interpreters, students, public agency and private organization staff, and/or representatives from the Deaf community who utilize language service providers.

2020-2022 Board Of Directors

 2020-2022 Regional Representatives


President: Wendy Darling

Vice President: Beverly Bownds

Secretary: Mary Beth Grayson

Treasurer: Kris Courson

Member-at-Large: Lisa Gould

Member-at-Large: Lee Stoutamire

AAD Representative: Michael Deuel

Immediate Past President: Chris McGaha



North: Stacie Yarbrough

Central: Nancy Hayes

Southeast:  Jodie Jernigan

Southwest: Daniella Lesley

Student Representative: Vacant

See the Regions Page for more information on ALRID Regions. 

President: Wendy Darling (Montgomery) 

Ms. Darling is currently employed as the Coordinator of DeafBlind Services at the E.H. Gentry Campus of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. In this capacity along with her regular duties, she is responsible for administering the iCanConnect program and is the Project Director of the Alabama Initiative for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind. Ms. Darling has been a certified interpreter for more than 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, and a Certificate in DeafBlind Rehabilitation. She has had extensive training and experience providing Support Services and interpreting for DeafBlind consumers. She is an alumna of the Deaf-Blind Interpreter Institute where she had Protactile training. She has worked in various venues prior to joining the AIDB, including the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Sorenson Communications, and as an Adjunct Instructor in the Interpreter Training Program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. 

Vice President: Beverly Bownds (Montgomery)

Beverly Bownds has been an RID certified interpreter for 35 years . She has served different chapters as President, Member at Large and Region Representative. She is a mentor, presenter, and life-long learner . She supports the Interpreting Community and the Deaf Community through continuous education and support for new interpreters to the field. She is looking forward to pursuing excellence with the ALRID board!

Secretary: Mary Beth Grayson

Mary Beth hails from a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. After taking ASL classes in college she found a love for the language and community.  She has been interpreting professionally since 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in ASL-English Interpretation from Eastern Kentucky University and National Interpreter Certification. She has experienced working in a variety of settings including VRS, K-12, medical, and general community work. In the past, she has served another state affiliate chapter as Vice President and President. Mary Beth moved to Alabama in 2020 and is currently working at AIDB Special Projects as the Regional Early Acquisition of Language Project (REAL) Interpreter in Talladega. She is a people person at heart and appreciates the opportunity to meet and work alongside other professionals. When she’s not at work, she enjoys baking/cooking, watching documentaries, traveling, and spending time with her husband and pets. The thing she is looking forward to most in serving on ALRID’s board is connecting with and supporting interpreters across the state!

Treasurer: Kris Courson (Birmingham)

Kris has served as an interpreter since 1981 in Texas, California, overseas, and in Alabama since 2012. He currently provides interpreting services in Alabama through his agency, Sign Language Interpreting Services, LLC. He currently holds NIC and Ed:K-12 certifications. Kris states, "I plan to continue to serve the board as Treasurer by maintaining accurate financial records, working as a team member with our Board, and supporting our members."

Member at Large: Lee Stoutamire (Mobile)

Lee Stoutamire‚Äč, CI/CT, QMHI, LMT, is currently the Interpreter Coordinator for Region III with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Deaf Services. Lee is also a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter (QMHI) for Alabama and Staff member at the University of South Alabama in the Lesser Taught Languages department. Lee began his career in deafness as the manager for Onderdonk Cottages (for deaf and hard of hearing) and staff interpreter at Volunteers of American in 1996. Employed by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (1998) as a staff interpreter for seven years before joining the Department of Mental Health in 2005. Lee is an evaluator/interviewer for the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) program. Lee formerly held a position as an adjunct instructor in the Interpreter Training Program for Bishop State College in Mobile, AL. When not using his hands to provide language access Lee provides tranquility as a Licensed Massage Therapist. His introduction to the deaf community began in the mid 80’s and the rest is history!

Member at Large: Lisa Gould (Mobile)

Lisa Gould has been an active ALRID member since she became nationally certified in 1996. She holds national certification from RID CI/CT, NAD IV and QMHI. She graduated from Georgia Perimeter College, Interpreter Training Program in 1995. As a student, she was selected as a Region II Student Representative at the RID National Conference. She has served ALRID in various positions as Secretary, Vice President, Regional Representative and now as Member at Large. Lisa recently received the Mary Lou Bingham Award from ALRID. She is currently the Interpreter Coordinator at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Mobile Regional Center and has been there since 1999. She works in medical, legal, mental health and other settings in the community. She has previously served on the Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators. Lisa grew up signing with her Deaf brother and has a huge passion for equality of communication access for the Deaf community. Lisa is married to her husband, Randy and has two sons, Nikko and Brock. Lisa believes strongly in continuing education as an Interpreter and attends numerous workshops and conferences. She believes ALRID has the same goal of providing top quality educational opportunities for members and will strive to support that goal. 

Central Region: Nancy Hayes (Talladega)

Nancy Hayes graduated from Maryville College in 1981 with a double major in Psychology and Interpreting for the Deaf. She has been working as an interpreter ever since. Her first full-time position was at the Catholic Deaf Center in New Orleans. Nancy has worked in Chicago, Atlanta, Connecticut, Virginia and Tennessee. She became nationally certified with an RID CI/CT in 1990. She has lived in Alabama for the last 20 years. She served as President of ALRID in the past and is currently the ALRID representative on the Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators.

Southwest Region: Daniella Lesley (Mobile)

Daniella Lesley is a CODA with several other Deaf family members. She graduated in 2018 from Troy University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interpreting. She started working professionally as an interpreter in August of 2015. She went on to take the NIC and passed it in May of 2018. She currently works as a full-time staff interpreter at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Mobile Regional Center. She also works for Sorenson Communications. She is excited to see what the next few years will bring for ALRID and cannot wait to see what workshops ALRID will have!

North Region: Stacie Yarbrough (Huntsville)

Stacie is a freelance interpreter in the state. She has worked in various full-time interpreter positions. She has interpreted, taught ASL classes and skill building workshops since 1987. Some of her favorite interpreting includes medical and theatrical work. She enjoys mentoring interpreters as they grow in the profession. She is certified with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and holds a license in the state of Alabama. Stacie has served RID on local and state boards in various positions and has worked on regional and national committees. Stacie is a mom and grandmother. Her hobbies include serving her community, scrapbooking and volunteering in the classroom.

Southeast Region: Jodie Jernigan (Montgomery)

Jodie Jernigan currently works for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services as a staff interpreter serving 23 counties. Over her 25 year plus career as an interpreter she has worked in various settings including but not limited to educational, community, legislative, legal, mental health, and medical. She has also taught at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. She serves as a mentor to ITP students where she hopes to share her passion for service, as well as her experiences and encouragement. She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences from Auburn University Montgomery and will graduate in August of 2021 with a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University. Since obtaining national certification as an interpreter more than 20 years ago she has been involved in RID at both the local and state level serving on the board in a variety of capacities. She is thankful to have been raised in the deaf community, taught sign language by her beloved deaf grandmother and learned the importance of serving and giving back to that community by her mother, a pioneer of our interpreting profession. She is happily married to TJ and they have three beautiful girls. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, photography, cooking and sweet tea.

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