Current IRID Board



Angela M. Malcomson, President (M.Ed-IP, EIPA, CT, NIC: Master)

Angela is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the American Sign Language department of Columbia College Chicago and has over twelve years of experience as an interpreter educator. Angela holds a Masters in Education-Interpreter Pedagogy degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelors degree in ASL-English Interpretation from Columbia College Chicago. 

Angela is a private practitioner as well and holds national interpreting certifications that include: Registry of Interpreter for the Deaf Certificate of Transliteration and the National Interpreter Certification: Master. Angela also holds credentials from Boys Town National Research Hospital, EIPA, and is a licensed Interpreter in the state of Illinois at the Master level. 

Angela has worked as a professional ASL-English interpreter for over twenty years in a variety of settings. 


Vice President

Raised by Deaf Parents, Kathy Valiska acquired native fluency in American Sign Language and spent much of her childhood interpreting for her family informally. Kathy began her professional career in 2000 when she obtained her EIPA and worked as an interpreter in education.  Kathy went on to obtain her National Interpreter Certification in 2009 and her BEI Master in 2017. 

Currently Kathy interprets in a variety of settings--vocational rehabilitation, medical, educational, video relay and others.  Kathy currently serves as the Region 3 Representative for RID's Deaf Parented Interpreter Member Section and is the Vice President of the Illinois RID Affiliate Chapter. Kathy has a passion for her family, her dogs, her work, and the Deaf Community. 



Kevin was graduated from William Rainey Harper College’s Sign Language Interpreting Program in 2007.  He has been working as a freelance interpreter in the Chicago area since 2008 in a variety of settings including K-12 education, higher education, medical, human services and more. Kevin received his National Interpreter Certification in 2012.  He previously served on the IRID board as a Member At Large and as Vice President.  

Student Representative

Courtney has always strived to learn American Sign Language and be involved with the community. She is currently a student in the ASLI program at College of DuPage and is working towards her certification and licensure. She plans to continue her education and receive a B.A in interpretation. Courtney acted as the president of the College of DuPage American Sign Language Club for 2 years and plans local signing events with her Deaf friends. She currently works at the College of DuPage as a Professional Tutor and as a TA for a variety of subjects. She is excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Illinois RID Affiliate Chapter Student Representative.



Samantha Cotter was introduced to sign language at an early age, growing up with peers who were Deaf. Her exposure to the language allowed for her to acquire a natural understanding of Deaf culture and the constructs of ASL. It was through these relationships that she was also introduced to interpreters and the interpreting process.

Samantha transitioned into Educational Interpreting in 2000, working for Hinsdale South High School, and obtaining her EIPA during that time. In 2007, she became a full-time practitioner, going on to earn her National Interpreter Certification in 2009. Samantha has since worked in a variety of settings including Tech, Finance, Postsecondary Education, and Entertainment, and has spent the last half of her career to date specializing as a Designated Interpreter. She is pleased to serve as Treasurer for IRID.


Member At Large

Laura graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in 1995 in Deafness Rehabilitation and Counseling.  Upon graduation, she started working in the field of Deafness mainly in the K-12 educational setting for a several years.  After a long hiatus of staying home with her boys, she started the testing process in 2011 for the EIPA and BEI, at which time she started working once again as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter for many years and added post-secondary interpreting in 2016.  This past year she left the K-12 educational setting and has focused more in post-secondary and various other settings as a community freelance interpreter in education, religious, community and high school theatre.  Even though her path is not a traditional one she is eager and excited for this new endeavor as a Member at Large on the IRID Board. 


Bron first encountered ASL in elementary school, but did not become involved in the Deaf community and studying interpreting until she moved to Chicago in 2014. She has loved volunteering and working for IRID, including serving as Student Representative last year. She holds a BA in Theater from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio (2012) and a BA in ASL-English Interpreting from Columbia College Chicago (May 2019). She currently licensed does a mix of educational and freelance interpreting all over the Chicagoland area, and is aiming to be nationally certified sometime in early 2021. Bron's parents are also proud to say that she is putting both her degrees to work: when she is not interpreting, Bron works as a stage manager, most recently for the ASL/English production of You Are Happy with Red Theater, she does freelance arts accessibility work through the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC), and she volunteers with local theaters as an usher for their accessibility nights. 


CMP Administrator

Amy started learning ASL during high school in Ohio. After a few academic tangents, she ended up at Columbia College Chicago and graduated with a degree in ASL-English Interpreting in 2007. Amy earned a Master Certification from the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters and is privileged to be a full time community interpreter, where she primarily works in the arts, higher academics, and STEM contexts.