Julie is a practising Auslan/English Conference level (English to Auslan) interpreter, with over 30 years experience in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Education (LOTE – Auslan) from LaTrobe University and an MA in Auslan/English Interpreting from Macquarie University. Julie was formerly the Co-ordinator of the VDEI/ASLIA Vic mentoring program for ES staff who interpret in classrooms within Victoria, Australia. Julie has delivered several workshops and training opportunities to interpreters. Julie has undertaken training in, and conducted Reflective Practice opportunities for interpreters along with training in diagnostic performance analysis of practitioners from Northern Colorado University. Julie is a former Committee Member at ASLIA Victoria and has previously served on national and the state branch executive committees. Julie is motivated and enthusiastic about her appointment to Chairperson of ASLIA Inc. Julie is committed to enhancing the quality of interpreting provision and providing quality educational opportunities for interpreter practitioners.
David is a skilled organisational leader with a talent for staff training, development and relationships, having worked his way from a front-line role he has a vast amount of knowledge and experience.
With other thirteen years of experience in the disability sector, most importantly the past ten being focused on the Deaf Community, and general disability sector supports through:
Management in multiple service delivery areas
Auslan Interpreting, as a practitioner and manager
Auslan Teacher and assessor
Disability Employment Programs
David’s current focus is on business development and service delivery at an Executive Leadership level within his current role. It is a great opportunity to blend his Not for Profit (NFP) expertise with academic skills.
Whilst maintaining a full time executive position, and acquiring three diplomas including Auslan, Interpreting and Management. David is currently at the end of his studies in the area of Master’s in Business Administration Executive (MBAE). This includes focal points as follows:
Human Resource Management
Governance for Not-For-Profit Organisations
Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour
Ethical Leaders & Social Responsibility
Finance & Quantitative Methods
Management of Change
Managerial Economics in a Global Environment – Executive
International Business Environment – Executive
Strategic Management for Sustainability – Executive
David’s skills and endorsements by others include a variety of core activities which include group facilitation, training, development, project management and public speaking to name a few.
Bernadette (Bernie) Chapman began her career in 1980 as an undergraduate student in the field of ‘Recreation and Disability’ before she began focussing solely on work in the deafness sector in 1990. From 2001 to 2007 she was engaged as a community worker for Deaf Services Queensland where she was motivated to gain her interpreter accreditation, gaining her para-professional qualifications in 2004 and her Professional level in 2013. Over the past ten years Bernie has worked on a variety of Deaf related projects for government and not-for-profit organisations in addition to working as a freelance interpreter. Bernie’s passionate belief in social justice and self-determination is the driving force behind all her work. She has a love of languages, studying Indonesian and German, and enjoys cycling, yoga, travel and literature. She is currently studying a Master of Applied Linguistics at University of Queensland.
Amy’s passions include supporting and developing the capacity of individuals and teams, communicating stories and living sustainably. Meeting and seeing interpreters work while on a gap year in Canada, combined with an interest in communication and access, and the support of her grandmother, whose stepmother was CODA and interpreter Marie Clatworthy, led Amy to study Auslan. Amy gained her NAATI para-professional qualification in 2008, and has been Treasurer for ASLIA SA since 2011. Amy’s paid and volunteer interests span interpreting, education for sustainability, freshwater ecology, science communication and caring for bushland in the Adelaide Hills.
A native Auslan user from a multi-generational deaf family of Sydney, Michelle now calls Melbourne home. She is a Certified Auslan-English Interpreter, with a keen interest in legal, human services, mental health and community settings, and children’s and musical theatre. Michelle holds a Master of Translation and Interpreting, Post Graduate Diploma in Auslan-English interpreting, a Bachelor of Arts/ Communications, is a graduate of AWARD School (Australian Writers and Arts Directors) and is currently studying for her Certificate IV TAE.
Prior to her professional interpreting career, Michelle was a Marketing Executive at Network Ten, working across the reality and children’s television portfolios, and before that, lived and attended university in the United Kingdom. Michelle is Convenor of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) 2019 Conference. As President of ASLIA Victoria, and an ASLIA Board Member, Michelle is passionate about interpreter education and the collaboration on professional development events across all of the state associations. With her background in marketing and communications, she is also a stickler for branding and looks forward to refreshing the look and feel of ASLIA.
Sheree Murray gained her Paraprofessional NAATI Accreditation in 2014 after completing her Diploma of Interpreting in Canberra. Since then she has worked both as a communication assistant in schools and a freelance interpreter.
Kylie Scott has been interpreting for approximately 20 years now. She began her career in Victoria, and has since lived in the Northern Territory and NSW. She primarily works in community settings, and enjoys working in a field where every day has something different to offer.
Julie has been working in Deaf Education since completing a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment & Language Disorders) in 1986. She has worked in a support unit for Deaf students in a primary school, a specialist School for the Deaf before gaining NAATI Para-professional Accreditation in 1993. Julie moved into the TAFE sector soon after, initially as an Auslan Interpreter, then as a Teacher of the Deaf and then as a Teacher/Consultant for Deaf Students in 2000. Julie left TAFE after 15 years and relocated to Brisbane in early 2015. Julie has been an active member of Disability Educators of NSW/ACT, ASLIA NSW and ASLIAQ. Julie was the recipient of the ASLIA NSW Interpreter Advocate of the Year Award in 2011. Julie has been a member of the Board of the Deaf Society of NSW from March 2014 – Nov 2016. Julie completed the Graduate Diploma of Auslan/English Interpreting at Macquarie University in 2015 and is currently employed by Education Queensland supporting Educational Interpreters and Deaf students across metropolitan Queensland. Julie is an avid amateur photographer and is enjoying exploring her new city.
Suzie Scott accredited as a Paraprofessional Auslan/English Interpreter in 2014 working in Employment, Education and Community settings. Suzie particularly enjoys working within the Deafblind community. Suzie joined the ASLIA WA committee upon becoming accredited and is currently President of ASLIA WA.
De Brown has been an Auslan interpreter since 2002. Studying in Melbourne and Adelaide, she developed language and interpreting skills under the guidance of wise mentors both Deaf and hearing.
Having a background in Community Services before embracing interpreting led to starting her interpreting career in community settings. Over time she gained experience in medical and many years in educational settings which she enjoyed. De currently works as a freelance and agency interpreter around family commitments. Having received some excellent mentoring which continues to support her interpreting career, she has a passion for developing constructive mentoring within the profession, to give back to the Deaf community which has given her so much.
Her passion for advocacy, equal education and universal access drives her study and professional practice. She looks forward to being a developmental educator, working alongside the Deaf community while striving for best practice in the interpreting profession.