Our Mission

To create a community of interpreters that collaborates to grow as a profession and in turn provide the highest quality of communication access of the Deaf community of New Mexico. The mission of the New Mexico Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is to further the profession of signed language interpreters in the state of New Mexico.


Promote collaboration with other organizations that promote positive change for the profession and deaf community


Promote high standards of professionalism and the upholding of the Code of Professional Conduct as outlined by RID


Provide for the professional development of interpreters


Promote public awareness about the use of signed language interpreters

2015-2017 NMRID Board of Directors

These individuals volunteer their time and energy to ensure that our professional organization meets the needs of its members.

Rebecca De Santis


Rebecca has been living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past 6 years. She is originally from New York.  Rebecca has served on the Newsletter Committee and Professional Development Committee.  She also served as NMRID secretary before she became president.

Contact: PresidentNMRID@gmail.com

Rebecca De Santis

Andrea Ginn

Vice President

Aundi graduated from UNM’s Signed Language Interpreting Program in 2009. She is the Professional Development Committee chair.  Aundi specializes in mental health interpreting, and holds the QHMI credential. She is also the NMCDHH staff interpreter, a mentor for NMM, and supervisor of the NMCDHH Apprentice Interpreter Program.

Contact: VicePresidentNMRID@gmail.com

Andrea Ginn

Julie Nagle


Julie lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has served on the NMRID Fundraising Committee since 2009. Julie graduated from UNM in 2008 and is currently pursuing an online M.S. in Sign Language Interpreting through the University of North Florida.

Contact: secretary.nmrid@gmail.com

Julie Nagle

Mary Collard


Mary graduated from UNM with a B.S. in Signed Language Interpreting. She has experience working in a variety of interpreting settings, and is currently pursuing a certificate in healthcare interpreting from NTID. Mary was the chair of NMRID’s Election Committee for the past two elections.

Contact: TreasurerNMRID@gmail.com

Mary Collard

Lesley Siegel


Lesley is originally from Baltimore, MD. She graduated from UNM in 2009 with a B.S. in Signed Language Interpreting and a minor in Spanish.  She has served on the NMRID Election Committee and Scholarships Committee. Lesley currently works as a freelance interpreter.

Contact: MemberatLarge1.nmrid@gmail.com

Lesley Siegel

Trena Franck


Trena is a recent transplant to New Mexico.  She graduated from her ITP in 2000, and considers herself to be a lifelong mentee. She currently works as a community interpreter. Prior to relocating to New Mexico, Trena interpreted in a variety of urban and rural settings.

Contact: MemberatLarge2.nmrid@gmail.com

Trena Franck

Rachael Mesillas


Rachael is a freelance interpreter and has worked in a variety of settings from community to educational. Rachael is also chair of NMRID’s Fundraising Committee. She has a B.S. in Signed Language Interpreting and a B.A. in Political Science from UNM.

Contact: MemberatLarge3.nmrid@gmail.com

Rachael Mesillas


Certification Maintenance Program

Monica Sower - Contact Monica



Chair: Rachael Mesillas - Contact Fundraising Committee



Chair: Barbara Shaffer -  Contact Pro-Action Committee



Scholarship and Professional Stipends

Chair: Cara Balestrieri -  Contact Scholarship Committee


Community Engagement

Chair: Erin Wilson -  Contact Community Engagement Committee


Professional Development

Chair: Andrea Ginn -  Contact Conference Committee


Where Does Membership Money Go?


Operating Expenses


Scholarships and Stipends




Community Engagement


Professional Development