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- American Sign Language Program -

Tom Lauterborn

Staff Interpreter / Administrative Assistant

t.lauterborn@neu.edu / ext: 5275 (V) - 857.366.4199 (VP)

Tom Lauterborn, Massachusetts State Screened, is currently the Staff Interpreter and Administrative Assistant for Northeastern's American Sign Language Program. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 earning a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. Tom is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership and Project Management. He also serves on the leadership team of Young Professional Interpreters (YPI): Greater Boston, an organization focused on the novice interpreter experience as well as the Volunteer Coordinator team of the StreetLeverage-Live conferences. When not working at the ASL Program at Northeastern, Tom enjoys attending Deaf events and continuing to be an active part of the Deaf community.

Erica Kramer

Program Assistant

e.kramer@northeastern.edu / ext: 3064 (V) - 857.366.4198 (VP)

Erica Kramer first discovered her interest in American Sign Language in 2003 while completing a B.S. in Film & Television Production at Boston University. Since then, she has grown passionate about the language, the Deaf community, and the field of interpreting. In 2013, Erica decided to pursue her second B.S., this time in ASL/English Interpreting at Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, she seized every opportunity to be involved and give back to the Deaf and interpreting communities, including (but not limited to) co-coordinating three annual ASL Festivals and Summer Symposiums and serving as Volunteer Co-Coordinator for StreetLeverage-Live 2016. Erica graduated from Northeastern in May 2016 and loves being part of the Massachusetts interpreting community. In addition to her role as Program Assistant for the American Sign Language Program, she is also a Staff Interpreter at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham. Erica is MCDHH Screened/Approved and is working toward her NIC and EIPA. In her spare time, she is on the leadership team for Young Professional Interpreters (YPI): Greater Boston and is once again serving as Volunteer Co-Coordinator for the 2017 StreetLeverage Live event.

- Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI) -

Dennis Cokely

Principal Investigator

d.cokely@northeastern.edu / ext: 8425 (V) - 857.366.4240 (VP)

Dennis Cokely, Ph.D., CSC, has served 11 years as Associate Director of the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC), 2005-2010, and Principal Investigator, 2010-2016. He was co-director of Northeastern’s Masters in Interpreting Pedagogy (MIP) program, 2005-2010. He was co-author of RSA-funded needs assessments from multiple perspectives and the 2015 Trends Report. Dennis has been a full Professor of ASL and Director of the ASL Program since 1996, simultaneously serving as Chair of the Northeastern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department, 1998-2015, and Director of the World Languages Center, 2007-2016. Internationally known as an author, consultant, and lecturer, he directed a project funded by the Canadian government to develop a model curriculum for Interpreter Education. He was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Interpreter Educator Award from the Massachusetts RID and Northeastern’s 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award. One of his current projects involves analyzing acquired language dysfluency among deaf prisoners.

Diana Doucette


d.doucette@neu.edu / ext: 2463 (V) - 857.366.4206 (VP)

Diana Doucette, M.Ed., CI, CT, brings over 20 years’ experience managing RSA Interpreter Training Program grant projects, serving the past six years as Center Director and Principal Investigator of the Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University (NURIEC). Diana was instrumental in many of the accomplishments of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC), most notably development of the Interpreting in Spanish-Influenced Settings Curriculum Guide and the Deaf Interpreter Curriculum, and in creating and promoting the “Discover Interpreting” recruitment initiative designed to bring more men and women from diverse backgrounds into interpreting as a career. She has been a nationally certified interpreter for over 15 years, and holds a Master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Learning.

Madeleine Eames

Project Coordinator

m.eames@neu.edu / ext: 8262 (V) - 857.366.4197 (VP)

Madeleine Eames, MBA Candidate, Massachusetts State Screened, joined the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC) as Administrative Assistant in 2014. The following year, she moved over to the Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University (NURIEC), assuming the role of Project Coordinator. Her work involved developing and coordinating multiple educational trainings, data collection, evaluation, web design, and report writing. Madeleine completed the Sign Language Interpreting Certificate Program at Northern Essex Community College in 2013 after earning a B.A. in Psychology at American University in 2011. Her first interpreting position was with the Center for Living and Working, Worcester, MA, an independent living center serving atypical signing populations. Currently enrolled in Northeastern University’s part-time MBA program, she continues to freelance interpret and to pursue National Interpreter Certification.