Current IRID Board



Teri Hedding, MA is an ASL Professor at Moraine Valley Community College.  Her previous experience includes management of interpreter and healthcare access for Deaf and hard of hearing patients, statewide coordination of delivery of mental health services for Deaf and hard of hearing consumers, counseling, case management, crisis intervention and advocacy.  She is also a certified deaf interpreter (CDI) and has interpreted in various situations in medical, mental health, government, business, and legal settings. 

President IAD

Hard of hearing since birth and fourth generation with deafness in his family, Corey Axelrod is an experienced marketing and sales professional. Axelrod currently serves as a senior account executive with Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD). Prior to CSD, he started Synergetic Business Solutions, a digital marketing communications firm. Corey has also served as a digital marketing coordinator for Purple Communications, director of marketing and business development for Hager Productions and senior field sales manager for Vector Marketing.

Corey is also active in numerous civic and rights advocacy organizations. He currently serves as President of the Illinois Association of the Deaf and Chair of the National Association of the Deaf Outreach Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in marketing and sales management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


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. 




David Rice is an educational interpreter working in secondary and post-secondary classrooms and freelances in the community. David is currently employed at City Colleges of Chicago and CPS. David has served on several committees within IRID including, conference search committees, the Bylaws committee, Entry to Practice work group, was the former Membership Chair. During the Summer of 2018, David started in the M.A. Degree in Interpreting Studies program at Western Oregon University.


Member At Large

A Gallaudet graduate who has been working as a Deaf Interpreter for 10 years in a wide variety of settings. One of the founding members of CLBDA (Chicagoland Black Deaf Advocates) and has held several positions including secretary, workshop coordinator, and president.  Was a part-time Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College in Chicago, in the American Sign Language (ASL) ITP program, over the years I have taught ASL at various places in the Chicago area. Currently a part-time adjunct faculty member at MVCC.

Member At Large

Olivia began learning American Sign Language in her high school while growing up in Jacksonville, Illinois.  She was fortunate to have taken some of her ASL classes among Deaf and Hard of Hearing peers on the campus of the Illinois School for the Deaf.  Olivia then attended Columbia College Chicago to study ASL/English Interpreting.  She took a brief break from Columbia to spend one semester at Gallaudet University as a Visiting Student in 2011.  Olivia graduated with her BA from Columbia College in December of 2013.  Her education continued at Sorenson’s VRSII School-to-Work program in Salt Lake City, Utah; where she took part in a three-month intensive internship.  Olivia has been a member of both IRID and RID since 2013.
In early 2014, Olivia began working as a Community and VRS Interpreter in the Chicagoland area.  She also worked as a full-time K-12 interpreter in a high school for one year before returning back to freelance work.  Since moving back to Central Illinois in mid 2016, she continues to work in a variety of settings as a community interpreter; substituting in K-12 settings, and still occasionally working in VRS.  She currently lives in Jacksonville with her dog Copper.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, eating, reading, and being taken on walks by her dog.


Interpreting Student Rep

My name is Katrina Tindall and I am a student at College of Dupage in the Interpreting program and will be graduating in December 2018.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Human and Educational services. I have many goals and hopes for current and future interpreting students and can't wait to start implementing them through IRID!