Richard grew up on Long Island in New York. While in high school, he became close friends with a Deaf peer in a youth group. This sparked his love of the Deaf community and ASL. After earning his BA in English from the University of Rochester, Richard’s original intent was to become a elementary teacher for the Deaf. In 1992, his friends in the Deaf community encouraged him to pursue a career in interpreting. In New York, Richard worked as a staff interpreter for a Deaf-owned interpreting agency. For fourteen years, Richard specialized in K-12 public schools settings in New York, Georgia and North Carolina. He served as Coastal (North Carolina) RID’s Educational Liaison.
In Georgia, he worked in conjunction with state departments to help educational interpreters obtain qualification or certification. He was also a former co-chair of the Georgia RID Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings. Since 2001, he has presented locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Currently, Richard lives in Atlanta, GA and works as a full-time community interpreter. He is honored to be a part of Georgia RID’s Board and looks forward to working with the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deafblind and interpreting communities!