The CATIE Center Team
Doug Bowen-Bailey, CI & CT, Instructional Designer
As the instructional designer for the Graduation to Certification program Doug is seeking innovative ways to support recent graduates on their journey to becoming practicing professionals. He has collaborated on many CATIE projects in the past, creating video and online resources, and is excited to now be on staff with the CATIE Center. In addition to working with the CATIE Center, he interprets in the community when he can, provides mentoring services for several northern regions in Minnesota, serves as the webmaster for the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, is a co-facilitator for Race Awareness Workshops with Community Action Duluth, and serves on the Citizen Review Board for the Duluth Police Department.
Doug lives in Duluth, MN with his partner, Holly, and children Sylvie and Frost. His best thinking often happens while he is on a bicycle, and so is grateful to have the chance to be out on the roads and trails on two wheels.
LaTanya Jones, MSM, NIC, Mentor Lead
LaTanya is an interpreter with nearly ten years professional experience in a plethora of professional and video relay settings, specializing in healthcare interpreting. LaTanya is also an adjunct professor at both the Community College of Philadelphia and Camden County College. A staunch lifelong advocate for education, LaTanya earned an Associate in Applied Science in American Sign Language/English interpreting from CCP, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University; continued her studies in ASL linguistics at Gallaudet University; and earned a Master of Science in Management from Rosemont College.
Nothing is more important to LaTanya than mentoring tomorrow’s interpreters, today! LaTanya enjoys giving back by volunteering her time and talents with NAOBI-DC as chapter liaison, bylaws chairperson, and volunteer coordinator. LaTanya is also president of the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and serves as the Region I Representative for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
In her free time, LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking, and watching her son compete in short sprints and relays in track and field.
Richard Laurion, MA, CI & CT, NIC Advanced, Director
Richard has 30 years of experience as an interpreter, mentor and educator. He has served on boards of directors, state commissions of the Deaf, non-profit and for profit agencies. Richard’s career has focused on the needs of interpreters living in rural areas. He has developed a reputation for leadership within the field and for supporting innovative and creative products and programs as resources for interpreters working in the healthcare setting. Richard is also an instructor for the Introduction to Health Care Interpreting course at St. Catherine University and works as an on-call emergency medical interpreter in Minnesota.
Paula MacDonald, MS, NIC, Instructional Designer
Paula holds a certificate in Deaf Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in English/ASL Interpreting and Transliteration, a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Interpreting, and a Master of Science in Interpreting Pedagogy. She completed her teaching practicum at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Paula is a nationally certified American Sign Language–English Interpreter specializing in deaf professional/designated interpreting, medical, DeafBlind, and government. In addition to interpreting she is a small business owner, a presenter on interpreting-related topics, online adjunct lecturer and independent researcher. She also served as vice chair of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s Diversity Council. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn. enjoys traveling and being a lifelong learner.
Andrea Olson, Ph.D., Evaluator
Andrea is professor of psychology at St. Catherine University and an evaluator for the CATIE Center. Her specialty is industrial/organizational psychology and she earned her master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. Andrea joined St. Catherine University in 2001 and has worked with the CATIE Center since 2005. Prior to joining St. Kate’s, Andrea worked at a survey research organization and management consulting firms. At St. Kate’s, she teaches industrial/organizational psychology, statistics, and research methods. She serves on the University Institutional Review Board and she served as chair of the Psychology Department for five years. Her research interests include team member performance, job performance, and work/life/school balance of college students. She is also interested in cross-disciplinary topics, including understanding the work of healthcare interpreters and designated healthcare interpreters.
Rosa Ramirez, Program Manager
Mainstreamed throughout her education, Rosa has worked with interpreters for most of her life. As detail-wrangler extraordinaire, Rosa brings 27 years of experience in budget management, event planning, communications, and program management to her work at the CATIE Center. Rosa is also an editor with T.S. Writing Services and Savory Words Publishing where she enjoys working on an amazing variety of projects. Among Rosa’s many hobbies, do-it-yourself projects, reading, spending time with her family, and sitting in the sunshine top the current list.
Laurie Swabey, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Executive Director
Laurie is professor of interpreting, and executive director of the CATIE Center, at St. Catherine University. Her doctoral degree is in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Her current research interests include interpreting in the healthcare context and interpreting pedagogy. Dr. Swabey’s research has been published in several journals, most recently in Sign Language Studies (2017); International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting (2016); Journal of Interpreting (2016); International Journal of Interpreter Education (2016, 2015); Journal of Healthcare Quality (2016); and the International Journal of Translation and Interpreting (2014). Laurie is also the co-editor of two books: Advances in Interpreting Research (Benjamins, 2011) and Educating Healthcare Interpreters (Gallaudet University Press, 2012). She has served as an advisor to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, as well as on the board of directors for Conference of Interpreter Trainers and American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association. Laurie’s most recent national and international conference presentations include Critical Link in Edinburgh, Scotland (2016); the 6th International Conference on Public Service Interpreting and Translating in Madrid, Spain (2017); and the International Symposium on Signed Language Interpreting Research in Washington, DC (2017).