The CATIE Center Team
Doug Bowen-Bailey, CI & CT, Instructional Designer
As an instructional designer for the Graduation to Certification program, Doug seeks 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, serves on the executive board of the Duluth Branch of the NAACP, and is a co-facilitator for Race Awareness Workshops with the Family Freedom Center. He received his MA in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity in 2019 from St. Catherine University with a project focused on understanding best practices for teaching interpreters about power, privilege and oppression.
Doug lives in Duluth, MN with his partner, Holly. His best thinking often happens while he is on a bicycle, and so is grateful for any chance to be out on the roads and trails on two wheels.
Bradley Johnson, Budget and Contract Specialist
Bradley has 20 years plus of professional experience as a financial analyst / accountant in the healthcare, information technology and human resources. He also had worked for a small non-profit organization specialized in providing interpreting services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. His responsibilities include tracking and monitoring two federal grants, Behavioral Health Interpreting (BHI) and Graduation to Certification (GTC) for the CATIE Center. Bradley earned an Associate in Applied Science in Applied Accounting from National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saunders College of Business both at Rochester Institute of Technology.
In his spare time, he is a Roku developer and had developed a TV channel for the Signing Community. He enjoys travelling and camping with his family.
LaTanya Jones, MSM, NIC, Community of Practice Facilitator
LaTanya is an interpreter with nearly thirteen 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. Currently, LaTanya is a dual degree graduate student earning a Master of Social Work and a Master in Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University.
In her free time, LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Richard Laurion, MA, CI & CT, NIC Advanced, Director
Richard has 35 years of experience as an interpreter, mentor, educator and administrator. 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.
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.
Jenny Smith-Hastings, Program Specialist
Jenny graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in interpretation. She has worked with Deaf and Deafblind communities in diverse settings. Jenny co-taught interpreting classes at St. Catherine University and taught ASL classes there as well. Jenny also currently works as a program specialist for the CATIE Center’s Graduation to Certification (GTC) program. Her responsibilities include scheduling pre- and post-assessments, monitoring participant progress, coordinating continuing education documentation for mentors, coaches, and supervisors, maintaining the website, and planning immersion experiences. Jenny also enjoys camping, traveling and spending time with her 3 cats.
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).