Leslie C. Greer
CIT's first Deaf president
The Conference of Interpreter Trainers, a national organization of ITP teachers, recently elected Leslie C. Greer president. She thus becomes the first Deaf person to head CIT.
Greer's from a hearing family, and describes herself as "a proud Army brat," California School for the Deaf being the seventh school she attended. Her mother became an interpreter; The frequent moves "allowed me to learn about a variety of cultures and history." After graduating from CSDR in 1975, she entered NTID, majoring in Medical Lab Technology, and taught ASL at University of Rochester from 1989 to 1996, where she took graduate courses for her M.A. in Linguistics. She taught ITP students at University of New Mexico from 1996 to 1999, and advanced ASL and Deaf Culture at NTID from 1999 to 2005. Since 2005, she's chaired the ASLDepartment at Mt. San Jacinto College, MenifeeValley Campus, Riverside County, California.
Greer is well known for her long-time involvement in the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA). She served as president for 8 years, then got involved with CIT, starting as Director of Public Relations and Outreach. ASLTA and CIT typically hold simultaneous conferences with combined registration, so that all attendees can benefit from both organizations' sessions at no extra charge.
She plans to revise CIT's bylaws, apply for official nonprofit status, and actively recruit members, among other goals and projects.