CRID was founded in 1971, and is one of more than 60 local chapters of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Provide professional development, guidance, and support to interpreters who can thereby render accurate, appropriate, and equal communication access to Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons in the state of Connecticut.


The Connecticut Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CRID) is a community based professional membership organization with a goal of promoting equal communication access.

CRID is composed of certified and non-certified sign language interpreters, Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens and vested individuals and groups working together to promote the appropriate utilization of sign language interpreters in the community.

Through advocacy and networking from grassroots to legislative levels and by providing opportunities for professional development. CRID promotes excellence in interpreting standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CRID is an Affiliate Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the national professional organization of sign language interpreters.

CRID is a voluntary membership organization recognized as a non-profit 501 C (3) entity.

Board of Directors

2017 - 2019
President - Christina Stevens

Christina Stevens, NIC, is the oldest of 5 girls. She was born in Michigan and moved to Chicago to attend school at DePaul University with a major in Theater and Columbia College - Chicago with a major in ASL-English Interpretation. Christina was brought to Connecticut by the National Theater of the Deaf and was a voice actor and stage manager with the company for 3 years. Now Christina primarily works in Educational settings (K-12), and freelance interpreting in the evenings. As President of CRID, Christina hopes to continue collaborating with all members of the ASL community.

Vice President - Lisa Kinsman

Lisa received her Bachelors degree in Linguistics from the University of New Mexico in 2010. She has worked at Camp Isola Bella - the A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Camp (Adventurous World of Experience with Signing Opportunities and Meaningful Education) - for ten years. She has been appointed to assistant director for the last 3 years. During the off season from camp she works as a nationally certified sign language interpreter. Lisa is eager to help out and lend a hand whenever its needed. In her free time Lisa uses multimillion dollar Satellites to find hidden Tupperware in the woods.

Corresponding Secretary - Nick Dionne

Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, concentrated in ASL-English Interpreting from The University of Southern Maine in Portland, and an Associate’s degree in ASL-English Interpreter Preparation from Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He has studied and worked as an interpreter over the last decade in a wide variety of settings and enjoys working most in educational and video relay settings. He was fortunate to have the honor of traveling around the country for a year working as a designated interpreter with a Deaf professional completing their final year of rotations in medical school. Nick has served on several boards and committees within RID (locally and nationally) over the last 7 years. Nick enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience to advise those new to the interpreting field and likes to keep the community at large well informed.

Recording Secretary - Mitchelle Bold

Michelle earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut in 2011, in Linguistics/Psychology and German. In 2016 Michelle graduated from Northwestern Connecticut Community College with an Associate’s degree in ASL-English Interpreter Preparation. Michelle is currently employed by the State in a non-interpreting role, while working towards full certification.

Treasurer - Jon Sahlin

Jon Sahlin, CPA, was born and raised in nearby Bristol, CT to Deaf parents heavily involved in the Deaf community. Jon pursued a career in accounting, graduating from Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford before achieving CPA status in 2011. Upon completion of this goal, the pull of his Deaf roots made him enroll at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where he graduated from their interpreter training program in 2016. Nowadays he stays heavily involved in both the Deaf and interpreting community here in Connecticut and contributes his financial knowledge and background to assist with the fiscal aspect of CRID’s operations. Jon is employed during the day at LAZ Parking in Hartford, CT as a Senior Accountant. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son, playing recreational hockey, and playing his guitar.

Member at Large - Anita Benjamin

A citizen of the world, I have lived on three continents, in many countries and speak several languages. I hold a BA in Geography and German from the University of Bucharest and a B.Ed in Education with concentration in Special Ed. from McGill University. I am a graduate of the ASL/English Interpreting Program at George Brown College in Toronto. With over 25 years of experience in the field of interpreting, I feel blessed to go to work every day with a smile on my face. I am honored to be a member of the CRID board and look forward to a wonderful collaboration with all stakeholders and the community at large.

Member at Large - Nicola DiBenedetto

Nicola graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2015 with her Bachelors of Arts in History with a double minor in American Sign Language and Social Studies. She simultaneously attended Northwestern CT Community College and received her Associates of Science in English/American Sign Language. She is currently earning a Maters of Art in Teaching Special Education at The University of Saint Joseph. A former employee of The American School for the Deaf, Nicola took a leave of absence to pursue her education and Interpreting career.

Former CRID President-Advisor - Keith Vinci

Keith Vinci is the son of Deaf parents and has served the Deaf community and the state of Connecticut for 35 years. Initially he worked as the Job Development and Placement Specialist and later, as the Interpreter Coordinator, both positions for the Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI). Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and citation community. His work was instrumental in the establishment of an independent housing facility for Deaf seniors and currently serves as a committee member for the Connecticut Retirement Colony. He is a Mayor's appointee in the City of Middletown, Connecticut on the Committee Concerning People with Disabilities. He served as an adjunct instructor of interpreting for the community college system in Connecticut and has taught interpreting, American Sign Language, and Deaf studies. He is a featured performer for The CRIDDERS performing troupe, performing nationally. He has also presented workshops on Artistic Interpreting.

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