Barbara Ayres, M.A. CI/CT - Staff Interpreter
While working on her BA in Communication, specializing in Interpersonal Communication, Barbara became interested in learning sign language. Although she had a short detour in Deaf Ed, getting her Masters and teaching 2 years, she found interpreting to be her love. She worked in Boston, Massachusetts for 13 years in various roles including as a Referral Specialist at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as a freelance community interpreter, and as the staff interpreter for a Deaf pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital who was doing a research fellowship through Harvard University's School of Public Health.
Upon moving to the Sacramento area, she worked at Purple Communications, 2 years as a VI and 2 years in the training department. Now she is again enjoying work as a community interpreter and putting her medical interpreting experience to work with WIS.