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We came together with a passion for deepening our understanding of our field and to create positive change.

We found that and so much more!
Each of us brought a unique knowledge base, set of values, and skills that blended together in our meetings.
We were often energized and inspired, though exhausted and challenged as well.

Our Dedicated Team

Of Seasoned Interpreters 


Alice Harrigan 
CI & CT 


Michael Labadie-Mendes 
CI & CT, NIC Master 


Joan Wattman 
CI & CT, SC:Legal 


Patricia Yachimski 
CI & CT 



After an intensive one-year seminar in 1996-97 for ASL/English interpreters entitled "The Master Class" (led by Betty Colonomos), a number of participants engaged in a series of several more meetings called "Continuing the Conversation." Some of these participants met again, and then a smaller number again, until there were four.

Alice Harrigan

Dorchester, Massachusetts

Alice is a long-time staff interpreter for a state agency.

Joan Wattman

Plainfield, Massachusetts

Joan has specialized in legal and performing arts work.

Michael Labadie-Mendes

Waikoloa, Hawaii

Michael hails from Massachusetts, where CD began. But love and life moved him first to DC/Maryland, then California, and finally to Hawaii. Proving distance is no obstacle to meeting for CD, he looks forward to hosting on the island soon.

Patricia Yachimski

Dennis Port, Massachusetts

Trisha worked at TLC (The Learning Center for Deaf Children) as a staff interpreter before becoming a full-time freelancer. She fought two battles with cancer and we lost her in the Spring of 2016. She was loved and is sorely missed by all who knew her.
We four called our meetings "CD" (for Collective Dialogue) and we met frequently from 1998 until the loss of one of our members in 2016. The intimate, sometimes intense, and always enlightening meetings evolved into this model for seasoned interpreters to collaborate together on issues of interpreting, community, and beyond.

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