Pre Conference Presenter Biographies

gail2Gail Ann Dixon

An experienced British Sign Language interpreter, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in British Sign Language / English Interpreting from the University of Central Lancashire.  Gail has work across multiple domains, specialising in medical, mental health and social care settings.  She has recently completed a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision at the University pf Derby.  She holds a British Psychological Society (BPS) approved certificate in Clinical Supervision which meets the training standards required to confer eligibility to the BPS register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). She has also been awarded an SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence). She is a qualified assessor and a NRCPD supervisor of trainees. She provides supervision to sign language interpreters and receives supervision for both her interpreting practice and her supervisor practice.  She is passionate about supervision and benefits it brings to her practice; seeing supervision as a space to slow down to reflect deeply. She would to see all interpreters have access to supervision.



unnamedSteven Surrency, CI & CT; SC:L, WASLI/WFD IS Accredited

Steven Surrency is a linguist interested in the interaction between language, culture, and interpretation. His areas of specialization include hermeneutics, linguistic stigmatization, cultural problems in interpretation, and ethical dilemmas for both spoken and sign-language interpretation. He is particularly interested in international issues in interpretation. In addition to his work at the University of South Florida, he is an accredited International-Sign interpreter by the World Federation of the Deaf and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, working at the United Nations and in other high-level international venues.




andreaSmith, Andrea, M.A., CI & CT; SC:L

Andrea Smith is a sign language interpreter who has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 1995. She specializes in legal and mental health interpreting and is committed to the on-going professional development of certified sign language interpreters. In addition to her expertise in interpreting, her master’s degree focused on program management within higher education. She has worked to expand the undergraduate CSD programs in order to support the critical needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing community throughout the state of Florida.




RachelleSettambrino, Rachelle, M.A.

Rachelle Settambrino is originally from Duluth, Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Arts degree in International Development from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.  Currently she teaches course in American Sign Language as well as Interpreting at University of South Florida. In addition to her work in Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, she serves as a Faculty in Residence on campus and collaborates with Residential Education to support the American Sign Language Living Learning Community (ASL LLC). Ms. Settambrino has also been very active in the community. She has been a board member of International Deaf Partnerships since 2014 as well as serving as an interpreter/facilitator working with Guatemalan Deaf staff and Haitian Deaf Staff. In this capacity, Ms. Settambrino trains and empowers the local Deaf community in these countries, helping them learn how to operate Educational Summer camps for deaf children in their respective countries. Also, she provides professional development trainings to the teachers of Deaf children in Guatemala and Haiti. During her free time, Ms. Settambrino is an avid traveler. She enjoys traveling to Europe, the United Kingdom, Central America, and Caribbean.



samantahThomas, Samantha, MA, NIC

Samantha Thomas received two Bachelor degrees, in Art History and Sign Language Interpretation, from the University of South Florida in 2011. Upon graduation, she obtained her National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and a score of 4.4 on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment. She then continued her education at Columbia University and graduated with her Master’s degree in Teaching ASL as a Second Language in 2014. Samantha joined USF as a full-time instructor in the ITT/ASL program during 2015. Her areas of interest are in language/interpreting skill development outside the confines of a classroom, cognitive linguistics for language learners, and socratic methods of teaching. Outside of teaching she enjoys traveling internationally and is a sci-fi enthusiast.