Jason was born in Orange Country, California and was named Who's Who Among Americas High School Students in 1996 and 1997, graduating from Rancho Verde HS before joining the US Navy. After Basic Training, Jason returned to California to pursue religious and college training. Taking American Sign Language as an elective course in college opened him up to a new world and new challenges of being the outsider. During his college years, Jason worked at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside as support staff from the Riverside Unified School District working with non-verbal students (hearing and Deaf) who have disabilities which limit their ability to hear/speak.
In 2003, Jason moved to the sunny city of Buffalo, NY, after being offered full time freelance opportunities. Once all his sandals and shorts were unpacked, he quickly realized it's much colder in Western NY than in Orange County. Jason worked in and around Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca until he decided to move to New York City in 2006.
Since his relocation to NYC, Jason has lived in Flatbush, and then Gravesend, Brooklyn. His Brooklyn-related strengths are saying coffee with an accent, finding his favorite seat on the train, and knowing what real South Brooklyn pizza is supposed to taste like. (It's nothing like Dominos' version)
His work experience across New York State includes being an advocate for the Deaf at the Niagara Frontier Center for Independent Living, consultant for various interpreting referral agencies, ASL Instructor, and of course interpreting. Currently Jason is serving as Vice President on the Board of the NYC Metro Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), is on the Populations Committee for the Health Advisory Body of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and is planning on developing his skills in Mental Health Interpreting, VRI services, and is constantly looking for ways to expand accessibility services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Fun Fact: Jason grew up on a California farm with chickens, goats, hens, roosters, sheep, pigs, and horses. And he's glad to be in New York where he doesn't have to clean up for any of them.
Contact Jason at VicePresident@nycmetrorid.org