Welcome to NVRID

Welcome to the website of the Nevada Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NVRID). NVRID is an affiliate chapter of the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). NVRID follows the mission of RID on a state level.

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2016-2018 Board


Caroline Bass


I currently am employed in the position of Lead Faculty in the Interpreter Preparation/Deaf Studies Program at the College of Southern Nevada. I am the owner of Preston Bass Interpreting Services serving Nevada and California. I have served as President of the Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (1976-1978) and the Nevada Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (2004-2008) and as advisor to the Nevada State Legislature on issues related to Deafness and interpreting.  Prior to moving to Nevada I was employed as the Coordinator of Interpreting Services at California State University, Northridge where I worked for 31 years. In addition to my full time employment, I taught American Sign Language classes at various schools for over 30 years and performed with the “Interpresingers”, a traveling song-sign troupe.  I am a recipient of the 2006 Lou Fant Distinguished Service Award from SCRID. I hold certifications from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf as follows: Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate; Specialist Certificate: Legal; Oral Interpreting Certificate: Comprehensive and the National Interpreter Certificate.


Ciera Ingrassia

Vice President

Carol Helou


Deana Paddack


I am a native Las Vegan and I graduated from UNLV with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. I also hold an AA from CSN in Deaf Studies. I have been married for 22 years and have three children. I spent many years in the accounting industry before transitioning into sign language. For fun I love to read, travel, scrapbook, or just go get muddy on some quads. This is my third term serving as your treasurer. I am always available for questions or comments. Please contact me at nvridtreas@gmail.com.


Kim Johnson

Member-at Large, North


Yolanda Ward

Member-at Large, South

Hi I’m Yolanda Ward your Member-at-Large South. I just completed my AAS at CSN in Deaf Studies/Interpreting and I am currently enrolled at Nevada State College in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. I work full-time for the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. I have one awesome 17 year old son whom just started his Senior year at Northwest Tech Academy, If I’m not working or hanging out with my son, I’m catching up on episodes of Game of Thrones or antique hunting for mid-century modern pieces.

Merideth Aurs

CEU Coordinator

Hello, my name is Merideth Aurs and I’m the new CEU coordinator. Anyone interested in becoming involved can send an email to me: nvridceus@gmail.com or simply speak to me at an event or workshop. I’m also the Past President, so for more information on me, read that section. As for information about CEUs and in the spirit of transparency, I’d like to share what’s happening in relation to CEUs…
For the past several years, WRIEC has been NVRID’s Approved CEU Sponsor. The grant, off of which WRIEC was operating, has been “completed.” That means, WRIEC is no longer sponsoring CEUs. It also means NVRID will be selecting a new Approved CEU Sponsor. I’ve narrowed it down to two sponsors NVRID has used in the past and a decision will be made soon.

Non Board Positions


Dolores Parrish



Scott Sasaki

Newsletter Coordinator
I moved to Las Vegas in 2006 and graduated from the Deaf Studies program at CSN. I lay out the seasonal newsletter and help with sending out community information via email. In addition to sign language interpreting I also develop websites.


Jeremy Batson

Membership Clerk
Hello, my name is Jeremy Batson. I was born in Las Vegas and have lived here for 36 years. I just finished my AA in Deaf Studies and Deaf Studies Interpreting for which I am applying for graduation. Currently, I am serving as Membership Clerk for NVRID and am assisting the Secretary. If you have any questions concerning membership services, please contact me at nvridsec@gmail.com