Sarah Kurtz, Director of Business Relations with Beyond Interpreting, holds a Master certification from the State of Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language - English Interpreting from William Woods University. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in the interpreting profession working in a wide variety of settings, including vast experience working with individuals with High Visual Language needs. She also has several years experience as an Independent Living Specialist and running the Deaf and Hard of Hearing services for a Center for Independent Living. Sarah has also acted as a mentor to numerous new interpreters and enjoys passing on her experience.
Michelle DeMartino is the Director of Interpreting Services with Beyond Interpreting. Growing up with a Deaf cousin and attending school with friends who were also Deaf, her interest with sign language began. This interest turned into her passion and eventually her career. Michelle is a University of Missouri alum and graduated from Maple Woods Community College in 2010 with an Associates of Applied Science in Sign Language Interpreting. She holds an Advanced interpreting certification through the State of Missouri and is certified in Kansas with a level 4/4. With over 8 plus years of experience, Michelle enjoys working in a variety of settings such as medical, legal, concerts, and theatrical. She also enjoys mentoring students and new interpreters.
Chris Kaster, Staff Interpreter with Beyond Interpreting, holds an Advanced certification from the State of Missouri. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Sign Language Interpretation. Chris has 15+ years experience in the interpreting profession. She has worked extensively in educational interpreting, including elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Additionally, she has a strong background in religious settings and has worked in various medical and Video Relay settings. Chris has also worked as an independent living specialist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has taught numerous community sign language classes.
Mindy Johnson is a Staff Interpreter with Beyond Interpreting. Her interest in working with the Deaf Community began during high school when she met a Deaf peer. This interest grew into a profession as a sign language interpreter. Mindy holds a National Interpreter Certification and an Advanced certification through the state of Missouri. In 2007, Mindy graduated from Maple Woods Community College with an Associates in Applied Science degree in Sign Language Interpreting. She immediately began interpreting but later decided to further her education. In 2015, She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Interpreting Studies from William Woods University. With over 10 years of experience in the field, Mindy is driven by accepting the responsibility and honor that interpreting requires and the privilege she has in witnessing the daily lives of the people she serves.
Christina Godinez might be a new face in the KC area, but with 11 years experience, she is not a stranger to interpreting. Christina moved from Oak Grove, MO, to attend the Interpreting Program at William Woods University in Fulton, MO. After graduating with a B.S. degree in 2005, she worked as a community interpreter in Columbia until she returned to KC in 2011 where she focused solely on educational interpreting. Excited to be back in the field of community work, she looks forward to partnering in furthering our education as interpreters and looks forward to working.
Carmen Bartlett is the Office Manager for Beyond Interpreting. In that position she provides interpreter scheduling and a variety of administrative support services for the company. Carmen has over 20 years of experience working for private and public organizations which provide services for children and adults with developmental delays/disabilities, and their families. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University.
Rana is an Administrative Assistant for Beyond Interpreting. She provides interpreter scheduling, accounts payable and a variety of administrative support services for the company. Rana is a graduate of South Holt R-1. Rana comes to us with 7 years of paraprofessional experience, 2 years as a Day Care center director and 21 years experience of raising a daughter with a disability.