About Us!

Brenda Schertz, CDI

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Brenda Schertz is currently a full-time lecturer in ASL at the University of Rochester. She has also worked as an instructor and lecturer in ASL, Deaf studies and Interpreting at Northeastern University, Emerson College, the University of Southern Maine (USM) and most recently at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Brenda has been teaching a week-long summer intensive Certified Deaf Interpreter Knowledge Exam Preparation workshops since 2004, and has herself been a Certified Deaf Interpreter since 2008. She was a member of the team behind the development of the NCIEC’s Deaf Interpreter Curriculum. Ms. Schertz just completed a term as the Chapters chair on the board of the American Sign Language Teacher Association.

Rupert Dubler, CDI

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Rupert has worked in the ASL and interpreting field since 2004. He has been interpreting since 2014 and has interpreted over 2,000+ billable hours in addition to pro bono work in all settings including medical, legal, and social services. Rupert has also provided workshops and presentations to both the Deaf community and the interpreter community. In the past, Rupert routinely contracted with and scheduled freelance interpreters and is familiar with business practices in the interpreting profession. He has authored the Business Practices component of this training. Rupert also co-taught this intensive training with Brenda Schertz since 2016.

Rich resources...

"If you are looking for a boot camp style of CDI workshop, this is the one to take! Rich resources, relevant materials and valuable networking. You will not be disappointed!"

- Alyson, Wisconsin

Outgoing and professional...

“Brenda and Rupert were fantastic, outgoing and professional! The week-long workshop loaded with informative materials was eye-opening. They made the training interesting and generated some thought-provoking discussions which I took with me. The group dynamics was impressive.
Never a dull moment in there!”

- Susan, New York

Engaging activities...

“Impressive!! Well structured and thoroughly put together with plenty of engaging activities, questions/answers, and meaningful debates for all of the participants.
The 2 presenters were highly knowledgeable and an awesome team!"

- Terri, New York

Excellent course...

“This is an excellent course for those new to the CDI field. Taking this course will allow you to have a good insight into what is involved in the field and what steps are necessary to prepare yourself for this role."

- Julia, New York

Fast and highly-committed...

“This program benefits people with the fast and highly-committed lifestyle that includes little free time for any professional developments. For those who want to achieve deaf interpreting field in a short time should consider in taking this concise deaf interpreting program. This program will enhance the knowledge & skill based within deaf interpreting and prepare what's to come once you decide to pursue deaf interpreting profession!"

- Sean, New York

Outstanding instructors...

“For busy people, such as myself, I found this week-long training to be beneficial and informative. I was able to fit this immersion course into my schedule and focus entirely on the content and apply the Deaf Interpreting modules to practical situations during this course. Professional trainers and speakers, and Certified Working Deaf Interpreters, Rupert Dubler and Brenda Schertz, are outstanding instructors. Rochester is fortunate to have these “experts” in this field! I would highly recommend this well-built course to anyone else who wants to learn step-by-step skills and foundations of Deaf Interpreting in a most productive way!!"

- Kim, New York

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