NIR Staff2019-03-07T10:59:09-04:00

NIR Staff

June B. Backer, CSCjune

June is President of Nationwide Interpreter Resource, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1986, June received her degree in Sign Language Interpreting from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester, New York, and in 1987 received national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). In 1997 June opened Nationwide Interpreter Resource (NIR), providing sign language interpreting services throughout the country.

June can be contacted at:

judyJudy Beldon-Feldman, CSC, NIC-M

Judy received her A.A.S. in interpreting from Akron University and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Judy worked twelve years as a staff interpreter at Gallaudet University. She has worked in various settings including K-12 interpreting, VRS management, also working as a professional interpreter for over 31 years. Judy is a CODA (child of Deaf adults) and has over 25 family members who are Deaf. She lives with her husband Dave, their two daughters, Olivia and Molly and dog, Vader.

Judy can be contacted at:

sandraSandra Mahoney, CSC

Sandra received a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, a BSBA in Management and an MBA in Finance from Bryant University. Sandra comes to us with 40 years of professional interpreting experience, as well as many years as an educator of interpreters. Sandra served as a staff interpreter at Gallaudet, and taught in their Interpreter Program. Sandra is a CODA (child of Deaf adults), and has a large family of Deaf relatives and interpreters. She has two children, and cherishes her time with her nine grandchildren.

Sandra can be contacted at:

Brooke LaTurnobrooke

Brooke completed her B.A. in Critical Humanities at the University of Central Florida (UCF), then received her Associate of Science degree in Sign Language Interpretation from Miami-Dade College (MDC). During her young school-age years, Brooke was a natural in American Sign Language (ASL) class and performances. While at UCF, Brooke learned more about Deaf culture and American Sign Language as a member of UCF ASL Knights, attending Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conferences, Silent Weekend Conferences, and visiting Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Brooke currently balances her time interpreting in the community and at NIR headquarters.

Brooke can be contacted at:

melanieMelanie Frye

Melanie received her B.A. in interpreting from The University of South Florida. She has worked as an interpreter in many different settings including K-12, post-secondary, medical, and VRS. She has had a passion for Deaf culture and ASL since joining the ASL Club at Wellington Landings Middle School and taking four years of ASL at Wellington High School. She splits her time working in the NIR office and interpreting out in the community. Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, daughter, Aidyn Rose, and dog, Sidney.

Melanie can be contacted at:

yvonneYvonne Reed

Yvonne studied Advertising and Media Arts, receiving an Associate of Arts degree from the Art Institute. In the 90’s, Yvonne worked as a Production Manager, Photographer, and Graphic Designer. After additional courses in Business Administration, Business Tax and Computer Software, Yvonne became a Quick Books agent, and a Senior Financial Client Associate in the financial securities industry Yvonne enjoys her time with her daughter and granddaughter.

Yvonne can be contacted at:

Danny Michaeldanny

Danny completed his Associate of Science degree while working toward an Aerospace Engineering career, at Palm Beach State College.

In 2007, Danny began working at NIR, taking some breaks along the way, to venture off to Colorado in 2012 to experience snow, snow-boarding and worked in management at Sweet Cow Ice Cream. After five years away, the NIR office team is thrilled to have Danny back on board.

Danny can be reached at:

sophieSophie Gordon Michael

Sophie began her studies in the field of early childhood education at Boca Raton Community High School, completing her Associates Degree at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).

Sophie soon ventured off to Boulder, Colorado to learn the art of French cuisine, at Augustes Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, receiving her diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts.

Raised in the world of interpreting and sign language, Sophie feels at home at NIR, and we are delighted she part of the NIR Office Team.

Support Staff


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