In her role as our Director of ASL Services and Education, Rebecca Buchan, MA, CI, CT, IIC, supervises our current pool of ASL interpreters and aids in the coordination of their assignments to ensure the best language match for our end-users. Additionally, Rebecca serves as our Program Director of Pathways to Certification, LUNA Language Services’ unique mentoring program, which encompasses face-to-face mentoring, skills assessments and networking in a professional and supportive environment. In partnership with local refugee organizations, Rebecca is also part of a state-wide presentation team to educate providers on the importance and best practices of using qualified interpreters in their respective professional arenas. Rebecca’s specific passion is to help new interpreters build a bridge between formal training and/or grassroots interpreting experiences and the real world of interpreting.
Rebecca Buchan has dedicated almost two decades to the field of American Sign Language interpreting. After becoming nationally certified and working in various interpreting venues, she has gone on to become an interpreting mentor, educator and national presenter. Rebecca spent two-and-a-half years on the Professional Development team of Sorenson Communications where she was one of twenty-three people located across the country to develop, administer and present workshops and trainings specific to the interpreting mentoring process.
As an additional part of her duties working in the Professional Development Department, she was on the original development team for the company-wide assessment tool that Sorenson Communications now uses for their 4,000+ current and future interpreting employees. Rebecca spends time serving on several professional non-profit boards including the state of Indiana’s Board of Interpreting Standards (BIS), the Indiana Chapter of Interpreters for the Deaf (ICRID), where she currently serves as Past President, and the combined ICRID and Indiana Association of the Deaf Task Force. She holds the highest national certification for ASL interpreters and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication. Rebecca has interpreted for all levels of government proceedings including most recently, President Obama, and is one of the first court qualified ASL interpreters in Indiana.