Meet Our Executive Family
President & Chief Executive Officer:
Getting to Know Eva
Tell Us About Yourself?
Where do I begin? First and foremost, I can never fill our late founder's, friend, mentor, and pretty much my family member's shoes. In my opinion, no interpreter ever will. Of course, I say that in a loving manner, she just was a very rare breed in my opinion. There is a reason why Deborah Gunter, our Founder, advised me never to become one, wink. However, I am a multilingual Spanish interpreter used often within my law enforcement career. This does not define me completely. Prior to meeting Debbie, I had a major stroke, and 4 minis (TIAS) to follow. With 5 strokes under my belt and a spout of Aphasia, I was still able to bounce back into my career path. I also have an autoimmune deficiency that may be challenging, but has only led me to continue within the medical profession. I am thankful for our Creator. The Spanish and French languages came back to me quicker than American Sign Language. ASL takes more physical training on the entire body. Pretty unique to dive right into this language after a stroke, but mastery of the language after several of them, well it's something to be proud of and I look forward to accomplishing. I am also learning Russian, Armenian, and Farsi. I just love languages and different cultures. As CEO of Sign Shares, I can proudly say we are still women owned, disability managed and operated, along with minority based, which makes us a pretty unique outfit. I am a believer in Debbie's philosophies, living out all her guidance and teachings, adding my own flavor.
How Would the Founder Describe You?
Creative, business - minded, extremely diplomatic, and empathetic. She knew I was never into titles or the spotlight. I believe in hard work and never expect things to be handed to me in life. I suppose as to why she became my mentor. Debbie pretty much influenced a huge amount of my life in an incredible way. I never had to be at her side day - in and day - out. She would bounce ideas off me, while asking me to observe her own business practices; seeking advice with an open mind. In fact, I stepped out of the limelight for awhile and stayed in the background just to do these things for her. Listening is very important. She really helped shape me into who I am today. She would always encourage me to never lose my passion for this industry, for the people within the community, and to keep sharing to the world my dreams and business visions. Funny, I can hear her saying that vividly.
What Motivates You?
Diverse Communities and People with Disabilities within these communities. I really found myself and my calling within these two spectrums, 'Communities and People with Disabilities'.
Diverse Communities, Which Means?
How "Communities" communicate and there is one major community that needs assistance and that is the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. Educating Hearing clients why it is essential to accept Deaf and Hard of Hearing people is a motivator. Go and balance both worlds. I vow to introduce these two worlds in what will end up being the start of a beautiful relationship or continuing to grow existing ones. Interpreting for someone who is Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Foreign speaking that is Hearing, is a necessity because an individual has a right to be understood, acknowledged, heard. Deaf people have their own culture and their own struggles far different than a person who speaks a foreign language who is hearing and it is essential to understand these factors. However, I strongly believe that when one person cannot be understood due to language barriers, whether Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Foreign Speaking, then it is our duty to bridge the gap of communications for all. It must be accomplished with moral, ethical, and professional integrity. That does make a big difference and just makes better standards.
What Are Your Experiences?
I am a seasoned, degreed, business advisor, medical editor, creative director, and marketing specialist, who almost turned Lobbyist. My roots started out as a digital computer designer "geek" that discovered rather quickly, the ability to manage businesses. I was your start-up implementer before "dot.coms" became "dot.coms". I love technologies and study their analytic trends. My areas of experience fall within: healthcare, medical rights and laws, medical illnesses, medical information technologies, medical education, government, legal & law enforcement fields.
What Else? Any Specialties You're Proud Of?
I am a 12 plus year, current, independent, Detective, within the State of Texas. My specialties include: Family law, child custody, criminal defense, missing persons, identity theft, insurance fraud, sexual assault, forensic law, & forensic investigations. I provide lawyer guidance for interpreting specialty forensic evidence gathering. I suppose this is why I am a diplomatic person. I enjoy thinking in angles most people may have not yet thought about and if it helps the quality of life for a person, then it's all serves its purpose. Nowadays, I fuel my knowledge in this field to help those with all disabilities aware of their civil rights, which makes it an extra rewarding feeling.
What Are Your Passions?
My passions are simple, people. I thoroughly enjoy advocating for human rights; while sharing ideas and solutions to better enhance an individual's life. Every person has a need, especially a person with a disability. I have two children and one has a disability that is rare, while medical science is still seeking a cure, it is life situations as these that fuel my passion. If you know a person by heart, then allow yourself to take the headache off of them and offer them choices to amplify their practices, services, or themselves.
A person's human right is the most valuable commodity on this planet. We
are all here to make certain each and everyone of us has a chance to exercise it.
"We can live several lives in this one lifetime.", "Even a teacher needs to be taught.", "Let's just stick to the facts.", "We are Sign Shares. We Share.", "All is Well", and "Game-Over", and My favorite word is "Metric."
Audio Link of Workshop Presentation PDF: Mainstreaming Our Communities - educating & Empowering A Disability Biased Society. A Survivor's Story. Presented by: Detective: Eva Storey, TPLI
Learn about Aphasia here: http://www.aphasia.org/aphasia-definitions/