Meet Our Specialty Staff
- Jessica Graves,
Professional Development Coach,
Sign Language Interpreter |
Jessica grew up in Austin, Texas. She started learning American Sign Language during her high school years. Gallaudet's Hearing Undergraduate or "HUG" program accepted her in the fall of 2002, and she attended with the intention to become a teacher. By her third year, she was learning the interpreting trade while on the job, and in 2009 she became certified NIC, Advanced, recognized by the (RID) Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Jessica's passions and life - long interest in music with the desire to be close to family, brought her back to Texas. She currently is partaking in Sign Shares role as a Professional Development Coach for Interpreters. She resides in the Austin area where she teaches and performs music. Jessica's other ventures is soon to open the state's first absinthe distillery, and continues to interpret freelance. Now that's versatility and we appreciate her helping hands, cheers!
- Mrs. Christina Goebel,
Advocacy Projects Manager | Virtual Executive Assistant
Before working with Sign Shares, Christina worked at the Texas State Independent Living Council, as a Project Specialist, Outreach and Education, and as a Conference Coordinator for the Texas Statewide Independent Living Conferences from 2013 - 2015. The annual, cross-disability conference brought individuals with disabilities and professionals together for three days to enjoy educational sessions and exhibits. At the Texas SILC, Goebel doubled outreach so that participation grew from 50 to more than 100 businesses and organizations represented by attendees. She was the editor of the Texas SILC’s “Good Information” newsletter, a cross-disability news publication that grew from 200 to 600 statewide subscribers. Before that, Goebel taught English for 14 years to students in grades 6-12th at both National Blue Ribbon and inner city schools in Austin and Miami, FL. During her spare time, Goebel has worked with Blind Ministry, people who are homeless, Habitat for Humanity, educated adults so they could pass their G.E.D. or learn English as a second language, produced and edited a literary e-zine, and taught students to paint with acrylics. She has a bachelor’s in Secondary English Education from Florida International University and a master’s in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Goebel has severe/profound hearing loss, wears bilateral hearing aids, and is the mother of a son who is also Hard of Hearing and has a bachelor’s in Digital Animation. She advocates for doing the “right thing,” whether required by law (usually), or not.
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