Jennifer Jondreau Thompson is co-owner of American Sign Language, Inc., and is responsible for staff development, marketing and sales. She holds a PhD in counseling from Union Institute and University, an M.Ed. from Sacred Heart University, and a B.S. in psychology from Utica College of Syracuse University.
Ms. Thompson has been immersed in the deaf community since the age of 15, when her father, founder Frederic Jondreau, established ASLI in their New York City home. For the past 18 years, she has participated in events like “silent weekends,” and field trips to Gallaudet University.
She feels that the most rewarding aspect of her association with ASLI is the fact that she is continuing her father’s legacy. “He believed that it was important for all people to be able to communicate in order to build bridges between cultures.” said Ms. Jondreau. “He kept this vision from the day he started teaching sign language classes in our living room, and throughout the years, as ASLI grew into the agency that it is today. Continuing to build upon his passion and vision is something I believe in and is the best part of my job. It keeps me committed to providing the best possible service to our clients.”
Among her other achievements, Ms. Thompson has been awarded the Corporate Achievers Award for Individuals with Disabilities.
David Jondreau is co-owner of American Sign Language, Inc., overseeing operations and focusing on information technology, and marketing. Holding a B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, he currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He literally grew up in the American Sign Language Institute (ASLI’s original name), with his bedroom adjacent to the classroom and office in his family’s New York City home. His first job was at age 12 when he was tasked with organizing the company’s computer systems.
After college, Mr. Jondreau moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for a healthcare non-profit in administration and IT. After a brief stint with the now adolescent Sign Language Interpreting branch of ASLI, he moved to Santa Fe, where he took over his father’s role with the company, coordinating in a long distance capacity for the interpreting service. As such, he has been a driving force behind the streamlining of ASLI’s billing, scheduling and payroll processes.
Awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge with a focus on vocal performance, he continues to study various aspects of ASL on a graduate level. He has been interpreting for over 15 years, with experience in drug and alcohol recovery. Mr. Anthony has interpreted for various 12-step programs including: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. He was also on the staff of Signs of Recovery, the first 12-step recovery house in the country for the deaf that was created and is managed by the deaf.
Working in various court settings, including grand juries and legal depositions, he has also interpreted at federal, state and local political functions for the president and vice president of the United States, the New York Senate and former NY Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He has worked as a UN interpreter for such dignitaries as Kofi Annan and Henry Kissinger, as well as in hospital settings including the New York Foundling’s Deaf Preventive Services and the Laurent Clerc Group Home for the Deaf.
A trained opera singer, Mr. Anthony interprets at theatrical and musical events having worked with Kathleen Battle, the Harlem Boys Choir, Alanis Morissette and others.
He is has his Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and Certificate of Transliteration (CT) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
Kim Melchert, is a staff interpreter for ASLI. She received a B.S. in ASL Interpretation from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 and NIC certification in 2011. Since that time she has been interpreting in a variety of settings throughout New York, including collegiate level courses, medical environments, ceremonies and public events, and business meetings.
Jose Gomez, is a staff interpreter for ASLI. Born and raised in the Bronx, he is a Professional and qualified CODA American Sign Language interpreter, nurtured within the Deaf culture. Jose has been working and volunteering as an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing since 2004. He is currently attending the ASL-English Interpretation program at LaGuardia Community College.
Annabelle Stone, is an Outreach Coordinator for ASLI. She has been working in the interpreting world since 2005 when she began formally studying Deaf culture at Towson University. Since then, she has been interpreting in a variety of settings for 9 years all across the country, in Maryland, New York City, Denver, and Texas. She acquired NIC certification in 2009. Her experience includes graduate level medical work and post-secondary classes.
Wendy Skelley, handles payroll, taxes, and bookkeeping for American Sign Language, Inc. She is also responsible for ASLI’s web design. She has been doing bookkeeping since 2006 and has a background in banking. She writes HTML, CSS, PHP. She is also an experienced Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash user.
Originally from Illinois, Wendy traveled to five continents before moving to Santa Fe, NM to attend St. John’s college. She now claims Santa Fe as her home. Wendy has a B.S. degree in Theology and a Master of Arts in Classic Eastern Literature.
A member of the National Nurses Association she enjoys problem solving, as well as supporting the ASLI staff which includes her son David and daughter Jennifer.
Christian P. Dorko, maintains the servers for American Sign Language, Inc., is the system administrator and does invoicing and timesheet collection. He has experience with FileMaker Server, mySQL, and networking.