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Interpreting Faculty
Jane Hecker-Cain, M.S., CSC, CI & CT, NIC-Advanced, SC: L, the ASL Program Coordinator, has been a professional sign language interpreter for over 30 years. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelors degree in Deaf Education from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Jane serves on the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) National Task on Deaf-Blind Interpreting. Locally, Jane is the editor of the Long Island RID newsletter, the LIRID Certification Maintenance Coordinator and a member of the Mentorship Committee. Jane maintains a small community interpreting practice with a specialty in legal interpreting.

Lisa Scala, M.A., CI & CT, NIC, teaches interpreting skills courses as well as American Sign Language (ASL) classes at SCCC. She holds a Masters degree in Teaching ASL as a Foreign Language from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelors degree in English/ASL Interpreting from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Lisa has been a community interpreter for 7 years as well as a teacher of ASL at the high school level. Lisa is an active member of the Long Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and has served as the chapter’s Vice President.

Linnae Janky, M.A., teaches American Sign Language and Deaf Culture courses at SCCC. Linnae holds a Masters degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Gallaudet University. She is a member of the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association. Deaf herself, Linnae teaches ASL at a public high school on Long Island.

Peggy Green, M.A., NIC, has taught American Sign Language, Interpreting and Linguistics courses at SCCC since 1997. Peggy is a graduate of the SCCC Interpreting program who went on to earn a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Linguistics from Stony Brook University. A community interpreter for almost 20 years, Peggy now specializes in Video Relay Interpreting. Peggy is an active member of the LIRID and has served as the chapter’s Secretary.

Christine Hellberg, M.A., CI & CT, teaches American Sign Language courses at SCCC. Christine is a graduate of the SCCC Interpreting Program who went on to earn a Bachelors degree in ASL/English Interpreter from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. Christine has been a community interpreter for almost 15 years and currently specializes in Video Relay Interpreting.

Rose Costanzo, M.S., has taught American Sign Language courses at SCCC since 1984. Rose holds a Masters degree in Deaf Education from Oregon College of Education and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Queens College. In addition she’s earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching Mathematics to Deaf Students from Gallaudet University. Rose is a Teacher of the Deaf at the Cleary Secondary Program for the Deaf at East Islip High School.

Sallie Bruno, IC/TC, has taught interpreting and sign language courses at SCCC since 1985. She began her formal education at Gallaudet University, earned an AA in Liberal Arts from SCCC and continued her studies at Stony Brook University. Sallie was an educational interpreter for 10 years before becoming the Coordinator of the Long Island Preparation of Educational Interpreters Project for another 10 years. She is currently an active workshop presenter, mentor and member of the Long Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Danny Sellick, B.A., has taught American Sign Language at SCCC since 1985. Deaf himself, Danny is a graduate of the SCCC ASL Studies Program who went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Human Services and the Hearing Impaired from Empire State College. Danny teaches ASL at a private high school and is an active member of Long Island’s Deaf Community.

Donna Geffen, A.A., has taught American Sign Language at SCCC since 1987. She received her Associates degree from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. Donna is an active member of the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association and the Long Island Deaf Community.