Lansing Community College Interpreter Training Program: About Our Faculty

Christopher Greene Szmadzinski earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from Michigan State University as well as an Associates Degree in ASL/Interpreting from LCC. His degree involved a series of coursework in Linguistics and, for his final project, he studied code-switching techniques employed by Deaf people when communicating with hearing ASL users. He is an NIC interpreter and an interpreter educator, and has interpreted in a variety of settings. In his free time, he enjoys Javascript, Perl and soccer.

Josie Sebastian is a nationally certified interpreter. She is a graduate of Lansing Community College’s Sign Language Interpreter Program, where she is now an adjunct faculty member. Josie works as a video interpreter for Sorenson, as well as a freelance interpreter in her community. She holds an associate degree from LCC, a bachelor degree from Siena Heights University and is currently enrolled in the HALE (Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education) graduate program at Michigan State University. Josie enjoys biking, spending time with her husband and two cats and being involved in a book club.

Lindy Browne is a Nationally Certified American Sign Language interpreter with a Certificate of Interpretation (C.I.) and Certificate of Transliteration (C.T.). She has an AA from Lansing Community College’s Sign Language Interpreter Program. She has experience as a counselor for the deaf, freelance interpreter, workshop presenter, and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics, with a focus in American Sign Language, from Purdue University. She splits her time between work as a video relay interpreter for Sorenson and Lansing Community College as an adjunct faculty member. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 2 kids and her family.

Veronica Balcarcel is a BEI II Certified interpreter. She is a graduate of Lansing Community College’s Sign Language Interpreter Program with an AA, where she is now an adjunct faculty member. Veronica works full time at Everett High School and also as a trilingual video interpreter for Sorenson. She holds a Bachelors from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (University of the Valley of Guatemala) and is currently enrolled at Siena Heights University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Sign Language interpreting with a minor in healthcare management. Veronica enjoys volleyball, reading, counted cross stitch, traveling and spending time with her family.

April Davidson is an American Sign Language Interpreter. She holds two Interpreter certifications: EIPA 4.0 and BEI II. April interprets in post-secondary settings as well as in the community and as a Video Relay Interpreter for Sorenson Communications. She is a graduate of LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Training Program where she is now an Adjunct Faculty member. After earning her Associates Degree from LCC, she went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Siena Heights University. When not working, April enjoys reading, running, and living the glamorous life of a soccer mom.

Monique Balcarcel-Franks Bio coming soon!