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Pauline Annarino M.S., NAD V, GPC,

Pauline Annarino

is the Project Director of the WRIEC and worked out of the El Camino College campus until November 2015. Pauline is also the former RSA Region IX RITC Project Director from 1999-2005. Prior to that time, Pauline served as the Director of the Health Care Interpreting Program at St. Mary's Junior College (currently St. Catherine University) from1978 to1985, as the Director of Program Development at the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness (1985- 1999) and as an adjunct interpreter educator. She was a key participant in the design of several interpreter assessments including the NAD Sign Language Interpreter Assessment. Today, Pauline also serves on a number of stakeholder non-profit advisory boards including LIFESIGNS interpreter referral agency and the California Home for the Adult Deaf. In her other professional life, Pauline is an active member of the grants community, serving on the boards of Grant Professional's Certification Institute and the Grant Professionals Association. Ms. Annarino, holds an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.



CM Hall, Ed.M., NIC Advanced, EIPA Ed K:12

CM Hall

is the WRIEC Program Coordinator and is housed at Western Oregon University. She holds a bachelor's in the ASL/English Interpreting program from WOU and has worked in K-12 and various post-secondary environments as a staff interpreter and has considerable experience with platform and DeafBlind interpreting. CM served most recently as the Member at Large for the national RID board. CM is the past chair of BLeGIT, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Member Section of RID and served two terms as a member of RID's national Diversity Council. She is also a past president of Oregon RID. She currently serves as the Communications Chair for the DeafBlind Member Section of RID, the National Task Force on DeafBlind Interpreting, an on the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council.



Cheryl Davis, Ph. D.

Cheryl Davisis the Principal Investigator for WRIEC, She obtained her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in deafness from the University of Arkansas while working as a research assistant at the University of Arkansas Research and Training Center for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1992 in the area of Special Education and Rehabilitation, with an emphasis in school-to-community transition. She is currently the Director of the Regional Resource Center on Deafness at WOU and a Professor in the Division of Special Education.




Jim Brune

Jim Brune has been hired as WRIEC’s Deaf Self Advocacy Training Coordinator and is the lead for the national DBSAT initiative. Jim is a New Jersey native and a Gallaudet University graduate with a BA degree in Social Work. Jim’s background is in social work and nonprofit management. Before joining WOU, Jim was the Executive Director of Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA), a community-based nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of social services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim has previously served as a board member for the California Center for the Law and Deaf and was a Mayor-appointed representative of the Deaf and hard of hearing community on the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council. Jim lives in San Francisco, CA and his hobbies include camping, hiking and tennis.







Contact Us

Pauline Annarino, Project Director CM Hall, Project Coordinator

Pauline Annarino, M.S., GPC, NAD V Director
(626) 339-6789

(626) 716-9276 (VP)

CM Hall, Project Coordinator
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8731 (V)
(503) 838-8228 (fax)

Jim Brune, DSAT Coordinator

WOU College of Education


WOU Division of Special Education


Regional Resource Center on Deafness


WOU ASL/English Interpreting Program


WOU Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling



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