Meet the Authors
Winkshop, is honored to have the privilege of working with all of our authors and contributors to our products. These people have spent their lives to educate not only you, but to us as a company and allow us to create innovative projects that serve you and without them and you we would not be able to give back to the community. (The wonderful circle of life)
Founder, CEO, Author, Performer
Wink, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice (RID Views, Winter 2012). Presenting workshops the last five years at national conferences (NAD, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2012 alone, Wink’s professional travels covered enough miles to circle the Earth over three times.
Wink authored three educational DVDs "Idioms! Do You See What I am saying?", "Tangible", and "Blockbuster." He also created two performance DVDs, "My Father's Gift" and his comedy DVD "S.E.E. Me Fail." In addition he has translated the entire Steve Jobs Biography into American Sign Language.
Wink works directly on all projects that Winkshop produces.
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For more information about Wink visit www.WinkASL.com
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Dr. Byron Bridges
Dr. Byron Bridges was born Deaf to Deaf parents and grew up with a Deaf sister. ASL is his primary language throughout his entire life. He attended both deaf and public schools. Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, a Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, Deaf Tend Yours. He has written video scripts and produced numerous deaf-related videotapes/DVDs. He is a nationally known teacher and lecturer in ASL and sign Language interpretation. Bridges has been in the field of ASL linguistics, interpreting and post secondary teaching of ASL as a second language for 30 years. He is a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), earning the certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Byron also is Winkshop's resident researcher and fact checks all our products.
Byron has authored the ground breaking book "Deaf Tend Yours" and authored the ground breaking DVD "Native Fingerspelling" "Classifiers" "Topography"
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Paula D. Browning (RID CSC and NIC Advanced, NAD IV) has been interpreting nearly 40 years in venues such as Salk Institute, Deaf West Theatre, SERID, CAL-Ed, Alabama Interpreter Metamorphosis, and Alabama’s Mental Health Interpreter Training. She has an eclectic professional background. Paula has presented workshops since 1997 nationwide; has been a mentor in CSUN, Mississippi, and Troy University; a mentor/trainer through Georgia Perimeter College’s “Boot Camp;” and a mentor in the Video Outreach Mentorship Program through PEPNet’s WROCC. Paula is in her final semester of her History degree.
To view a list of Paula's workshops or to learn more about Paula visit www.Interpreter-Guild.com
Paula has authored the DVD "Personal or Professional: The Ethics Conundrum"
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Peter S. Cook is an internationally reputed Deaf performing artist whose works incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement.
Peter has traveled extensively around the country and aboard with Flying Words Project to promote ASL Literature with Kenny Lerner since 1986. Peter has appeared in Live from Off Center’s “Words on Mouth” (PBS) and “ United States of Poetry” (PBS) produced by Emmy winner Bob Holman. Peter teaches at Columbia College where he received the 1997 Excellence in Teaching award. For more information about Peter Cook Visit: www.deafpetercookonline.com
Peter has authored seven DVDs: "For the Squirrels", (Coming soon from Winkshop) "ASL Fever", (Coming soon from Winkshop)
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Dr. Lisalee Egbert
Lisalee D. Egbert obtained her Ph.D. (one of five degrees) from Texas Woman’s University with a tri-discipline on Reading/Literacy, Bilingual Education, and Deaf Culture. Dr. Egbert is an assistant professor at California State University Sacramento and an adjunct instructor at Sierra College in the Deaf Studies Department. She serves on the boards for the California Educators of the Deaf and on the American Society for Deaf Children. She is a research specialist for the Nation Advocates for Deafness to Inform, Network, and Enrich. Dr. Egbert is the interpreter consultant and mentor for a local school district and is actively involved in a local IPP in Northern California. She has published 11 articles since 1997 with 4 more in progress.
Lisalee is a contributing author to a new innovative interpreting approach, look for the release of this ground breaking project later this year!
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Brandon (NIC Master, SC:L, NAD IV, BEI Master) approaches new settings with a sense of humor, and his contagious enthusiasm influences his energetic instructional style. In a fast-paced and interactive learning environment, Brandon’s goal is to provide practical strategies that fellow interpreters can immediately put into practice. He considers it a privilege to help his colleagues gain confidence and enrich their existing skill sets by integrating their past successes with new information. He sums this up in his mission statement: “To make those around me wildly successful."
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Sarah Wheeler has experienced the dangers of a sandstorm in Kuwait, a California earthquake, and skydiving from an airplane, and she never would have imagined that those adrenaline rushes would match what she feels daily when she goes to work as an interpreter. As a child of Deaf parents, she was assimilated to Deaf culture early on. But she continues to be humbled by how much there is to learn about American Sign language, Deaf culture, and the interpreting process. She is a nationally-certified interpreter with a license to interpret in North Carolina. Sarah Wheeler holds an bachelor’s degree in business management from Mt. Olive College. She also has a certificate in non-profit management from Duke Continuing Studies. While at Duke, she was invited to participate in Leadership Wayne County, where she developed an understanding of how different agencies collaborate together to provide social services. She decided to begin interpreting professionally and as she began working with the Deaf community her passion was ignited. Sarah Wheeler received her M.Ed. in Interpreter Pedagogy from Northeastern University in 2011. She seeks to share her wealth of knowledge and information, as well as learn from those who have so much experience in the field and culture.
Sarah is the author of the book "The Interpreter’s Journal" Learn More Here
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Best known for his stand-up comedy and rapid popularity through the viral You Tube ASL video parody rendition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” in 2006, Wann has been performing for over 20 years. As a hearing Child of Deaf Adults, Wann is an original breakthrough performing ASL artist, and one of the most highly regarded interpreters across the nation. Wann’s reputation has opened doors of opportunity for enhanced Coda and deaf representation in mainstream entertainment. In 2006, Law and Order cast Wann as the only Coda extra to participate in a show segment featuring an all deaf group, and was later offered a contract with Pepsi to act alongside deaf performer Justin Callaway, for the company’s first deaf Superbowl commercial in 2008.
Since that time, Wann’s title as one of the most sought after and beloved performers in the ASL community, has grown into an industry and cultural household name. Combining side splitting adult humor, with heartfelt real life stories from his Coda childhood and teenage life, has become his comedic trademark among deaf and Coda society. Respected in the industry as a deaf needs advocate, Keith has reached across the cultural divide between deaf and hearing worlds through humor, to bridge misconceptions and cultural gaps." To learn more about Keith Wann visit www.KeithWann.com
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