Delia Mott Merritt
Owner and Sign Language Interpreter
Delia is a UT Austin graduate and has been a certified freelance interpreter since 1989. She is Texas Board of Evaluators of Interpreters (BEI) certified at Level III, and has her Court Interpreter Certification (CIC). Working for Texas School for the Deaf, Travis County Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and the Central Texas community has given her extensive knowledge of interpreter ethics, protocol, Deaf culture and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Delia’s passion for working with the Deaf community began at the age of 5, when a Deaf classmate befriended her. At 16yrs, she was interpreting for the Director of the El Paso Center for the Deaf. Little did she know then that the seed for Communication by Hand had been planted.
Today, she works tirelessly to ensure the Deaf community has access to great interpreters 24 hours a day. She supports Deaf businesses and advocates for equal access for the Deaf community. Through her Connecting Workshops, she enjoys educating the hearing community about Deaf culture and interpreting services. Her open-door philosophy, dedication to serving others and kindness has earned her the appreciation and trust of interpreters, businesses, and Deaf community.
KW comes to Austin from the Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was up north that she studied at the interpreter training programs at Northern Essex Community College and The University of New Hampshire. During her internship at the Gallaudet University Regional Center, she fell in love with Gally’s Academic Bowl for Deaf high school students. She volunteered annually for the competition in the Northeast region, and even drove to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to volunteer for the national championship at Gallaudet University. KW was first hired on as a Coordinator and became our Office Manager in 2017. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her hairless Sphynx cat, Pixie, and do whatever she can to “keep Austin weird.” Her helpful nature and cheery attitude are only a phone call away.
Katie-Mae hails from Odessa, TX. Upon entering the workforce with TXDOT, she made her way up into the world of accounting. Her attention to detail, accuracy and kindness are appreciated by our interpreters and customers. Katie-Mae is a gifted artist and grew up creating set design for the Globe Theatre’s plays, as well as other artistic ventures. She’s the creative talent behind our birthday cards and has earned the label “Mother of Dragons” as she creates elaborate dragons which she sells on Etsy. She is actively learning American Sign Language (ASL) and enjoying every minute of it.
Anna is a native Houstonian who fell in love with ASL after taking classes and volunteering at Deaf events. Graduating with a BA in Psychology, she came to Austin with the goal of immersing herself in the interpreting world, and CbH was happy to welcome her. Her ambition, cheerful attitude, and helpful demeanor make her a perfect fit for our CbH team. In the near future, Anna plans to go back to school to expand upon her ASL vocabulary in preparation for interpreter training, and we’re excited to see her flourish. Anna has a big heart and even donates her beautiful hair biennially to charities supporting cancer patients.
Krystal has a degree from Iowa State University with a focus on American Sign Language and Interpreting. As soon as she moved to Austin, Krystal was determined to get to know the local Deaf community and has her sights on becoming a certified interpreter. She is a regular at many area Deaf events including Deaf Night Out and volunteers at the La Vista Retirement Community. Her passion and knowledge of Deaf culture along with her spunk has made her a terrific addition to our team. In her spare time, Krystal loves tearing up the dance floor and has become an avid two-stepper since moving to Texas.
Photographs by Michael Samaripa and Elijah Dow Merritt (EDMphotography)