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. 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. Her open door philosophy and kindness has earned her the appreciation and trust of interpreters, businesses, and Deaf community.

Irene Good

Interpreter Coordinator

Irene H. Good has been an Austinite since 1997, hailing from all over this great country. She is married and has two boys that keep her on her toes and giggling. Irene has taken a good many classes in ASL and she taught sign language to toddlers for six years. To our delight, she’s currently enrolled in ACC’s Interpreter Prep Program. In her spare time, she runs a book club and has recently taken a more active role in fitness with her family. Irene adores the CbH Community and has worked with these amazing people since 2012.

Katie-Mae Calhoun

Billing Coordinator

Katie-Mae hails from Odessa, TX, but is a recent transplant from the frigid land of New Hampshire. Upon entering the workforce with TXDOT, she made her way up into the world of accounting. 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 is delighted to be part of the Communication by Hand family and enjoys working with our Deaf community. She is actively learning American Sign Language (ASL) and is enjoying every minute of it.

Katie Winters

Interpreter Coordinator

Katie Winters 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 down to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to volunteer for the national championship at Gallaudet University.

Moving to Austin has proven to be an adventure, and she fits right in at Communication by Hand. As the second Katie in the office, the interpreters have taken to calling her “K-Dubb”. Known for her love of animals (she owns a hairless Sphynx cat, Pixie) and throwing theme parties, Katie has professed an interest in helping keep Austin “weird.” On the job at CbH with scheduling, she’s a master at arranging appointments and multitasking. Her helpful nature and cheery attitude are only a phone call away.

Photographs by Michael Samaripa and Elijah Dow Merritt (EDMphotography)