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Denise Garrido Guerrero, CI & CT, NAD IV, Interpreter Coordinator

Denise was born in Madrid, Spain and raised most of her life in Europe. Growing up in several different countries such as England, Turkey, Germany, and Spain was a wonderful experience and one she deeply values!  In 1982 while attending Fresno State University, she started taking sign language classes.

Denise started working in the Deaf community as a volunteer relay operator at NorCal Center on Deafness during the mid 1980s. In addition to varied freelance interpreting assignments and working as an Interpreter Coordinator over the years, her focus has been on corporate and post secondary interpreting. She has held interpreter staff positions at Sprint California Relay, Massachusetts Relay, NorCal Center on Deafness, California State University, Sacramento, California Public Employees Retirement System, and American River College.

Denise holds her AA in Sign Language Studies and has her community college teaching credential from CSUS (master level classes). She plans to continue taking a handful of classes to complete her BA degree.

In 1994, Denise received her Level IV-Advanced Interpreter Certification (NAD IV) from the National Association of the Deaf.  In July of 1999, she received her Certificate of Transliteration (CT) and a year later, she received her Certificate of Interpretation (CI) from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf .

Denise currently divides her busy schedule by coordinating interpreters, interpreting in the community, and teaching the Deaf-Blind interpreting course at American River College. In addition to her busy work schedule, Denise works as a volunteer mentor with new interpreters. During her free time, she and her husband enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends and of course – shopping! In 2015, Denise and Ernie spent five weeks in Europe (Spain & Italy) with her brother and sister-law visiting fond childhood memories. It was a wonderful experience.