Jennifer Breitkreutz, CI & CT, Interpreter Coordinator
Jen was born and raised in Northern Nevada. She was first introduced to the world of Deafness and sign language when she was in elementary school. She was fortunate to be in a class with two Deaf students and a sign language interpreter during the second grade. Jen began learning sign language that same year, and her interest in the language and culture of Deaf people continued throughout junior high and high school.
After high school, Jen attended Western Oregon University. In 2002 she obtained her B.S. degree in ASL/English Interpretation and subsequently relocated to Sacramento. Jen began work as a freelance interpreter for Eaton Interpreting Services as well as other community-based interpreting agencies. She also worked as an interpreter for American River College. In 2004, Jen was awarded both her Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and Certificate of Transliteration (CT) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. From 2002-2004 she served as Member-at-Large for the Sacramento Valley Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SaVRID).
For the last several years Jen has enjoyed the numerous opportunities Sacramento offers for gaining interpreting experience in educational, business, social service, medical, mental health, and video relay settings. She has also benefited from spending time as a mentor to students in the interpreter training program. After a brief stint living and working in Wisconsin, Jen is glad to be back in Sacramento working with this great community of Deaf folks and interpreters.