Kim Eaton, CI & CT, NAD IV, Owner
Kim attended a high school near Sacramento, California that had a Deaf program and offered American Sign Language as an elective. Being intrigued with the language, she took two years of sign language and then continued her training at American River College. She completed the Interpreter Training Program in 1985 and received her Associate of Arts Degree from Sierra College in Rocklin, California. In 1994, she received her Level IV-Advanced Interpreter Certification from the National Association of the Deaf. In 1995, she received a Certificate of Interpretation and a Certificate of Transliteration from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
For 12 years, Kim worked in a Deaf service agency as a Receptionist, Interpreter Coordinator, Billing Coordinator, and Staff Interpreter. She left the agency in 1993 to spend more time with her four sons and to pursue interpreting as an independent contractor.
With the goal of providing the highest quality sign language interpreting services, Kim founded Eaton Interpreting Services, Inc. in 1994. Eaton Interpreting Services, Inc. has evolved into a community-oriented agency offering interpreting services, information and referral, and assisting businesses with their legal compliance obligations. Eaton Interpreting Services became a Certified Small Business with the State of California in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. Kim remains the President and oversees interpreting services to City, County, State, Federal, and private entities. She contracts with certified and professional interpreters to ensure that diverse populations with unique and individual needs are being met. In 2005, the agency was honored to receive the Outstanding Interpreting Service Award from the Sacramento Deaf Community during the Interpreters Appreciation Gala. At that time, Eaton Interpreting Services, Inc. provided over 28,000 hours of interpreting services. By 2008, that number grew to over 36,000 hours and by 2014 that number had doubled!
Kim maintains an active involvement in the professional interpreting community. She served one term as Vice-President and two terms as Member-At-Large for the Sacramento Valley Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SaVRID), an Affiliate Chapter of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. (RID). Kim is an Organizational, Certified, and/or Individual member of RID, NAD, SaVRID, and NorCRID.
Kim’s greatest pleasure is spending time with her husband, sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren.