Laurie Shaffer MS, CI & CT, NIC-A has been an interpreter for 25 years. . Presently she is coordinator for Deaf/hard of hearing services at the University of Virginia and a doctoral student at Gallaudet in the Interpreting Studies program. She has a passion for mentoring and teaching and is always honored to be asked to do either. She resides in rural Nelson County VA with her partner of 30 years where the saying goes – If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, you are lucky enough.