Seven Questions: Kerri Holferty
Welcome to another Seven Questions. In this series, we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community — each with the same seven questions.
Today we're meeting Kerri Holferty, who is presenting at the Pepnet/AHEAD conference this week (July 14-19). Kerri lives in Bellingham, Washington and works at Whatcom Community College as the Associate Director of Access & Disability Services.
If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TypeWell in 30 seconds or less, what would you say?
My job is to level the playing field for students with disabilities. For some students with hearing loss or specific learning disabilities this can mean hiring TypeWell transcribers to go into the classroom so the student can see the information that is being spoken. The transcriber does this by using two laptop computers and a specialty software.
What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school?
Reading a book to my granddaughter, Akasha.
I have a BA in Communication Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (Fairhaven College, an interdisciplinary college of Western Washington University. This is a self-designed degree. I transferred in my 2 year Interpreter Training degree and supplemented it with traditional classes and self-designed classes.
I have an M.Ed in Student Affairs Administration from WWU.
What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber (or coordinator) to have?
Flexibility. Being able to not let last minute changes or things out of your control get to you.
How many languages do you speak and what are they?
English and American Sign Language.
If you could change anything about your work, what would it be?
I would have an assistant/office support person to ease the workload.
What is one misconception people have about you?
What's the weirdest thing we might find on your desk?
A rear view mirror….so I can see people coming up behind me.
If you are headed to the Pepnet/AHEAD conference make sure and give Kerri a big hello, but don't try and sneak up on her!