Leading San Diego as a Sign Language Agency
Dustin Pelloni is a CODA (child of Deaf adult) and has been using American Sign Language to communicate his entire life. From his early days in college he dreamed of opening a sign language agency that would cater to a growing need for advanced-level certified San Diego interpreters. His interpreting ability was recognized early in his career by Boys Town National Research Hospital which allowed him to work as a professional interpreter when he was still very young. Only, two years later he earned a National Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and went on to create CLIP – the sole sign language agency in San Diego that employs only nationally certified interpreters. Previously Dustin has proven his passion for the profession of interpreting by mentoring young interpreters, volunteering as the fund-raiser for the San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and consistently donating his time to events such as Deaf Awareness Day. In his free time Dustin enjoys playing volleyball and taking his dog to the park.
Director of Strategy
Jennifer Pelloni has been in the interpreting profession since 2007. After graduating from the interpreter training program at San Diego Mesa College, she began her career in educational interpreting. During that time, Jennifer took on many volunteer positions in professional organizations. She served as Bylaws chairperson and as Treasurer on the board of directors with San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. In addition, she has volunteered with the Deaf Awareness Day event annually and served as co-chairperson in 2008. Currently, Jennifer is working as a full-time ASL interpreter in San Diego in a variety of settings. Running a successful sign language agency is important to Jennifer because it means giving back directly to the Deaf community. She has attended the University of Northern Colorado and is currently attending Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Operations
Sydnie Kapalla is a native San Diegan who was first introduced to American Sign Language in 2009. Her interest was sparked when her sister was living and volunteering at a deaf school in Mexico, where Sydnie spent many visits fascinated by the language. These experiences influenced Sydnie to learn ASL, and eventually decide to change her major. In 2013 she earned her Associates Degree in American Sign Language from Grossmont College. The following year she worked as a tutor for ASL at Grossmont College. Sydnie is about to finish her second year of the Interpreter Training Program at San Diego Mesa College. She is currently on the board for SDCRID as the Mesa College Student Representative. She has attended, volunteered, and interpreted at many community events such as Unity Day, Deaf Dare and Deaf Deaf World. In her free time, Sydnie loves to go camping and hiking, enjoy the outdoors, and relax at various coffee shops around San Diego.
Leah Neumann grew up in Buffalo, New York. She was first exposed to ASL during college at SUNY New Paltz, where she took up a minor in Deaf Studies. After graduation she worked at St. Mary School for the Deaf in Buffalo, New York for two years. There she fell in love with the language and culture and decided to move to American Samoa to work with Deaf children in the school system. Recently she has moved to San Diego with the dream of becoming a certified interpreter. She is currently in her first year at the Mesa College ITP. She enjoys exploring San Diego and volunteering at different events, such as San Diego’s Deaf Festival and the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. When she is not in school or volunteering, Leah enjoys yoga, running 5ks, and being outside.