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 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. In May of 2017, Sydnie graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at San Diego Mesa College and earned an Associates Degree in English to ASL Interpretation. She is currently on the board for SDCRID as the Membership Chair. She has attended, volunteered, and interpreted at many community events such as DEAFestival, 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.
Matthew joins the CLIP team after working for UCSD Cancer Center as a community health educator for 9 years. As a team worker, he helped developed cancer education videos in ASL and shared them with the Deaf community. He’s a Michigan native and grew up in Kalamazoo before heading out to California. Matt graduated from Gallaudet University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication studies. He also played on Gallaudet’s baseball team for 3 years. His love of his life was the main reason why he relocated out to the west in San Diego.
In his free time, Matt teach ASL at UCSD. He loves to share his passion of helping in the Deaf community by volunteering. He also loves spending time with his family and enjoys playing and watch all kinds of sports especially his favorite Michigan State Spartans.
Hannah has strong interest in the “behind-the-scenes” aspect of business. Growing up as an Air Force kid, she acquired the skills to adapt to ever-changing environments making accounting and interpreting a perfect fit.