Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind


Deaf-Blind Program - Staff Bios


DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY CLASS, RETREATS, & MENTORING

Tami Berk
Director of Deaf-Blind Program
Photo of Tami Berk

Tami first became interested in Sign Language to communicate with her deaf brother. She attended the interpreting programs at both Seattle Central Community College and the American Sign Language and Interpreting School of Seattle (ASLIS). In 1993, she joined the Lighthouse as a staff interpreter and two years later received her RID Certificate of Interpretation. In 1998, the Lighthouse restarted the Deaf-Blind Community class and Tami took the job of coordinator. With the addition of an assistant, she now focuses on recruiting, training and supporting the 40+ interpreters who are needed to volunteer for each class. Tami also coordinates other events like the weekend retreats and daylong outings and provides support for other Deaf-Blind program services including the interpreting department and the Seabeck retreat.

When Tami is not at the Lighthouse, you might find her at the zoo with her two children, looking at the bears.

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