To Whom it May Concern,
I have known Ms. Lisa Campbell for almost 15 years. I must admit, this is very challenging for me to concisely summarize her abilities and traits as she was a relentless pioneer for the ASL Interpreting Profession as well as the Deaf Community in South Florida for so many years. There is a huge hole in this community since she relocated to the West coast and we all miss her contributions deeply.
While Ms. Campbell is a highly skilled Certified ASL Interpreter who has a vast array of experiences in multiple work settings and with a variety of Deaf clients (predominantly foreign Deaf populations), her true gift is her problem solving skills along with an ability to put people at ease. In addition to interpreting, Ms. Campbell has spent a great deal of time educating and partnering with the community at all levels to ensure both consumers and providers are accommodated effectively.
I have personally been involved in several projects in which Ms. Campbell served as a Consultant to large organizations such as: Miami-Dade Department of Corrections, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, United States Department of Agriculture, Miami-Dade Police Department and Miami-Dade County’s Commission on Disability Issues, just to name a few. These projects consisted of equipping organizations with the tools needed to effectively provide accommodations as mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehab Act and Individuals with Disabilities Act, such as in-service trainings to orient all members of how to work with or serve an Individual who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing appropriately.
These attributes are what led Ms. Campbell to run one of the most successful and revered ASL Interpreting agencies in South Florida for well over ten years. She developed close working relationships with ADA coordinators from a variety of organizations which are required to provide accommodations; they all knew they could call her anytime and she would be there to advise and assist in any situation which arose; to put it bluntly— to protect these organizations from future litigation while ensuring the Deaf or Hard of Hearing consumer was satisfied with the quality of accommodations provided.
Lastly, while juggling all of the tasks mentioned, Ms. Campbell remained dedicated to service. I cannot even begin to count how many times she volunteered interpreting services to non-profit and Deaf-owned organizations. Giving back to the community has always been one of her priorities.
Ms. Campbell’s combined knowledge, passion and charisma is a rarity nowadays, and she would be a true asset to any organization or agency who chooses to partner with her or utilize her interpreting and consulting services.
Brenda Adkinson, BS, NIC, SC:L