Spotlight Saturday: Barbara Menges, Staff Interpreter  - Hearing and Speech Agency

Spotlight Saturday: Barbara Menges, Staff Interpreter

What drew you to HASA originally? CIRS drew me to HASA. CIRS was the first official agency in the Baltimore area scheduling interpreters to meet the needs of the Deaf community.

How long have you been affiliated with HASA and in what capacity? I have been affiliated with HASA since CIRS opened its doors. I was a freelance Interpreter until I became a part-time staff Interpreter in 2012.

What is your favorite memory with HASA? CIRS hosted a "Thank-You" event for Interpreters. It was a beautiful day sailing with CIRS friends. We also received CIRS mugs made by an interpreter's husband who owned a pottery shop. I still have the mug and the fond memories.

What's the one thing you want people to know about HASA? HASA's staff is very passionate and caring about providing access to and improving communication for all people at every stage of life and through various modes.

What are three words to describe HASA? I may be repeating myself: passionate, caring, committed

What is your favorite word? What a tough question, there are so many! Today I will pick could change tomorrow! I like the word because it is about comprehending, learning which indicates growth but it is also relational, having compassion, forgiveness toward those around us while having insight and wisdom.
1. the ability to understand something; comprehension.

"foreign visitors with little understanding of English"

synonyms: comprehension, apprehension, grasp, mastery, appreciation, assimilation, absorption


1. sympathetically aware of other people's feelings; tolerant and forgiving.
"people expect their doctor to be understanding"

synonyms: compassionate, sympathetic, sensitive, considerate, tender, kind, thoughtful, tolerant, patient, forbearing, lenient, merciful, forgiving, humane

2. archaic
having insight or good judgment.

What do you like most about HASA? HASA has heart.

What have you gained from being affiliated with HASA? A very rewarding career! I have had the privilege of providing access to communication and meeting so many different people, each with their own story. It has broadened my knowledge base and view of the world by interpreting in various settings from prison to a Juggling convention and almost everything in between!

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. I love all things water! I love water skiing, boating, tubing, sitting on a pier looking at water, hiking by a stream or lake, big snowstorms and even drinking a tall glass of water with a lot of ice.

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