Spotlight Saturday, Keanu Jordan-Stovall, CIRS Interpreting Intern - Hearing and Speech Agency

Spotlight Saturday, Keanu Jordan-Stovall, CIRS Interpreting Intern

What drew you to HASA originally? HASA appealed to me as it had a reputation of reliability, and it serves a needed goal in the community. I personally have always been drawn to individuals and organizations that work to serve others and provide convenience to others. This combination made me interested to gain insight as to what this meant for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities through the work HASA does.

How long have you been affiliated with HASA and in what capacity? I have only been affiliated with HASA for around a month now. I have been serving as an intern for CIRS Interpreting (Centralized Interpreter Referral Service). Thus far I have been learning the ropes for all interpreter services along with gaining some time viewing and assisting with the night classes provided by HASA.

What is your favorite memory with HASA? Personally I loved my time working with the night class. Something about the hands on aspect of it and getting to meet the diverse classroom all brought together by a mutual need was very enjoyable for me. Further, seeing a new element of the community in such a different lens than I'm used to was a joy.

What's the one thing you want people to know about HASA? In my relatively short time at HASA, I have had a chance to meet a diverse and truly enjoyable team who have a vested interest in the consumers they work with. I have seen outside of the normal dedication of the job individuals put in their all to ensure jobs are completed in the optimal way. Many workers can hear a name and know personally the individual's needs and preferences, and it amazes me every time this happens.

What are three words to describe HASA? Catering, Convenient, Consistent

What is your favorite word? Hope (Extremely cheesy, I know)

What do you like most about HASA? The dedication I see in the workers that never seems to waiver and how innate and natural it seems to the workers rather than the exceptional thing it is.

What have you gained from being affiliated with HASA? I feel in my time with HASA I have seen a whole new side of what can be called 'Customer Service.' The individuals I have worked with truly seem to treat consumers as more than that, but as people on an individual basis. I feel many organizations could greatly gain from such a caring mentality.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. My favorite job as a student was tutoring, where I tutored Algebra, Statistics, Trig, Chemistry, Earth and Space science and around four instruments and music theory.

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