AIS 2015 Presenters


Joe Sapienza is a freelance interpreter and interpreter mentor, working in the St. Louis and surrounding areas.  Joe has been interpreting professionally since 1986, working—as interpreters do—in a variety of settings.  Medical, religious, and theatre interpreting are among his favorite work venues.  He began teaching sign language in community schools and American Sign Language and Interpreting as an adjunct instructor for a Community College’s Interpreter Training Program.  Joe has been an interpreter mentor since 1989, conducting individual and group classes and coordinates interpreting practice opportunities in the community.  He is the creator, administrator and chief bottle washer of the popular ASL Immersion Weekend annual workshops.  Joe has presented workshops on a variety of topics in the St. Louis and surrounding areas since the late 1980s. He started the Applied Interpreting Series workshops in 2015 with the goal of leading interpreters and students to practice and perfect their skills in specific settings.

Joe began working with travel agents and cruise lines that offer interpreters for their clients in 2009 and has since interpreted for D/deaf groups in over 20 countries.

Since 1991 Joe has been a member of, and nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  He is also licensed and certified in the State of Missouri.


MaryAMary is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor and has been in clinical practice since 1992. Her first career was in clinical microbiology. She returned to school to earn her counseling degree after experiencing the life-changing benefits and personal insight that followed her own psychotherapy.

Mary counsels individuals and couples to help them build the emotional strength and assertiveness to live more authentically. She provides therapy for major life issues such as depression, anxiety, divorce, and relationship issues. Mary also helps people to improve communication and connection and to move toward the goals they desire. Because of her and her client’s collaborative work, clients bring new understandings to their own behavior, their relationships and their work.

Mary is a certified therapist and trainer in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy.