When you work with Strada, you get experienced and dedicated professionals who take the load off your shoulders. We work with the providers you already know and trust, or we utilize our network and database of professionals to provide the accommodations you need. Strada coordinators and consultants contribute a depth of knowledge and experience from their own unique careers and experience in disability services.
Read below to meet members of our core and k-9 team based in Vancouver, WA serving clients across the U.S. and Canada.
Chanel Carlascio, CEO
Chanel is owner and CEO of Strada Communication, Inc. With a background as a Sign Language Interpreter, a TypeWell Transcriber, a deaf and hard of hearing services coordinator at a state university and a business owner for more than 20 years, Chanel brings a full range of experience to her work.
Strada was founded in 2006. Since then, Chanel has been busy assisting school administrators, disability coordinators, employers and vocational rehabilitation counselors with locating providers and coordinating disability support services.
The happy result is these administrators, counselors and coordinators are able to spend more time doing what they do so well: supporting their students, employees and clients in being successful members of their communities.
Leslie Schultz, Team Lead
Leslie is Team Lead (TypeWell Transcription, Alternate Format Text, and Technical Support Services) for Strada Communication. She first trained and worked with Strada starting in 2008, providing TypeWell services and tech support as an independent contractor, then joined the team as an employee in 2012. She appreciates being part of a growing organization supporting individuals’ human dignity and right to equal opportunity, along with the intellectual challenge of transcribing academic classes and other events. Prior to working with Strada, Leslie trained as a clarinetist, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Musical Arts in Performance Studies from Bowling Green State University. She currently lives in Gresham, Oregon, with her partner, Chad, and their hound dog, Maeby.
Susan Arnot, Scheduling Coordinator
Susan is the Scheduling Coordinator for Strada Communication and joined the company in December 2014. She works closely with Strada’s clients and providers on a daily basis to ensure services are scheduled and coordinated in a timely and professional manner.
At Strada, Susan draws upon the planning and logistics expertise she gained as a Project Manager for a consulting firm and an early childhood education company. As Program Facilities Coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. she represented the institution to over 30 government administrative offices. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Washington Elementary PSP. When she’s not working, she is spending her time playing with Legos, and taking care of her dollies. Oh, and her kids are there too!
Jill Baker, Director of ASL Services
Jill Baker CI, CT, Ed:k-12 has been a professional interpreter for the past 24 years working in various freelance settings to include K-12, Post-Secondary, medical, VRS, legal, mental health and religious settings. She has worked as a as a sign language interpreter coordinator in a K -12 setting for 10 years. Jill holds an AAS as an Interpreter Technician from Milwaukee Area Technical College, holds a BSI from WOSC (Western Oregon State College) and has a MA in Communications from Regent University. She enjoyed teaching in the interpreter training program as an adjunct staff at her alma mater. She has taught at OSU-OKC. She gives workshops on various interpreting topics. She has worked with numerous students from ITPs over the years as a mentor and has had the pleasure of working with professional interpreters in the role of a mentor.
Liz Chibucos, Transcriber
Liz has been a TypeWell transcriber since 2012. Along with transcribing for Strada, she assists in the Tech Support department and is working to develop the company’s Captioning and Alternate Format Media programs. Liz is an active participant in the TypeWell community, contributing to the discussion for professional development, standards, and mentoring for new transcribers. She presented twice at TypeWell’s 2013 conference, once discussing the challenges of effectively capturing on-screen presentations, and again to discuss the ethics, challenges, and future possibilities of TypeWell transcription in foreign language settings. Liz studied Ethnomusicology while in school and earned a Bachelor of Music in 2008. She is an American roots musician that has toured to 17 different countries for U.S. State Department cultural exchange programs, an experience that has given her a unique perspective on the world around her.
Amanda Davidson, Transcriber
Amanda joined the Strada team in 2013. She is both a TypeWell transcriber and proud new member of the ever-available Tech Support department. Since coming on board, Amanda has learned so much from her fellow employees and the veteran transcribers she has the pleasure of helping online. She especially enjoys working with a group of people that truly embody the mission of communication access for all. And when she’s not honing her transcribing skills or helping out at the office, Amanda is chasing around her eighteen-month-old son, Charlie.
Liz Loar, Transcriper
Liz has been a TypeWell Transcriber since 2010 and joined the Strada team in 2016. Liz obtained her degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University and is currently writing her dissertation on motivation in online learning. Working at the disability office at the University of Michigan was one of her most valuable professional experiences. Liz especially enjoys traveling to Jamaica with her husband. In her free time at home, she loves taking their kitties, Jasmine Estee and Khloe Lauren, for long walks at sunset.
Jonathan Millhauser, Transcriber
Jonathan joined Strada in the fall of 2014. In addition to being a TypeWell Transcriber, he works with Liz in the Captioned Media department, and will be developing programs for video content creation and alternate format text. Before coming to Strada, Jonathan studied philosophy and linguistics, taught piano lessons, and worked for a DNA lab determining the parentage of Australian Shepherds. When he’s not Stradagizing, Jonathan enjoys playing the piano, designing board games, and coming up with truly abysmal puns.
IngerLis Nielsen, Transcriber
IngerLis has worked as a transcriber for Strada since 2008. She enjoys working in an academic environment, and the ever changing nature of her job. Equal access to education is a passion of hers and she loves being able to play a part in students’ educational experience. IngerLis earned her B.S. in horticulture from Utah State University. She currently lives in Independence, Oregon. When not transcribing, she prefers to be outside, playing at the beach with her two kids, hiking the Cascades, or working in her ever expanding garden.
Ellie Rogers, Transcriber
Ellie joined the Strada team and became a TypeWell transcriber in 2015. Since then, she’s also trained to format accessible texts and caption videos. Before Strada, Ellie studied ecology at Macalester College and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University where she also taught English 101. When not working toward communication access as a Strada team member, Ellie writes poetry and essays, reads, designs and hand-makes books, wanders around in Pacific Northwest forests, and attempts to fulfill her lifelong dream of learning the cello.
Kevin Rovegno, Transcriber
Kevin has worked as a TypeWell transcriber since 2013. He joined Strada in 2015 after having provided services as an independent contractor. He studied linguistics in college with a focus on Spanish. In his free time, he likes to run, read, and play cards.
Valerie Tewksbury, Transcriber
Valerie has been a Typewell Transcriber with Strada since the Fall of 2013. She also helps with various tasks in our office when she is not transcribing, and is training in tech support and other services. Valerie has a degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University, and has continued her education taking a variety of classes in recent years. She is a volunteer with the Trauma Intervention Program which assists people who have experienced traumatic circumstances. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenagers. She loves all things technology, from reading sci-fi to fixing computers to discovering new, fun, and useful apps.
As a dog friendly office, our furry friends are an important part of the environment and day-to-day operations at Strada.