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Mary Mulcrone Peer-to-Peer Mentorship

The purpose of the Mary Mulcrone Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program is to be a self-supporting adjunct to Chicago Hearing Society’s interpreter referral service by providing professional development for experienced freelance interpreters, Deaf interpreters and newly working interpreters. The techniques used will provide opportunities to gain knowledge, develop specific skills and acquire expertise within particular settings in the field of interpreting. The mentorship program will match interpreters seeking to broaden their skills with a peer mentor who can guide that skill development. This will be accomplished over a period of six to twelve weeks through observation, interpreting, professional research or training off-site, feedback and discussion with the peer mentor and with consumers.

For more information about the mentorship program, please email AskCHS@anixter.org We are very pleased to name this program in honor of Mary Mulcrone. She was the first certified interpreter in Illinois and the mentor of untold numbers of interpreters. Illinois’ first interpreter referral service began in her kitchen. Later, it was transferred to the Catholic Office of the Deaf where her son, Father Joseph Mulcrone, and his secretary Shirley Stefanski took over the service until CHS received a grant for a part-time coordinator. The interpreter referral service moved to CHS in 1979 where it has grown to become one of the largest in the country. Our mentorship program is modeled on the example set by Mary and the most recent strategies for successful mentoring.

We gratefully acknowledge the contributions received in support of the mentorship program. These contributions will help to cover the costs of training mentors, orientation for new mentees and reduced fees for mentees. Many donors made contributions in honor of their mentors, colleagues or friends.

Organize the Donor – In honor of information

  • Sherry Alford—Darlene Washington
  • Sheila Antosch
  • Colleen Bajalis—Diana Thorpe
  • Jenna Baugh—Sherry “the Best” Alford
  • Gail Bedessem – Darlene Cecchi
  • Gail Bedessem—Roseann Skoczynski
  • Gail Bedessem—Frank Stefanski
  • Allan Bergman—Mary Mucrone
  • Marcey Berman
  • Juan Bernal—Tim Mahoney
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Roseann Skoczynski
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Adele Belgrad
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Maureen Dunn
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Mary Mulcrone
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Sherry Alford
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Chris Skoczynski
  • Coleen VanDeWalle—Ellen and Jeff Schuetzner
  • Darlene Washington
  • Elaine Weathers
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Wally Skoczynski
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Winnie Stapleton
  • Donna Reiter Brandwein—Arlinel Weddington
  • Rosemarie Carsello—Winnifred Lowery
  • Rosemarie Carsello—Nancy Huber
  • CHS Advisory Council—Leandra Williams
  • Barb Ditscheit—Mary Mulcrone
  • Theresa Grueneberg—Mary Mulcrone
  • Gail Partridge Harvanek
  • Illinois R.I.D.
  • Joan Fiske
  • Florence Kaplan Foundation, Inc.—Dale Izenstark
  • Sheila Kettering—Donna Reiter Brandwein
  • Sheila Kettering—Rita Taccona
  • Sheila Kettering
  • Terry and Pam Kohut—Mary Mulcrone
  • Adelaide Whitehouse
  • Adelaide Whitehouse—Frances Whitehouse
  • Linda Koss
  • Sally Koziar—Maureen Dunn
  • Sally Koziar—Mitchell and Laurel Raci
  • Jan Kreft—Donna Reiter Brandwein
  • Scott Litsinger—Mary Mulcrone
  • Tim Mahoney—Leslie Evans
  • Tim Mahoney—Cheryl Moose
  • Tim Mahoney—Chicago Club of the Deaf
  • Tim Mahoney—Paige, Austin and Dani Bernal
  • Tim Mahoney—Juan Bernal
  • Tim Mahoney—Barbara Gurga
  • Tim Mahoney—Eugene Curtin
  • Tim Mahoney—Windy City Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf
  • Tim Mahoney—June Prusak
  • Marian Matthews
  • Laird Mintz—Diana Thorpe
  • Tim Mahoney—June Prusak
  • Marian Matthews
  • Laird Mintz—Diana Thorpe
  • Leandra Williams—Donna Reiter Brandwein
  • Leandra Williams—Theodora McNeil
  • Jean Modry
  • Rev. Joseph Mulcrone
  • Mulcrone Family—Our mother, Mary Mulcrone
  • L.J. Myers
  • L.J. Myers—Anna M. Koziar
  • L.J. Myers—Wanda Alyinovich
  • L.J. Myers—Mitchell and Laurel Raci
  • June Prusak
  • Family of Mitchell and Laurel Raci—Mary Mulcrone
  • Trudy Gustafson Ray—Mitchell Raci
  • Debby Sampson
  • Louis Scott—Emily Slobodecki
  • Rita Taccona—Anna Koziar
  • Susan Teplinsky—Minnie and Norman Glazer
  • Diana Thorpe—Gail Bedessem
  • Diana Thorpe—Rosemary Lucafo
  • Diana Thorpe—Mary Mulcrone
  • Arlinel Weddington
  • Shirley Wehking—Mulcrone Family
  • Leandra Williams—Arlinel Weddington