partners with public and private institutions to effectively accommodate the varying linguistic and cultural needs of those who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing. We develop strong relationships with our clients, consumers, and providers to guarantee an exceptional quality of Sign Language Interpreting and Realtime Captioning (CART) Services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
DID YOU KNOW?
On-site Interpreting and CART Services are available in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester county, and New Jersey. Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Services and Remote Captioning Services are available nationwide!
SignNexus is formerly known as LC Interpreting Service, LLC. Established in 2014.
Committed to setting the standard for excellence and efficiency as providers of professional communication services that recognize and accommodate the diverse language needs and personal identities of individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing.
SignNexus sign language interpreters and captioning providers are all individually screened, then hand selected for jobs that best utilize their skill and experience. They are professional, timely, and always available to answer questions or mediate any issues which may arise before, during, and after each assignment. Our team provides resources and guidance for those who request communication access services, and we incorporate cultural competency training along the way. This guarantees an outstanding experience for both Deaf and hearing clients.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Lydia Callis (she/they)
Lydia Callis is an RID nationally certified American Sign Language Interpreter from 3 generations of Deaf family. American Sign Language is Lydia’s first language because her mother and three younger siblings are all profoundly Deaf. Growing up at a time when there were insufficient laws to accommodate the needs of those who are Deaf, she witnessed the challenges her family members were expected to overcome to access everyday communication. She began interpreting to help her family communicate and to make sure she stayed fluent in the language of her roots.
Lydia founded LC Interpreting Services LLC (now known as SignNexus) in 2014 with the goal of consistently providing high quality, culturally competent sign language interpreters. From decades of experience as an interpreter— first as a very young child, then later in the business world— Lydia knew the diverse needs of the Deaf population were not being met by large multi-language interpreting agencies. She wanted to make it simple for individuals and businesses to ensure they were hiring qualified Sign Language interpreters, while at the same time facilitating deeper, more meaningful relationships with the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community.
As a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and active interpreter, Lydia endeavors to continuously support the Deaf and interpreting communities in any way possible. She partners with local and national groups to help empower people who are Deaf, and works to educate businesses and organizations about effective inclusion practices for those with hearing loss. American Sign Language is Lydia’s passion and connecting people is her purpose! She is humbled to serve the Deaf community, the hearing community, and the interpreter community through her work with SignNexus.
When she's not working, Lydia enjoys having adventures while spending time with friends. Her personal interests include healthy living, astrology, yoga, and empowering others to commit to their passions in life.
Kat Brady (she/her)
Kat Brady oversees our business operations and administration, and she also fills a number of other roles throughout the day. She holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications, with a background in tech and a decade of experience in new media marketing. Kat is dedicated to dissecting, discussing, and actively working to dismantle existing systems of supremacy and violence. She believes in the powers of technology and community to amplify personal experiences and expose injustices. Kat joined SignNexus in 2014 and has been an integral part of the agency from the start. She is also a world traveler who enjoys eating great food and learning something new every day.
Crystal Barrett (she/they)
Interpreter Coordinator Team Manager
Crystal Barrett is our Interpreter Coordinator Team Manager, utilizing their own Interpreter Coordinating, ASL interpreting, and captioning experiences to support the SignNexus team since 2021. Crystal attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and received a Bachelor’s degree from the American Sign Language-English Interpreting program. As Crystal believes that human communication and connection are core values, they are honored for the opportunity to serve the Deaf community. When Crystal is not working, they enjoy taking care of their plants and crocheting gifts for friends and family.
Annmarie Abreu (she/her)
Annmarie Abreu is a talented member of our Interpreter Coordinator team, she joined SignNexus in 2021. She comes to this position with more than eight years of experience, and is passionate in her desire to serve the Deaf community through the lens of coordinating. Annmarie is committed to meeting the communication needs of every individual in each unique setting. She graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Government and Politics, as well as a minor in Criminal Justice. In her spare time, Annmarie loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family.
Kat Curry (she/her)
Kat Curry joined the SignNexus Interpreter Coordinator team in 2022, where she is able to apply her personal experiences as an ASL interpreter and access coordinator. In 2018, Kat attended San Diego Mesa College where she completed an interpreting training program and graduated with a degree in American Sign Language-English Interpretation. Acknowledging the essence of diversity and multiculturalism, she is very passionate about bridging the gap between the hearing and Deaf Community. Outside of work, some of Kat’s hobbies include flow arts, dancing, camping, and spending time in nature.
Tammie Joe "TJ" Fairbrother (she/her)
TJ Fairbrother joined our Interpreter Coordinator team in 2023. Here at SignNexus she is able to apply her 11+ years of agency coordinating experience and interpreter training to help ensure consumers always receive the high quality of service they deserve. TJ has a strong drive to support the Deaf community through interpreter coordinating and advocating for language and communication accessibility. She holds an A.L.A. with a major in Sign Language Studies. In her spare time, TJ loves to travel, read, soak up the sunshine, and spend time with her family.
Jeremy Cardona-Garcia (he/him)
Jeremy Cardona-Garcia joined the SignNexus coordinating team in 2023. After earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice, Jeremy took the recommendation from his Deaf in-laws to attend and graduate from the El Paso Community College (EPCC) interpreter training program. Jeremy now proudly serves the Deaf community as both a professional coordinator and interpreter, with the belief that communication access is paramount and that every conversation matters! During his free time Jeremy enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring lesser know local restaurants, and volunteering at the EPCC community theater.
Amanda Gilmore (she/her)
Amanda Gilmore is our Administrative Assistant, joining SignNexus in 2023 to provide office and customer service support. She holds a BA in Educational Studies, with a focus on Special Education. As an educator Amanda was nominated for Teacher of the Year and received Exemplary status. She also has a decade of experience in business administration across a wide range of industries including Law, Insurance, Retail and Construction. Amanda is committed to advocating for the rights of others, and in her spare time she enjoys nature, travel, reading and spending time with her family and animals.
Brittany Horsley (she/her)
Brittany Horsley is the SignNexus Staff Accountant, she joined the team in 2023 to provide focused attention to the nuanced invoicing and billing needs of our clients. Brittany attended Texas State University for accounting and has been in the industry for over 13 years. A professional foundation working in fast-paced settings such as hospitality, real estate, and retail has equipped her with the tools to handle any situation that comes her way. When she’s done with reconciliations, Brittany loves to craft, read, watch tv, and hang out with her husband and her two dogs.
You will find below a list of articles and videos that highlight SignNexus interpreters and/or advocacy efforts. Our agency is grateful to be so involved with New York City’s vibrant Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community!
SignNexus recognizes that our work is primarily performed in Lenapehoking on the island of Mannahatta and that this is the ancestral unceded homeland of the Munsee Lenape peoples. The Lenape are a diasporic people that remain closely connected with this land and are its rightful stewards. Furthermore we acknowledge that New York City has one of the largest urban Native American and Indigenous populations in the United States. SignNexus recognizes these indigenous peoples, their displacement, dispossession, and their continued presence. Through this acknowledgment we reflect upon the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism, and express profound gratitude to those who have been living and working on this land from time immemorial.