Pam Owens

TYA AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER:

Pam has 13 years experience as Interpreter/Case Manager at Johnson County Human Services, interpreting for County agencies/programs, including Mental Health, Court, Developmental Supports, Aging, etc.  In addition to interpreting for Theatre for Young America, Pam also interprets for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, Kansas.  Prior to working for Johnson County Human Services, she worked as an alcohol and drug counselor for approximately 24 years, including supervising the Deaf/HOH alcohol and drug treatment program under a special contract from the State of Missouri, housed at Kansas City Community Center.  She has used her interpreting skills to free-lance in areas of mental health, substance abuse, medical, religious, theatre, and other venues.   Pam has a Masters Degree in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State University; a Bachelors Degree in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and studied at Johnson County Community College in its Interpreter Training Program.  She authored the booklet,  “Handbook for Interpreters in the Mental Health Setting.”  Pam is a contributor to: Standards of Care for the Delivery of Mental Health Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (1995, R.R. Myers, ed.).  She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interpreter Training Program at JCCC; pioneered alcohol and drug abuse treatment services specific to deaf/hard of hearing clients in the State of Missouri; initiated the provision of interpreters at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival; and was the Coordinator of the Deaf Program at Jewish Vocational Service for three years.  Pam was an instructor at Maple Woods Community College where she taught Conversational ASL I.