RID Announces Charity Warigon as Interim CEO


The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)’s Board President Melvin Walker announced in a vlog that Charity Warigon, a Deaf woman, will be RID’s interim CEO as they begin a search for a long-term CEO. 

Warigon said she considers herself a strong community builder and leader. She said she wants to meet and connect with people in the short term and at at the RID National Conference in Rhode Island in July.

RID shared Warigon’s CV. At the top of the list was her experience in crisis management requiring effective leadership. She had several top management positions at Gallaudet University from 2002 to 2018 and is a co-founder of the W.R.I.T.E. Endowment Fund. 

The online response to the announcement was positive. 

RID went through a tumultuous period with their previous CEO, Joey Trapani, who is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). He is hearing. He was chosen in June over a Deaf candidate and there was criticism by multiple people in the Deaf community. Trapani resigned in September. 

Walker said in the interim CEO announcement video that the search process for a long-term CEO has already begun.