About Us

Diversity Academy for Interpreters

“The Place Where Learning Continues”


To provide a safe, nurturing community for interpreters to connect, learn, and grow.


The Interpreter Academy provides CEUs, resources, and cutting-edge information to enhance your personal and professional growth as a diverse interpreter.



Why Diversity Academy? 

We love interpreters.
Interpreters open up the world to us. They bring us that beautiful, vital bridge of communication between us and the other human beings we want to connect with.
We are Suzette Garay and Karen Putz--and we have been working with interpreters in different capacities for over 30 years. We especially love tutoring, teaching, and mentoring interpreters on their journey. 
At Diversity Academy, we strive to provide a fun, nurturing place where interpreters can access a diverse number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing professionals and learn from them. We bring you the diverse experience that you may not find elsewhere.  We want interpreters to THRIVE on their journey to becoming the best possible interpreter they can be.

Who We Are 


    Suzette Garay

I hold the following degrees: a BA, MA, PSY.S and a Ph.D. And my major areas of study are Social Psychology, American Sign Language, and Special Education- Learning Disabilities.

I am currently an Educational Psychologist, who teaches Psychology and a variety of ASL courses either at Waukesha County Technical College and/or online as a private practice. I also work as a Professional Development Presenter with several private-sector non-profit agencies/programs related to sign language, mentoring, and diversity and special education issues.

I have taught distance education online courses and workshops in ASL linguistics, special education, and disability issues throughout the Midwest and at the international or national levels. I am also a nationally certified American Sign Language Instructor and state certified master consultant and professional development trainer who enjoys working with families and very young children teaching them how to utilize American Sign Language with pre-verbal babies.

I also have the following qualifications: 25 + years of direct teaching, evaluating, and mentoring with Special Education students, ASL/Interpreter students, working interpreters, and/or community business members whom use American Sign Language for communicating with their consumers. And I have an excellent rapport with special needs children/adults, language minorities, and/or other special communication disorders. I also am a professional who has experienced personal success with teaching, evaluating, and development of natural ASL skills for many state, national, and/or in-school exams.

  Karen Putz 

 My background is in Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling with a B.S. and M.A. from Northern Illinois University. 

My journey with American Sign Language began shortly after I became deaf as a teen. I used interpreters for the first time in college and I thrived with that access. I taught at Joliet Junior College for several years and at Waubonsee College for one semester. I frequently work with new graduates as they accumulate their practicum hours. 

I'm a mom of three Deaf kids who are now young adults and I serve on the National Advisory Group board with RIT NTID.  I work part-time as the Co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion at Hands & Voices. I'm the author of multiple books, including "The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children" and "The Passionate Lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People." 

For fun, I walk on water as a barefoot water skier. 


 Meet Ana Price, our Virtual Assistant:

Ana’s passion and dedication to joining the anti-oppression and violence movement changed her life trajectory by initiating her career at a statewide nonprofit 501©3 organization, Deaf Unity. Ana began her tenure at Deaf Unity as a Statewide Victim Advocate, Statewide Victim Coordinator, then Executive Director.  She gained over seven years of training development & facilitation skills, advocacy, project management, and anti-oppression expertise.  Ana Price has a wealth of experience teaching about intersectionality, micro-aggressions, bias, privilege, and working with individuals of color.  

Ana is passionate about empowering, influencing, inspiring, and supporting people to live their life as the best and loving version of themselves. “No one can write your story.  Your story belongs to you, not anyone else.” ~Ana Price

Ms. Price is a Deaf and Mayan Indian woman.  She is also a mother of love, peace, and joy to two beautiful children and a devoted and loyal wife to an amazing husband of thirteen plus years.  In her spare time, she loves solitude time in her oasis, coffee, exercise, cooking/baking, and spending quality time with her husband and children.



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