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Diana Markel, CSC, SC:L, NIC-Master

Interpreter III
Gallaudet Interpreting Service

Diana Markel

Phone Numbers

202-651-5199 (V)



Peet Hall 467

  • Master of Arts in Restorative Justice online learning program, Vermont Law School, Current
  • Graduate of Landmark Education 2018
  • BA, in Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore, 1997
  • AA in Interpreting, Gallaudet University, 1983

Hello! I was born in NY, just outside of Manhattan, and spent most of my summer and winter vacations with family in the Adirondack mountains in Old Forge, NY.  After graduation, I attended Boston University for a year and then transferred to Gallaudet 83'.  I moved back to NY, worked for 1.5 years at Fanwood, as a dorm supervisor, attended John Jay College in NY and gained the confidence to start interpreting as a profession.  By 1988, I was ready to move back to MD and as luck would have it, I arrived just in time to join the events of Deaf President Now.  I worked as a freelance interpreter, took classes at The BiCultural Center, and in 1991 was accepted into an intensive summer session at CSUN, "Interpreting in the American Judicial System".   From that point on, I pursued legal training and completed my studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore and was hired as a staff interpreter for GIS in 1998.  I am married to Allen Markel '01 and '13 and the proud mother of two sons on GU Soccer Team, Elan and AJ and a Deaf daughter, Ksenia.

I work full-time as a staff interpreter with specialized training to interpret in legal, multicultural education and community development and medical settings.


  • Member of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
  • Landmark Worldwide, Graduate, Introduction Leader and Coach (Landmark)
  • Member of National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Member of Potomac Chapter of RID  (PCRID)
    • Committee Work: Bylaws Chair
  • 2019 & 2017 Co-Coordinator of Communication Access, TDI Biennial Conference (TDI)
  • 2019 Committee Member Eastern Deaf Timberfest since inception in 1984 (EDT)
  • 2018 Co-Coordinator of Communication Access for Deaf Grassroots Movement National Rally   (DGM)
  • 2018 Coordinator of Communication Access for TDI 50th Anniversary Gala
  • 2016 Coordinator of Communication Access for Deaf Grassroots Movement MD Rally 
  • 2016, Co-Coordinator of Interpreting services for traveling exhibit of Shakespeare's First Folio @ Gallaudet University   (SHX@GU)
  • 2002, Co-Coordinator of Interpreting Services for DeafWay II
  • 1998, 1996 & 1995 Interpreter Coordinator for Eastern Deaf Timberfest
  • 1995 Deafstar SignSail Cruise, Staff Coordinator 
  • 1994, Registration Coordinator for Eastern Deaf Timberfest
  • 1992 Interpreter/Assistant Coordinator Deafantasy SIGNsail. A full ship Deaf Culture cruise sponsored by NFAD
  • 1992, Joined Greenpeace members in climbing the Sears Tower in Chicago to hoist an anti-nuclear banner marking the 50th anniversary of the nuclear reaction that proceeded the creation of the first atomic bombs.    (GP@Sears)
  • 1991, Joined Greenpeace members in deploying and hanging with a banner from the Astoria Bridge, in the Pacific Northwest in response to a request from the community to stop nuclear warships from entering Clatsop County, Oregon, a designated nuclear-free zone on the Columbia River.  The action succeeded in delaying the warships’ entrance while educating the area on the issue.    (GP@Astoria)
  • 1988, Jr. NAD Youth Leadership Camp Counselor and Interpreter
  • 1983, Jr. NAD Youth Leadership Camp Counselor and Waterfront Director


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002