Rick was born and raised in Ohio by preacher parents. While working in the corporate world, Rick took his first American Sign Language class at Xavier University, and the path to interpreting unfolded. Rick is truly grateful to his first ASL instructors, Maryann Barth, Sally Monahan and Richard Miller. Rick graduated Georgia Perimeter College's Sign Language Interpreting Program in 2003 having already obtained state interpreting credentials, and over the next five years of freelance interpreting earned CI and CT. During those five years, Rick also finished his BA in communication at Oglethorpe University. And also during that busy time--and much to his surprise--Rick became known as "the C-print guy" in Metro Atlanta for providing real-time captioning to deaf and hard-of-hearing clients in various settings.
Rick has a masters degree in communication and has presented about interpreting and Deaf culture at various national and regional conferences, including Society for Disability Studies, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Southeastern Women's Studies Association and the National Communication Association where he won a "Top Student Paper" award in the Disability Studies division. Rick has published in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's VIEWS, the Encyclopedia of American Disability History, and in Raymond Luczak's Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader.
Rick lives in Smyrna with his husband, Glenn, and loves watching the Food Network, doing yoga, and hanging out with his wonderful friends and family.