Tell me about Life Interpretation, Inc. Sign Language Interpreters.

  • Life Interpretation, Inc. takes care to match the interpreter’s experience and expertise to the needs of the client.  We also try to arrange for preferred interpreters for the parties involved.
  • We offer Interpreting services In American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), English Sign Language, Tactile Interpreting and Spoken English.
  • Sign Language Interpreters are either nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) and/or have passed their minimum standard proficiency test required by the State of Iowa in order to practice interpreting as a permanently Licensed Interpreter.
  • Life Interpretation, Inc. is HIPAA compliant.  All services are provided in accordance with State and Federal guidelines regarding confidentiality and privacy.
  • Sign Language Interpreters comply with the RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC).
  • Available in all settings, wherever communication takes place.
  • Specialties in tactile interpreting, mental health, medical appointments, employment and work place services, oral interpreting, domestic abuse and sexual abuse, conferences, trainings,  and one on one.  

 What are the benefits of hiring a Life Interpretation, Inc., Interpreter?

  • Assuring equal access of communication
  • Compliance with State and Federal laws
  • Ensuring non-biased accuracy of information

Other Services Life Interpretation, Inc. Offers.

We offer and/or coordinate Spoken Languages upon request: Spanish.

We can coordinate translation services upon request.





Life Interpretation, Inc.

Life Interpretation, Inc. coordinates interpreting requests. When contacting Life Interpretation to coordinate one-time or ongoing appointments for interpreting services, please have the following information ready:

  • Date, time, duration and location of the appointment(s).
  • Names of the parties involved, both deaf and hearing.
  • Type of setting (e.g., job interview, doctor’s appointment, etc.).
  • Billing information

Interpreting services exceeding one hour could require more than one interpreter.  Team Interpreting is available.

Peggy Chicoine - Director


Hi, my name is Peggy and I have been interpreting for over 35 years.  After high school I attended Augustana College to study Deaf Education and Elementary Education. A year and a half later I transfered to St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute and graduated with a certificate of completion of the Interpreter Training Program (ITP). Immediately upon graduating, I became a freelance interpreter in a variety of settings: medical, legal, educational, social services, post-secondary, mental health, workplace settings, religious settings, and platform interpreting (conferences, workshops and trainings). I am actively involved in Catholic Deaf Ministry.

I am the oldest of three children of Deaf parents. American Sign Language (ASL) is my first language, English is my second language. I am happily married with four daughters, four son in-laws and eight grandchildren. My family enjoys camping, swimming, canoeing, walks, bicycle rides and playing card and board games.

Jeff Reese - Director



Jeff lives to challenge the status quo. As a quasie-native sign language user, Jeff grew up with a deaf extended family member. With intermittent opportunities for continued American Sign Language immersion within his family, Jeff graduated with honors from Iowa Western Community College’s Sign Language Interpreting Program in 1988. He was immediately pulled into private practice working closely with Iowa’s first deaf vocational rehabilitation counselor. In addition to general community interpretation, Jeff spent seven years working, almost exclusively, with deaf-blind individuals. Later began for a community service agency that hosted a small deaf-services program that he eventually supervised a staff of interpreters and a deaf case manager. Then, wanting to expand in different directions, Jeff was fortunate to found Life Interpretation, Inc. with two like-minded interpreters in 2014.

Susan Hardine - Director



Hello, I’m Susan Hardine, an Iowa native. I received my training at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. While I was going to school to become an interpreter, I also worked at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. I got a crash course in ASL when I worked with the high school kids! 


I worked as an educational interpreter for 15 years before I decided to work in the community! I love what I do, and I get to meet amazing people who influence my life!


My husband, Mick, and I have three grown boys. Our oldest is married and has made us grandparents of two beautiful girls.

Carrie Wood - Staff Interpreter


Hi, my name is Carrie and I began my interpreting career in 1999 after graduating from the Interpreter Training Program at Iowa Wester Community College. I am permanently licensed to interpret in Iowa and hold a national certificate, NIC, from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. I started working as a staff interpreter for Life Interpretation, Inc. in 2019. Prior to working for Life Interpretation, Inc. I worked in a variety of settings: K-12 schools, post-secondary, medical, VRS, and community interpreting. I currently serve as treasurer for Iowa State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ISRID) and Deaf Iowans Against Abuse (DIAA).

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, Grace and Kelsey. When my girls are too busy for me, I enjoy the company of my adorable miniature schnauzer, “Holly” Wood.

Debbie Toomey - Administrative Assistant (scheduler)

I learned sign language as a young teenager so I could communicate with the Deaf members of my church. I was fascinated with the language and loved every opportunity I had to use it. I interpreted at our church until I married in 1991 and moved to South Carolina. After moving back to Iowa in 2006, I decided to enroll in an ITP at DMACC in Ankeny. I completed my interpreting internship in 2011 and received my license (EIPA) in 2016. I worked as a part-time substitute interpreter in the Des Moines school district for 4 years, and I have been doing community interpreting for the past 4 years. I have also been interpreting at my church for the past 10 years. I started working for Life Interpretation in 2015 as a part-time scheduler and part-time contract interpreter. My AA degree in office administration has proved useful, and I enjoy the ability to work on both the office side and interpreting side of the business.

Dana Chicoine-Gemmill - Administrative Assistant (bookkeeper)

Hi, I started working for Life Interpretation, Inc. in the fall of 2019 as an administrative assistant.  I handle most of the invoicing, questions or concerns that  you may have. 

I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Social Studies. I am currently staying home with my children and working for Life Interpretation, Inc. I grew up with Deaf grandparents, who we saw on a regular basis. In 2009 - 2010, I attended IWCC for sign language interpreting. I enjoyed my courses and learning about the Deaf community.  I am very excited to be serving the Deaf community and can't wait to help make your experience with Life Interpretation, Inc. memorable! 

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