Jeannette Ocampo Welch


Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Jeannette Ocampo Welch, known to many as “JO”, has been here at BU since 2009. On and off campus JO is a photographer, singer and sous-chef.  On campus, she is the Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Director for Boston University Center for Interpreter Education.

Her experience includes interpreter work in education (k12 and post-secondary), arts and conference settings, and specialized work with the Deaf-Blind community.  JO has also held leadership positions in the RID state, regional and National arenas, with a focus on Interpreters of Color (CDLIC, ITOC MS/ Mano a Mano), Education (IEIS MS).  Currently she is a member of the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting (NTDBI).  Her aspirations are to include her Latina/tri-lingual experience into her interpreting work.

While a Terrier all the way, JO’s heart will always have a special place for her Northeastern University Huskies.  She graduated from NU with a B.S. degree in American Sign Language-English Interpreting.  JO has participated in an array of trainings that have impacted her path including: BU TRIBE project, HKNC Deaf Blind Interpreter Training, TDF Theater Interpreting training at Julliard, Trilingual Interpreter Training in Big Spring Texas and The ETNA Project with Betty Colonomos in Etna, NH.

Michael Lodato, ODS student worker, highlighted that JO’s academic path did not start in Boston.  Prior to her move to the Boston area, JO began her studies as a theatre major at Florida International University where she was also a sister of the Phi Mu Fraternity.  It was her emerging interpreting path that brought her to the great Bay State where she called home ever since.

On a personal note, she is married to Mike Welch, Blues musician and entertained daily by their wonderful son.   She is also a member of Zeta Phi Eta-Boston Professional Chapter.

There is always plenty afoot in the DHHS office. Students, faculty and community alike are welcome to come by JO’s office for a visit.   The door is always open.