Owner Joan Phillips has been a resident of Tucson AZ since 1969, working as an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter beginning in 1986. The adventure and passion began when her son was born Deaf in 1981. Her quote often heard: “My son was born a teacher and his Mama was his first student.” She has the ability to identify with people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds. Joan has a genuine compassion and love for humanity, is willing to adapt to life's changes, and has an open mind which facilitates her understanding in each unique interpreting situation.
In 1988 she obtained an AZ state interpreting certificate, beginning her journey as an educational interpreter. She then advanced into freelance community interpreting in 1996, serving businesses, agencies, and organizations in the southwest.
Desert Echo was established as a direct result of Joan witnessing a high need for more choices of interpreting agencies in her personal life, as well as within the community. She obtained a National Interpreting Certification (NIC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and an Arizona State Interpreting Licenses registered with The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Desert Echo is registered with the State of Arizona as a corporation and can be found in AZ Procurement at https://procure.az.gov and is currently open for solicitations . Desert Echo has also been recognized as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau, listed at www.bbb.org
What makes Desert Echo different than other similar businesses in our community?
ü We accept day in advance and same day request without extra cost. If Desert Echo has an interpreter available we will cover the request. On those days Desert Echo cannot provide an interpreter a list of other agencies in the area will be provided
Joan Phillips, owner of Desert Echo Interpreting, welcomes your request and looks forward in doing business with you or your business.
ü For repetitive jobs we strive to provide interpreter consistency, therefore promoting a comfortable trusting environment.