Meet Our Team
Brian Bearden CEO/Founder
Although he became Deaf literally overnight, losing his hearing while asleep one night at only 3 years old due to unknown causes, Brian didn't discover sign language or Deaf culture until age 21, when the coaching staff of the Gallaudet University football team recruited him away from Western Oregon University. Earlier that year - as the National Deaf community began their ongoing anti cochlear implant crusade, he underwent surgery for a cochlear implant. Having already successfully launched and sold two startups before landing at Gallaudet for his junior year, Brian quickly realized his ego, his lack of even basic sign language, and his cochlear implant would collectively banish him from social function. He made the necessary corrections, is now a fluent signer, and uses his implant to conduct business in the hearing world. Brian has launched startups in the Brewing industry(Grateful Deaf Brewing Co.), the restaurant industry(Bearden's Bar & Grill), the print advertising and direct mail marketing industries(Cut It Out!!), and the bottling and energy drink industry(Thrive Energy Drink, Inc) among others. In addition to his duties as Founder and CEO of Hi 5 Access, Brian also serves as Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit that advocates for equal access to educational and vocational opportunities, and is co-owner of the real estate investment firm RainMaker Homes, Inc. He is a full time dad to his 14 year old high school footbal phenom son, and their beloved labradoodle.
Robin Shannon Director of Interpreter Recruitment
Born in Sacramento, CA, Robin has lived in several different states and travelled the world extensively. In 2003, Robin went to Gallaudet University and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in American Sign Language and Interpretation, respectively, both with Summa Cum Laude honors. After finishing his Master’s program in 2009, Robin also received his CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter) certification and CLIP-R (Conditional Legal Interpreting Permit-Relay) certification in 2010. He was recently certified as a trainer under NCIEC's (National Consortium of Interpreter Education Center)legal interpreting team and CATIE's (Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreting Excellence) medical interpreting team. Now, Robin spends most of his time focused on training and mentoring interpreters, but still works as a freelance CDI for general conferences and legal settings all over the nation.
Ian Scott Director of Accounts Management
Ian Scott was born in Germany to two Air Force veterans but is proud to call the Pacific Northwest home. While he now resides in Gresham, OR, he was raised in Sheridan and educated in Forest Grove at Pacific University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Japanese. Ian has an affinity for languages and is fluent in Japanese after studying it since elementary school and living in Japan as a young man. Now he is thrilled to learn ASL and more about the Deaf/HH culture as part of the Hi5 team. In his free time, Ian writes creatively and volunteers as a Facilitator for the nonprofit organization Write Around Portland, while also building up his ever-growing library with his partner in crime, Scout.
Alia Eraky Operations Manager
Originally born in Egypt, Alia grew up in the United States, in Montana and New Jersey. Alia made her way out to the Pacific Northwest to go to school at Linfield College. She graduated with a major in Spanish, and also received minors in Mathematics, Music, and Religious Studies. While at Linfield, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Europe, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, spending an entire semester in the latter two countries. After Linfield, Alia attended and graduated from Oregon School of Massage. Now, she is working on a Master’s degree in teaching at Warner Pacific College. Working at Hi 5 Access allowed Alia the chance to learn a new language—ASL. Alia is very grateful to Robin and Brian for their patience with teaching her to sign. When she is not at work or doing homework, Alia enjoys running outside while listening to audiobooks, and spending time with friends.
Terry Tipsord Accounting Consultant
A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and later, Western Seminary, Terry began working with businesses and nonprofits creating training venues for leadership development and leading them through the process of redesigning procedures and systems that foster greater efficiency and profitability. Terry has worked as the director of an adult career training school for bookkeepers and for eight years as an Instructor/Advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Mt. Hood Community College. In 2006 he began his own bookkeeping business called Daybreak Business Development, Inc. and as a bookkeeper, an instructor and as an advisor currently promotes financial responsibility and faithful stewardship among businesses, the self-employed and nonprofits by helping them adhere to accepted principles of bookkeeping and accounting.