Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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President

David Brackett

President

David Brackett

I’m passionate about – Empowering others to lead and make a difference in the world. I love to inspire others and help them to pursue their passion. When this happens, it lights me up inside.

For fun I like to – Travel the world, try new foods, play Spanish guitar and learn about other cultures.

The best thing about Linguava is – Our passion for serving marginalized communities to help them be empowered, connected and understood. We live diversity and welcome all people to join us in our mission.

Some day I hope to – Scuba dive in Fiji with my wife. I dream about Fiji a couple times a week.

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Director of Operations

Jacqueline Lee

Director of Operations

Jacqueline Lee

I’m passionate about – Growing up with grandparents that were immigrants allowed me to witness first-hand the barriers of communication, healthcare access and information that they experienced. They had difficulty communicating in English, so I became their interpreter at a very young age. Each day, my passion for communication and access to information reminds me of the importance of our work at Linguava.

For fun I like to – I love to try out new recipes and explore new places to travel. My interest in fitness also gets me excited about exploring new workout and exercise styles.

The best thing about Linguava is – Our values in being people-oriented! We are always seeking feedback and taking into consideration the people we serve as we create services and policies and develop the way we do business with them.

Some day I hope to – Travel the world! While still working and contributing to Linguava, I would love to continue to travel and get to know other cultures around the world.

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Accounts Receivable Manager

Baongoc Thai - "Vi"

Accounts Receivable Manager

Baongoc Thai - "Vi"

I’m passionate about – Helping those less fortunate than me.

For fun, I like to – Hike around the beautiful Northwest, catch a good movie, or cook new dishes.

The best thing about Linguava is – Our family-like culture. We are committed to helping others achieve success.

Some day I hope to – Travel the world to experience the different cultures and taste all those delicious foods.

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Interpreter Relations Coordinator

Daria Abel

Interpreter Relations Coordinator

Daria Abel

I’m passionate about – Languages and cultures and how they relate to one another.

For fun I like to – Try something new; do yoga and crossfit; travel, read, hike.

The best thing about Linguava is – The inspiring people here that I get to work with.

Some day I hope to – Spend a few years traveling around our beautiful planet.

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Interpreter Specialist

Orlando Alvarez

Interpreter Specialist

Orlando Alvarez

I’m passionate about –  Music Production, books, and art in general.

For fun I like to –  Play with my band around Portland, playing video games, spend time with family and friends.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Kindness and love, at every turn. A compassionate worldview with the potentiality to be universal.

Some day I hope to –  Learn Hebrew, visit Rome, play along Juan Luis Guerra, and meet God face to face.

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Customer Service Specialist

Sarah Becerra

Customer Service Specialist

Sarah Becerra

I’m passionate about –  Hiking, food, learning about other cultures, and travel.

For fun I like to –  Try new things, hike new trails and go on drives.

The best thing about Linguava is –  The community that you feel a part of.

Some day I hope to –  Take an extended amount of time off to travel together with my husband.

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Project Manager

Andrea Castillo

Project Manager

Andrea Castillo

I’m passionate about –  My family and creating a loving and supportive environment so that my son can grow up to be a tolerant and compassionate human being.

For fun I like to –  Spend time with my family and create long-lasting memories.

The best thing about Linguava is –  The people and the fun work environment.

Some day I hope to –  Write and publish a series of children’s books.

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Customer Service Specialist

Juliet Christian

Customer Service Specialist

Juliet Christian

I’m passionate about –  Human Rights, Equality and my community.

For fun I like to –  Take dance classes, watch baseball, read and snuggle with my cats.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Everything! Great coworkers (including our interpreters!), wonderful work culture, and the big boss barbecues for us.

Some day I hope to –  Leave the world a better place than I found it!

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Project Coordinator

Jonathan Cruz

Project Coordinator

Jonathan Cruz

I’m passionate about –  Design, music, keeping active and staying awake.

For fun I like to –  Play basketball and seek new songs to add to my playlist.

The best thing about Linguava is –  La Cultura (the culture).

Some day I hope to –  Draw better.

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Customer Service Specialist

Marco Estrada

Customer Service Specialist

Marco Estrada

I’m passionate about –  Every culture coexisting and complimenting each other through communication and the common need that everyone has to express themselves creatively. That everyone should have the right to be heard through their passions and pursuits. Every voice is precious and every voice counts!

For fun I like to –  Watching movies, playing video games, playing music, writing and reading.

The best thing about Linguava is –  The people and culture. I also love that we leave more to the world than what was there before. Which gives me a lot of pride in what I do everyday.

Some day I hope to –  Make a profoundly positive impact on the world through my creativity. To facilitate a legacy of understanding, compassion, and artistic innovation that can resonate through the future and inspire others to pursue the beauty of what we can be—instead of dwelling on what we were as a society.

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Software Engineer

Jason Frank

Software Engineer

Jason Frank

I’m passionate about –  Music, film and wood working.

For fun I like to –  Make things for my home, like tables, lights and more and whipping up some delicious meals.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Everybody is very professional, nice to work with and the work we do for our clients helps them live better and healthier lives.

Some day I hope to –  travel beyond our planet and explore the cosmos.

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Accounting Manager

Beth Golliher

Accounting Manager

Beth Golliher

I’m passionate about – Family. A strong family, centered around God the Father, truly is the root from which an abundant life will grow, mature, bloom and be fruitful.

For fun I like to – Spend time with my three grandboys. Seeing the wonder in their eyes as they grow and learn is a great gift.

The best thing about Linguava is – The continual spirit of innovation. All ideas are welcome, heard, and encouraged. We believe, “There has got to be a better way….”

Some day I hope to – Go on a Michelangelo Tour of Europe to see his artwork, including The Pieta, David, Moses and the Sistine Chapel. It is said that he would see the figure inside the block of marble and then work to bring it to life. I want to see what he saw.

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Assistant Call Center Manager

Neil Hanamura

Assistant Call Center Manager

Neil Hanamura

I’m passionate about –  personal development and self-growth—so that I am able to be my best self for others such as my children, family, friends and community through servicing, motivation and creating memorable experiences. I’m also a passionate follower of Christ and a Laker fan.

For fun I like to –  Spend time with my family, go out to movies, eat out at restaurants, BBQ, listen to music, play basketball, hit the gym and travel!

The best thing about Linguava is –  That this company puts people first. This is a company that backs up it’s core values through action and service and takes them very seriously. It is refreshing to work for a company that puts people first over money and process.

Some day I hope to –  Have court side seats at the Staple Center and watch my Lakers live in Los Angeles. I also hope to create amazing memories while traveling the world.

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Office Coordinator

David Jenkins

Office Coordinator

David Jenkins

I’m passionate about –  Anything involving creativity, art, photography, music, etc. I love that people are able to express themselves in ways besides words.

For fun I like to –  Go camping, hiking and eating all the candy I can possibly find.

The best thing about Linguava is –  The focus it puts on people. Before anything, Linguava looks after its people. Whether that be its office staff, interpreters, clients and/or the patients they serve, people are at its core.

Some day I hope to –  Travel the world and document every bit of it so I can pass along the wonders of travel to friends and family.

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Interpreter Specialist

Vanessa Judd

Interpreter Specialist

Vanessa Judd

I’m passionate about –  Raising my son to be open-minded and free, as well as showing him the power of art and music!

For fun I like to –  Take my son on new adventures, sketch wedding dresses, and photography.

The best thing about Linguava is –  The effort trying to unite all cultures, and open our minds to the rest of the world!

Some day I hope to –  Own my own wedding business or something along the lines of media and marketing.

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Customer Service Specialist

Yisell Lopez

Customer Service Specialist

Yisell Lopez

I’m passionate about –  Exploring and trying new things! I’m the person you call at 2 am when you’re bored and up for anything!

For fun I like to –  Watch Netflix, go out to eat, spend time with my nieces and nephews and shop with my husband.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Knowing that the smallest decision of our day affects LEP’s, interpreters, clients, and even ourselves. We are all important and you can feel it when you’re part of a great team like this one.

Some day I hope to –  Travel to Egypt with my husband to see the pyramids and ride camels together!

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Graphic Designer

Diego Mancilla

Graphic Designer

Diego Mancilla

I’m passionate about –  Graphic design and using colors to help heal the world through meditation and understanding our connection to one another.

For fun I like to –  Hike up and down mountains, rock climb, explore unknown hiking trails with friends and create tribal art drawings on people as a way of meditation.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Our diversity, acceptance and respect for all of our different cultures. We celebrate diversity not by just saying it but by doing things that reflect it. Diversity is our middle name.

Some day I hope to –  Venture out and complete my Diego adventure, which includes re-visiting the Caribbean, making my way down to Trinidad & Tobago, hopping into Brazil and jetting over to New Zealand’s beaches.

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Quality Assurance Specialist

Jamie Manczak

Quality Assurance Specialist

Jamie Manczak

I’m passionate about – Being fortunate enough to be in a position to help bridge the communication gap for those in need of our services. Meeting people from other cultures is the best education on earth.

For fun I like to – Travel and experience different cultures and countries around the world. Closer to home, I enjoy gardening, bargain shopping and dabbling in interior design.

The best thing about Linguava is – The people. It’s a family culture of teamwork and caring.

Some day I hope to – Return to some of my favorite travel spots … Bora Bora/Morea, Stockholm, the island of Mustique and to visit our National Parks.

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Lead Interpreter Navigator

Imelda Mejia

Lead Interpreter Navigator

Imelda Mejia

I’m passionate about –  Serving the community.

For fun I like to –  Go Hiking.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Serving our community with love and respect.

Some day I hope to –  Travel to Italy with my kids to visit their family.

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Scheduling Department Manager

Casey Mellnik

Scheduling Department Manager

Casey Mellnik

I’m passionate about –  Learning! And my family.

For fun I like to –  Go hiking, brunch with friends, play racquetball, and watch college football.

The best thing about Linguava is –  The amazing people with whom I get to work with everyday.

Some day I hope to –  Hike the length of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Interpreter Relations Manager

Danielle Morales

Interpreter Relations Manager

Danielle Morales

I’m passionate about – I’m passionate about playing a part in helping others communicate and obtain access to the services they need. I understand the challenges of living in a foreign country and struggling with the language as a result of the time I spent living in Chile. I also witnessed a similar experience when my husband first moved to the U.S. in 2014. Because of these experiences and many others, I understand the vital role interpreters play in our community and sincerely value the work they do.

For fun, I like to – Explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest by getting outdoors and hiking or trying new restaurants with friends. I also love cooking, exercising, painting, and volunteering with the youth at my church.

The best thing about Linguava is – The people! I truly enjoy going to work each day, in large part due to the kind, passionate, diverse group of people I have the pleasure of working with. I am grateful for the friendships I have made with colleagues within the Linguava office as well as with our wonderful interpreters who work in the field.

Some day I hope to – Pass on my love for the Spanish language and interpretation to my future children. I would also love to become a Certified Medical Interpreter and explore opportunities in document translations.

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Interpreter Relations Coordinator

Grace Nelson

Interpreter Relations Coordinator

Grace Nelson

I’m passionate about –  Languages! I love how languages work and how the same idea can be expressed with a different structure in each language.

For fun I like to –  Try new places to eat! Portland has amazing places to eat I yet have to explore.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Working for Linguava feels like being around family. The work atmosphere is full of diversity and respect. I also love that Linguava is always trying to evolve to provide the best service for LEPs.

Some day I hope to –  I often dream of being able to interpret for a world conference on women for the UN. I also hope to be able to retake French classes.

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Account Receivable Specialist

Thomas Nguyen

Account Receivable Specialist

Thomas Nguyen

I’m passionate about – numbers, spreadsheets, and learning new things.  I like working as part of a team to accomplish our goals and get things done. I am up for a challenge when it comes to problem solving and finding solutions to make the workflow more efficient.

For fun I like to – Try new food and restaurants around Oregon and the world. I also am a fan of action-packed movies like the Marvel series. I like to explore Oregon’s nature scene and coast. I live up to Portland’s motto – Keep Portland Weird!

The best thing about Linguava is – The diversity in the workplace. I have the friendliest and most helpful co-workers here and together we have great teamwork like the Justice League!

Some day I hope to – Travel the world, meet new people, and experience new cultures. I would love to travel to Europe someday and revisit Vietnam.

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Customer Service Specialist

Andrew Nilsen

Customer Service Specialist

Andrew Nilsen

I’m passionate about –  Bridging cultural divides, yummy food, and good podcasts.

For fun I like to –  Play basketball, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

The best thing about Linguava is –  Is the positive, contagious energy.

Some day I hope to –  Have visited all the Spanish speaking countries.

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Customer Service Specialist

Miguel Romero

Customer Service Specialist

Miguel Romero

I’m passionate about –  Football, futbol and soccer! I’m a huge fan. I also coach youth soccer and very passionate about that as well.

For fun I like to –  Watch soccer matches, live or TV and I love spending time with my family.

The best thing about Linguava is –  How we are able to help so many people in so many different ways.

Some day I hope to –  Open and operate a soccer facility with outdoor and futsal fields.

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Customer Service Specialist

Koy Saechao

Customer Service Specialist

Koy Saechao

I’m passionate about –  Helping others, finding the positive in every situation and striving to work hard to achieve goals.

For fun I like to –  Create memories by taking weekend trips to the beach, road trips and trying new food with my family.

The best thing about Linguava is –  We genuinely care about the service we provide to our community, we provide excellent customer service with each interaction with our clients and interpreters and we always strive for the better in improving our company motto.

Some day I hope to –  be an example for others to follow.

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Account Manager

Brittany Shoemaker

Account Manager

Brittany Shoemaker

I’m passionate about – Developing meaningful, lasting relationships with colleagues, clients and all those around me. I also really enjoy baking cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies and other goodies!

For fun I like to – Act like I’m a real gardener while I tend to the vegetables and flowers in the yard. I look forward to making pico de gallo with my homegrown ingredients! I also enjoy spending time at the Portland Mercado, sitting outside with a sangria, reading a book, and listening to the music and people around me.

The best thing about Linguava is – The spirit of altruism. Every single person here is dedicated to helping interpreters, clients and the communities we serve by constantly helping and doing things outside the scope of their roles.

Some day I hope to – Have a home on the beach in South America, where I can take my family to relax, swim, and play. Or actually, where I can let my family run loose as I sit on the beach, soak in the sun and sip on my piscola.

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Business Development Manager

Violette Spector

Business Development Manager

Violette Spector

I’m passionate about – Sustainability, connection and development. We are all connected and must rely upon each other for our future. Through education, dedication, and communication there is nothing we cannot achieve. Our time is fleeting but our legacies are not.

For fun I like to – Adventure! By traveling, hiking, learning, dancing, and accepting new challenges. I like to create and cultivate positive and meaningful experiences for myself and others.

The best thing about Linguava is – Our passion for people! It Begins with empathy, understanding, empowerment and advocacy.

Some day I hope to – Foster a rescued baby tiger!

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Lead Data Analyst

Ammel Trinidad

Lead Data Analyst

Ammel Trinidad

I’m passionate about –  My career, because I know that whatever we do at Linguava makes a difference in people’s lives. It feels good knowing that my voice and actions act as an instrument that helps connect patients, providers and interpreters.

For fun I like to –  Travel! I am planning to see the world and enrich my knowledge with different cultures. Read books, mostly interested in anything medically related. I also like to drive around and spend time with my family.

The best thing about Linguava is –  They help figure out your strengths and bring out the best in you. I’m so lucky to be with a company that allows me to grow personally and professionally. I’m surrounded by wonderful people that inspire me to do well.

Some day I hope to –  Make a significant contribution that will help form and improve the company for the better. I also hope to someday go on an adventure with my special someone.

 

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