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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Operations Manager

Jacqueline Lee

Operations Manager

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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Project Coordinator

Karen Chan

Project Coordinator

Karen Chan

I’m passionate about – Family, puppies and helping provide language services to those from every corner of the earth.

For fun I like to – Explore new places, kayak, go bike riding, try new coffee shops or ice cream shops (any food establishment, really), play guitar, watch HGTV, road trip, and take pictures!

 The best thing about Linguava is – Our close-knit community and the diverse group of people that work here.

Some day I hope to – Travel the world and live abroad.

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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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Customer Service Specialist

Jonathan Cruz

Customer Service Specialist

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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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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Project Coordinator

Prassede Kemp

Project Coordinator

Prassede Kemp

I’m passionate about –  Refugee rights and Aid, photography, traveling and conflict resolution.

For fun I like to –  Listen to live music, create, go dancing, play guitar, cook and learn new things.

The best thing about Linguava is –  It’s commitment to being a better version of itself with each new day.

Some day I hope to –  Write a book.

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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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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

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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Front Desk Receptionist

Phyllis Seaberry

Front Desk Receptionist

Phyllis Seaberry

I’m passionate about – Helping families that have experienced domestic violence. Growing up in a home where violence was normal, I now know there is a happier world to experience. Millions of families are terrorized by domestic violence everyday.

For fun I like to – Spend time with my three daughters. We make collages, watch movies and cook. We attend their events, like track, ballet and boxing. My eldest daughter and I spend time just hanging out. Our last outing was hiking at Multnomah Falls. We’re reading a book together which is teaching us both a few things about ourselves!

The best thing about Linguava is – Linguava allows me to do what I love to do…help people! We give a voice to our clients, providing them with the valuable service of interpretation and translation that becomes a powerful bridge to communication. The individuals we serve are very strong, intelligent, wonderful people and I feel they appreciate the work we do in their lives!

Some day I hope to – Use my skills to continue serving people by becoming a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and opening a shelter for women’s domestic violence and caring for the homeless.

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Account Coordinator

Brittany Shoemaker

Account Coordinator

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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