David Brackett

PRESIDENT

I am most passionate about – Serving and volunteering to give back to the community. I believe the secret to living is giving.

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

The best part of working at Linguava is – Our passion for achieving health equity through language access

Some day I hope to – Write a book about leadership, culture and diversity in the workplace.

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Ula Butti

INTERPRETER RELATIONS COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR

I’m most passionate about – Learning. I think the world is full of fascinating things and I'm always curious to learn more.

For fun I like to – Do new things, explore local shops around me, travel, and read.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The people, from office coworkers to interpreters. The culture all around is amazing.

Someday I hope to – Volunteer with the Peace Corps for an extended period of time.

Orlando Alvarez

CONTENT DESIGNER

I am most passionate about – Music production, Graphic Design, Content creation, Grumpy Cat, and Languages.

For fun I like to – Play video games, watch movies with my family, teach people on YouTube, and go out to enjoy beautiful places and landscapes.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The people I get to work with. My coworkers are pretty much amazing!

Someday I hope to – Travel to awesome places in the world, and make an impact on those around me.

Patricia Muñoz Andrés

TRANSLATIONS DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR

I am most passionate about – My family, nature, and languages. I love learning, so I think I’ll always be the eternal student and traveler.

For fun I like to – Spend time with my family, take care of my little urban garden with my 2-year-old love, Vega, take a million pictures of her and our cat, Dakota, go hiking, and ride my motorcycle.

The best part of working at Linguava is – Our people. Everyone is so genuinely caring that it feels like a second family. I also love how each of us truly cares about our clients and always strives to provide the best customer service.

Someday I hope to – Write a book and travel the world on my motorcycle!

Juliet Christian

LINGUIST RECRUITER

I am most passionate about – Equity and Equality.

For fun I like to – Dance, read, practice Italian.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The amazing team of coworkers and Interpreters!

Some day I hope to – Travel to Europe.

Olivia Ferguson

CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

I am most passionate about – Animals.

For fun I like to – Hike, read, and cook.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The people we work with.

Someday I hope to – Help animals and my community as a veterinarian.

Robin Fouche

ACCOUNT MANAGER

I am most passionate about – Learning, I love spending time with people and learning about them, their perspectives, what drives them, and what they’re passionate about.

For fun I like to – When I’m not traveling I love going to art events and live performances, enjoying the amazing cuisine available in Portland, and visiting wineries in the area.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The amazing diversity of everyone in the company at all levels of leadership. We also have amazing food!

Someday I hope to – Not spend a week agonizing over how to answer questions like these the next time I’m asked!

Anitha Johny

TRANSLATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER

I am most passionate about – Making a positive impact and being a compassionate leader.

For fun I like to – Go hiking, long drives along the California coast and fun days on the beach.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The people. It certainly feels like an extended family from all over the world who truly care about each other.

Someday I hope to – Travel the world with my family, to be an inspirational speaker, own a home on the water front with land for fruit trees, nature hikes and an organic garden.

Neil Hanamura

SCHEDULING DEPARTMENT MANAGER

I am most passionate about – Learning and growing from new experiences.

For fun I like to – Spend time with my family and friends. I love jogging, going to the gym, exploring new hiking trails, going to the beach, traveling, playing basketball, BBQing and going out to eat. I am a lover of ALL foods.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The people I get to work with every day are amazing! My colleagues, interpreters and clients are all truly inspiring people and they make work fun every day. The work we do here is important and I feel blessed to help our community through language access.

Someday I hope to – Watch my favorite basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers, live at the Staple Center.

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Thomas Nguyen

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

I am most 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 part of working at 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.

Sarah Olson

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

I am most passionate about – Languages and world culture! I love to understand people and where they come from.

For fun I like to – To run and explore the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer.

The best part of working at Linguava is – Is that we’re from all over the world!

Someday I hope to – Speak a third language well.

Ixchel Ortiz

CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

I am most passionate about – Helping the community.

For fun I like to – Go hiking.

The best part of working at Linguava is – People first.

Someday I hope to – Be an interpreter with Linguava.

Guillermo Ortiz-Marchena

LINGUIST RECRUITER

I am most passionate about – Helping others, running, and staying fit, not only physically but emotionally as well.

For fun I like to – Go to the gym, run, hike and float down the river.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The culture!

Someday I hope – Complete another full marathon.

Haley Pattishall

INTERPRETER RELATIONS COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR

I am most passionate about – Building relationships and helping others in any way that I can.

For fun I like to – Sing, paint, and spend time with family & friends.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The opportunity to help so many people in the community and all the relationships that I have made since I started working here.

Someday I hope to – Have the opportunity to travel to places around the world (and learn to play the guitar!)

Marchella Penaranda

ACCOUNT MANAGER

I am most passionate about – Immersing myself into other cultures. I love nothing more than traveling to different cities and countries all over the world and learning about their customs, history, cuisine, people…etc.Working at Linguava helps me achieve some of that from home as we work with so many people from different culture.

For fun I like to – Go on adventures, try new foods and restaurants, pet peoples dogs, DIY things around the house.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The family-like feeling in the office. Linguava is made up of so many diverse and fun individuals.

Someday I hope to – Take an extended period of time to backpack all over Europe and South America.

Irina Pitsul

JR. PROJECT MANAGER

I am most passionate about: God, serving others, Chick Fil A, and Dutchbros.

For fun I like to: Read, daydream, and adventure.

The best part of working at linguava is: The positive attitude everyone brings forth.

Someday I hope to: Fulfill my wildest dreams before I go to heaven.

Miguel Romero

CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

I am most passionate about – Soccer. I play, watch it and I coach. I love this sport. I follow a few teams in the US and abroad. Men’s and Women’s teams. Lucky to live in Portland, where we have 2 great soccer teams- Timbers and the Thorns. I’m also very passionate about youth soccer. I’m a youth soccer coach for a club in North Clackamas.

For fun I like to – I like to watch movies. I’m a huge fan of Asian action cinema. I love old movies, like Casablanca and The Thin Man series. I also love superhero movies. I love reading about movies as well and documentaries about movies.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The incredible people I get to work with everyday. We are all on a mission to help all of our clients to the best of our ability. No matter what the circumstance is. Our teamwork is incredible.

Someday I hope to – I’d like to take my family back to Guatemala. To see where I was raised and visit my family there.

Ajmal Wahab

ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR

I am most passionate about – Cricket. I love to play and watch others play.

For fun I like to – drive to new places. I love driving and exploring northwest.

The best part of working at Linguava is – the diversity. It’s great to know and learn about different cultures.

Someday I hope to – Become a Millionaire!!!

Konstantin Zhilkin

QUALITY ASSURANCE SUPERVISOR

I am most passionate about – Understanding what drives and motivates people.

For fun I like to – Time travel.

The best part of working at Linguava is – Establishing higher standards of quality for the language industry.

Someday I hope – Take a round-the-world trip.

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Yayi Yu

CANTONESE, MANDARIN, TOISHANESE INTERPRETER

I am most passionate about – My family, languages, nature, music and cultural related things.

For fun I like to – Spend time with my family, listen to music from all over the world, practice meditation with instrumental music, dance, draw and paint. I am also a collector who seeks out unique things such as hand-made dolls from different countries, die-cast cars, stamps, and toys from around the world.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The stellar team, and the love and care from everyone at this amazing company.

Someday I hope to – Travel around the world with my family and admire the cosmos.

Peter Nguyen

VIETNAMESE INTERPRETER, RECRUITER, TESTER

I am most passionate about – Helping and Sharing. We are living in a society where there is no equality in different aspect like wages, homelessness, discrimination, child poverty, and different occupations. Therefore, I always aim to look up to good people to shape me to become a better person, but also don't forget to help people in need.

For fun I like to – Living in PNW is a great chance to do all kinds of outdoors activities. I would love to go snowboarding in the winter, and hiking in my spare time. Also, I am trying to learn kitesurfing when the weather is good.

The best part of working at Linguava is – Diversity. I have met so many people who work from different departments and also interpreters who interpret in different languages. Everyone is so unique. They come from different cultures, backgrounds, but here in Linguava we all have the same passion to help, support, and to serve our community.

Someday I hope to – Participate in any non profit organization or a charity work that can help for child poverty in Viet Nam where I was born and grew up.

Kyra Oslund

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

I am most passionate about – Making sure everyone has a voice no matter what title or position they hold. I like to make sure everyone is taken care of.

For fun I like to – Spend time with my family doing family activities around Oregon.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The kindness of the staff and company. You have a name and are not a number…

Someday I hope to – Travel internationally with my husband to Europe.

Lynda Walz

NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I am most passionate about – Seeing the world. I love to travel and experience other cultures. My favorite travel destinations to date are Bora Bora and Amsterdam.

For fun I like to – Workout. I truly believe movement is medicine. It's a great daily reminder of my personal strength.

The best part of working at Linguava is – The people! Kind, caring, compassionate, committed, creative, competent...I could go on and on...

Someday I hope to – Visit all seven continents.