Grace Seoyoung Cruz is a certified Korean Medical Interpreter with a background in legal interpreting. She grew up and finished her education in Seoul, Korea and has been living in Atlanta, GA since 2007. She obtained her Paralegal Diploma from Tennessee Career College, Nashville, TN, and her Associate Degree in International Trade in Korea. Grace was featured in the “People to Know” section of Gwinnett Magazine in 2013. Her current employment is with Women’s Health Specialists of North Atlanta DBA Cha Ob/Gyn in Johns Creek, GA. Her role is managing the office and interpreting for her Korean patients. She has over 10 years of experience in medical interpreting and translation. Her most recent translation work is GA Advance Directives at her previous employment with Gwinnett Medical Center. She is still actively involved with many language providing agencies and working as a freelance interpreter. Grace has participated in the following training courses: Grady Hospital Mental Health Interpretation Training, Culture Smart Train the Trainers for the Language Coaches, Culture Smart Medical Interpreter Training, GA Commission on Interpreters Workshop, Interpreting for Mental Health Workshop. She also teaches the Korean-English Medical Interpreters Training in UGA Gwinnett campus. Grace is currently the president of MING, 2017.
Nahir Lopez-Rodriguez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences, Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico in 1979. Upon Graduating, she was the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant for over 130 college students at the university of Puerto Rico. She became the Quality Assurance Supervisor for Johnson and Johnson Co. from 1980 to 1988. Nahir is a trained Spanish medical interpreter since 2010. Upon successfully completing the medical interpreters’ training, she volunteered for the Interpreters and Translation Services department at AU Medical Center for three years prior to being hired in 2014. Mrs. Lopez continues her professional career as a trained medical interpreter at AUHealth Medical Center. She is the military spouse of Dr. Juan Manuel Lopez Gonzalez, Plastic Surgeon at Fort Gordon Eisenhower Medical Center in Augusta, GA.
Susan Rullán is in her twelfth year working for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Spanish Interpreter and Team Lead for the department of Interpreters and Translators. She specializes in Pediatrics which includes a wide range of disciplines such as Oncology/Hematology, Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology, Infectious diseases, Orthopedics, Genetics, Plastic Surgery to mention a few. Some of her duties as a Team Lead include presentations to new employees on the optimal way to use an interpreter and remind providers and families that the use of an interpreter is of the utmost importance to ensure the best outcome in their medical care. Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish from Georgia State University. She is originally from Mexico City and has lived in Georgia for more than 20 years, where she raised her three children.
Diana Polo is a Nationally Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI – Spanish) and is currently employed at Gwinnett Health System. She has over a decade of experience in the medical field. Diana has volunteered as a medical interpreter for numerous local medical centers including the Good Samaritan Clinic, and the Hope Clinic, and at healthcare events such as Portal De Salud among others. Diana’s area of specialization is Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) and she currently hosts CPR classes for parents. Diana received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University and is constantly pursuing opportunities to further her education.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming, Eileen Celis served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America where she managed dairy cattle and taught English as a foreign language. Eileen then stayed in Colombia where she earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine from La Universidad de la Salle, Bogota. In December 2015, Ms. Celis completed her Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration at Kennesaw State University. During this recent endeavor, Eileen was a Graduate Research Assistant in Kennesaw’s Maya Heritage Community Project working with the local Maya community in a variety of capacities. She also spent 5 weeks in Guatemala interning with the Social Entrepreneur Corps in small business development/entrepreneurship. Eileen is a nationally-certified medical interpreter and was a guest speaker at the 2015 TAMIT/TAPIT conference in TN and at the 2015 NAJIT conference in Atlanta. Eileen has been employed full time in a dual role as Patient Representative/Medical Interpreter at an area hospital for over a decade.
Giorgio Vassallo is currently working as a Translations Project Coordinator. His working languages are English, Spanish and Mandarin. Giorgio obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Arizona and his Master’s degree in Translations Studies from Durham University in the UK. He previously worked at a language industry news agency in Belgium where he would write articles commissioned by European universities about language technology news and he taught English in Taiwan at the elementary school level. Giorgio is an associate member of the American Translators Association and he wishes to contribute to the interpreting world as the webmaster for MING by working towards constant improvement of MING’s website and communications.