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Issue No. 14
January 31, 2013
A Note from the Founder

Dear friends,


As our 2012 graduates are finding their footing in their new careers (read about the launch of our job placement program in partnership with Sharewood in the Malden Patch!), a new class is working toward a Certificate in Medical Interpreting.


We've grown the class size by 48% since the pilot, increased the linguistic diversity represented, and implemented an even more rigorous selection process than the first time around.  The result: our most impressive class of aspiring interpreters yet, getting ready to take the medical interpreting field by storm.


In this newsletter, we will give you a snapshot of who they are and their progress.




Maria Vertkin

Founder & Executive Director

Found in Translation

Meet the Class of 2013
Peggy Andreas
Peggy Andreas, RNC, BSN, a nurse on the Family Team at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, teaches the Found in Translation class about the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

The Class of 2013 is a group of 31 remarkable women.  As part of their training at Found in Translation, they are learning interpreter skills and ethics, anatomy and physiology, thousands of medical terms (in two languages!), and career development topics ranging from resume-writing to networking and personal branding. They also devote several hours per week to practicing their interpreting skills in role plays during language coaching sessions, lead by professional medical interpreters.


"I am enjoying coaching a terrific group of women," says Astrid Hajjar, Spanish language coach. "As a coach, it is highly stimulating and inspiring to answer their bright and challenging questions. They are constantly challenging me." Astrid is impressed not only by their level of talent, but also by their drive and dedication: "They breathe it, learn it and appreciate it more than any of us can imagine," she says.

Class of 2013 by language

Socioeconomic barriers:

  • 26% are survivors of domestic violence
  • 45% are homeless or have been homeless in the past
  • 55% live below the Federal Poverty Line
  • 63% are single mothers
  • 100% are exceptionally bright, talented, and driven
Support these incredible women on their road to self-sufficiency: please donate or email us if you would like to get involved as a volunteer.
IMIA Honors Our Lead Instructor
Raquel Cashman Award

Each year, International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) recognizes the "best of the best" among industry leaders around the globe. Among this year's awardees was Found in Translation's lead interpreting instructor, Inna Persits-Gimelberg.


Inna received the Raquel Cashman Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the IMIA, named in memory of one of the organization's founding members. The award recognizes "significant and lasting contributions to improving patient safety and language access in health care."

Raquel Cashman award

Inna has left a mark on the state of medical interpreting locally, nationally, and internationally as a lifelong interpreter advocate and trainer. Inna holds a M.S. in Health Care Administration and a M.Ed. in English and German, and serves as an adviser to the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.


We are proud to have Inna on our team as an educator and role model for our new and aspiring medical interpreters.


Congratulations, Inna!

In this Issue
A Note from the Founder
Meet the Class of 2013
IMIA Honors Our Lead Instructor
Featured Article
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Our Dual Mission
1) To give low-income and homeless bilingual women an opportunity to achieve economic security through the use of their language skills
2) To decrease ethnic, racial, and linguistic disparities in healthcare by unleashing bilingual talent into the workforce                                             

Maria Vertkin

Executive Director


Julia Rozier

Program Director


Jennifer Channin

Development Director


Board of Directors
Ariel Belgrave
Karen Friedman
Barbara Gaskin
Natasha Medwedeff
Hannah Rose
(Youth Board Fellow)

Mark Stewart


Maria Vertkin
Benjamin Weisman